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Friday, October 27, 2023  ·  8:00 PM CDT

Mr. Sun / Lonesome Ace String Band

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

Two of the most dynamic and exciting string bands on the road today team up for a night of acoustic roots fireworks!

Mr. Sun

Mr. Sun comprises some of the most original musicians to apply themselves to the American String Band. Legendary fiddler Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent, and is a member of the original "nuclear" generation of pickers who extended bluegrass, jazz, and classical music to find their common ground; Mr Sun is the latest iteration in that legacy.

Joe K. Walsh is one of the foremost contemporary mandolinists, with 4 award-winning years in the Gibson Brothers, 3 solo recordings, and a Berklee professorship. Grant Gordy is a standout in the crowded field of Acoustic Guitar Wunderkinds. Grant's work was quickly recognized for its kaleidoscopic excellence and startling emotion, fusing jazz, r&b, and bluegrass concepts to an unprecedented degree. The group recently added the masterful bassist Aidan O'Donnell, a Brooklyn, New York (by way of Scotland) jazz veteran.


Lonesome Ace Stringband

Masters of their trade, the Lonesome Ace Stringband bring grit, skill, and abandon to Americana music, bridging old-time, bluegrass, and folk traditions into a seamless hybrid of original material that is at once fresh and timeless.

Instrumentation alone sets the trio's sound apart: consisting simply of fiddle (John Showman), clawhammer banjo (Chris Coole), and upright bass (Max Heineman), the band moves freely between a sound so commanding it doesn't seem like it should be coming from a stringband, to a sparse fragility that draws the listener closer. They can also turn and churn out a tune with so much verve that it will make your heart spin and set the dance floor swirling.

Their touring has taken them well beyond their Toronto origin. They've become festival favorites at Rockygrass, Celtic Connections, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Merlefest, and regularly tour the USA, UK, Germany and, of course, Canada.