Friday, July 21, 7-9pm
$15 advance | $18 at door | Cash Bar
A rich blend of original and traditional sounds, simmered in the deep warm hues of cedar and rosewood and the American landscape.
Larry Allen Brown:
Born and raised in Chicago, Larry has had a long career as lead guitarist for a variety of groups. Heavily influenced by Dave van Ronk, John Fahey, and Martin Simpson, Larry embarked upon a solo career as a composer and performer on the acoustic guitar 15 years ago. A Berklee College of Music alumni, Larry released Cobb Lane in 2000, followed by his second CD, Music for the High Country - The Soundtrack of Blowing Rock. The music is a blend of original compositions, as well as traditional classics, arranged in Larry’s unique style, encompassing both his solo acoustic guitar, and his outstanding chamber ensemble, known as the Acoustic Earth Orchestra. Music for the High Country has been endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce of Blowing Rock, NC as their official soundtrack. .
Larry has been a guest artist with Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Michael Manring, Caroline Herring, Tim Thompson, and Ken Bonfield, and participates in Ken Bonfield's Artistry of the Guitar program. He has been teaching the guitar for the past 25 years. He is also a member of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and participates in the annual Harmony for Humanity concert series, which is a world wide event to promote peace through music.
He has recorded with cellist Eugene Friesen, violinist Charlie Bisharat of Shaddowfax, Jeff Haynes, percussionist for Pat Metheny, Bassist Tony Levin. The most recent recording is "Covered Bridges" which was made possible in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The recording also features the newest version of the Acoustic Earth Orchestra with Bob McCarthy on guitar and mandolin, Bill Martin on Acoustic Bass, and Eugene Friesen on cello, recreating the chamber/folk style that is a signature of Larry's unique sound.
He has written two books; Political Logic, and Growing up White in Racist America, and has an instructional video for playing the guitar in Open D tuning.
Moved to East Barnard, Vermont in 1980. With an extensive creative and entrepreneurial background. Since the 60’s he has played the double bass in many small ensembles from modern chamber music, opera, Jazz, blues and folk. He often plays with, composer and pianist Sonny Saul from Woodstock, VT and is currently the bassist with Larry Allen Brown and The Acoustic Earth Orchestra.
Billy was an original member of the James Montgomery Blues Band in Boston in 1967. He attended the Berklee Collage of Music in the early 70’s and in the mid-70’s studied composition, performance art and primitive music history with contemporary composer Bernice Schlemowitz. He has a BA from the Eastman School of Music where he studied orchestral, operatic and solo literature for the double bass under James Vandemark, Oscar Zimmerman and Robert Zimmerman.
He was co-Founder of the American Ritual Theater Company, (with the composer William H. Harper of the Chicago Art Institute). He is a past Chairman of the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT and Co-Founder of the Triangle Theater, Rochester, NY an 800 seat multi-media performance facility.
Billy actively pursues the wellbeing of his Family and farm, his music and various business interests.
Larry Allen Brown and Billy Martin are the core of The Acoustic Earth Orchestra (AEO) and are often also joined as larger ensemble by Ed Eastridge (guitar) Eugene Friesen (cello) and Patrick Ross (violin).
Born Oct. 31st, 1949, Annapolis MD, Ed began playing violin at age 7 and started guitar at age 13. He studied classical guitar technique with Andy Merrill in Annapolis MD at age 15 and continued his studies in Washington DC at Charlie Byrd's Studios through the age of 18. In 1968 he began his career as a professional guitarist in Washington DC. In 1983 he founded Big Mo Recording Services (a live recording company) and built the first of two remote trucks, which are still in operation. Together with his wife, Diana, they founded Big Mo Records in 1992. Their close collaborations with guitarist Danny Gatton, organist Joey DeFrancesco and Harmonica virtuoso Rod Piazza have garnered several awards and high praise in the music industry.
As a recording engineer, musician and producer Mr. Eastridge has worked for hundreds of the worlds premiere artists including Sheryl Crowe, Emmylou Harris, Wynton Marsalis, Garbage, No Doubt, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Kathy Mattea, Koko Taylor, Marilyn McCoo, Melba Moore, Melissa Ethridge, Kula Shaker, Joe Pass, Joey DeFrancesco, Doc Watson, Tricia Yearwood, The Wallfowers, Diana Krull, The Goo Goo Dolls. Ralph Stanley, Richard Thompson, Tito Puente, Vince Gill, Suzy Bogus, The Cranberries and Linda Ronstadt. He has worked for many labels including Warner, Polygram, Blue Note, Mercury, Verve and Sony and was a preferred vendor for National Public Radio at venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center and the White House (see below).
Mr. Eastridge presently lives in Vermont with his family where he teaches guitar, performs and is currently working on a collection of solo guitar music entitled the "20th Century Songbook for Solo Guitar". AWARDS RECEIVED 1989- Grammy Award: Hezekiah Walker for Best Gospel Vocal Performance/ Male. 1994 - Indie Award: Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers for Best Blues Recording. Other Grammy nominations include: 1986- The Wilmington Chester Mass Choir, for Best Gospel Choir.1992- Danny Gatton, for Best Rock Instrumental PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Voting member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences since 1991. American Engineering Society: 1987-1996
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