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The Here and Now, based out of Austin, Tx, is an exciting band made up of Chris Buckley (fiddle), Niamh Fahy (fiddle), Rob Forkner (Bodhrán) and Joseph Carmichael (guitar). All accomplished musicians in their own right, together they create a rich and captivating sound full of energy that presents Irish traditional music in a contemporary context. Drawing from each of their backgrounds in Irish music, with a geography that spans the United States and Ireland, The Here & Now keep tradition at the heart of their music.
Chris Buckley has spent the last decade plus as a member of the renowned Irish music trio, the Tea Merchants. After growing up in Wisconsin, he came to Austin to pursue his Master's of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas and has been here since developing a reputation as one of Texas’s most sought after fiddle players. Niamh who is originally from Co. Meath in Ireland, moved to Austin in 2014 having spent the previous 10 years playing music full-time, 5 of which she spent as soloist with Riverdance. She has also worked with The Young Irelanders, The Dhol Foundation, Donal Lunny & The Chieftains & John Williams. Rob Forkner is a master Bodhrán player and is also one of the world's most highly sought after Irish drum makers. He, along with Chris, is a founding member of the Tea Merchants, and after a time in Europe has returned to Austin, to combine forces musically once again. Joseph Carmichael, guitarist and whistle/flute player from Dallas is a founding member of the irish music trio, Flashpoint. He tours regularly with the Mari Black band and Ashley Davis. He pulls from a variety of influences to create a style that brings the band's music together.
The Here and Now has created a show, which will include guest artists, dancers and story tellers, popular Christmas music associated with Christmas in Ireland as well as some lesser known songs and tunes.
They are collaborating with the band Celjun (from Louisiana) and renowned piper E.J. Jones to create a unique Irish Christmas show.
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Don Edwards is a songster, historian,author, songwriter, musicologist, actor, accomplished guitarist with a Santa Cruz signature guitar, yodeler extraordinaire and a multiple award winning recording artist. Don has won 8 Wrangler Awards from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum including the prestigious Chester A Reynolds Founders Award. He's won the Western Music Associations Male Performer of the Year five times and twice the Album of the Year. Don was also nominated for A Grammy for High Lonesome Cowboy, and appears on the Grammy award winning Folk Album-Other Voices Other Rooms by Nancie Griffith. In addition his two anthologies Saddle Songs and Songs of the Cowboy were placed in The Library of Congress. Later they were remastered and placed on one CD. The combined works won The Best Folk/Traditional Album of the Year by the AFIM Indie Awards. Don lives with his wife Kathy and Smoky the Wonder Dog on his ranch near Hico, Republic of Texas
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Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.
At fifteen, Cliff and his brother Geoff began touring as an acoustic duo, playing the Eastern club circuit until Cliff turned twenty-one and moved to Carbondale, Illinois. There he found space to develop his own voice within a vibrant and supportive music scene that included Shawn Colvin. After a couple of years there and a short stay in Colorado, Cliff moved to New York in 1978. Because the clubs were great (the Bitter End, the Speakeasy, Kenny's Castaway, Folk City) and the company amazing (John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Julie Gold, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, and Shawn Colvin), New York was an ideal musician's boot camp. Though he put in long hours as a taxi driver, Cliff worked steadily on his music throughout the 80's, doing solo gigs and studio work, and playing guitar on the road with Richie Havens, Melanie and others. Singing advertising jingles for products like Coke, Miller Beer and Chevrolet ("The Heartbeat of America" campaign) allowed him to devote more time to his songwriting.
In 1990 Cliff's song "My Father's Shoes," appeared on Windham Hill's Legacy collection, leading to a deal with the label. They released Cliff's first album, The Long Road (1990), a work featuring a duet with Richie Havens. The critical response to this debut was outstanding (The Philadelphia Inquirer called the album a "repeatedly astounding collection"). He followed with two more records on Windham Hill before releasing 12 Songs of Good and Evil (1997) on Red House Records, which stemmed from a chance meeting with Red House founder Bob Feldman at John Gorka's wedding. Cliff recorded two more albums before his critically acclaimed The High Above and the Down Below, named the #5 album of 2007 by USA Today. Produced by legendary musician and Red House Records president Eric Peltoniemi, it was recorded in Minneapolis with noted jazz players Gordy Johnson, J. T. Bates and Rich Dworsky and was his first album after spending several years recovering from a car accident.
With a new lease on life and a fresh batch of songs, Cliff embarked on what has turned out to be an artistic renaissance. Recorded in the Texas Hill Country, Cliff's 2009 album 500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions may be his finest to date. An intimate album of powerful originals and unique covers, it features a reworking of his hit "The Long Road," a song made more poignant after nearly two decades of touring and recording. Long one of the most respected songwriters on the club scene, his peers often mine his catalog for themselves. Cliff's song "Memphis"
was included on Cry Cry Cry, an album of collaborative covers by the "folk supergroup" of the same name (comprised of Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell). Other performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Russ Taff and Buffy Sainte Marie. A collection of his songs has been published in The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook (Cherry Lane Publishing).
In 2011, Cliff got a phone call from the Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. They had been listening to his song, "That Kind of Love" along with director Aaron Posner and got the brilliant idea to hire Cliff to write original songs for the Shakespeare classic "The Taming of the Shrew". It would be set in the old West - Deadwood style - and Cliff would be cast as the blind but wise old saloon singer bookending scenes with his poignant songs and guitar phrases. The play was a huge success and won much critical acclaim across town and 7 weeks of solid sold-out shows in the Spring of 2012. In 2013, Cliff was awarded a coveted Helen Hayes Award for Sound Design and the cast won for Best Ensemble. Some of the songs on Shrew Songs are from Cliff's past work and some are brand new. The stripped down production enhances the immediate intimacy of Cliff's songwriting. You don't have to have seen the play to love this record! It's available for sale now only through this website or at Cliff's shows.
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It’s not surprising to learn that artists from Steve Earle to Billy Bragg are Greg Trooper fans. Trooper, A New Jersey native now based in Brooklyn, excels at character studies, painting wonderful portraits of people living through good times and bad times. His matter-of-fact delivery – as both a singer and a songwriter – bring a sense of realism to the tales that he tells. His music lives at the intersection of Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Texas troubadour. As a live performer he’s been described as articulate, quick-witted, extremely musical, outrageous, compassionate and kind.
His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including: Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Russell and Walt and Tina Wilkins. On previous albums he’s had help with harmony vocals by the likes of Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash.
Trooper spends more than half the year on the road playing festivals, theaters, listening rooms and house concerts.
Greg Trooper’s thirteenth album, Live At The Rock Room, is a recording of a single performance in January 2015 in Austin, TX. It features standout Texas musicians Jack Saunders on upright bass and Chip Dolan on keyboards and accordion. This collection of 14 songs delivers a cross section of Trooper’s work over the years as well as the brand new heartbreaker “Broken Man”.
Traditional Cajun Music of Southwest Louisiana
Michot-Courville Band plays the traditional “Bal de Maison” style of Cajun music that was prevalent when dances were held inside the home: while the adults danced, the children played and the babies slept! This style is still very much alive in south Louisiana, and it is epitomized by musicians Tommy Michot (accordion) and Kevin Courville (fiddle). Michot and Courville have been playing music together since 1997, working venues from house dances to dance halls to auditorium concerts. The music from their instruments blends to form a traditional but unique Cajun sound. The Michot-Courville Band performs as a trio (fiddle-accordion-guitar) or as a five-piece band (with the addition of bass and percussion) as the situation dictates.
Tommy Michot was born and raised in Pilette, Louisiana, in Lafayette Parish. As the third child in a musical family of 12, he started playing at an early age. Tommy learned various instruments and soon was doing public shows and private parties with his brother Rick. Together they formed Les Freres Michot with brothers Bobby, David, and Mike in the 1980s and played extensively in Louisiana and throughout North America and Europe; they have released 3 cd’s (1987, 2003, 2008). Tommy plays accordion in the traditional style, using various self-taught techniques to accomplish musical phrasing and to add emphasis and rhythm. He sings in the beautiful Cajun dialect of French with an old-timey yet powerful voice, from a repertoire of more than 400 songs. He has performed in Quebec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, France, England, Hungary, Czechia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and throughout the United States. Tommy and Marc Savoy were the two accordionists selected to represent Louisiana along with 8 accordionists from Quebec, Acadie, and France at Les Folkloriques de Tadoussac in Quebec, 2004.
Kevin Courville grew up in Eunice, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. He was guided by Cajun legends such as Sady Courville and Wade Fruge and plays the fiddle “old style” with energy and a strong commitment to the authentic sounds of Cajun music. He has toured the United Kingdom (1997) and France (1998) with the group Sac au lait. Kevin has played at many national festivals and at private parties with Sac au lait, Les Freres Michot, and Savoy-Courville in Louisiana and other states as well. He also recorded “L’esprit de la Louisiane” with Sac au lait. In 2003, he toured the UK and France with Savoy-Courville and Bobby Michot, and in 2004 he toured Quebec with Les Freres Michot and the Savoy Family Band.
Texas-bred musical powerhouse, KRISTYN HARRIS, is noted for her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style, unique songwriting, award winning yodel, and captivating stage presence. At 22 years, she is the youngest person in history to be awarded the Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year (2016) and only the 2nd woman to have received this honor. She is also a 2-time recipient of the WMA Female Performer of the Year (2014, 2015), and was named the 2013 Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist of the Year. Her singing has been praised as "timeless" with "the warmth and power of Texas sunshine".
Though not raised in a musical household, Kristyn began singing and playing at age 14 when she felt strongly inspired to pick up a guitar - and it has rarely left her hands since. Discovering an instant passion, she launched into a headlong pursuit of the music that grabbed her – primarily the vintage arrangements, captivating chord structures, ranching themes and uplifting melodies that cornerstone western swing and cowboy music (later, throwing in country, 1940s big band, gypsy jazz, and traditional folk song influences to her music, and building a gospel repertoire). Somewhere along the way it became her career path.
Songs of the western lifestyle have also gone hand in hand with her passion for land, livestock, and horses. Along with pursuing horsemanship, Kristyn has ventured into the cattle business via a small herd of black angus, and these facets of her life commonly seep their way into her songs and shows. You can still find her combining these passions, too, when she rides into rodeo arenas on her once-wild mustang to sing the Star Spangled Banner.
In June of 2015 Kristyn released her 3rd solo album, "Down the Trail", which went on to be named the WMA Western Album of the Year a few months later, as well as the Rural Roots Music Commission Pure Country & Western CD of the Year, and charted #1 on the western music DJ charts for Fall 2015. The same year, she became the Cowtown Society of Western Swing Rising Star of the Year. She has received the 2013 Cowboy Swing Album of the Year for “Let Me Ride”, the 2012 Crescendo (Rising Star) Award and 2012 Female Yodeler of the Year from the Western Music Association. National television appearances include RFD-TV’s “The Penny Gilley Show”, “The Shotgun Red Variety Show”, and Nickelodeon’s popular game show, “Figure It Out”. She has been featured in multiple western documentaries, including a film that aired throughout 4 European countries in 2014.
Kristyn is packaged with an energetic and genuine style that makes her love of what she does evident and contagious. Keeping a heavy and widespread tour schedule that spreads both nationally and internationally, she frequently performs as a solo act and with larger ensembles.
As one venue put it:
"This bundle of energy and talent is 'the rage' on stage from the east coast to the west and if you can stay seated when she finishes her performance you're prob'ly 'bout ready for the grave!!"