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On Tour from North Carolina

Friday, August 22 - 8:00pm - $14 Advance / $17 at door

Locust Honey String Band

Heart-breakin' Country Harmonies and Raging Old-time Fiddle Tunes

Click below to see Locust Honey perform Trouble in Mind

    These wonderful musicians bring their respective experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-war Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. With a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars and upright bass, they set an emphasis on lively arrangements that showcase their vintage three-part vocal harmonies. Locust Honey features Chloe Edmonstone on fiddle, guitar, and vocals, Meredith Watson on guitar, slide guitar, and vocals, and for this show, Erin Inglish on banjo.

    Chloe Edmonstone grew up in North Georgia and has been surrounded by Old Time music since she was born. She started playing fiddle when she was 13 years old after a decade of falling asleep to the sounds of the luminaries she was so inspired by. She was encouraged and influenced by her musician "family," and through the years developed her own style. She briefly went to Warren Wilson College, where she was a part of the Appalachian music program, and she participated in the Old Time/ Bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University as well. She founded Locust Honey in 2011 as a way to incorporate all of her current musical interests, including vocal harmonies, bluegrass and old country, original songs, and the Old Time fiddle tunes that started it all. When she is not adhering to the rigorous lifestyle of the Locust Honey road, she is teaching modern dance and fiddle lessons in Asheville, NC.

    Meredith Watson was born in Boston, Massachusetts where, at the age of three, she began studying classical dance at the Boston Ballet School. She was featured in countless productions at the Wheelock Family Theater in Boston, and, as a teenager, she taught classes in acting,movement and choreography at the Harwich Junior Theater in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was selected to attend the prestigious National High School Institute at Northwestern University, where she studied Theater Arts, and subsequently received her BFA in Acting and Music from the Tisch School of the Performing Arts at New York University. She has performed in, and played music for, many productions with the award-winning off-broadway theater company "Collaboration Town." In 2009, she was selected as a finalist in the Telluride Acoustic Blues competition at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Meredith teaches fiddle at the Junior Appalachian Musician's program in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

    Erin Inglish should be familar to our Stuido 55 audience from her October 2013 performance in the Banjo Babes show. Erin delivers a unique presentation of voice and banjo that is reminiscent of the sounds of John Hartford and the activist stylings of Peggy Seeger. Formerly a mechanical engineer in the field of sustainability, Erin now tours internationally as a folk music troubadour. She has lived in India, Madagascar, Bulgaria and Serbia. In April, 2013, Erin released her first solo album titled, "A Melody So Sweet," and then toured - by bicycle - the entire coast of California to celebrate Earth Month. From the thoughtful and conscientious messages in her songwriting, to her magnetic and entertaining stage-presence, Erin is a consummate performer and humanistic storyteller.

The Carole King
of this Generation

Sunday, September 7 - 7:30pm - $18 advance / $22 at door

Lloyd Barde Productions Presents:

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Intimate Performance by Famous Singer-Songwriter

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Beth performing her song There's A Light, backed up by
Emmylou Harris, Pat Benatar, Sheryl Crow & Shea Seger

Video of Beth performing her song Sand and Water with Kieran Goss

From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, twice Grammy-nominated songs, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Nashville based singer-songwriter has truly embraced musical diversity. A breast cancer survivor, environmental activist, teacher of workshops and lecturer on the magic of creativity, she's penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo', Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Bette Lavette and many more. Her music has been heard on ER, Dawson's Creek, Providence, Felicity and in movie soundtracks, including The Prince of Egypt, Message In A Bottle, The Rookie, Calendar Girls, Where The Heart Is and Practical Magic. Mega-hit This Kiss, sung by Faith Hill, was ASCAP'S 1999 Song Of The Year, garnered a Grammy nomination and Nashville NAMMY'S 1999 Songwriter of the Year.

Among Beth's own recordings, the groundbreaking Sand & Water, released following the death of her husband from cancer in 1994, was performed by Elton John on his 1997 U.S. tour in place of Candle In The Wind to honor the memory of Princess Diana. Deeper Still was voted Album Of The Year by BBC2's Terry Wogan. Back To Love, released in 2010, spawned two hits on BBC Radio 2, and in 2012 Beth debuted, The Mighty Sky, a romping collection of songs about the wonders of astronomy that earned a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Children's Album.

On Beth's new release, 2014's Uncovered, she rolls out a batch of songs covered by others, but never recorded herself. Most were Top 10 hits, seven of which topped the charts at #1. With This Kiss (Faith Hill), Here We Are (#1 for Alabama), Strong Enough To Bend (#1 for Tanya Tucker) and Nothin' I Can Do About It Now (#1 for Willie Nelson), the thread that runs through it all is a her great passion for the well written song. Beth has a whole lot of fun performing these songs, and has no trouble bringing them home and making them her own once again.

Soulful, Spacious, Solo Electric Guitarist

Saturday, September 20 - 8:00pm - $15 Advance / $18 at door

Lloyd Barde Productions Presents:

Peter Jack Rainbird

On Tour from England by way of Canada: CD Release Concert for Unravel

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Click below to see Peter Jack Rainbird perform his instrumental Signals

Introducing British-born Nomadic Musician Peter Jack Rainbird. This artist makes an immediate impression on listeners, playing the electric guitar and creating a soulful spacious sound. His music evokes sounds that would seem to require a full symphony yet on stage he stands alone. Those wide open Canadian spaces and a deep, soulful yearning distinguish this music from any other stylistic offering you may have heard and deemed similar. And I can only imagine that his live concerts are where this masterful, innovative and soulful sound is heard to best advantage.

From playing outdoor gigs from the wilds on Vancouver Island to playing at national festivals at Wanderlust and the Wake Up Festival Aug 20-24 at Estes Park, CO, Peter Jack has won over the hearts of people no matter where he goes. This year he continues to bring his sound to audiences throughout the US and Canada with performances at festivals and retreat centers.

The album he has made is called UNRAVEL, a moving experience of seamless music. Recently signed with Sounds True & Warner Brothers, Peter Jack Rainbird and Unravel are set to reach the World, but we want to introduce you first before the World finds out.

Peter Jack Rainbird astounded listeners with five blissful ambient pieces featuring his innovative use of the electric guitar. Now, the yoga festival phenomenon brings us a new imagining of these improvisational masterpieces with Unravel: The Extended Suites. Through subtle layering of electric guitar loops interwoven with melody over broad soundscapes, these ethereal compositions beckon us to let go of tension in mind and body and relax in the stillness from which everything arises.

As a world-renowned musician and innovator of the guitar, Peter Jack Rainbird's music has been described by Thom Yorke of Radiohead as "a sprawling, ambient sound, both epic and intimate."

This tour supported by

Saturday, October 11 - 8:00pm - $17 Advance / $20 at door

Socks in the Frying Pan

Traditional Band on Tour from Country Clare, Ireland

Click below to see a live video of Socks in the Frying Pan

The band comprises two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo and accompanied by Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals.

This young trad trio from County Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with and innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. These socks are audibly palatable! As for the inevitable question of where the name originated? This is yet to be disclosed!

Having gained a fan-base from four years of gigging around the west of Ireland, this exciting group have recently started branching out and have been well received for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music. This, combined with an acoustic musical interplay, three-part harmony and an obvious love for live performance, compliments the traditional essence of both tune and songs in a fresh and entertaining way. Their debut CD was launched at the Ennis Trad Festival in November and was received very well with an audience exceeding the capacity of the venue. The CD itself offers a dozen lovingly crafted tracks which the lads are eager to showcase both on the album and at their musically charged gigs.

Their Sound flows in magnetic, energetic waves, so does their banter on stage - Irish Music Magazine
They wrap traditional Irish tunes in modern garments and spice them up with driving grooves - Folkworld
High-energy playing, fancy ornamentation and frolicsome arrangements - The Journal of Music

ethereal renaissance
pop songstress

Friday, October 17 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door

Lloyd Barde Productions Presents:

Kristin Hoffmann

In her Bay Area Concert Debut

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Video of Kristin performing her song Open

Video of Kristin performing her Song for the Ocean

Kristin Hoffmann offers a uniquely beautiful blend of pop and classical styles. Kristin is a singer-songwriter who has a gift, one we can all experience through her ability to be open. As a human compass, she navigates through her own waters right into ours, with sound, like poetry without words. Her perfect pitch is a serene perfume. We, as an audience, are the witnesses and we watch as she volunteers her soul's journey. Starting at the age of 4, this ethereal renaissance pop songstress and multi-instrumentalist began building a prolific career that reads like a lifetime achievement award speech. In addition to stints at major record labels and song placements on hit TV shows like Dawson's Creek and Palmetto Pointe, she has shared stages with The Wallflowers, Feist, Brandi Carlile and many other musical luminaries. With a strong sense of artistic altruism, she is most passionate about projects that explore music's healing power and allow listeners to tap into their higher potentials.

Having studied with Sound Healing pioneer Fabian Maman, Hoffmann not only made music to accompany acupuncture sessions but also composed 170 songs for health-challenged children as a writer/producer at non-profit organization Songs of Love. A spokesperson for ocean conservation, she has performed her Song for the Ocean at environmental awareness conventions around the world. In 2011 she became the singer for Bella Gaia, a multimedia immersive theater ensemble experience created in conjunction with NASA. Her most recent work includes a self-produced album entitled The Human Compass (2012) and a symphonic collaboration with composer Marco Missinato called Unfolding Secrets: A Symphony of the Heart.

Similar perhaps to Tori Amos, Stevie Nicks, Fiona Apple, and Joni Mitchell, she easily slides into a Tina Malia or Donna De Lory vein at a moment's whim, switching with ease between guitar and keyboards . With half a dozen powerfully varied releases over the past decade and praise-filled reviews, Kristin is an artist to embrace, discover and move mountains with.

Amazing band returns to Studio 55 for 3rd Time

Saturday, October 18 - 8:00pm - $15 advance / $18 at door

Run Boy Run

3 women, 2 men, 2 fiddles, cello, bass, mandolin, & three part harmonies

Live video of Run Boy Run performing Back in Time

Live video of Run Boy Run performing Willow Garden

The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. In recent years, bands like Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and others have revived a sense of innovation in traditional American music. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. Three strong female voices weave a spectacular tapestry of sound. Award-winning fiddle cuts a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is - at it's core - beautiful.

From winning the band contest at Pickin' in the Pines to playing on stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as band contest winners in 2012, to making a second appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul in 2013, Run Boy Run is spreading this special brand of music to all who would hear. With the release of the full length album So Sang the Whippoorwill in March of 2013, Run Boy Run is making more people dance, cry, and sing than ever. A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor was impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to this CD.

Brother and sister, Matt (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), have fiddle music running through their blood. Raised with bow and rosin on every bedside table, Run Boy Run was a natural fit. Sisters, Bekah (fiddle, vocals, guitar) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals), grew up deeply rooted in the Bluegrass festivals of Arizona, so they too found a home in Run Boy Run. Jesse Allen (bass) was brought up on opera and western swing, and grew to love the natural fusion inherent in American music. The whole truly exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run's unique sound.

When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever. - Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion