Singer – songwriter Three Strands returns to the cafe on Saturday night, August 10, as we reopen for our fall / winter season.
The gap between faith and unbelief, for some, can seem like a vast sea. It is here where Three Strands’ songs tend to reside. Love, loss and community have a looming influence over what we find true and good. Through honest and simplistic arrangements and strong influences from the American folk revival as well as early gospel and blues traditions, Three Strands is a project that exists to dredge those deep waters in search for the strands that unite us all.
Kevin Neidig‘s approach never fails to present a different perspective – lyrically and musically. With his use of intricate timing, ingenuity with keys and tempos, and a dizzying contortion of chords, it’s easy to understand why other musicians clamor to play his compositions for the thrill and sheer workout of it. He delivers impeccably crafted, hand-hewn tunes – a perfect turn of word here, transforming melodies there – lush, tuneful journeys not to be missed.
From first note, you notice honed, flexible vocals, at once at ease with old-as-the-hills bluegrass as the latest pop number on the radio. There’s authenticity underlying all the flow, and a comfort level with an impressive range – high and soulful to deep and baleful. Clear and powerfully emotive, Kevin’s voice commands you to listen time and again as you marvel at how your soul is stirred with each play.
He has been described as a singer-songwriter and maestro of guitar, banjo, mandolin, influenced by Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Tony Rice. He can get eclectic, too – doing the occasional metal tune, Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers Band, etc.
As part of the band Voxology, Kevin performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City as well as opening for such renowned acts as Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton and the Alison Brown Quartet.
He is also the owner of Neidig Guitar Studio, established 17 years ago in Mechanicsburg, PA, where he teaches guitar and mandolin to a roster of talented and inspiring students.
We are looking forward to the return of Rob Robinson Music on Saturday, May 4. Doors open at 7pm, and Rob begins at 7:30pm. There is no cover charge for this event, but we gladly accept tips, which go to the musician.
Rob Robinson is a singer songwriter, guitarist, drummer, teacher and clinician. He has performed a variety of musical styles over the years including Pop, Rock, Country, Folk and Blues. Rob’s musical roots were largely based on his involvement in drum corps within the well-known DCI movement.
He has also been a featured guest on NPR’s Acoustic Highway. Rob continues to drum for artists such as Suzanne Gorman and Memphis based singer-songwriter Dan Montgomery. He is also an active clinician in the rudimental drum community and in 2007 was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
We are excited for the debut of singer – songwriterMartha Trachtenberg this Saturday night, March 30. Doors open at 7pm, and the music starts at 7:30pm, with no cover charge. We do accept tips on behalf of the musician!
Martha Trachtenberg was a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-woman bluegrass band. Her CD, It’s About Time, won straight As from Newsday and radio airplay both in the States and abroad. These days, she performs with her husband, songwriter/producer Tom Griffith, and with the acoustic trio, the Folk Goddesses. Martha’s songs have been covered by several nationally-known artists, including Little Toby Walker, Tony Trischka and Skyline, Nothin’ Fancy, Missy Raines and Jim Hurst, and Dede Wyland.