This week it's Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. Easily Amused was formed by Keith MacPherson and Renee Lamoureaux (who now go by “Keith and Renee”). The duo was recorded at Linesight Gallery in Wichita. Keith and Renee have been around for more than a decade – this recording was made fairly early in their career. They are fresh, friendly, hip and oh-so-talented.
This week on New Settlers: Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas - a contemporary folk group made up of three established singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmell, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.
Listen for folk and Americana musician Slaid Cleaves (based in Austin, TX), recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Slaid performs both as a solo acoustic act and with other musicians. He first gained notice in 1992 when he won the Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk" competition. He hit the Americana charts in 2000 with his album and song "Broke Down."
Listen for Krista Detor at the Old Settlers Inn. Krista is a singer-songwriter who has performed at venues around the world – including several times at the Old Settlers Inn. She's been writing music for film, TV and stage. She was an artist-in-residence in India. With all that, she still manages to tour a bit. As usual, the audience brings out the best in a singer-songwriter.
New Settlers features Groovelily, an award-winning trio fusing acoustic, pop, classical and jazz, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Groovelily’s sound also comes from their blended vocals and instrumentation – a six-string electric violin, keyboards and percussion. They're funny and eclectic and so very talented.
Listen for guitarist and singer/songwriter Tommy Emmanuel before a live audience at Wichita’s Orpheum Theater. The Australian-born showman first played in this area at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield several years ago. He started as an unknown but by the second day his shows were crowded with new fans. Tune in to see what all the excitement is about!
This week New Settlers celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with jigs, reels and Irish ballads. Through the years, several Celtic groups have performed in the area and we’ll sample from some of the best – including Cherish the Ladies, Cathy Ryan and her band and Grace Griffith.
Listen to a performance by Peter Mulvey at the Old Settlers Inn. Peter Mulvey is best known for his dark songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene, he's been featured on public radio nationwide.
Listen for music from the California Guitar Trio performance at the Orpheum in Wichita. The three guitarists met in a guitar craft course focusing on the New Standard Tuning, which they still use today. If you’re wondering what the New Standard Tuning is and why it matters, here’s a brief description – the guitar is tuned in fifths rather than fourths which makes the overall range wider. The guitar can create lower and higher sounds. Like most alternate tunings, it opens the door to new music, arrangements, new sounds. The California Guitar Trio plays original works, arrangements of rock, classical and jazz.