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Darol Anger's Keep-It-In-The-Fam Holiday Show with the Cascadia All-Stars
The Olympia Ballroom
Olympia, WA
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Darol Anger's Keep-It-In-The-Fam Holiday Show with the Cascadia All-Stars
Keep-It-In-The-Fam Holiday Show with the Cascadia All-Stars:
Northwest Native Pickers;  
Darol Anger (fiddles, mandolins)
Emy Phelps: (guitar, vocals)
Alex Hargreaves (fiddle, mandolin, guitar)
Tatiana Hargreaves (fiddle, vocals)
Wes Corbett (banjo, vocals)
Jake Joliff (mandolin)
Mila Phelps-Friedl (cello, vocals) unite for the holidays.

What better way for some of the country's major string musicians to celebrate the holidays than to go home and play some shows with family and friends?

Acoustic Music legend Darol Anger joins regional star Emy Phelps in organizing some of the country's hottest young string musicians in a multigenerational musical show orbiting around the holidays, with some of Cascadia's finest pickers.

Award-winning fiddler Alex Hargreaves and his equally brilliant little sister Tatiana, teen cello-phenom Mila Phelps-Friedl,  Joy Kills Sorrow members Wes Corbett (banjo) and Jake Joliff (mandolin) all Oregon Natives will join the proceedings. In addition to the super-hot picking, there will be no lack of glorious singing and great songs of the season.

December is a time when family and friends re-unite, and this series of shows will be a wonderful break from the holiday runaround. Darol's experience with holiday shows from Windham Hill through Newgrange to Yulegrass, his quirky humor, and genius for organizing large bands will be utilized at full bore. Special guests, family and friends will undoubtedly make appearances.

Darol Anger is a flat-out fiddle guru, unique in his vast range and depth, who has spent the past three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and musical traditions from around the world. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, The Montreux Band, the Furies, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. He has recorded dozens of influential recordings since 1976. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a unique sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.

Emy Phelps is a remarkable vocalist, songwriter and a musician of note from the Oregon region. She has performed all around the Pacific Northwest since the late 80's. Trained in Ashland, Oregon's world-renowned theatre program, she worked for years in Festival events. She was a founding member of Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble, touring internationally from 19801987. As a member of that ensemble she did research on indigenous music in Peru. Her touring career was put on hold while obtaining a degree in education, teaching at elementary and middle schools and successfully raising four children, but now her public work continues as a recording artist, a member of the Furies, and as a duet with Darol Anger.  In addition to her current release, Look Up, Look Down, she released a previous recording entitled As It Should Be on Sweet Mercy Records

Alex Hargreaves, a native of Corvallis, Oregon, was the youngest ever Grand National Champion fiddler, the accompanist for singer/multi-instrumentalist, Sarah Jarosz, and probably the best jazz violinist who ever lived-- all at the tender age of 21!  Alex recently completed the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, under the artistic direction of world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, and has one solo release, Prelude, on Adventure Records.

At 17 years of age, playing both fiddle and banjo,Tatiana Hargreaves has already steeped herself in the archives of Appalachian music and song, and has appeared on stage with folk and bluegrass musicians including Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Mark O'Connor, Uncle Earl, Sara Watkins, Brittany Haas, Crooked Still, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum. In 2009, Tatiana won the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival Fiddle Contest in West Virginia. She participated in the prestigious String Music Program at the Savannah Music Festival in 2012 and in 2013. Tatiana appears on the Violin Shop (Nashville) Fiddle Masters Concert Series DVD Volume III and has a CD entitled Started Out to Ramble produced by Bruce Molsky.

16 year old Mila Phelps-Friedl grew up in Ashland, Oregon, the daughter of a musician. With three older musical brothers, music has always been an integral part of her life.  Mila first picked up a cereal-box cello at age 2 1/2 . Graduating to a 1/10 sized cello, Mila took classical lessons until she was 7 and was accepted into her first fiddle camp. That week changed everything for her. Mila has since been taught by cellists Natalie Haas, Tristan Clarridge, Mike Block and Eugene Friesen. Attending fiddle camps such as Shasta String Summit, Alasdair Fraser's camps, and the Mike Block String Camps, Mila continues to grow in the musical community which changed her views of what a cellist could be and do. She was accepted into the prestigious String Music Program at the Savannah Music Festival in 2013. She has played in tours and major festivals with Darol Anger, Rushad Eggleston, Mike Block, Maeve Gilchrist, Brittany Haas, and more. She is a regular member of Darol Anger's current group The Furies in which she sings and plays cello.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, 27 year-old Wesley Corbett has been playing the banjo since he was 16 after a split from the classical piano.  He has performed with many of the most influential acoustic musicians of our time, including Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Bruce Molesky, Sarah Jarosz, and Laurie Lewis (among many others), as well as touring internationally with the Indie-Popgrass band Joy Kills Sorrow.  As of 2011 Wes has been the professor of banjo at Berklee school of music in his now hometown of Boston MA.  

Oregon native and virtuoso mandolinist Jacob Jolliff has been playing since age seven.  He grew up in a musical family, studying with his dad, Bill, a well-known Oregon banjo player. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he also won the National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, KS.  After hundreds of gigs and many recorded projects, Jake is a member of the international touring group Joy Kills Sorrow, with two releases to date on Signature Sounds.  Jake has often guested with the David Grisman Quintet, and with Ronnie McCoury, Chris Thile, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Craven, Bryan Bowers, Tim O'Brien, and the Irish super-group Solas.  He has also played sessions for countless recording projects and been featured on multiple national radio and television programs.

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The Olympia Ballroom (View)
116 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
United States


Categories

Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Country
Music > Folk
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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