Ryan McKasson and the Syncopaths, 2nd Saturday Community Concert
Mothers Day Gift? Tickets also at the Celtic Corner and group discounts of 5 or more through firstname.lastname@example.org, www.IrishPDX.com
Concert 7:30pm, doors ($15-$20-cash or checks only) 6:45
Ryan McKasson http://www.RyanMcKasoon.com
Ashley Broder http://www.ashleybroder.com/
Christa Burch http://www.christaburch.com/
Jeff Spero http://www.jeffandgigi.com/contra/Home.html
From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. Evolving beyond their contra dance origins, they are creating a "chamber folk" sound characterized by the compelling, rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhran. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious.
At the heart of the band's sound are the twin engines of Ryan McKasson's dynamic, Scottish-based fiddling and the understated-but-monster picking of mandolinist Ashley Broder. Jeff Spero provides wonderfully inventive and surprising piano accompaniment, anchored by the driving power of Christa Burch's non-traditional bodhrán. Christa also lends her singular voice -- warm, supple, expressive, and intimate -- to the band's songs. All in all, the Syncopaths are equally at home with pulsing, high-energy dance tunes and beautiful, contemplative songs. They ably stretch melodic boundaries while keeping a steady, compelling, danceable beat.
Five Gears generates strong reviews
The latest Syncopaths CD, "Five Gears", captures vibrant snapshots of the ongoing creative evolution that began when mandolinist Ashley Broder joined the band in the summer of 2009.
"On their new album, Five Gears, The Syncopaths are tapping into a chamber folk world of complex, choppy rhythms and instrument virtuosity that has propelled bands like Crooked Still to the top of the folk charts. It's a great sound and they wear it well." says Hearth Music reviewer Devon Léger. "... They're a helluva band to try and imitate and I doubt anyone could do justice to their virtuosic tunes." To read the Hearth Music review in PDF format, click here.
The Irish Herald says, "Though they may not have the international acclaim of the likes of Solas or the Chieftains, make no mistake, the Syncopaths are nothing short of a Celtic Supergroup." To read the entire Irish Herald profile, click here.
Rough Around the Edges established the Syncopaths' reputation
The Syncopaths' first CD "Rough Around the Edges" was recorded live at dances in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in January 2005, and released in June of the same year.
"The title is an apology that need not be given," said Irish Herald reviewer Dave Soyars. "... such is the energy of the band that even the mistakes are engaging." He goes on to call the Syncopaths "...one of Southern California's premier contra dance bands ..." and sums up the CD and the band as being "... an excellent, and never boring, jam band." To read the Irish Herald review in PDF format, click here.
Folkworks had this to say about the new CD: "... it is a LIVE ! You can feel the energy of the dancers feeding off the band, and the band feeding off the dancers. The result is a driving album of dance tunes that make you want to, well, stand up and dance!"
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