Friday, March 23, 2018, 8:00pm
“A work of brooding soul by a voice we need right now”—NPR
Tennessee-born, Minneapolis-based Chastity Brown (main photo) grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Chastity has been called a banjo-playing soul singer and “a rocking, rolling encyclopedia of roots music.” She’s been featured on CMT and NPR’s “Favorite Sessions, and has been the subject of profiles in Paste and the Times of London, among others. For much of 2016, she toured alongside Ani DiFranco, and she opened for Ani at the Michigan Theater in April of that year. She’s an artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, merging folk, pop and, soul in a whole new way on her Red House–label debut, “Silhouette of Sirens,” with a poet’s lyrical ear and a soul-laid-bare quality. Back from the 2018 Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Chastity Brown is a major new figure on the singer-songwriter scene.
WE BANJO 3
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 8:00pm
Tickets: $40 gold circle, $32 reserved, $25 GA
“The future of world music has arrived.”—Elmore Magazine
One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years is the multi-awarded winning We Banjo 3. With a seven-time all-Ireland banjo champ, a four-time banjo champ, and another member who is an all-Ireland champ on both fiddle and bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftains, the result is unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group! WB3 performed at the “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capital Hill attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, and has headlined virtually every major U.S .Celtic fest for several years in a row. With a strong bluegrass influence, the band is rapidly gaining favor in the worlds of bluegrass and Americana as well, as evidenced by their invites to Merlefest, ROMP Fest, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Fest, Four Corners Fest and more! Scots band Talisk, recent winners of the BBC Young Folk Award, is special guest.
GEMILY: GEMINI + EMILY
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:00pm
“Beautiful songs and singing! Delightful!”—WQXR radio, New York
Gemini is the much-loved duo of Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits. They’ve been performing since 1973 and are now playing music for the third—or is it fourth?—generation of young fans and families. They write and perform acoustic music for children and families, celebrating with their audiences the warmth, fun, and joy of family life. A Gemini concert is a kinetic event, filled with rousing singalongs, hand motion tunes, folk tales, and music from around the world. “If the Pied Piper had been twins, chances are he would have been Gemini,” says the Detroit News. Since 1979 San and Laz have released numerous recordings for adults and children and families. These recordings have won a number of awards including ones from Parents’ Choice Magazine, the American Library Association, the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA), and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. The duo is joined regularly now by San’s daughter, the incredibly talented Emily Slomovits. Gemini + Emily = Gemily!