The Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Windy Hill
daredevil, eclectic stringband double bill
$20.50 advance / $22.50 at door
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July 05 8:00 pm
Hailing from the rain-drenched forests of Olympia, Washington, the Blackberry Bushes Stringband plays a delicate, bold brand of northwest acoustic americana that, like its thorny namesake, is deeply rooted and continuously growing. The group’s sound takes a solid bluegrass foundation, draws from American folk music, and adds influences from all over the map, from Appalachian old-time to indie rock and alt-country. Virtuosic musicianship, award-winning songwriting, compelling arrangements, quick wit, flying tempos, sweet vocal harmonies, and heavy heel boot dancing are all elements of a live show that is joyous and vibrant, moving audiences in their hearts and out of their seats at the same time.
Founded by Jes Raymond (guitar) and Kendl Winter (banjo), the stringband also features fiddler Jakob Breitbach and Jack Dwyer on mandolin. The Blackberry Bushes’ most recent CD is Little Bit of Grace.
From the very first notes of a Windy Hill set, listeners can tell that the band is excited about bluegrass music. This fun, energetic group got its start in Menlo Park High School woodshop class, where two 17-year-old friends—Henry Warde and Ryan Breen—discovered a mutual love for the songs of Bill Monroe, Carter Stanley, and Jimmy Martin, and set out to learn to play bluegrass music. And boy, did they ever! Henry (mandolin) and Ryan (banjo), along with Thomas Wille (guitar), Kyle McCabe (acoustic bass), and Johnny Campbell (fiddle), give entertaining, high-quality performances guaranteed to warm the heart of every bluegrass lover within hearing range!
Listen to a track from the Blackberry Bushes Stringband: