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The Stairwell Sisters and Cascada de Flores present "Old-Time Without Borders"
St. Cyprian's Church
San Francisco, CA
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The Stairwell Sisters and Cascada de Flores present "Old-Time Without Borders"
North American and Latin American roots meet in a great double-bill!
"five women who attack string instruments with a veracity that rivals some of rock's most venerated fret burners.  rarely have songs taken from the public domain sound so modern and vital." -Dallas Observer
Playing "Old-Time music with punk-rock intensity," The Stairwell Sisters perform their driving brand of stringband music, sweet country harmonies, old-time songs and rowdy fiddle tunes.  Through 10 years and three albums, the Bay Area's favorite all-gal, old-time teardown has performed all over the US & Europe; from Lincoln Center to A Prairie Home Companion and beyond.  

"A dream from which you have no desire to return" -Sing Out! Magazine
The sound of Cascada de Flores echoes the golden radio age of Latin America, where jazzy bolero and earthy traditions from the countryside were joyously juxtaposed. Its lush and haunting vocal duet features the unique voices of Arwen Lawrence and Sabra Weber, and is reminiscent of the vocal hermanas (sisters) of that era. Virtuoso guitarist Jorge Liceaga carries them, drawing from his mixed heritage of Bibriesca, syncopated Yucatecan bolero and the communicative flamenco art tradition. From heart-wrenching canciĆ³n and raucous Cuban guaracha, to earthy Mexican son the variety is woven together by the poetic treatment of the Spanish language, the casual and humorous storytelling and the use of traditional instruments: tres cubano, flute, marimbol (a marimba-like instrument related to the African thumb piano), vihuela,  guitarra de son and jaranas of Veracruz, donkey's jaw bone and zapateado (percussive dance).
"One learns the roots while listening to experts play music they clearly love. The result is rich, delicate, and lovely." -Sing Out Magazine
Together these two bands explore Old-Time:north & south of the border


St. Cyprian's Church (View)
2097 Turk (at Lyon)
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Country
Music > Festivals
Music > Folk
Music > World

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


Owner: SF Live Arts at Cyprian's
On BPT Since: Feb 22, 2011
SF Live Arts at Cyprian's

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