Tonight: Hilst & Coffey album release (with a song to sample)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, 2:47 pm by Ben Salmon

A reminder: Tonight, local Celtic-flavored chamber-folk duo Hilst & Coffey will celebrate the release of its new album “The Lonely Grange Sessions” at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend). The show is free and begins at 7 p.m., with Wild Rye opening.

Here’s an excerpt of the piece I wrote about the band and the album in last week’s GO! Magazine:

When it came time for Tim Coffey and Kat Hilst to begin recording their new album in December, they had some songs ready to go and a few more that needed a little work.

Hilst & Coffey

But when they arrived at Keith Banning’s Lonely Grange Recorders studio in Sisters, they were confronted with a space so pristine, it demanded that they step up their efforts.

“We had to refine what we were doing,” Coffey said. “The sound was so good (we had to) make sure whatever (we) played was meant to be played.”

The result is an album, “The Lonely Grange Sessions,” that draws out the natural warmth of Hilst & Coffey’s earthy folk, blues and Celtic music. Packed with his percussive acoustic guitar and the rich textures of her cello, the record courses with the chemistry that has made the duo one of the busiest bands in Bend over the past few years.

Want to hear some of that natural warmth? Check out the song “Lonely Grange,” a mournfully gorgeous number that gives both players ample space to showcase not only their instrumental skills, but their impressive touch as well:

Hilst & Coffey, “Lonely Grange”

Hilst & Coffey album release, with Wild Rye; 7 tonight; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com.

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