Concerts & Events

Saturday, November 7, 2015  ♦  8:00 PM

Matt Brown & Greg Reish

Album Release Concert
with special guest Big Sadie

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

  • Matt Brown & Greg Reish Album Release Concert

    A copy of Matt and Greg's new CD “Speed of the Plow” is included with each ticket purchase.

    Matt Brown (fiddle) & Greg Reish (guitar) perform old-time instrumentals from rural America. Their brand new duo album, “Speed of the Plow,” comprises square dance tunes, rags, blues, and haunting melodies reinterpreted from the solo fiddle repertory. Sources and inspirations include Virginia fiddler Emmett Lundy, Oklahoma's Uncle Dick Hutchison, West Virginia-born Ed Haley—whom John Hartford championed—North Carolina's Benton Flippen, and many more. Co-produced and engineered by Dave Sinko (Punch Brothers, Béla Fleck, Hot Rize), “Speed of the Plow” showcases Matt & Greg's versatility as they pay homage to the rich tradition of old-time duets. Bryan Sutton says of the album, “It's refreshing to hear these tunes delivered by true craftsmen playing with a conviction that allows the melodies to really shine. Way to go Matt and Greg!”

    Matt Brown has toured as a soloist, performed with the percussive dance ensembles Rhythm in Shoes and Footworks, and has made guest appearances with Tim O'Brien, The John Hartford Stringband, Uncle Earl, Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus, Della Mae, and with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry. Thanks to his banjo-playing father, Brown grew up with the old-time music of the Appalachian South. He learned old-time music from tradition bearers Brad Leftwich, Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Paul Brown, Dirk Powell, Ginny Hawker, and Tracy Schwarz. He teaches fiddle, banjo, guitar, and old-time singing to students of all ages at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

    Greg Reish is a musician, storyteller, and musicologist specializing in the string-band music of the American South. He has performed across much of the United States and in 2007 made a six-city solo tour of Japan. Reish serves as director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, one of the nation's most important research centers for American vernacular music, and is a recognized authority on old-time and bluegrass guitar styles. He combines instrumental prowess with extensive knowledge of traditional instrumental styles and folksong histories, digging deep into the twisted roots of Southern music.

    Big Sadie

    Big Sadie is Elise Bergman on upright bass, Collin Moore on guitar, and Jess McIntosh on fiddle. The Chicago-based trio formed in early 2014 and boasts an impressive repertoire of bluegrass, old-time, and original music in three-part harmony. Big Sadie's uplifting performance invites audiences to share in a centuries-old tradition of unified experience between listener and performer.

    The band's roots span from north of Milwaukee to the heart of Appalachia. Chicago native Elise Bergman grew up surrounded by music. She brings a solid blues influence to the band and owns a subtle lyrical twang that is easily received. Collin Moore grew up in the hills of East Tennessee, where he began learning tunes at an early age from his mother, an accomplished fiddler and ballad singer. Jess McIntosh hails from Southeast Wisconsin and teaches fiddle at the Old Town School of Folk Music. A lifelong and uniquely versatile musician, she comfortably moves between genres of traditional American music, as well as classical and contemporary styles.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000