Sisters Folk Festival continues its tradition of brightening up cold, dark nights with its Winter Concert Series. The concerts will be held on three Fridays in February, and take place at the Sisters High School Auditorium. We recommend booking your seats.
The Foghorn Stringband – 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
Billed as the gold-standard of American string-band music, The Foghorn Stringband has produced seven albums and performed thousands of concerts over a decade of touring. The band finds a wellspring of inspiration in American roots music.
Now at the forefront of the old-time music revival, the band got its start in the Portland roots scene. The core members are Caleb Klauder, known for his keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking, and Stephen “Sammy” Lind, one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation.
Sisters favorite and longtime Folk Festival artist Beth Wood will open the Feb. 6 show. Known for exceptional musicianship, fine songwriting and commanding stage presence, Wood has been performing for 16 years. Wood describes her music as a “soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.”
The Stray Birds & Cahalen Morrison and Eli West – 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13
The second night of the series is a double bill featuring The Stray Birds and returning favorites Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.
Brad Tisdel, creative director of Sisters Folk Festival, says the acts complement each other beautifully.
“The harmonies, the adherence to tradition and pushing things forward is what both of these bands do with great success,” Tisdel says.
The Stray Birds, made up of Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench, formed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Classically trained and raised on roots music, the three have honed their sound over several years of extensive touring. NPR Music named the band’s eponymous 2012 release one of the year’s top 10 folk/Americana albums. The band released its second full-length studio album, “Best Medicine” in October.
“Clearly these are players with chops, songwriters with a fierce command of their craft,” NPR Music writes.
From Seattle, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West are two of today’s most innovative roots musicians. While drawing from early folk sources, the two create a vibrant sound.
“After a very successful Festival appearance in 2014, we are happy to bring them back and expose their virtuosity to a broader audience,” Tisdel says.
Willy Porter – 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27
To conclude the series, the incomparable Willy Porter will bring his inventive guitar-playing, passionate songwriting and entertaining stage show back to Sisters. Lyrically rich and musically adventurous, Porter is an accomplished finger-style guitarist. He moves easily from guitar-driven rock to the open-tuned wonderland of the new acoustic frontier.
The Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert Series package is $50 for all three shows for adults, $25 for students. Individual tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for students. All shows are at Sisters High School Auditorium, 1700 West McKinney Butte Road.
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