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MARA LEVINE WITH GATHERING TIME Last show of the season!
Fri. Jun. 9, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm.
Called “one of the best singers of her generation” by Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years. She has an ear for both new songs and for classics that can be reshaped to sound fresh and new.
Layering one harmony line on top of another, she creates rich tapestries of sound and emotion. Levine’s version of Bob Franke’s “Straw Against the Chill” with Joe Jencks and her arrangement of Paul Simon’s “Leaves That Are Green” with Gathering Time both reached #1 as singles on the Folk Chart and appear on Jewels and Harmony.
Gathering Time with Mara Levine
Voted best band runner-up (and top folk band) in the 2011 Long Island Press readers’ poll, Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America mixed in; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as “getting a whole beehive-full of buzz” on the northeast regional folk scene.
“[Mara Levine’s] Jewels and Harmony is an incredible album. It’s beautiful and something to be proud of. I enjoyed ‘Blackberry Time’ very much.”
—Roger Sprung, bluegrass musician
Tickets: $18.00 door. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC 20012.
Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness
Tue. Jun. 20, 7:15 pm
A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops at many venues around the country and abroad. Adam joined forces with his regular music partner Beth Williams Hartness on Fine Times at Our House, a CD of old-time duets featuring Adam's clawhammer banjo and fiddle along with Beth's signature fingerstyle guitar. Tickets: $11 ($10 members). Phone: 703 925-0900. Amphora Diner Deluxe, 1151 Eldon St., Herndon, VA 20170.
Pan-Celtic band IONA, the series' hosts, present the 13th year of Swiftrun Celtic Concerts. Together for 29 years, local Celtic mainstay IONA transports its audience to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Mann, Brittany, Asturies and Galicia, and explores those cultures transplanted in the New World. Lead singer, bouzouki and bodhrán player, Barbara Tresidder Ryan, and Bernard Argent on wooden flute, whistles, vocals and percussion, are joined by Chuck Lawhorn on bass guitar, whistles and vocals, Jim Queen, fiddle, banjo and vocals, and dancer Joe Duffy. To reserve a seat, call 703 426-1450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $20 suggested donation.
Jody Marshall, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, grew up in a musical family. Enchanted by the sound and visual appeal of the hammered dulcimer, she developed a passion for the instrument. The Washington Post has described Jody's music as "deftly balancing the artful and the playful...lovely, lively, and shimmering." She has been nominated as best folk instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association. To reserve a seat, call 703 426-1450 or email email@example.com. $20 suggested donation.
Hickory Grove founding members Bev & Jack Osburn are joined by Ralph Gordon on Bass and Larry Tapper on Harmonica to bring us an evening of Bluegrass--one of the American threads in the Celtic tapestry. To reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703 426-1450. $20 suggested donation.
The sound of the bagpipes, cello, and guitar in these musicians’ hands, captures the excitement of Celtic music, with master piper Bob Mitchell, cellist Karin Loya, and Pat Egan on guitar & vocals. To reserve a seat, email email@example.com or call 703 426-1450. $20 suggested donation.
Deborah Packard returns to weave Appalachian and Scottish spells with her heartbreakingly sweet vocals and fine whistle playing while native Glaswegian Peter Cairney provides world class guitar, lap dulcimer and harmonica accompaniment. To reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703 426-1450. $20 suggested donation.