Saturday, February 23rd
Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today.
The band is led by Chris’ soulful lead-singing, songwriting, and solid rhythm and lead guitar. Chris boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs, and the acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains. Ashby Frank is playing mandolin on this tour, one of bluegrass music’s premier mandolin players, who has played with the Earls of Leicester, The Lonesome River Band, Mountain Heart, Special Consensus, and others. Jon Weisberger, whose playing has made him a sought-after fill-in bass player in Nashville with The Del McCoury Band, the Roland White Band, Larry Cordle, and others, anchors the band’s strong rhythmic foundation. Newest member, Gina Furtado, a driving and innovative banjo player, and another contributor of original material, hails from Front Royal, VA. Mountain Home recently signed her as a solo artist as well, releasing her critically acclaimed album, “True Colors.”
- 1:00 - 2:30 Instrument workshops on bass, mandolin and guitar (all levels)
- 30 minute break
- 3:00 - 4:30 Ensemble workshop, song arrangement, harmony singing and performance arts. A wide ranging session of Q and A, performance and teaching.
Workshops will be held at the Irish Cultural Centre (6452 - 35 Ave NW, Calgary).
Cost $50 per person, all fees go directly to the artists. Maximum 12 per class. Please bring a notebook and recording device.