Harrison Hot Springs – Harrison Festival Society’s 29th Season of the Performing Arts will continue Saturday January 27, with a concert of Old-Time American string music by Toronto’s Lonesome Ace Stringband.
The 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 mountain music 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.”
The Concert will begin at 8:00pm on Saturday, Jan 27th inside the Harrison Memorial Hall. Doors will open at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at harrisonfestival.com, by calling 604-796-3664, or at the Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart.