Feb. 25, 2015. Master old-time fiddler, Rayna Gellert, will perform an indoor concert at the Jones House on Saturday, Feb. 28, starting at 7:30 p.m., accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Jeff Keith. A limited number of seats are still available.
Continuing the 2015 Winter/Spring Indoor Concert Series at the Jones House, Gellert and Keith will mark the second performance of the program and Gellert’s first performance in Boone in nearly 10 years.
“The last time she was here was on the heels of the first Black Banjo Gathering when her then bandmate, Abigail Washburn, and friend Bela Fleck joined her on stage,” says concert organizer, Mark Freed. “I am especially excited to have Rayna playing in the Jones House, where folks can really hear her fantastic fiddling.”
Gellert grew up in a musical family, and has spent most of her life immersed int he sounds of rural stringband music, heartfelt gospel songs, and old ballads. Her father, Dan Gellert, is a noted old-time musician, who introduced her to a breadth of sounds growing up.
After honing her fiddle skills playing at jam sessions and square dances, while attending college at Warren Wilson, Rayna fell into a life of traveling and performing. Her fiddle albums are widely celebrated in the old-time music community, and she has recorded with a host of musicians in a variety of styles, including Robyn Hitchcock, Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright III, John Paul Jones, and Abigail Washburn.
From 2003 through 2008, Rayna was a member of the acclaimed all-girl stringband, Uncle Earl, with whoom she released two albums on Rounder Records and toured worldwide.
Gellert will be offering an afternoon workshop in old-time fiddling at the Jones House, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The workshop is geared towards intermediate and advanced fiddlers.
Seating for the concert with Rayna Gellert and Jeff Keith is limited, with a 40-person capacity. Advanced reservations are encouraged, though any available seats will be sold at the door.
“The Mazie Jones Gallery of the Jones House makes for a really nice listening room,” Freed says. “There is not a bad seat in the house, and the small and intimate space allows the musicians to perform unamplified.”
Seats are $20 per person, which includes light refreshments at the set break, when audience members will have a chance to meet the artists. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For reservations and a complete list of the 2015 Winter/Spring series, please call 828.268.6280 or visit www.joneshouse.org