"Thread the Needle" in Concert
A reunion of the Bas Bleu Theatre QUILTERS band! Steve Eulberg and Marta Dean (hammered dulcimer, bohdran, guitar), Ben Haugestuen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica), Greg Fisher (fiddle), and Jeremy Woods (bass). Join "Thread the Needle" for an intimate evening of live folk music. Seating limited to 50. Proceeds will benefit Homelessness Prevention Initiative.
Last Fall, music director Cynthia Vaughn recruited some of Fort Collins finest folk musicians as the onstage band for the musical "Quilters" at the award-winning Bas Bleu Theatre Sep17-Oct23. www.basbleutheatre.org The production was a huge success, selling out most performances in the final weeks, with audience members coming from as far way as Denver and Cheyenne. The dramatic musical based on true stories of pioneer women, received strong reviews that mentioned director Morris Burns, the fine acting ensemble, and the music. The live bluegrass band lent an authentic flavor to the traditional tunes (and sound effects) that helped the pioneer women tell their stories. Through playing onstage together for six week, the musicians become a true band. They added a pre-show of bluegrass tunes to entertain the arriving audience members, and after closing night they made plans to keep the music going. They named the band "Thread the Needle" after one of the folk tunes in Quilters.
Steve, Ben, Marta, Greg, and Jeremy quickly accepted Cynthia's invitation to perform a concert at Magnolia Music Studio. It was important to the band that the concert give something back to the community. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Homelessness Prevention Initiative.
Meet THREAD THE NEEDLE:
STEVE EULBERG is a 5-time national mountain dulcimer winner and a 3-time national hammered dulcimer finalist. An active touring musician, film and theatre composer, he has had several songs in the Top 10 Independent Country Chart. His music has been featured on United Airlines Inflight Audio, PBS's Roadtrip Nation and National Public Radio
MARTA DEAN has been playing folk and traditional music since she was 10 years old. A student of Steve Eulberg, Marta first discovered hammered dulcimer while working as a teenager with Appalachian Service Project. Dr. Marta Dean and her husband Dr. Andrew Dean are veterinarians and owners of LaPorte Animal Clinic
BEN HAUGESTUEN has played guitar for over 20 years, exploring musical styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, and classical to mariachi, folk, indie and bluegrass. He has recently added mandolin and banjo to his repertoire, and has added dobro to his instrument wish list. Ben sings and plays music for worship services at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church.
GREG FISHER has been playing violin for 45 years and fiddling for 35 years. He has performed with various old-time, bluegrass and country bands in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado. He plays fiddle regularly for worship services at Spirit of Joy and competes in fiddle contests throughout Colorado and Wyoming.
JEREMY WOODS is currently the Principal Bass player for Greeley Chamber Orchestra. In addition to Quilters, Jeremy has played bass in pit orchestras for regional theaters and dinner theaters. Shows include The Last 5 Years, The Music Man, Nun-Sensations, and The Taffetas. Jeremy is a Computer Consultant for Newsgator and is married to singer/actor Aimee Woods.
ABOUT FORT COLLINS HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION INITIATIVE:
The Homelessness Prevention Initiative is a local, grassroots emergency support resource for working families living within the Poudre School District who face the possibility of homelessness.
We work to prevent homelessness before it starts.
We provide one-time grants (once per twelve months) for rental assistance, and all checks are written directly to the client's landlord.
We help clients navigate the assistance process by providing referrals to appropriate services, agencies and community resources.
We provide mediation services to residents and property owners, as needed.
Magnolia Music Studio (View)
210 W. Magnolia St, Ste 10
Fort Collins, CO 80521