Corn Potato pro­vide some State­side taste

Rutherglen Reformer - - Community News - Jonathan Ged­des

The pop­u­lar se­ries of shows at the Meet­ing Place in Stonelaw Par­ish Church will be hold­ing an ex­tra gig this month.

And they will be wel­com­ing some State­side vis­i­tors for the show.

Per­form­ing on Fri­day, June 17, will be the Corn Potato String Band.

They’ll be aim­ing to de­light the au­di­ence with their driv­ing fid­dle tunes and har­mo­nious singing, which has al­ready seen the band per­form across the US, Canada, Europe, Mex­ico, and In­dia.

The group are all multi-in­stru­men­tal­ists ded­i­cated to con­tin­u­ing the mu­sic and dance tra­di­tions of the cen­tral and south­ern US.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing cham­pion fid­dlers they play banjo, gui­tar, bass and man­dolin and deftly han­dle many dif­fer­ent an­ti­quated styles in­clud­ing bal­lads, hodowns, coun­try rags and south­ern gospel, spe­cial­is­ing in twin fid­dling and dou­ble banjo tunes.

The band mem­bers in­clude Jonah Lewis, who is a a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist, per­former and ed­u­ca­tor.

He has won awards at the Clifftop Ap­palachian String Band Fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing First Place Neo­tra­di­tional Band in 2008, and at the Galax Old Fid­dlers Con­ven­tion, in­clud­ing First Place Blue­grass Fid­dle in 2007, and he has per­formed at major fes­ti­vals from the US to the UK and from Italy to Fin­land.

Also in the band is Lind­say McCaw, who has been play­ing Amer­i­can old time mu­sic for over 15 years.

She per­forms mu­sic and calls dances around the coun­try, play­ing the fid­dle, banjo, gui­tar, ac­cor­dion and piano.

She is also part of sev­eral the­atre and pup­pet com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing her own, called the Dolly Wag­glers.

Com­plet­ing the line-up is Ben Belcher, who’s an ac­com­plished banjo player and a tal­ented artist.

He has dis­tin­guished him­self with such awards as the In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic World Se­ries, which he won with The Hot Seats in Nashville in 2006, with the first place Neo­tra­di­tional band award at the Ap­palachian String Band Fes­ti­val in 2008 and a Her­ald An­gel award at the 2009 Ed­in­burgh Fringe.

Past praise for the band in­cludes the web­site Pop­mat­ters say­ing : “They blew the au­di­ence away.

“A half-hour of stan­dards, ob­scu­ri­ties and charm­ing ban­ter later, the de­cid­edly hip multi-in­stru­men­tal­ists re­ceived one of the most thun­der­ous ova­tions of any open­ing act I’ve wit­nessed in quite some time.”

And the Times of In­dia wrote that they were “a unique slice of Amer­i­can cul­ture.”

The group per­form at the Meet­ing Place on June at 7.30pm, with doors open­ing at 7pm.

En­try is a £5 do­na­tion with home­made cakes and tea/ fil­ter cof­fee in­cluded.

It’s rec­om­mended you come early to avoid dis­ap­point­ment as there’s only lim­ited seat­ing.

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