For the Tenth Anniversary of Unplugged, North House presents
a rich array of musical opportunity: three nights and three concerts.
Two shows will be with NPR's featured radio show Mountain Stage
(Thursday and Friday nights), and the classic Saturday night Unplugged
performance features inspiring singer and songwriters.
For more information, including ticket links, please visit the "Unplugged" page at North House Folk School.
Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce
Friday, September 16 at 7:30 pm
North House Folk School - Grand Marais, MN
500 West Highway 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604
Tickets available at northouse.org $20, 30 & 50
Tim O’Brien - Wheeling, WV native Tim O'Brien came to prominence with the Colorado-based bluegrass band Hot Rize, and its tongue-in-cheek country-Western alter ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. Since Hot Rize disbanded, O'Brien has released nearly 20 CDs. “The Crossing” dealt with Irish immigration to North America and was inspired by the stories of his Irish great-grandfather. “Two Journeys,” described as “alternately melancholy and magical,” explored ancient Irish folk, old time Appalachian music and bluegrass mutations. In 2005, O’Brien released “Fiddler’s Green” and “Cornbread Nation” and was featured on the cover of the October 2005 issue of “Bluegrass Unlimited” magazine. “Cornbread Nation” won O’Brien his first Grammy, taking honors for “Best Traditional Folk Recording,” The award raised O’Brien’s profile and quickly made him an in-demand session player and producer. In 2007, as a board member of the WV Music Hall of Fame, he contributed to and produced a number of tracks on the HoF’s first CD project, “Always Lift Him Up: a CD tribute to WV singer/songwriter Blind Alfred Reed.” Following 2008's “Chameleon,” O’Brien released “Chicken & Egg” in 2010 which featured longtime friends and bandmates including Mike Bub and Stuart Duncan.
Cathie Ryan - For more than seven years, Detroit native Cathie Ryan provided the lead voice for the renowned women's ensemble Cherish the Ladies. With four solo releases and inclusions on more than 40 compilations, she has since firmly established herself as a solo artist. In 2003, Ryan was included in the Irish music collection, “A Woman’s Heart – A Decade On,” the first time Americans were featured in the series. She shared the honor with Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. Her songs have been recorded by Irish vocalists including Frances Black and Mary Black. Chicago’s “Irish American News” honored her as “Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade” and “The LA Times” named her “One of the leading voices in Celtic music.” Ryan is one of the hosts of pledge programming on New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut's PBS, WNET, Channel 13, as well as co-leading tours to mythological sites in Ireland for the New York Center for Jungian Studies.
GreatLake Swimmers - Thanks in part to fans including Feist, Robert Plant, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and uber cyclist Lance Armstrong, Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are amassing some impressive credentials. The group continues the city’s tradition of beautifully haunting folk-pop, featuring GLS’s singer/songwriter Tony Dekker’s haunting voice over ambient textures and skillful playing. In 2007, the band’s profile received a boost when “Your Rocky Spine,” the lead track from “Ongiara” was featured on the soundtrack of Showtime's “Weeds.” In 2009, “Lost Channels,” topped the chart on CBC Radio 3 (also broadcast in the U.S. on Sirius Satellite Radio), held down the No. 1 spot on on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and Amazon’s MP3 downloads chart. Meanwhile, an older non-album track, “See You On the Moon,” was featured on an ad for Honda. Great Lake Swimmers have shared bills with Bela Fleck & The Sparrow Quartet and Hayden and the group’s fans include Feist, Robert Plant, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and cyclist Lance Armstrong. In 2010, the band issued “The Legion Sessions,” an EP featuring live versions of several tunes from “Lost Channels.”
Jon Vezner - A Minneapolis native with degrees in Music Theory and Music Education, singer/songwriter Jon Vezner moved to Nasvhille in 1986. Since then, he has scored numerous hits with artists ranging from Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Faith Hill to Nancy Griffith, Diamond Rio and Clay Walker. However, no one has covered more of his songs than his longtime wife Kathy Mattea. Those songs include “Time Passes By,” “Who’s Gonna Know,” “All Roads to the River,” “The Innocent Years” and “Ashes in the Wind.” Of those songs, none have touched as many people - or won as many honors - as Mattea’s version of “Where’ve You Been.” Co-written with Don Henry, it is a true story of Vezner’s grandparents. In 1989, it was named “Song of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA) and, in 1990, by the Academy of Country Music (ACM). It won a Grammy for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters Association “Song of the Year.” Vezner was subsequently named “Songwriter of the Year” by the NSAI. Vezner also has a growing list of production credits that inclue Danny O’Keefe, Victoria Shaw, and singing legend Patti Page.
Sally Barris - Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sally Barris has had her songs recorded by country singers ranging from Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Lee Ann Womack to American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler. Her release “Restless Soul,” seamlessly merges Celtic and country and has been compared to the work of Alison Krauss
This episode is scheduled for NPR Distribution on November 4, 2011.
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