Illawarra Folk Club
7.30pm Friday 14 March
US Bluegrass Legend & Grammy Award Winner
Peter Rowan in concert
plus Paul Hemphill and mystery performer
Members $20| Non-Members $25
Youth (12-16) $5 | Child (U12) free. Tickets at the door from 7pm
CITY DIGGERS WOLLONGONG,
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Trio
Legendary US Bluegrass singer-songwriter and Grammy award winner, Peter Rowan, “the voice of Bluegrass”, returns to Australia with a new album, and a hot new trio, featuring Chris Henry on mandolin and vocals, and George Jackson on fiddle, banjo and vocals. Chris Henry is one of the most highly regarded young musicians on the American Bluegrass scene, “the premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation”. NZ born Melbourne-based George Jackson, is a brilliant young fiddle and banjo-player, winner of many awards, including the 2012 Tamworth Golden Fiddle Award, and the Banjo Competition at the 2013 Rockygrass Festival in Colorado. Rockygrass, one of the major US bluegrass festivals, was originally founded by Bill Monroe and the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society. The spirit of Bill Monroe lives on in the old and new music this trio will bring to Australian audiences on this tour.
Peter Rowan is a true legend of American Bluegrass, with a history dating from 1964 and his role as lead-singer/guitarist with the father of Bluegrass, the late Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys. Since then Rowan has released numerous albums of mostly original songs, is a Grammy Award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, and has performed and recorded with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, David Grisman, Del McCoury, Flaco Jimenez, Peter Tosh, and Steve Earle.
Rowan has demonstrated himself to be an artist of unusual depth and imagination, experimenting with other influences, while never losing track of the deep roots and musical purity that are integral to his presence. He is a singer and songwriter without equal, a multi-instrumentalist and accomplished guitarist. His beautiful singing is of the classic “high-lonesome”, borrowed by Monroe from the Appalachian ballad singers, and which became the defining style of all bluegrass vocalists.
In 2013, at the age of 70, Rowan released a highly-acclaimed album on Compass Records, ‘The Old School’, featuring 10 new original songs. “The Old School is a big school. It is where the tributaries of the river came from,” Peter Rowan says of his new album. This tour will showcase the songs from this new album, along with other gems from his vast repertoire.
Video: Keepin’ It Between The Lines (The Old School) live – Peter Rowan, with Chris Henry on mandolin