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One of the first and most enduring bands on the Celtic punk underground, Chicago’s the Tossers mix the attitude and swagger of punk rock with a muscular but respectful approximation of Irish traditional folk music. Formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1993 by Anthony “T.” Duggins, the group’s lead singer and mandolin player, the Tossers developed a reputation for their storming live show and busy touring schedule, and they influenced similarly minded bands such as the Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly.
The Tossers released The Valley of the Shadow of Death (2005), Agony (2007), Gloatin’ and Showboatin’: Live on St. Patrick’s Day (2008), On a Fine Spring Evening (2008), The Emerald City (2013) and Smash the Windows (2017) with Victory Records.
Rooted in vocal harmonies, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, banjo and an eclectic range of additional instrumentation and soulful arrangements, Beta Radio’s Americana-folk sound is the result of a decade-long collaboration between Ben Mabry and Brent Holloman.
Mabry and Holloman met at summer camp in the North Carolina mountains while on break from high school and immediately formed a musical kinship, bonding over the sounds of another musical duo, Simon and Garfunkel. Throughout high school and college, they found themselves in multiple hard rock and metal bands, an ironic juxtaposition considering the 60’s folk sound that first brought them together. Later, through a cycle of “on again, off again” writing and demoing during and after college, Mabry and Holloman had a collection of songs ready for a studio, and in the winter of 2009 they sat down to record their debut album, Seven Sisters. Seven Sisters was recorded and distributed without label support and enjoyed a grassroots success built largely on the back of internet music services Pandora and Spotify.
Beta Radio’s most recent studio release, Colony of Bees, is a layered and ethereal offering that treads into new territory while at the same time managing to effortlessly keep one foot firmly rooted in the Americana-folk arena that they have called home for many years. The Huffington Post calls Colony of Bees “sonically lovely” and included it in the top ten roundup of their 40 “Best Albums of 2014.”
The Young Dubliners have released nine albums to date. The set on the upcoming dates will draw from all their albums and include unreleased new material.
In recent years the Young Dubs have appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang, Los Lobos, Chris Isaak and many more.
Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, that label can often be misleading. The Irish influence is certainly there, but it’s not the only influence that bursts through on their albums or live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. “That was always the idea”, explains Roberts “The sound was intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though I am from Ireland, a lot of the music I listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when I got here, I got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with.
Old Sea Brigade (Acoustic)
Life happens between all of the changes around us. We adapt to the ebbs and flows in our environment and ultimately grow in the middle of major milestones.
Old Sea Brigade documents the space between those changes in his songs. Atlanta-born and Nashville-based singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Cramer captures anxiety, nostalgia, confusion, love, loss, and, ultimately, hope in tender true-life snapshots colored by folk eloquence, Americana bliss, and rock energy.
He welcomes everyone to flip through those snapshots on his 2021 second full-length offering, Motivational Speaking [Nettwerk]
“The songs are like little movies of my life,” he explains. “Motivational Speaking revolves around change and dealing with the fact that impermanence is inescapable.”
Like any timeless scrapbook, the album evolved as a living and breathing entity over the course of the past two years. Before that, Ben initially debuted Old Sea Brigade in 2015 with his self-titled independent debut EP. It yielded “Love Brought Weight,” which gathered over 41 million Spotify streams and counting. After the Cover My Own EP and Songs for the Holidays EP, he unveiled his 2019 full-length debut, Ode To A Friend. He garnered praise from Boston Globe, UPROXX, Glide, and No Depression and hit the road with Julian Baker, Joseph, Lewis Watson, and Luke Sital-Singh. He developed an undeniable chemistry with Luke that carried over to the studio as they teamed up on the collaborative All the Ways You Sing in the Dark EP. With both musicians off the road due to the Global Pandemic, they chose to unveil the project in 2020, and it generated nearly 3 million streams in the span of a few months. In addition to acclaim from American Songwriter, Atwood Magazine claimed, “Old Sea Brigade and Luke Sital-Singh have struck gold on their soulfully soothing new EP.”
Simultaneously, Ben had been working diligently on Motivational Speaking with his longtime production partner Owen Lewis [Banners, Maddie Medley] as well as various collaborators such as bassist Eli Beaird [James Bay, Shawn Mendes], drummers Will Sayles [Norah Jones, Drew Holcomb] and Julian Dorio [Eagles of Death Metal, The Whigs], guitarist Kris Donegan [Third Eye Blind, Kelsea Ballerini] and Glenn Duncan [Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Mark Knopfler] on dobro, banjo, and bouzouki.
As the world shutdown, Ben took advantage of the downtime to perfect these twelve tracks.
“Once the record was mastered, I stepped away, listened to it at the start of the quarantine, and felt like it wasn’t quite finished yet,” he admits. “I went back, reworked the mixes with Owen, and wrote more songs. I knew the record couldn’t (and shouldn’t) be perfect, but I wanted to take advantage of the extra time I had due to the pandemic shutting everything down. I felt like I had a really good rough draft but wanted to see if I could make it better. I also came back to the record refreshed after writing and recording with Luke. That project was very inspiring to me, and I feel like it allowed me to clear my head a bit and refocus my energy on this record.”
He initially teased the album earlier this year with “Caroline,” where delicate strumming and strings conjure a gorgeous daydream. He’ll kick off 2021 with the single “Day By Day.” A kinetically steady beat from Julian Dorio [Eagles of Death Metal, The Whigs] courses underneath a nimble riff as his full-bodied delivery gallops towards a floating hook, “I think of you growing old and it breaks my heart.”
“It deals with anxiety, always being on the move, and feeling a bit unsettled,” he says. “I wanted it to be very intense. It’s the most upbeat, loud, and chaotic song I’ve written and produced for myself. It’s a stark contrast to other things I’ve put out. In some ways, I’m trying to break out of the ‘acoustic singer-songwriter guy’ thing.”
Conceived as his first composition during the COVID-19 quarantine, “American Impressions” conjures up a “fantasy of living the ‘California Dream’ with someone” over sunny acoustic strumming and ethereal overtones. Co-written with Sital-Sing over ZOOM, “Mirror Moon” offsets lush electric guitar with a chantable refrain.
Lyrically, it’s a reminder to myself, ‘Don’t get too comfortable’. On the record, I speak on building roots. Some of these roots are tied to relationships, some are tied to places you live. ‘Mirror Moon’ explores building roots and the effect change has on them. Metaphorically speaking, you look at the moon and expect it to be there. It’s the same as when you’re in a relationship and have people you can count on. What happens when that splits in two?”
Strains of mellotron swell through “Salt,” which maintains the distinction of being “the first Old Sea Brigade song to feature banjo.” Meanwhile, “How It Works” relays the story of a snarky industry encounter with a gleeful grin.
In the end, Motivational Speaking collates the kind of memories and feelings we all could use a little more of right now.
“Maybe the album can be a small distraction from the chaos of the world,” he concludes. “I want it to be a journey where you feel refreshed by the end. I hope this album grows into something people can attach to a certain time in their lives and come back to. The same way I look back on my favorite records and can remember the people in my life at those moments.”
Somewhere between woodsy and magic, The Hunts are a Virginia based indie-alternative folk band. With a fusion of earthy and atmospheric tones, the seven brothers and sisters write their music together with quality and spirit.
Acquiring over 17 million Spotify streams, the band’s self-released album has attained syncs with MTV, national commercials, the Starbucks playlist, films, and documentaries.
The Hunts have opened for world class bands such as Judah and the Lion, X-Ambassadors, The Fray, OAR, etc and have appeared at world renowned music festivals and stages including Austin City Limits, Red Rocks, Firefly and Summerfest.
The Hunts have toured the nation for over 10 years and continue to gain and inspire a rising following everywhere.
“There are some artists whose work literally stops you dead in your tracks. You catch your breath, transfixed, afraid that if you breathe it might fade and dissolve. Encountering art at this level triggers an immediate, intimate familiarity, yet it is unlike anything you know, only what you have hoped would be. The experience is transporting, ecstatic, poignant and achingly beautiful all at once, in a moment of meeting that you will never forget. This was my experience in first hearing the music of Adam Hurst” -Robert Gould
World Renowned cellist and composer Adam Hurst uses his instrument as a melodic voice to create passionate and emotive musical poetry that speaks to the soul. His music has hints of Middle Eastern, Indian, Eastern European, Native American, Latin and Celtic traditions while being completely his own. He has performed throughout the world and has been commissioned to compose and perform original work for Film and dance performances. His music has played on various radio shows around the world including Echoes and Hearts of Space on NPR stations. Adam Hurst’s compelling live performances are not to be missed.
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Kingdom Concession, and the Auburn Odd Fellows bring a bountiful and delicious array of themed foods and drinks for your delight.
Kingdom Concession will have a variety of themed foods (Giant Turkey Legs, Meat Pie’s, Highland Burgers, and elvish sweet fried dough to name a few)
Auburn Odd Fellows will have a variety of meads, wines and beers from local breweries.
Official menus will be released by June 1st 2021
Schedule Main Music stage (Faire Hours 10-8 Sat - 10-5 Sun)
12 – The Pikeys
1 – Adam Hurst (worldcello)
2 – Brother Angus
3 – The Hunts
4 – Old Sea Brigade (Acoustic)
5 – The Tossers
6 – Young Dubliners
7 – May 1st
12 – Black Eyed Dempseys
1 – Adam Hurst
2 – tba
3 – Beta Radio
4 – May 1st