San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
THE LAFAYETTE BREWING COMPANY
THE TILLERS hosted by THE WOODSTOVE FLAPJACKS
w/The Whipstitch Sallies
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The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when they started thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street in the district of Clifton. The songs they picked were mostly older than their grandparents. Some came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines.
Their look didn’t fit the stereotype. They were clearly recovering punk rockers with roots in city’s west side punk rock and hardcore scene. The punk influence gave their sound a distinctive bite, setting them apart from most other folk acts- a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp that brought new pulse and vinegar to some very old songs. But their musical range soon proved itself as they floated from hard-tackle thumping to tender graceful melody, all the while topped by Oberst and Geil’s clear tenor harmonies.
The Woodstove Flapjacks....
The Woodstove Flapjacks have been entertaining eager masses for over 9 years. Continuing the traditions of early American Stringband music, The Flapjacks mix booming vocals, harmonica and kazoo, banjos, guitars, mandolin, ukulele, snare & suitcase bass, washboard, and washtub bass into a raucous good time. This focus on traditional tunes allows the listener to step back to a time when lyrics were written from experience and music was hashed out on a front porch. Lead vocalist Matt Scherger once described the resurgence of stringband music as inevitable, due to the fact that the interest, as well as ability, seems to skip a generation.
The Whipstitch Sallies....
"These guys got it. I don't know what 'it' isexactly, but they got it in spades," says ethnomusicologist David A. Brose from John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. So what is "it" with The Whipstitch Sallies? These four ladies bring rock and roll energy to traditional intruments while holding down tight harmonies and commanding the stage with their electrifying presence. Allie Burbrink brings driving rhythm and picking on acoustic guitar and clawhammer banjo while Kat Erickson holds down the groove on upright bass. Meanwhile, Sam Roberts’ punk rock influenced mandolin style and Katie Burk’s fierce fiddle licks show their musical chops. They’ve quickly developed a rabid fan base in their hometown of Indianapolis. “The Whipstitch Sallies are a force of nature. They breezed into their first show for the Indy Folk Series and quickly endeared themselves to all those who weren’t already fervid fans. Their harmonies and blend, verve, and virtuosity had a record crowd on their feet and asking for a return visit," says concert organizer Dan Henkel.
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