Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
Stringband play Harrison Jan 27
By Byran Cutler,
Lonesome Ace Stringband will
be in Harrison Saturday, January 27.
Lonesome Ace Stringband consists of Chris Coole on banjo,
John Showman on fiddle, and Max Heineman on bass. The three
bandmates have played together for many years, both on tour and in
weekly house gigs at Toronto’s Silver Dollar Room and the Dakota
many gigs and jams these three fine musicians have experienced
together has created an intuitive bond that translates to a unified,
natural performance style, with fluid virtuosity in their playing
and pure, powerful vocal harmonies.
These three musicians are the best in the country at what they do,
and are steeped in the traditional Old Time Appalachian music that
makes up a large part of their set. They are also fine writers who
are not afraid to sing about contemporary themes.
artistic director Andy Hillhouse notes, “Old Time music is not
bluegrass, but it is closely related. Old time is the moun
tainmusic that influenced Bill Monroe
and others when they came up with what we now call bluegrass. Fiddle
and banjo are the core instruments in Old Time, played with an
intense groove that brings together from African and European
For Harrison Festival attendees, the band members will seem
familiar: John Showman has appeared here in the past with his band
New Country Rehab, and Chris Coole has performed with several
artists here including, most recently, David Francey. Lonesome Ace
shares membership with the Foggy Hogtown Boys and the Creaking Tree
String Quartet, both bands that have appeared at the now defunct
Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival.
Lonesome Ace Stringband
will be releasing their new album Jan 24.
Concert will begin at 8pm on Saturday, Jan 27th inside the Harrison
Memorial Hall. Doors will open at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at
here at Harrison Harrison Festival's website
here, by calling 604-796-3664, or at the Agassiz Shoppers Drug
here for YouTube clips. Learn more about the Lonesome Ace
Stringband, visit the band's website
for the band's new album.
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town
the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing
acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming. Each July
for more almost 40 years the Society has produced the
internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day,
cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small
town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs,
BC. A charitable non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society
also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September
to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in
continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible
performing arts into the area.
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