Join PFS in welcoming I Draw Slow and Kaitlyn Raitz & Ben Plotnick for a PFS Monthly Concert!
I Draw Slow:
I Draw Slow will be releasing the highly anticipated Turn Your Face to the Sun, on a major US record label April 21st. They have personally exclaimed that it will be their best recording yet. Recent releases White Wave Chapel (2014) and Red Hills (2011) were all the buzz at home and overseas with their unique sound, bringing together Irish tradition with modern Americana while staying rooted in the old-time style of Appalachia. Their impact abroad is redrawing the map for these Irish/Americana songwriters while their videos go viral!
The UK press describes, I Draw Slow as "American top league equivalents" destined "to blow the opposition away," drawing favorable comparisons with Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. The band has played to audiences in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, performed at illustrious North American festivals including MerleFest, Pickathon, Wintergrass, RockyGrass, Grey Fox, Red Wing, Edmonton Folk Fest, Sisters Folk Festival and featured on Mountain Stage.
I Draw Slow is a five-piece outfit comprising vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo, and double bass. Holden siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) have been writing together for two decades. In 2008 the pair teamed up with violinist Adrian Hart, clawhammer banjo player Colin Derham, and double bassist Konrad Liddy to form I Draw Slow.
Kaitlyn Raitz & Ben Plotnick:
Kaitlyn Raitz (cello, vocals) and Ben Plotnick (fiddle, vocals) have been making folk music for the majority of their lives. Though they’ve only started playing Folk, Bluegrass, Appalachian and Stringband music together this past year, they have a combined musical resume that speaks to a lifetime of dedication to these styles and more. Individually, they’ve made their respective marks playing with countless artists across North America. From Jazz, to Country, to Classical, and everywhere in between, they’ve appeared on dozens upon dozens of professional albums. They’ve played in bars for 10 people, or at festivals for 40,000.
The relationship between the violin and the cello is age-old and has been proven time and time again, but as soon as Kaitlyn and Ben began to play and sing together, it became clear that something was different. Decades of experience as chamber musicians helped them to blend instantly, but it’s their spontaneous, energetic yet subtle approach to folk music that sets them apart.