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Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018


Face the Music

Lonesome Ace Stringband play Harrison Jan 27

By Byran Cutler, Harrison Festival


Lonesome Ace Stringband will be in Harrison Saturday, January 27.

he 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 Tavern.


The 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.

As 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 origins.”

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.

The 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 Mart.


Visit here for YouTube clips. Learn more about the Lonesome Ace Stringband, visit the band's website here. Watch for the band's new album.

About Harrison Festival
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality,
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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