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Saturday, April 10, 2021
7:30pm

General Admission, $20, $18 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Think of a young Steep Canyon Rangers, Infamous Stringdusters, or Nickel Creek; then, mix in the on-stage energy of Billy Strings and the homespun rapport of Balsam Range, and you have Cane Mill Road!

The four young men - Liam Purcell, Tray Wellington, Eliot Smith, Casey Lewis - roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap, NC, and Rocky Gap, VA, to meet and make music — thus the title track of the band’s latest album, Gap to Gap. The title signifies more than just the long hours on the road touring, but the spaces between the bluegrass foundation of the band’s youth and the new spaces of music they create together. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music 

Rapidly rising in the bluegrass scene, the Billboard-charting artists are the youngest to garner an IBMA Momentum Band-of-the-Year nomination (2018), a feat they repeated in 2019.  In addition, both mandolin/fiddle player Liam Purcell and banjo player Tray Wellington have been nominated for Momentum Instrumentalist-of-the-Year.

In 2017, Cane Mill Road landed a slot in the prestigious IBMA Ramble Band Showcase.  Grey Fox Folk Festival selected them as an Emerging Artist for its line-up in 2018; and this year, they opened the main stage at Grey Fox.

In addition to Grey Fox, the band has performed at festivals including MerleFest, Wide Open Bluegrass, Delaware Valley Bluegrass, Bluegrass Island, Carolina in the Fall, Silver Dollar City, and at hundreds of other venues/festivals over the past five years.  They also performed internationally with a nine-day tour of Argentina. 

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Cane Mill Road members rock the traditional bluegrass standards on which they were raised.  They also boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, blues, jazz, and Americana. 

Signed by the Patuxent Music label, the band’s first two albums spent seven weeks on Billboard’s bluegrass albums chart and included two Top 10 debuts.

"Cane Mill Road, based less than six miles from Deep Gap, NC, the home of Doc Watson, draws its inspiration from the late singer/guitarist whose musical imagination gathered inspiration from the deepest Appalachian roots while courageously finding connections to almost all elements of American music...the band has quickly ignited a spark that has led to a recording contract with Patuxent Music and early recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association.”  -- No Depression Journal of Roots Music

 
Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 

 


Friday, October 22, 2021
7:30pm

General Admission, $20, $18 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in its more than four decades of performing, making its music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the band itself has received five IBMA awards and two Grammy nominations.

The group's sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music.  With Cahill's unique banjo-playing style as a foundation, Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other and consistently maintain a bluegrass center whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from the band's award-winning John Denver tribute album. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, received a 2019 Grammy nomination, five 2018 IBMA nominations and was named IBMA Album of the Year. The tune “Squirrel Hunters” from that recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.

International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The group also has appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, at the Grand Ole Opry in the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide.

Dedicated to preserving bluegrass music, in 1984 The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce bluegrass music to students in schools across the country and in several foreign lands.

The Special Consensus' continued success is a testament to its adaptability and contemporary appeal. The band records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2020. 

 
Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 


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