Acoustic Brew Concert Series 
 Spring 2011 
January February March April
22 Diana Jones 5 The Steel Wheels 19 Foghorn Stringband 26 Matt & Shannon Heaton 16 Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three 30 Four Shillings Short

Jan 22 Diana Jones at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16 buy button

Diana Jones’ rural folk channels the haunting purity of voice of Iris DeMent and the casual intensity of Gillian Welch. She's been writing songs since age 11 and draws inspiration from her life as an adopted child and high school dropout in Rhode Island. She went on to receive a scholarship from Sarah Lawrence College in New York City and connect with her biological family. Her 2006 album "My Remembrance of You" – produced by Steve Earle – garnered high-profile tours with Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier, recordings of her songs by Joan Baez, and a Best Emerging Artist nomination at the 2007 Folk Alliance Awards. Her newest album, "Better Times Will Come," was released in spring 2009.
"...Better Times Will Come, her unvarnished new album, marks both the culmination of this process and the arrival of a fresh and distinctive voice. She sings of the hard times, murderous urges and chilling loneliness that haunt the old Anglo-Celtic ballads but, with one exception, sets her plain-spoken narratives resolutely in the present." – The New York Times

Feb 05 The Steel Wheels at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16 buy button

The Steel Wheels are an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes. They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound. Band members Trent Wagler, Jay Lapp, Brian Dickel, and Eric Brubaker are based in Virgina's Blue Ridge Mountains and have built a following throughout the East Coast and Midwest. They'll be joined at the Center for Well-Being by Oliver Craven, who played an November 2010 Acoustic Brew show with the Craven Family Band.

The Steel Wheels have a broad appeal, fitting in with Langhorn Slim, the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many others in between. Their album "Red Wing," released in March 2010, captures the energy, spirit, and power of the band's live shows.

Mar 19 Foghorn Stringband at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16 buy button

The Foghorn Stringband plays old-time string band music deeply rooted in the American folk tradition, sounds that could be coming to you from a big console radio in a 1930's living room, or an Appalachian front porch.

Formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, the band is as vibrant as ever, playing everywhere from festivals to square dances. Stephen "Sammy" Lind’s fiddle and Caleb Klauder’s mandolin play tight unison lead lines supported by Peter Leone’s three-finger banjo picking and anchored by the bedrock rhythms of Patrick Lind’s rhythm guitar and the bass of Nadine Landry. The band frequently performs with the Dirk Powell Band, one of the country's most renowned old-time groups. They remain true to the genre's roots while branching out to explore the new opportunites that come with making music in the 21st century.

"Foghorn Stringband makes the music their own with instrumental virtuosity and intense dedication to the sources." – Old Time Herald

Mar 26 Matt & Shannon Heaton at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16 buy button

After years of study in Chicago and countless performances, Boston-based duo Matt & Shannon Heaton offer updated and traditional Irish music with stirring traditional-style singing accompanied by flute, guitar, and bouzouki, and a fresh, appealing stage show. The Heatons played at Folk College 2010 and return to the area with a new addition – their son, Nigel James Heaton, born in September 2010.

They bring to their performances a depth of shared experience and a love for Irish music. Their stage banter and rapport with audiences is comfortable, often hilarious. Their four duo CDs to date highlight the Heatons fresh, stellar, and accessible approach to presenting traditional music. And Shannon's August 2010 release "Blue Dress" rounds out their catalog with original and traditional flute music with harp, percussion, guitar, and bouzouki. To welcome Nigel into the world, the couple released the "Maternity Leave" EP on their website in fall 2010.

Apr 16 Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16 buy button
with The Twilite Broadcasters

St. Louis-based Pokey LaFarge mixes jazz, ragtime, country blues and Western swing to create a fresh take on American roots music. LaFarge, 26, both achieves timelessness with his original songs and honors the legendary songwriters and musicians of songs he covers. He uses his booming voice as an instrument with an incredible range; above his parlor guitar one moment he shouts a line and the next he croons. LaFarge has been making music since he was a teenager and cites Blind Boy Fuller, Bob Wills, and Jimmie Rodgers as influences.

LaFarge is backed by The South City Three: Ryan "Churchmouse" Koening on washboard and harmonica, Adam "Boss Hoss" Hoskins on guitar, and Joey Glynn on bass. The group made a high-profile appearance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival, a set that NPR called "simply charming," and Spin magazine called the festival's "Best Discovery." The group continues to tour throughout Europe and the U.S.

The Twilite BroadcastersSpecial guests The Twilite Broadcasters will open the show with their two-man blend of American musical styles, ranging from Appalachian folk ballads and parlor songs to early country music.

Apr 30 Four Shillings Short at the CWB 7:30 p.m. $16 buy button

Travelling musicians with a carload of instruments is nothing new in the world of folk music, but what if one of those instruments is a sitar from India or a Renaissance Crumhorn? Going out on a musical limb is common for the group Four Shillings Short. Their music is always varied and captivating, with an array of more than 20 of instruments including hammered dulcimer, mandola, mandolin, tinwhistle & woodwinds, sitar, banjo, and percussion.

In a single night, Four Shillings Short perform Traditional Irish tunes and airs, Indian ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs, Medieval and Renaissance instrumentals, and acappella numbers, as well as contemporary folk and original compositions. Their sound has been described as "wondrously diverse," "truly refreshing," and "alternative neo-Celtic folk of the first order."

In addition to playing concerts around the country, the group has also created a program to younger audiences to their music in schools and libraries. They play music from Ireland, England, Scotland, America, India and medieval Europe on a variety of instruments.