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Two amazingly talented acts will be performing at The Evening Muse this Thursday, February 24th in Charlotte, NC: Cathie Ryan and Larry Keel & Natural Bridge.

Traditional Irish vocalist Cathie Ryan (Cherish the Ladies) is suberbly talented and has receive the award of “Female Vocalist of the Decade” by liveireland.com. Cathie will be accompanied on guitar and vocals by Ireland native Patsy O’Brien whose guitar playing moves from driving rhythm to delicate and melodic finger picking. The New Haven Advocate writes, “His music is stomping and ocean breezy – sure footed and fragile …”. Cathie will also be accompanied by on fiddle by New York born Matt Mancuso, who was the star fiddle player in Lord of the Dance – performing to sell out crowds throughout the world; a founding member of the rousing ensemble The Mickey Finns, and has taken star turns in tours with Irish super-group Grada. Cathie Ryan starts the evening off at 8pm.

Alternative Bluegrass ensemble Larry Keel and Natural Bridge have a show in the late evening slot, beginning at 10:30pm.  Larry Keel is award winning flatpicker that is well known for his gravelly voice and lightning fast licks. Keel is backed by his band, Natural Bridge made up of the vastly talented Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Larry’s life-long picker pal (and fishing phenom) Will Lee on soulful, blues-grass style 5-string banjo and penetrating lead vocals, and wife Jenny Keel with her impeccable timing and solid, yet imaginative bass lines as well as tenor vocal harmonies.

Cathie Ryan


Irish American singer-songwriter, Cathie Ryan, has been called a “thrilling traditional vocalist,” by the Boston Globe. Billboard Magazine says her voice is, “enchanting.” and The Irish Echo says her singing is “mature, masterful, at times magnificent.” Since her acclaimed seven year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, Cathie has released 4 critically acclaimed CDs on Shanachie Records: Cathie Ryan, The Music of What Happens, Somewhere Along the Road, and her latest, The Farthest Wave. She is featured on more than forty compilations of Celtic Music worldwide, including the renowned A Woman’s Heart – A Decade On.

Cathie tours internationally, headlining at performing arts centers, folk festivals, and guest starring with symphony orchestras. A captivating performer, Cathie’s shows are renowned for their blend of song, story, and the virtuoso playing of her award-winning band. “Anyone wondering what constitutes excellence in Irish American singing today, need only attend a Cathie Ryan concert…” The Wall Street Journal.

“There is a powerful sweetness in Cathie Ryan’s voice, as well as a Celtic intensity that can be felt in all the songs she writes and sings–songs of place, songs of memory, poignant songs of the heart,” state Billy Collins, Former U.S. Poet Laureate.

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge


“With an unofficial title of ‘Bluegrass Legend and Master Fisherman’, Larry Keel is considered one of the best flatpickers on the planet. Steeped in the old-timey and with a gravelly voice as deep and rich as moonshine on a riverbank… Larry’s flat-picking style is as seamless as it is gymnastic and he’s a master at simulating banjo rolls, mandolin runs or even parts that you would normally hear played on a fiddle,” touts Mousike Magazine.

John Patrick Gatta from Jambands.com depicts, “It’s the approach to the material that makes all the difference here, a hybrid of bluegrass with folk, country and jazz that tweaks the arrangements in subtly, shifting ways to grab one’s attention. Keel dubs it New Mountain Music, and that’s good enough for me. It feels like sunshine peaking through a thick forest or a sunrise with the grass caked by morning dew.”

Keel has weathered the changing tides of traditional bluegrass, country, jam rock, roots reggae, and even the currently emerging indie-alt scene always honoring the pioneers that introduced Bluegrass and Mountain Music into popular culture. Throughout his career, Keel has released 13 albums and is featured on 10 others. He is an ever-evolving musical force that stands in ongoing defiance to all genre expectations. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm.

Guitar Player Magazine states, “When bluegrass guitar greats Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambeta sing your praises, you must be good.”

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Show Details:

The Evening Muse
Thursday, February 24, 2011

8pm Cathie Ryan $8 adv/ $10 dos
10:30pm Larry Keel & Natural Bridge  $12 adv/ $14 dos

704-376-3737
3227 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC

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Here’s a great Q & A with Larry Keel in Awaiting the Flood that was posted over the holidays.

(Way More Than) 12 Questions with Larry Keel

By Lindsey Grossman in Awaiting the Flood

Alt-grass legend and flatpicking guitar genius Larry Keel has been a busy guy this year. Keel launched a new website, Fishin’ and Pickin’, as well as a facelift of LarryKeel.com, complete with new music releases and daily fishing reports.

Keel played a full summer schedule, hitting the biggest and best festivals and events across America, performing as Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Keller and the Keels, Keel and Adam Aijala, Jeff Austin and The Keels, Magraw Gap, and other interesting and irresistible collaborations.

We caught up with the legendary Keel via email during his tour right before the holidays to talk about life on the road with his fabulous wife, collaborating with Keller, and of course, ATF’s infamous 12 questions.

How would you describe your brand of bluegrass?
Original, and from the soul.

Old and young alike flock to your shows. How do you account for such an eclectic base of both traditional and progressive bluegrass fans?
Must be because our music has soul and creates happiness… that’s our goal anyway.

We see you have some tour dates scheduled with your brother. How does it feel to share the stage with the guy who gave you your first guitar and taught you how to play?
Playing with Gary is always a true honor, and it’s always so REAL… it’s the best.

What’s it like to tour with your wife (who plays a mean upright base, by the way)? Any secrets to having a happy marriage on the road?
We always knew from the git-go that we wanted to work together, whatever the work was gonna end up being. It’s a blessing to be able to play music together, travel everywhere together. No secret to pass on to you about it all, we just want to enjoy life.

Your latest collaboration with Keller Williams, “Thief,” came out earlier this year with quite the proverbial grab bag of cover songs. How did you decide which songs to cover?
That was all Keller’s doing. We just go in there after a bit of rehearsal and hangin’ out together, and then we record what he’s arranged for us. We trust him entirely to make awesome choices… he never disappoints.

We love your beard! How long have you had it? Have you ever been tempted to shave it off?
I’ve had a full beard since I was 16, but I’ve shaved it many times, had all kinds of looks. But the beard is pretty much a trademark.

And the Infamous 12 Questions:

1. What’s for supper?
This week we’ve had large mouth bass that I caught, and a deer roast that my buddy Will Lee shared with us (plenty more of both in the freezer) along with lots of my mom’s garden vegetables and herbs from this year’s canning and freezing.

2. List five items currently in your refrigerator (or if you’re on the road: cooler, glove compartment, backpack, suitcase).
Guitar strings, sunglasses, coffee, nutritional yeast and Tums.

3. Fitzgerald or Hemingway?
Hemingway.

4. What are you listening to and reading these days?
Danny Barnes and the local paper.

. . . Read Questions 5-11 at the original post . . .

12. What’s next for Larry Keel?
Tons of surprises.

READ THE ORIGINAL POST HERE: http://awaitingtheflood.com/q-and-a-with-larry-keel/

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Here’s a great review of Dehlia Low’s New Album ~ LIVE. Check out the album for yourself: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dehlialow3

Dehlia Low and Firefly Soda

Hot tracks for chilly days

by Sanuk D. in Vol. 17 / Iss. 24 on 01/04/2011

When the weather turns cold and the leaves fall off the trees, it takes a little something extra to warm you up inside. Few things do the trick better than a well-hit Dobro lick. It will sort of explode in your chest and creep out to the ends of your phalanges, making them tingle with the spirit. If you don’t have a Dobro handy, you could always try some corn liquor, but ever since Popcorn passed, the warmth has been more reliably communicated by string bands like Dehlia Low. Warm, in fact, is an understatement for this hot quintet that has become a staple of the festival scene. Even over the melee of last year’s Brewgrass, Dehlia Low broadcast not only their individual talents, but also their collective synchronicity.

So their newly minted live album (simply titled Live) carries with it high expectations for anyone who has seen them perform. Dehlia Low does not disappoint, displaying its own blend of traditional and new hillbilly styles in its natural environment. The music is so well captured that, from time to time, one can forget that it’s being played live. This might be a credit to some fantastic sound engineering, but it also means that listening to the record doesn’t give one the feeling of being at a show in the way Nanci Griffith’s One Fair Summer Evening does.

Not that we were talking about summer. With the wind howling outside the cabin door, high lonesome songs about going home are easy to relate to. Most of these songs, which sound like classic tunes, are originals written by the band. When they are really cranked up, Dehlia Low all seem to be taking solos at the same time, without stepping on one another.  Instead they form a locomotive with each instrument trading position as the drive wheel. If all this motion is not enough to heat you up, you’re going to have a long, cold winter.

— Read more about albums, Asheville and life at Saunk D’s website, http://www.sanukd.com.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND ABOUT FIREFLY SODA’S NEW ALBUM HERE: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/010511dehlia-low-and-firefly-soda

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SHOW CANCELLATION: Vince Herman’s mother and father are both gravely ill and he will be unable to perform. Please keep Vince, Colin, Silas and their family in your prayers this holiday season. Bobby Miller and the Virginia DareDevils will be performing in their honor for the MoDaddy’s show this Thursday Dec. 2nd in Asheville.

The Herman Clan is proud to announce their debut East Coast Tour! Hailing from the music infused—and snow clad—mountains of Colorado, they bring with them a flavor of life and Bluegrass in Nederland, CO. The Herman Clan is a family band led by the one and only Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon & Great American Taxi.

Teaming up with his sons Silas and Colin on guitar and upright bass, respectively, The Herman Clan delivers their own unique and tightly knit interpretation of traditional bluegrass, Americana and beyond. Joining the Herman Clan for this run are:  on Banjo  Jason Flournoy, on B3 Hammond ~ Dave McCracken (Donna the Buffalo), on Mandolin ~ Bobby Miller (Virginia DareDevils), and on Fiddle ~ Zebulon Bowles (Emmit Nershi Band)!

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Check out this great writeup of Dehlia Low in the High Country Press in Boone, NC:

Asheville’s Dehlia Low at ReelHouse Cinema June 11

Story by Anna Oakes www.highcountrypress.com

A month ago the three-year-old Dehlia Low, a five-piece acoustic Americana outfit based in Asheville, played MerleFest for the first time. The exposure at the Southeast’s marquee roots music festival earned the band a sizeable bump in CD sales, and by the time the band members got home, their Facebook fan base had doubled.

“Oh my gosh, it was amazing,” said guitarist and vocalist Stacy Claude. “It was a dream come true for all of us. We have this checklist of five major festivals that we really want to play, and that absolutely was the first one.”

The band’s next stop on the summer tour is at ReelHouse Cinema and Draft in Boone on Friday, June 11, at 10:00 p.m. The show is 18 and up, and the cover is $7. Boone bluegrass band Upright and Breathin’ will open the show.

Since forming in August 2007, a lot has changed for Dehlia Low.

“We’re a completely different band, I think,” said Claude. The band got its start playing traditional bluegrass covers, but the band’s growth and experience over the past few years has its sound “keeping a foot in bluegrass and moving toward the Americana genre,” Claude said.

With Claude on guitar and vocals, Anya Hinkle on fiddle and vocals, Aaron Balance on dobro, Bryan Clendenin on mandolin and vocals and Greg Stiglets on upright bass, Dehlia Low combines the styles of traditional string bands, country and bluegrass (minus the hard-driving banjo).

Last year was an eventful one for the band, as it self-released its first full-length album, Tellico.

“The process of recording in a studio absolutely helped define our sound,” Claude said. “Recording is a really exposing experience.” The hard work paid off, as the album received national and international radio play and positive reviews from leading roots music publications.

WNCW 88.7 FM listeners voted for Tellico as the No. 2 regional release of 2009 (second only to the Avett Brothers’ I and Love and You) and the No. 18 release of the top 100 overall.

In between gigs across the Southeast, the band performed at 13 festivals in 2009, including the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Appalachian Uprising, Durango Meltdown and Pick-A-Thon. Shortly after playing MerleFest this year, Dehlia Low performed at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in Pennsylvania.

Writing has already begun for the follow-up to Tellico, and the band is also recording a live album. Seeking a strategic approach to its growth, Dehlia Low would like to hire an agent and someone to manage the band before the release of its next album, and the band is gradually building upon its fan markets in the Southeast and Pennsylvania with hopes of eventually becoming a national touring act.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.highcountrypress.com/weekly/2010/06-03-10/ashevilles-dehlia-low.htm

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