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rsvped +1 for Rupert Wates - Sunday, December 13, 2020 2019-10-12 13:51:33 -0500

Rupert Wates - Sunday, December 13, 2020

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. In London he worked with some of the best performers in the city. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the US, he has won more than 40 songwriting and performing awards (https://www.rupertwatesmusic.com/awards).

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released nine solo CDs. They have received outstanding reviews in the international online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In addition, Wates' songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US. Two full length tribute CDs to his material have been recorded: 'Crazy Puzzle' (2015) by Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers, and 'Wide Open Heart' (July 2017) by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler. Both these CDs were initiated and funded entirely by the artists themselves, and comprise exclusively songs taken from Rupert Wates' back catalog. Over 20 recordings featuring Wates's songs by other artists were made in 2016, and more are scheduled for 2017 (full list at www.rupertwatesmusic.com/covers).

In 2010 Wates released Joe’s Café, an album of 15 original songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, retelling the stories of ordinary American people. Through them we trace the story of America itself: through two world wars, the Dust Bowl depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day. Recorded live in the studio in a single weekend, the album's warm sound evokes the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night café, where friends gather to share their stories. Featured virtuoso musicians on the recording include Darol Anger on violin and Michael Manring on bass.

Joe’s Café has been presented very successfully at Festivals throughout North America, and in other venues in New York City and in the southeastern United States. The show won Best Music Revue in the 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival. More information about Joe's Cafe is at www.bitemusiclimited.com.

In 2014, Wates joined forces with Toronto-based virtuoso pianist Bartosz Hadala to form a piano/guitar duo called The Nightwatchers (www.thenightwatchers.com). The duo tour Canada and Europe regularly. In March 2015 they recorded and released a debut CD entitled The Nightwatchers, featuring some of the standout songs of Wates' extensive catalog.

Rupert Wates averages 120 live shows every year, in front of audiences totaling more than 3,500, in acoustic venues in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. He performs sometimes alone, sometimes with his trio or his quartet. He prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close and the emphasis is on the music. He was voted an Artist Of The Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home (www.concertsinyourhome.com). He is the only artist on the entire CIYH database to have been honored with this title twice. In 2018, Wates was a Finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest, and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival.

Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music'' (https://www.acousticmusic.com) and goes on: "This is one gifted sonofabitch... If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out."

Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.

Discography: The Lights Of Paris (2017), Colorado Mornings (2016), The Nightwatchers (2015), The Rank Outsiders Ball (2014), At the Losers’ Motel (2012), Joe’s Café (2010), Dear Life (2008), Coast to Coast (2007) and Sweet or Bitter Wine (2005).

https://rupertwatesmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/rwatesmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMz5OyvJRxq6s4FmoBuSS0A

 

WHEN
December 13, 2020 at 3pm
WHERE
Windy City House Concerts
Chicago, IL 60640
United States
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rsvped +1 for Low Lily - Sunday, April 19, 2020 via 2019-04-27 14:42:07 -0500

Low Lily - Sunday, April 19, 2020

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$25 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

Start with excellently matched vocals, add some world-class playing, sprinkle with raised-off-grid Americana and you get Low Lily. Flynn’s deft flatpicking on guitar and mandolin and Lissa’s virtuosic fiddle-playing are grounded by Liz’s percussive rhythm guitar playing, the sounds of which combine joyously in this stunning ensemble.

With a vocal blend that has been dubbed “outstanding” and “meticulous,” Low Lily’s cohesive sound comes naturally for musicians whose lives have been entwined on the road and onstage for almost two decades. Setting down roots in Brattleboro, Vermont, the band has crafted a signature sound which they have shared with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK, garnering two #1 songs on international folk radio and two New England Music Award nominations.

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted Band” of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary. With their first full-album release, “10,000 Days Like These” (March 2018, following their 2015 self-titled EP release), Low Lily shares an intimate, no-tricks-involved, collection of songs that showcases their talents and proves them to be a formidable, ready-for-prime-time act. A first album this strong doesn’t come from newbies–all the members have performed with numerous well-known names in folk and traditional music. Flynn has toured with Ruth Moody, John Whelan, Cathie Ryan and Aoife Clancy. Liz has toured with Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Melanie, and Long Time Courting. Lissa has toured as a solo act as well as with Solas and Childsplay.

[Low Lily has] "an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound... it’s a blend that works beautifully." - PopMatters

"Deftly understated virtuosity, tight arrangements, freshness of sound and clarity of musical vision." - Fatea

"Refreshing and uplifting– in short, it’s an absolute stunner." - Folk Radio UK

"A honey-voiced singer... [Liz] Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling." - Dirty Linen Magazine

Flynn Cohen is "A versatile string virtuoso." - Dirty Linen Magazine

Lissa Schneckenburger's "talent lies in crafting pendulating melodies, and innovative freewheeling arrangements." - Dirty Linen

https://www.lowlily.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LowLilyBand

https://www.instagram.com/lowlily1/

https://twitter.com/LowLilyBand

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHJJ4EI4_pnATg87bz8RXQ/

WHEN
April 19, 2020 at 3pm
WHERE
Windy City House Concerts
Chicago, IL 60640
United States
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commented on Scott Cook - Sunday, March 1, 2020 2019-05-11 15:58:43 -0500
Hi Tom, We’re excited about this one, too. Glad you can join us!
is hosting House of Hamill - Sunday, February 2, 2020 2019-04-14 22:54:34 -0500

House of Hamill - Sunday, February 2, 2020

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.

Brian's band Enter the Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 am whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators.

Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and in desperation, Rose asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.

Both Baldino and Buchanan are accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, with over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" (2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up "March Through Storms" (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. In the summer of 2018, their quirky all-violin cover of "Sweet Child Of Mine" went viral, amassing over 15 million views and more than 400,000 shares on Facebook in just a few weeks, and was picked up by publications all over the world.

https://www.houseofhamill.com/

http://www.facebook.com/houseofhamill

http://www.youtube.com/user/houseofhamill

http://instagram.com/houseofhamill

http://twitter.com/houseofhamill

WHEN
February 02, 2020 at 3pm
WHERE
Windy City House Concerts
Chicago, IL 60640
United States
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is hosting Joe Crookston - Sunday, May 10, 2020 2019-04-14 21:15:07 -0500

Joe Crookston - Sunday, May 10, 2020

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, Joe Crookston has played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100s more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films.

He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

Come to a show. Mystical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Like short 4:00 films. Visual, artful and human. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. “The Long Note” is a phrase in Irish culture.”The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite.

There is a long note and Joe's reaching for it. Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

“At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted! I LOVE That!”  - David Francey, Songwriter Ontario

“With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good…and Joe does.” - Sing Out Magazine

http://www.joecrookston.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JoeCrookstonMilagritoRecords

https://twitter.com/joecrookston

https://www.youtube.com/user/CROOKSTONJoe/videos

WHEN
May 10, 2020 at 3pm
WHERE
Windy City House Concerts
Chicago, IL 60640
United States
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