Fri, Dec 5th | 6:30 PM
Sunday, February 16, 2014 ♦ 7:00 PM
4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000
Foghorn Stringband is the shining gold standard for American stringband music, with seven albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all this, they've never let the music grow cold; instead they've been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. From their origins in Portland, Oregon's underground roots music scene, the core duo of Foghorn Stringband, Caleb Klauder, whose wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking have always been the heart of the band, and Stephen “Sammy” Lind, perhaps the best old-time fiddler of his generation, have spread the old-time stringband gospel all over the world, but they've also brought in new influences and inspirations from their many travels and fellow bandmates. Vintage country and honky-tonk became a staple of Foghorn Stringband thanks to Klauder's intense passion for the music, and frequent visits to Louisiana have inspired the group to bring Cajun songs into the repertoire.
“There's an honesty to this music…It's pure and simple, ingredients that often go missing in this day and age. It just makes you want to get up and dance.” - The Old Time Herald
After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America's most revered musical duos. As story-tellers, as singers, as poets, and as parents (they tour with their two small children), Mike + Ruthy are heralds of an American cultural awakening, one that values honesty and togetherness, one that prefers grit to glitz and one that - in the face of an information super-highway - revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story. Described as “rich, vintage Americana” by Time Out NY, Mike + Ruthy's 2012 Woody Guthrie collaboration “My New York City” is being hailed as one of the most gorgeous pieces ever to have come out of the archive.