All of their lives fiddler Darol Anger, guitarist Grant Gordy, and mandolinist Joe Walsh have found themselves moving from place to place, inhabiting one city or town and then moving to another, along the way getting to intimately know the varied terrains that make up our vast country. Musically, they've kept up the same pattern, each living at times in the worlds of bluegrass, and old-time, blues, and jazz, on their way to mastery of their chosen instruments, and all the while learning to speak the varied musical languages that make up American roots music. In the ever stable and unmoving bass player Ethan Jodziewicz, they’ve found a kindred musical spirit, one who is as open to exploration as he is rock solid. Making a musical home for themselves in the under-explored space between the great American roots styles, this quartet draws from all of their varied backgrounds (Grammy-nominated fiddle music, jazz, bluegrass, new acoustic string band, classical music) in crafting a sound all their own.
Fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his founding or co-founding numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, Psychograss, and others.
Born in Oregon, raised on his father’s roots and blues guitar playing, Gordy was drawn to the guitar early on as a means of personal expression and intellectual curiosity. Moving to Colorado as he entered his 20s opened his musical horizons as he began playing innumerable gigs with local musicians in a wide range of different styles.
Hailed by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine for his “lickety-split mandolin work” and by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, folk legend Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow have taken him all over the musical and figurative map.
6pm doors | 7pm show | $20 adv. | $25 day of