FRI January 13th, 8pm, $10/$15: The Brianna Brown Band is a new traditional Irish music project from St. Louis, featuring John Bolduan (tenor banjo, guitar, vocals), Matthew Brown (bodhrán), Timothy Yau (fiddle, guitar, mandolin), Lisa Gilbert (flute), and Brianna Brown (concertina, harp, whistle, and mouth organ). This band takes the energetic dance music of Ireland and imbues it with a youthful vibrancy at the hands of a young master-in-the-making in Brianna Brown.
Brianna is already an accomplished musician at age 12. She is the 2015 All-Ireland World Champion in the under 12 concertina, and the 2016 All-Ireland World Champion in the under 12 mouth organ. She is the youngest American to ever win a world title at the Fleadh Cheoil na h’Eireann, and the first to ever win in the concertina and mouth organ under 12 category. Brianna is a four-time Midwest Fleadh Champion on concertina, harp, harp slow airs, mouth organ, tin whistle, tin whistle slow airs, and much more. She has qualified to compete at the world championships a total of 42 times in the last four years on various instruments and in various categories. She has been a student at the Saint Louis Irish Arts since the age of 3.
SAT January 14th, 8pm, price $10/$15: Howard Rains & Tricia Spencer
Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old time music from her Grandparents and the likes of Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnet, Lymon Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Howard Rains plays rare, old tunes learned from friends, family, mentors, and old recordings. Spencer & Rains have performed and taught nationally and internationally, playing old time fiddle tunes and singing old songs in the style of their home states while also exploring other American regional styles.
FEB 25, 2017 9am-4pm @ the Old Courthouse, the 1857 Washington's Birthday Ball (FB event page, too)
MARCH 31, 2017 6pm Friday through Saturday @ Mahler Ballroom, the St Louis Civil War and Regency Ball Weekend (FB event page and http://www.stlouiscivilwarball.com/)