Duo Christine and Paul Breen make up the Old Time Players . Christine plays the old time five-string banjo and has been playing clawhammer style for several years. She is quite accomplished in the old time mountain style of banjo back-up, playing reels, hornpipes, and – more important – the lost art of rags and waltzes which incorporate the old time 2-finger picking of the late 19th century. Continue reading
The Young and the Fretless plays old-time mountain music on the prairie–a mix of Appalachian Mountain and Midwestern tunes and songs. Its members are Lyle Konigsberg (fiddle), Tom Bassett (fretless banjo and banjo ukulele), Matt Croisant (guitar), and Chris Strand (bass).
Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, of Red Tail Ring – the Michigan-based old/new-time duo, will discuss, and demonstrate through song, approaches to playing old ballads and tunes that honor the original while taking the form in new directions.
Red Tail Ring is the Americana roots duo of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, jawharp and plain-old foot stomping. Four years and 400-plus shows into their partnership Beauchamp and Premo have traveled increasingly farther in their musical ramblings, playing shows throughout the Midwest, East Coast and Southeastern United States. Continue reading