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Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the Grammy Award winner has crafted a remarkable body of work that prompted The New York Times to hail…

Leo Kottke

A self-taught guitar player and songwriter, Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia. A stint in the US Navy was followed by a move to Minneapolis, where he found a nurturing environment in the city’s thriving folk scene. Kottke’s breakthrough came in 1969 when his mentor, legendary guitarist John Fahey, invited him to record for…

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba / Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss & Laurel Premo

Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He has collaborated with many notable musicians in and outside of Mali, including Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté, Taj Mahal and Béla Fleck. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba is an ensemble with unusual instrumentation, including three…

Regina Carter: Gone in a Phrase of Air

Trying to fit Regina Carter into a neatly defined musical category is futile. Carter enjoys performing many styles of music, including but not limited to jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop and African. In each she explores the power of music through the voice of the violin. The MacArthur “Genius,” Doris Duke Artist Award…

Ger Mandolin Orchestra

MIKE MARSHALL, MUSIC DIRECTOR David Benedict Sharon Gilchrist Caterina Lichtenberg Josh Pinkham Dana Rath Eric Stein Joe K. Walsh Jeff Warschauer Tony Williamson Radim Zenkl Conceived by Israeli-American Avner Yonai, whose ancestral research led him to a tattered photograph of his relatives playing in a pre-WWII Jewish mandolin orchestra in Góra Kalwaria, Poland (Ger in…

Sam Bush plays John Hartford / The Jerry Douglas Band

Best known for his award-winning mandolin playing, Kentucky-born Sam Bush is a multi-instrumentalist and bandleader who has influenced generations of American acoustic music artists. Growing up with American fiddle tunes and bluegrass music, Bush eventually looked to expand upon these traditions, helping create what became known as newgrass. He has won four International Bluegrass Music…

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba / Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss & Laurel Premo

Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He has collaborated with many notable musicians in and outside of Mali, including Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté, Taj Mahal and Béla Fleck. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba is an ensemble with unusual instrumentation, including three…

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno / The Foreign Landers

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno write and perform old-soul roots music with stunning breadth and originality. Though both just out of college, their talents extend far beyond their years. Both Leva and Calcagno grew up in the Appalachian string band tradition, have noted parents in the old-time scene and spent formative years running wild around…

NOON30: Bruce Molsky & Maeve Gilchrist

In this lunchtime performance, Bruce Molsky (see page 22) performs work from his most recent album for solo guitar, his original instrument. Known and respected internationally for decades as a master fiddler, preserver of American music traditions and multi-style collaborator, Bruce Molsky’s first musical love was finger-style guitar. With this project, Molsky dives into intimate…

NOON30: Bruce Molsky

In this lunchtime performance, Bruce Molsky performs work from his most recent album for solo guitar, his original instrument. Known and respected internationally for decades as a master fiddler, preserver of American music traditions and multi-style collaborator, Bruce Molsky’s first musical love was finger-style guitar. With this project, Molsky dives into intimate and unique arrangements…

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno / The Foreign Landers

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno write and perform old-soul roots music with stunning breadth and originality. Though both just out of college, their talents extend far beyond their years. Both Leva and Calcagno grew up in the Appalachian stringband tradition, have noted parents in the old-time scene, and spent formative years running wild around festival…

Aaron Lee Tasjan / S.G. Goodman

Nashville-based songwriter and guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan makes music with conviction that has its roots in rock’s murky past, armed with an arsenal of songs that spill over with humor, intelligence and irony. With a musical background ranging from jazz to punk to alt-country, he won the award for Outstanding Guitarist at the Essentially Ellington…