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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 16th, 2011

This week’s music section is like a giant, gaudy neon sign flashing the word “CHRISTMAS!” two feet in front of your face!

There are a bunch of holiday concerts in town this week, and we feature six of them:

–Jazz fusioneers Spyro Gyra at On a Lite Christmas Nite
–Throwback harp-guitarist John Doan does his Victorian Christmas show
–Broadway star Gary Morris plays A Starry Nights Christmas in Sisters
Blind Boys of Alabama have already sold out the Tower Theatre
–Smooth jazz pianist Tom Grant is at The Oxford Hotel
Bill Keale and friends do the holiday Hawaiian-style at The Old Stone

Elsewhere: PoetHouse Art hosts a benefit for paralyzed snowboarder Tyler Eklund tonight, Brandi Carlile’s back but tickets are long gone, a group of Sisters songwriters play at The Barn, and Bobby Lindstrom’s back in town, plus the Josh Hart Project, Little Black Dress, DSkiles Band, Bloodlust and Embrace the Fear. Again, it’s all right here.

A Wintergrass report: Part 2, by Jenny Wasson of Moon Mountain Ramblers

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

(Note: Jenny Wasson is the fiddler for the Moon Mountain Ramblers and an employee of The Bulletin. She attended the Wintergrass festival late last month and filed this report. The photos are hers, too. Part 1 is here.)

Saturday

Darol Anger and friends showcase some fiddle power!

Slightly delirious from the lack of sleep, I wandered around the Hyatt Regency Bellevue to find breakfast and the first workshop of the morning, “Freestyle Fiddling,” featuring fiddle master Darol Anger and Brittany Haas, Lauren Rioux and Tashina Clarridge. I love that Anger is mentoring the younger generation of string players.

Freestyle fiddling is a loose term that basically means using a combination of all styles of music in your solo. In a single song, you might hear elements of blues, jazz, Celtic or old-time music. On four five-string fiddles – now that’s some string power! – the group performed “Forked Deer,” “Sally Goodin,” “Elzic’s Farewell” and “Lost in the Loop.”

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