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.
Listen for music from Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Zoe is an English folk musician from Brighton who now lives in Massachusetts. She plays everything from traditional folk tunes to ballads to world beat to vaudeville. And she sings a song about pie – does it get any better? Her instruments include the tin whistle, guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele, accordion, human trumpet and sometimes spoons. Her band is made up of some of the best musicians working today.
All the concerts featured on New Settlers have been great performances but some stand out as being amazing experiences for the performer and audience alike. We have another "Best of the Best" this week.
Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” from his concert at the Old Settlers Inn. Chuck is great performer and a wonderful blend of folksy and intellectual, dry humor and poetry, songs that make you laugh, songs that make you think, songs that make you cry.
Everyone loves a love song, right? But no one more than singer/songwriters, who will write about love in any conceivable form. This Saturday, New Settlers celebrates Valentine’s Day, with tunes about shiny new lovers and broken hearts, the wishful, the wistful and even the vengeful. Performers include Anne Hills, Pierce Pettis, Cheryl Wheeler, Brooks Williams, Tom Prasada-Rao, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn and other venues in and around Wichita.
Listen for R&B favorite Kelley Hunt and her band from their performance at the Old Settlers Inn. Kelley was born and raised in Kansas and continues to live in Lawrence though she spends a lot of her time touring the U.S. and the world. Kelley's distinctive "boogie woogie" piano style can be traced to her beloved early piano teacher (the subject of "Queen of the 88's").
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been performing since the 60s. Through the years they've played folk, country-rock and pop. They've had popular radio hits and well-known (though rarely broadcast) traditional tunes. We recorded them at the Cotillion in Wichita.
This week on New Settlers it's a sampling of concerts from the Sedgwick County Zoo’s summer concert series. Blues, Cajun party music, ballads and swing performed by A Roomful of Blues, Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Frank and Joe Show and Brave Combo.
Fun, poetic, gritty, and wonderful. Listen for Greg Brown in concert at the Old Settlers Inn. Greg has recorded more than two dozen albums, is the founder of Red House Records and has received several folkie-and-indie type awards. His tunes have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin and countless others. Like most singer-songwriters, he’s best when playing live in a small setting. Tune in and hear one of his best performances.