Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Square Dance Party
Free Calling Workshop with Phil Jamison at 5 pm; Doors at 7:30 pm; Clogging Workshop with Phil Jamison at 8 pm; Square Dance at 8:30 pm Tickets are $15 Ashkenaz is all ages all the time! Check out the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention www.BerkeleyOldTImeMusic.org Callers Phil Jamison is a nationally-known dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer. He has called dances, performed, and taught at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s, including more than thirty-five years as a member of theGreen Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, Songcatcher, for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. From 1982 through 2004, he toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, and he also plays fiddle and banjo. Over the last thirty years, Phil has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and his recently-published bookHoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (University of Illinois Press, 2015) tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. Phil teaches mathematics as well as Appalachian music and dance at Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, North Carolina, where for twenty-five years he served as coordinator of the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering. If a life well-lived is defined by the sum of its experiences, Evie Ladin has already lived one to the fullest, and she's not done yet. Ladin herself, a saucy chanteuse whose seductive prowess [is]... nothing less than a homespun hoot. This particular Fire emits plenty of down home heat. -- No Depression Evie has always been surrounded by music - credit to her upbringing as daughter of an international folk dance teacher, and an old-time folk music devotee, she grew up thinking that playing music, dancing, singing with others was what people do. Though entrenched in the traditional cultural arts of Appalachia, her home was in Northern New Jersey, New York City, Baltimore - in cities, not mountains. But the tradition bearers came through these towns, and stayed in her house. They played in her living room, and weekends were spent running free at music festivals and house parties. The neo-trad kinetic-folk of the Evie Ladin Band is a mingling of the deep Appalachian sound of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and percussive dance, with contemporary storytelling and original, conversational interplay among the band members. Some of their adventurousness comes from early hip hop in the high school cafeteria, some from Evie's early attraction to, and study of, the African roots in Appalachian music and dance. She created an African Studies In Dance major at Brown University, then studied dance in Eastern Nigeria on a Fulbright Fellowship. While myriad world and contemporary music influences permeate the band's choices, they never reach too far, remaining seamless and true to the stories they tell. Precisely because Evie was raised to know that music, dance and singing are what humans do together, she is an avid educator and community facilitator, at all ages and levels, in diverse communities. An electric and entertaining live performer, balancing performing with hands on teaching has proven extremely satisfying. Music is meant to move. Music is to do. In listening, live or on record, Evie keeps bringing you back to these basics, while savoring the real stuff of life. Bands The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead. American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: -Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) - From Orcas Island, Washington -Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) - From rural Farmer, Washington -Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) - From the Gaspe Coast, Eastern Quebec -Stephen 'Sammy' Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) - From Minneapolis, Minnesota Each member of Foghorn Stringbandexemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. Caleb Klauder's wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as they are by his upbringing in the sea islands of coastal Washington State. Reeb Willms hails from the wind swept Eastern farmlands of Washington. Her musical family and rural upbringing are are on display with every note she sings and every heart she breaks. Nadine Landry's roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Quebec, and her high lonesome vocals have delighted audiences the world over. Her earth-shaking bass playing is the rumbling backbone of the Foghorn sound. Minnesotan Stephen 'Sammy' Lind, simply put, is the old-time fiddler of his generation whose tone and voice are as old as the same hills that gave birth to this music. Together, these four have forged a sound like no other. In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at it's birth a century ago. They see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but also as historians and fans of this music. Their performances and recordings are a joyful celebration of music from a bygone era that still holds the power to delight audiences worldwide. The band's repertoire has expanded greatly in the past 15 years. They are as comfortable playing music at a neighborhood square dance as they are stirring a festival audience to a frenzy. Old time dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky tonk country, and classic bluegrass....and it's all rendered into a cohesive whole. Foghorn Stringband can often be found after a performance in a local pub or club continuing to play with equal energy and joy late into the night. They're obsessed, and that obsession rings true with every note they play and every song they sing. You'll see. There's Foghorn...and there's everybody else. Bobby Taylor is a fourth-generation West Virginia fiddler, who has the unique honor of being the custodian of fiddles that once belonged to Ed Haley and Clark Kessinger, two of West Virginia's most revered old-time fiddlers. He'll bring one of these fiddles to the BOTMC for others to try. Bobby coordinates the contests at Clifftop, West Virginia's legendary old-time music pilgrimage, and he's won many contests himself, including the state championship of West Virginia. Kim Johnson will accompany him on banjo. She hails from Kanawha County, West Virginia, and has backed up many iconic old-time fiddlers including Franklin George (who she accompanied at the 2014 and 2015 BOTMCs), Wilson Douglas, and Lester McCumbers. West Virginia tunes can have more twists and turns than the Elk River, and nobody can follow those twists and turns like Kim Johnson! Kim Johnson is from Clendenin in Kanawha County, West Virginia. She was exposed to banjo music at the West Virginia Folk Festival held in Glenville, WV, where she also attended college. Kim bought her first banjo in the early 1970s and initially she "just kind of thumped around on it and didn't really have it under control" until she met West Virginia fiddler Wilson Douglas, whose father and grandmother had both been fine frailing banjoists. Douglas says Kim "liked to drive me crazy" until he agreed to teach her to play. At first she admits that she was an "awful" banjo player, but her persistence eventually paid off and she learned to play in a sparse style suitable for string band accompaniment. Kim's banjo playing compliments Wilson Douglas's fiddling so well that the two made three recordings together: Boatin' Up Sandy (1989), Common Ground (1993) and Back Porch Symphony (1995). Kim's song list includes many old-time fiddle tunes common in Clay County, WV, such as "Liza Jane," "Pretty Little Cat," and "Elzic's Farewell." Kim is also a close friend and student of Sylvia O'Brien, who taught her "Wildwood Flower" and "Minner on the Hook." Kim can be found at festivals all over West Virginia, where she often leads workshops on clawhammer banjo. Karen Celia Heil, a skillful, fun & enthusiastic teacher, is an expert fiddler and guitarist with a special love of old-time southern American fiddle music. Karen has been teaching yearly at the Freight's own FiddleKids Camp, and teaches privately in San Francisco. In addition, she has taught and performed at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the CBA's Grass Valley Camp, the Austin String Band Festival, the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Festival, Lark in the Morning, the ongoing Berkeley String Band Class, and the Gainsborough Festival in the UK. She performs with the Bucking Mules (2x Clifftop trad band winners), San Francisco's Knuckle Knockers, and KC & the MooNshine Band. Alabama's Red Mountain Yellowhammers (formerlyRed Mountain White Trash) are best known for their exuberant "wall-of-sound" dance music, with old-timey blues and early country songs, presented with lots of impromptu humor. Joyce Cauthen wrote the definitive history of Alabama old-time fiddling, "With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow", published in 1989 by Univ. of Alabama Press and still in print; she and Jim have been visiting and collecting from older generation Alabama fiddlers for more than 30 years . Band members are Jim Cauthen (fiddle), Joyce Cauthen (guitar), Phil Foster (mandolin), Jamie Finley (harmonica and banjo-uke, and Nancy Jackson (bass). PLUS jamming in the back room with Molsky's Mountain Drifters and other BOTMC performers. Molsky's Mountain Drifters - Tradition steeped in possibility. Bruce Molsky, "one of America's premier fiddling talents" (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to present his new group already on tour in the US. Bruce's previous collaborations, with Anonymous 4, 1865 - Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler's latest CD, Tracker and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny's supergroup Mozaik. You can also hear Bruce on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America's great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music's Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program. Allison de Groot combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and T?nder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio. Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass's great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.