Celtic Crossing Concert in Ventura

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Little Black Train. Mike Melnyk Photo

Celtic Crossing with Little Black Train and special guests Sam ‘n Ash.

Time and Date: 4:00 pm. Sunday April 28, 2013
Location: WAV Gallery Ventura
Cost: $15 adv/18 door.
Call 215-0306 for more information.
Artist: littleblacktrain.com ashleybroder.com
Venue: http://www.wavartists.com/

Working Artists Ventura will present Celtic Crossing, a special matinee concert featuring some of California’s finest practicioners of traditional Irish, Scottish and old-time acoustic Americana music on Sunday April 28, 2013 at 4pm. at WAV Gallery in Ventura.

Little Black Train plays a fun, refreshing fusion of vintage fiddle tunes, blazing mandolin, and songs of old-time Americana. The all-acoustic trio of veteran pickers mixes up an unlikely blend of old-timey songs, bluesy mandolin, and Celtic fiddle to create their unique breed of oldternative Americana. From Folkworks Magazine: “The trio consists of West Virginia native Stuart Mason, whose deep roots in traditional music are reflected in his authentic lead vocals, guitar, mandola and banjo; John Weed, whose old-time Irish fiddling style and harmony vocals carry the listener back through the centuries; and Kenny Blackwell, whose sometimes-bluesy, sometimes-jazzy, and always brilliant mandolin or guitar embroiders every melody, along with his harmony vocals.”

“Bringing in a funky set of old barndances from Northern Ireland is an especially inspired touch, as it shows a kinship between the melodies of Irish and American music that’s all too often overlooked in favor of the songs. Yep, these boys can play and they know their stuff.” – Devon Leger, Hearth Music (Seattle)

Sam 'n Ash
Sam ‘n Ash

Sam ‘n Ash are a new and innovative duo in the world of folk music. Samantha Harvey and Ashley Broder are both well-versed in their instruments, but their combination of accordion and mandolin is unique and beautiful. Ashley Broder is an in-demand mandolinist, violinist, and cellist living in Ventura, California. After touring for several years as a duo with violinist Jamie Laval, Ashley joined the Celtic jam band, The Syncopaths, and travels across the country performing concerts and contra dances. When she is not touring, Ashley teaches music and collaborates with as many musicians as she can. Samantha Harvey is an award-winning accordionist, pianist, and stepdancer. Steeped in the Celtic traditions, her tunes and driving percussive steps come straight from the heart.

Stuart Mason talks about the music of Little Black Train:

“We give equal weight to traditional melody playing and the old songs, as well as fiery improvisation on mandolin and fiddle. Before the boom of commercial radio in the 20s and 30s, you would have heard more evidence of the old country in the sound of the fiddle, that’s where John’s style comes into play. The fiddler from Molly’s Revenge invokes the timeless spirit of Donegal and Clare in the tunes he brings to us. Kenny has a long history of jazz, swing, blues and bluegrass on the mandolin, and you can hear that in his fiery licks.

“As for my songs–I was born in West Virginia. My father’s family lived there since long before it split off from Virginia. My grandpa worked the C&O Railroad, and his father was a circuit-riding preacher, so I’ve got fire and brimstone and coal dust under my skin. Gospel was always a big part of music up in the hills, seems like you’re closer to God up there anyway, but the coal boom was what brought in the sound of the Piedmont and the Delta. Black folk flooded in to work the mines, and that’s when mountain music met the blues. Singers like Dick Justice and Dock Boggs and Charlie Poole recorded music that had all those ingedients mixed up together. That’s the same track we travel with Little Black Train.”

The WAV (Working Artists Ventura) is a state-of-the-art community, designed for artists and creative businesses, and is located in the Downtown Cultural District of Ventura, California. WAV offers affordable living and work space for 82 artists from 21 countries, who are painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, writers, actors, filmmakers, and more. The Theater Gallery space comes to life with performances, films, art exhibitions, concerts, workshops and classes. The WAV complex was designed and built to the highest standards of green technology and is LEED™ Certified, which includes recycled building materials, car sharing, water and energy conservation, with renewable solar power. LEED™ stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings and has become the green building-industry standard for rating buildings.

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Stuart Mason is an incomplete angler who moonlights as a musician, artist, writer, and web designer.

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