2014...July... OK, NOW it's hot! wow... tornadoes and everything.
we press on. Touring for summer, mixing Mr Sun's first recording!
Darol's new Bluegrass-flavored recording is available! And you can order this recording here: http://www.amazon.com/E-anda-Darol-Anger/dp/B00IJT5V80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393887272&sr=8-1&keywords=darol+anger+eanda
It's my first Bluegrass fiddle record since the second Psychograss CD [Like Minds], made almost 12 years ago. It's called E-and'a, after the way musicians count beats: One-e-and'a, Two-e-and'a, and so on. Where do you find your groove? look in the "E-and'a" section of your local bar!
E-and'a features some of the hottest young Bluegrass musicians on the national scene, all Berklee graduates: Courtney Hartman [guitarist from Della Mae], Joe Walsh [mandolinist from the Gibson Brothers], Sharon Gilchrist [mandolin and bass with Uncle Earll and Peter Rowan/Tony Rice] and Lukas Pool, [clawhammer innovator and banjo consultant to Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's Broadway musical].
The tunes range from Darol & Joe's originals and some ragin' Fiddle Tunes Of The Moment to a trio of Requia for much-loved departed musicians John Hartford, Vassar Clements, and John McGann.
E-and'a was released on March 18th on Adventure Music. I'm really proud of it, and of the great musicians on it who played with such panache, arugula, and verve. Here's a link to the band's video, playing exclusively on The Bluegrass Situation:
Here's a review:
Darol Anger, E-and‘a (Adventure Music America)
Darol Anger’s credentials as one of the foremost fiddles in bluegrass realms are a given. Consequently, it’s a reflection of his generosity that e - and ‘a finds him sharing the spotlight with a hot quartet of younger players that are clearly destined to follow in his footsteps. The liner notes describe it best -- “an excellent example of a possibly outmoded but lovely form; an almost live CD of a band playing stuff you want to hear, around the weekend breakfast table, late at night, or a pleasant drive.” All instrumental, and as articulate as can be, the set finds the five-some superbly in sync and showing skills that could clearly be the envy of pickers of all persuasions. With E-and ‘a, Anger and his associates leave a superb impression.
Also a great review of the recording from WBUR Boston.
The Fall semester at Berklee is a coming-up, still month and a half of touring all over the country to go!
My Fiddle School,however, at www.artistworks.com/fiddle continues 24/7, all year 'round, even from remote locations such as Nashville... Check it out.
Shasta Camp; The Northwest String Summit in Oregon; RockyGrass and the RockyGrass Academy in Lyons, Colorado; all completed!
The Big Chill Band ( Mr Sun & Emy Phelps & Tony Trischka ) at RockyGrass
Some great jamming and visiting with Fiddle Schoolers Ryan, Joel, and Woolybear, and a totally wild ConcertWindow broadcast... the first from Rockygrass! And a great interview with the amazing Irish fiddler Adam Agee is in the can for ArtistWorks, dealing with the many intricacies of Irish fiddle ornamentation.
Coming Up: Swannanoa Fiddle Week, in August.
Lots of exciting things have already happened this year: The Sedona Bluegrass Festival, a great trip to the Yukon Territory, the Strings Without Boundaries fiddle camp in Washington, and the Berklee Roots Weekend Workshop.... I'm getting better at sleeping on an airplane. August 15th in Lyons with Ben Kaufmann and Adam Aijala, the amazing Freshgrass this fall, and a bunch of cool local events starting Sept. 18th right in Boston... see the concerts page for more.
December 18-22: we will again reprise our soon-to-be traditional Family Holiday Concert tour of the Pacific Northwest with an intergenerational star-studded array of talent... Alex & Tati Hargreaves, Wes Corbett and Jacob Joliff, Emy & Mila Phelps, Ethan Jodziewicz...
Here's a picture Eric Frommer took of last year's Seattle concert at the Nectar Lounge:
we had a fun fall of New England shows with Mr. Sun and Emy Phelps, a couple of great festivals [Freshgrass:]
and Celtic Colours, with an amazing String Quartet episode with the Haas Sisters and Kimberley Fraser. We'll reprise that appearance in 2014!
A beautiful orchestra concert on the Kansas Prairie,
... again, around September 18th 2014 we will return to Kansas with more beautiful orchestral material, which I'm now working on madly to get it ready in time.
and a Duo trip to Europe in October with Mike Marshall.
& more New England dates with Grant Gordy and Joe Walsh.
MORE New recordings will be out soon!!! ....guess I'm making up for lost time.
I worked with celebrated cellist Natalie Haas to complete her upcoming "Rhythm Cello" instruction CD, to be released on Homespun Tapes. Then off to:
Kansas, [ 2 shows with the Republic Of Strings, one with The Furies]
a drive from Kansas to Colorado,
Colorado [High Mountain Hay Fever Fest with the Old-Time Kozmik Trio]
California and Oregon [Shasta Strings and the Northwest String Summit]
Appleton, Wisconsin [Strings Without Boundaries Camp]
Rockygrass, CO with the Old-Time Kozmik Trio and a special appearance by The Furies!
Spring featured a Furies tour of California which featured Emy Phelps, Sharon Gilchrist and Tristan Clarridge, along with Special Guests Ben Kaufman, Renata Bratt, Piper Devi, and superwhippersnappers John Mailander, Molly Tuttle, Emily Mann and Joe Mann. Thanks to everyone involved for making that tour a pleasure and a success. Video footage courtesy of Tom Nowak.