Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble – October, 2018 – Tentative

Find out more about the Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble show.

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

You will not be able to sit still for this concert! Your feet will be tapping along at the very least and most likely you’ll be dancing in your seat!

Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world.

Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015 & 2013 US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 & 2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, the 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, a 1st Prize Winner at the 2010 American Protégé International String Competition, and a 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers’ Association Alternative Styles Awards.

On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.

Press

“One of the brightest young fiddlers around today”
— Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”

“She is superb, inspiring, and unforgettable. Her magic is such that she
sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.”
— Willie Ruff, Professor of Jazz and Artistic Director of the Ellington
Fellowship Series, Yale University

“Particularly impressive”
— The Boston Globe

Watch and Listen to Mari Black and Her World Fiddle Ensemble

“Castlerock Road” on the beach in San Diego, CA
A set of original Celtic-style tunes at Boston’s Club Passim
Mari’s original composition, “The Purple Butterfly and Other True Beginnings”
Preview of Mari’s solo album “Flight”

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* All funds go to the musicians

Ordinary Elephant – ** Saturday**, July 14, 2018

Find out more about the Ordinary Elephant show.

Special Note: This show is Saturday afternoon. Weather permitting, it will be outdoors. Sunday, July 15th you can also see Ordinary Elephant at the Woodstock Folk Festival.

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https://www.youtube.com/user/OESongs
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http://instagram.com/ordinaryelephant
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Shawna Caspi, Sunday, April 29, 2018

Find out more about the Shawna Caspi show.

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

I was introduced to Shawna when she played an Official Showcase at the FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) conference last October. I was blown away by the combination of her finely crafted songs, achingly beautiful vocals, and masterful guitar playing. I had a chance to interview her at the Folk Alliance International conference this past February. Click to read the interview.

Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Caspi hadn’t done much traveling before tapering off a series of administrative jobs to start touring full-time. She had never even rented a car. She had never been camping before performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival in 2014.

Since then, Shawna has toured throughout Canada and the United States, including performances at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, the Summerfolk Festival (ON), and the Deep Roots Music Festival (NS), and concert series including the Calgary Folk Club, the Nickelodeon, the Northern Lights Folk Club (AB), the Greenbank Folk Music Society (ON), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (MA), On Your Radar (NY), and Six String Concerts (OH).

Shawna’s fourth album Forest Fire, released in September 2017, is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. Engineered and produced by Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith), the elegant arrangements draw the listener into the depths of haunting, atmospheric tracks, then lift them out with airy, bluegrass instrumentation and hopeful narratives for brighter days. It’s dark granite stone with a shot of glimmering quartz through the middle. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love, grace, and gratitude. With these songs, Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else.

It’s an album about cycles, about playing the long game. That’s why it’s called Forest Fire – something that seems huge and devastating when it happens, but in the relative vastness of space and time, it’s just one small moment on a much grander scale, a necessary catastrophe that leads to new growth.

Shawna’s vocals are brewed by years of classical training followed by years on the road finding her own voice singing folk songs. She combines power, intensity, character, and closeness. She has a whole band under her fingertips, with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Her performances capture audiences with grace and intimacy whether the setting is a living room, a festival stage, or the bar car of a passenger train.

“Some musicians make songwriting sound less of a craft and more of a life affirming obsession. Caspi’s compositions stand out as beautiful, complex and intricate even in an increasingly crowded folk scene.” – NOW Magazine

“Shawna taps into her Canadian folk roots to share songs with beauty, humor and a keen eye for the world around her. Add to the fact that she is a classically trained guitarist with a stunning voice, and you have an artist that is destined to be an important artist on the folk circuit.” – Ron Olesko, Sing Out! Magazine

“Shawna’s songs have a way of making you feel at home, no matter where you are.” – Lynda Norman, Executive Director, Kelowna Arts Council

http://www.shawnacaspi.com/

https://www.youtube.com/shawnacaspimusic

http://www.facebook.com/shawnacaspimusic

http://twitter.com/shawnacaspi

Alice Howe, Sunday, March 25, 2018

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org
or at 312-810-3067

Free child care provided (advance notice required)

With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal” (Mark Walton, Americana UK). Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters. Alice’s 2017 EP You’ve Been Away So Long features her original song “Homeland Blues,” which debuted at #1 on the April Folk DJ chart and came in as the #7 song of the entire year. She was a 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, and has performed at such venerable Northeast venues as Club Passim, Caffè Lena, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

“A gem…at once of the moment and personal, timeless and universal.” – Mark Walton, Americana UK

“Up there with the very best of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters and Dar Williams” – Folking.com

“These are well crafted songs” – Country Music People (UK)

“This music is visceral, real and simple” – Folkwords

“…I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way, transporting, wistful…her vocal mastery and musicality are beyond her young years and her songs stay in my head for days.” -Antje Duvekot

“How can a singer-songwriter have a voice like a broken angel’s bell and write songs that could be a week or a hundred years old all at once? Alice Howe, that’s how.” – Vance Gilbert

“Classic emotive folk reminiscent of Kate Wolf, Alice Howe’s earnest lyrics and heart-melting vocals might be the musical equivalent of lying in the dark beneath a clear sky of stars.” – Robby Hecht

https://www.alicehowe.com/
https://www.facebook.com/alicehowemusic/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8jC6IrUVOuqnyOs2fIs9g
https://alicehowe.bandcamp.com/
https://meandthee.org/interviews/alice-howe/