Acoustic Voices at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for Performing Arts

The Shannon Center for Performing Arts proudly announces the 2009-10 Acoustic Voices Series. This series will present the voices of acoustic performers typically heard in coffee houses, bars, and on public radio. They won’t all be in the same style or genre—indeed some of them will defy all categories—but will all provide soulful and moving performances. Season subscription orders are now being accepted; $60 general and $50 seniors and students. Single performances will go on sale July 22; $20 general admission, $15 seniors and students.


Jim Kweskin & Geoff Mulduar — Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m.
The Jim Kweskin Jug Band was the first of the jug bands formed during the 60s folk revival and it gained the most widespread popularity. Before disbanding in 1968, the Jug Band shared billing in the psychedelic ballrooms of San Francisco with Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Doors, and performed on national network television shows. Though categorized as folk, their music covered the wide spectrum of American music, from blues to Tin Pan Alley to the Great American Songbook. Jim Kweskin, Geoff Mulduar, and the rest of the Jug Band influenced so many other musicians that their legacy far outweighs what their five years together would seem to indicate. Through the ensuing years, Kweskin and Mulduar have continued their musical journey and a night with them is like a smorgasbord of musical delights. Though still labeled folk, both have delved far deeper into the musical lexicon.

Tingstad & Rumbel — Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m.
Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have performed, recorded, and toured together for over 24 years with 19 albums to their credit. Traveling to as many as 50 concert venues a year, they are friends who enjoy each other's company and truly love making music.

Tingstad and Rumbel began their collaboration in1985. Their debut album,The Gift, quickly became a holiday classic. The next 20 years saw countless positive reviews in publications such as The New York Times,The Washington Post, and Billboard, as well as number one debuts on radio charts. In 1998, American Acoustic was honored as Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year. A Carnegie Hall appearance in 2000 followed. And in 2003, the duo received a Grammy Award for Acoustic Garden.


Muriel Anderson & Tierra Negra — Sunday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Muriel Anderson's music encompasses many genres on both guitar and harp guitar. She was the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship and was also awarded a bronze level for classical in the 2009 Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Players Choice poll. Her audiences are delighted with a range of music from international, folk, classical, jazz, pop, and bluegrass. She has been composing since the age of six and has published works for guitar and orchestra, voice, and solo guitar.

Tierra Negra, Germany's most successful guitar duo belongs to the protagonists of Flamenco Nuevo worldwide. Since their discovery in 1997 in Montreal, Canada, and the record contract that followed, the duo Leo Henrichs and Raughi Ebert have produced a total of six CDs. Their compositions are featured on countless international guitar compilations. Numerous concert tours brought them all over Europe, Canada and the US. Without losing the thread to the Rumba-Flamenco tradition of the Camargue and Spain, Tierra Negra creates a unique combination of folklore, lounge, and pop elements in their music.

Ken Waldman & Tom Sauber — Friday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Ken Waldman has toured throughout North America as Alaska’s Fiddling Poet since 1995. A former college professor, Waldman has had published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, and has released seven CDs that combine old-time Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. He has drawn on his 23 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his own.

A native of Southern California, Tom Sauber is an internationally known master musician. Fluent in a variety of styles, Sauber is a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin) and a compelling singer. In the more than 40 years that Sauber has devoted to playing traditional music, he has performed with many of the leading figures of traditional American music. He is particularly known for his long partnerships with Oklahoma fiddler Earl Collins and Round Peak banjo picker Eddie Lowe. Sauber has played for many years with Brad Leftwich and Alice Gerrard. He’s played in Bluegrass bands with Byron Berline, John Hickman and Alan Munde and in Cajun bands with Jo-el Sonnier, Joe Simien and Wilfred Latour. In addition, Sauber brought traditional music to the film industry with Ry Cooder and David Lindley in the western, The Long Riders.