Friday, Aug. 21 –
6:30 p.m. gates
Tickets: $25 VIP, $20 GA, $10 Student, Kids 12 & under free / TBA At Gate
Newtown Savings Bank presents “Pickin’ at the Ives,” featuring Michael Daves and Tony Trischka. This will be an intimate setting with the audience seated on the stage with the artists. All seats provided; lawn chairs not necessary.
Michael was born in 1977 in the southern empire of Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after, he began to make loud noises, so his loving parents put music instruments in front of him. It was a good plan. He grew up in that grand tradition of staying up late & singing real loud. Although he’s since moved north, the humid south remains in heart and sinus cavities
Heralded as “a leading light of the New York bluegrass scene” by the New York Times, Daves has garnered attention for his work with Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka, and Rosanne Cash in addition to his solo performances. His most recent project is “Sleep With One Eye Open”, the debut album from Thile and Daves, which was recorded live to tape over four days at Jack White’s Third Man studio in Nashville. The duo makes for “a rip-roaring partnership,” says the New York Times. “Bluegrass, in their hands, gets roughed up in the best possible way, with skill and fervor, and a touch of abandon.” “Sleep With One Eye Open” received a 2011 Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.
Currently Michael lives in New York, where he is supervised by his daughter and two vigorous cats. Brooklyn, New York is a very exciting place to live. In addition to playing music & teaching, Michael enjoys turning the knobs & playing with the buttons some on several pieces of recording equipment. This is why he put a studio into his house.
(United States Artists Friends Fellow-2012) is considered to be the consummate banjo artist and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Trischka’s interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio’s “Charlie and the MTA” in 1963. Two years later, he joined the Down City Ramblers, where he remained through 1971. That year, Trischka made his recording debut on 15 Bluegrass Instrumentals with the band Country Cooking; at the same time, he was also a member of America’s premier sports-rock band Country Granola. In 1973, he began a three-year stint with Breakfast Special. Between 1974 and 1975, he recorded two solo albums, Bluegrass Light and Heartlands. After one more solo album in 1976, Banjoland, he went on to become musical leader for the Broadway show The Robber Bridegroom. Trischka toured with the show in 1978, the year he also played with the Monroe Doctrine.
In 1978, he toured Japan and recorded with Peter Rowan and Richard Greene. In the early 1980s, he began recording with his new group Skyline, which released its first album in 1983. Subsequent albums included Robot Plane Flies over Arkansas (solo, 1983), Stranded in the Moonlight (with Skyline, 1984) and Hill Country (solo, 1985). In 1984, he performed in his first feature film, Foxfire with Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and John Denver. Three years later, he worked on the pre-recorded music for the off-Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy that featured Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. Trischka produced the Belgian group Gold Rush’s No More Angels in 1988. The following year, Skyline recorded its final album, Fire of Grace. He also recorded the theme song for Books on the Air, a popular National Public Radio Show, and continued his affiliation with the network by appearing on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, From Our Front Porch, and other radio shows. Trischka continued his recording career with 1993’s World Turning, 1995’s Glory Shone Around: A Christmas Collection and 1999’s Bend. New Deal followed in 2003.
Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, featuring appearances by Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice and many other luminaries, came out four years later. For this recording he went back to Bluegrass and reinvigorated the double banjo tradition. In October 2007, Tony was given an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award for Banjo Player of the Year 2007. Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular received IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year and a Grammy Nomination.
With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka’s critically acclaimed release, Territory roams widely through the banjo’s creative terrain. Nine selections partner Tony with fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith and Bruce Molsky. Twelve all-Trischka solo tracks explore a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds, and traditions; tapping the creative potential of America’s signature musical instrument.
Tony is not only considered amongst the most innovative of banjo players, he is one of its most respected and sought after instructors creating fifteen instructional books as well as a series of DVDs. In 2009, he launched the groundbreaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo, an advanced, interactive, online instructional site that is the banjo home for students from around the world.
2011 saw “Give Me the Banjo” aired on PBS stations nationwide with Tony as the Musical Director and Co-Producer of the documentary. It was subsequently released on DVD. He produced Steve Martin’s Grammy nominated Rare Bird Alert (Rounder), which features performances by Paul McCartney, the Dixie Chicks and the Steep Canyon Rangers. In the summer of 2012, Tony continued to broaden the reach and influence of the banjo as performer and Band Leader for the Shakespeare in the Park, NYC performances of “As You Like It”, placing the banjo in even newer ground. In December of 2012, Tony was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the excellence of his work.
On Tony’s latest album Great Big World (Rounder Records – released February, 2014) his instrumental expertise and boundless imagination are as sharp as ever. One of the most ambitious and accomplished of his career, the album is a deeply compelling showcase for his expansive instrumental talents, far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills, as well as his sterling taste in collaborators. With contributions from his band Territory, Steve Martin, Michael Daves, Noam Pikelny, Ramblin’ Jack Eliot and many other special guests the 13-track set finds Trischka embracing all manner of possibilities, while keeping one foot firmly planted in the traditional bluegrass roots that first inspired him to make music. Tony continues to maintain a national and international touring schedule with his band of extraordinary musicians.
Too Blue with special guest Korey Brodsky
Traveling freely between bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue show is a dynamic dose of serious fun. Smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship bring stellar arrangements to life and leave the listener anything but “blue”. Original songs as well as fresh covers from Patsy Cline to Bill Monroe keep the show moving and toes tapping. Seamlessly blending their vocals are flatpick guitarist Betsy Rome and melodic banjoist Joan Harrison. Mandolin powerhouse Michael Sassano astounds and amazes, while bassist Jamie Doris’ jazz chops bring a creative perspective. Too Blue makes exciting bluegrass that swings and entertains. You can visit their website at www.toobluemusic.com for the latest Too Blue news.
15 year old Korey Brodsky played guitar in the IBMA 2013 Youth All-Star band at the Awards Show in Raleigh, NC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeHWEDANRG4 He won 1st place in the adult guitar category (the first junior ever to win adult) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAmEmQ9Mz9U and 3rd place in adult mandolin at the 2013 Roxbury Pickin and Fiddlin contest. Korey has been playing since 3 years old and has studied with Michael Daves, Jim Hurst, Steve Kaufman, Jim Allyn, and Betsy Rome. Korey has performed with Bill Keith, James King, Tom Chapin, and Jonathan Edwards.
Wool Hats String Band
The Wool Hats is a Connecticut based bluegrass/jamgrass band. Built upon a driving rhythm section, the trio of lead instruments weaves intricate melodic spaces while the vocal harmonies add to the warmth and richness of their sound. Their repertoire includes bluegrass classics and unique interpretations of classic rock material, as well as well-crafted originals. A fresh voice for our times, The Wool Hats are thrilling and charming audiences throughout Connecticut. The band came together when Matt Chimini and Ryan Mooney, who were performing as an acoustic duo, met long time musical partners, Nick Krashefski and Johnny Lee, at an open mic in Seymour. It became clear that their sounds complimented one another and soon they were performing as a four piece. Not long after coming together, Johnny invited his long-time friend, Erick Feucht, to round out their sound. Together, their style fuses bluegrass, newgrass, classic country, rock, blues and other acoustic influences. They have performed at many venues and festivals, including the Pickin’ at the Ives Bluegrass Festival (CT), Strand Ole Opry (CT), The Acoustic (CT), Georgetown Day (CT), the Johnny Cakes Festival (RI) and Spinstock (CT). Hailing from a little cabin home off the lake in Monroe, CT, The Wool Hats consists of Matt Chimini (vocals/rhythm guitar), Nick Krashefski (vocals/bass), Ryan Mooney (lead guitar), Erick Feucht (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/tenor banjo) and Johnny Lee (vocals/mandolin/harmonica).