Oct. 1, 2014. The Foghorn Stringband performs at the Jones House on Sunday, Oct. 5, starting at 7:30 p.m., continuing the Town of Boone’s Fall Indoor House Concert Series.
Largely responsible for an old-time music revival in the northwest, this Portland, Oregon-based band has been turning heads and bending ears amongst a new generation of traditional Americana roots music-and the old-timers are quite impressed too.
“We are very exited to have Foghorn come to Boone for a performance,” said Concerts Organizer Mark Freed. “They have been here as individuals with one act or another, but this will be their first show here with the full band.”
The core duo of Foghorn Strinband includes founding members, Caleb Klauder, whose wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking have always been at the heart of the band, and Stephen “Sammy” Lind, one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation. Canadian singer and bassist Nadine Landry, from Quebec via the Yukon, joined the band in 2008, bringing a wealth of experience as an internationally touring bluegrass musician. Newest member, singer and guitarist Reeb Willms, came from Bellingham, Washington with a suitcase of old vintage country songs and a powerfully beautiful, pure voice.
For the group that first broke the good news about Southern old-time music to new generations, a new album and new tour dates are both a return to form and a fresh new start. Wowing audiences across the country and across the pond, playing over 200 days a year, Foghorn is one of the most sought after acts for festival stages and music camps. Indeed, the band members will be leading master class workshops in the afternoon at the Jones House, starting at 3 p.m.
The band was selected as Official Showcase Artists at the 2011 International Bluegrass Music Association Conference, which they are attending again this year in Raleigh. “It is fortunate to have this conference in North Carolina,” Freed says. “It allows us to bring in bands from further away that are traveling through the area.”
As the band’s website states, “Foghorn Stringband plays the old way, the way you’d have heard stringbands play on Southern radio stations back in the 1930s. They don’t fancy up the music to make it more modern, instead they reach into the heart of the songs, pulling out the deep emotions that made them so enduring in the first place.”
Seats for the Tuesday evening concert at the Jones House are $20 each and can be reserved by contacting Mark Freed at 828-268-6280 or by email at [email protected]
The Indoor House Concert Series at the Jones House is produced by the Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department. The Foghorn Stringband performances is sponsored by Over Yonder by the Mast Farm Inn.