Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8:00pm
“He’s one of our great songwriters. One of our great songwriters, period.”—Slate
Richard Shindell is a New Yorker living in Argentina: a craftsman and a real wizard of song. He’s played for coins in the Paris subway, and he’s studied for the priesthood. His gift for profound storytelling songs drew him into the world of folk music.
Richard Shindell champions the downtrodden, exalts the disaffected, skewers prejudice, war, and religious intolerance. He steps into and fully inhabits the various personalities his songs create—some of them female. In the words of No Depression, “Shindell tells great stories with an eye for critical detail while never losing sight of the big picture.
He works a well-worn stretch of singer-songwriter pavement, but his wonderfully spiritual lyrical sense and intimate compositions ultimately distinguish him.” The Valley Advocate in Massachusetts has called Richard Shindell “the thinking man’s folk singer,” and you’re not going to hear better-crafted songs anywhere.
THE CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO (main photo)
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 7:30pm
“World’s best acoustic band”—Guitar Shop
The California Guitar Trio plays progressive rock, surf music, jazz, blues, country, probably the definitive version of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and some traditional North African and Asian sounds for good measure. And did you hear them at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival a few years ago, playing the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, minus the voices but with pretty much everything else intact? Like most Californians, the three members of the California Guitar Trio all come from someplace else: Bert Lams is Belgian, Hideyo Moriya is from Japan (where the band has a strong following), and Paul Richards is from Salt Lake City. All three felt the call to push themselves to the limit by enrolling in Robert Fripp’s challenging Guitar Craft courses, where they first met in 1987. They went on to tour together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists before forming The California Guitar Trio in Los Angeles four years later. The CGT is a melding of diverse talents unlike anything you’ve heard before, and one you can’t afford to miss!