Monday, March 2, 2020

Rosier on March 6th




Montréal based band ROSIER – formerly known as LES POULES À COLIN – will make their first appearance at a Jenkins House Concert on Friday, March 6th. This extraordinary band pushes further exploration of the connections between Québec folk and the mix of indie, jazz, pop, bluegrass and contemporary styles. The group’s five members immerse us in their universe through original compositions, sophisticated arrangements, harmonic progressions and reinvented traditions. The bilingual band injects exuberant colour into folk traditions, taking the its roots and spinning this foundation into a movement. The result is a mature, well-controlled music filled with emotion and a surprising freshness that is relevant in today’s shifting climates. The band has created a layered sound that connects generations through origin and craft, reclaiming and interpreting the romantic traditions of Québécois folk through a modern lens.

Rosier's members are: frontwoman Béatrix Méthé (lead vocals, violin), Colin Savoie-Levac (lap steel, banjo and foot percussion), Sarah Marchand (lead vocals and keys), Éléonore Pitre (acoustic and electric guitars) and Marie Savoie-Levac (electric bass).

Please RSVP Sandy at: Sandilion49@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a seat or to request further information.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Bee Eaters with Sean Watkins on February 28th

Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was just 12 years old, kickstarting a career that’s taken him from the stage of the Grammys to the top of the bluegrass charts. The groundbreaking trio's platinum selling albums earned them a Grammy Award and the respect of musicians and listeners everywhere. Along the way, he's grown as a masterful guitarist, singer and songwriter and a member of many different groups, alongside his sister Sara in the Watkins Family Hour, and on tours with Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett and many others. Following a 25 anniversary tour of Nickel Creek, Sean hit the road solo. His newest solo release “What to Fear” is a powerfully honest and insightful lyrical and musical statement. Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger. As a writer, Watkins deftly juggles the observational and the autobiographical, convincingly taking on the personalities of others – a stalker, a preacher, a cynical newscaster – and then juxtaposing them with a voice that is clearly his own. Watkins’ singing unites disparate narrative threads; he’s disarmingly honest and sympathetic, no matter whom the character he is channeling might be. Sean joined creative forces with The Bee Eaters for their brand new release,“This Is Who We Are, available now.  SeanWatkins.com


“It is a joy to hear both the exploration of this music and the grounding of it simultaneously. Also, I love the emphasis on the simple beauty of the acoustic instruments.” -Edgar Meyer (Grammy-winning bassist and composer)
“…here come the Bee Eaters. …so tastefully arranged and so well played..." -Tim O’Brien
“The Bee Eaters are the instrumental cream of the brand new string nation.” -Darol Anger


Featuring 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champions Tristan and Tashina Clarridge with hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, [The Bee Eaters] combine chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass’s playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness” (The Boston Globe).With Tashina’s delicate fiddle and Tristan’s grounding cello wrapped around Simon’s ethereal dulcimer, they have created a never-before-heard sound in American music.

Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists program. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. He has toured the world with Crooked Still and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, as well as Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster. Hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world.

Tashina and Tristan co-founded the Shasta Music Summit, now in its 15th year, which unites the highest level of musical masterminds with musicians of all ages and skill levels, for a series of workshops and all-star concerts exploring the connections between musical traditions of the world, in a holistic community environment. The Shasta Music Summit is revered by many as a powerful musical and social melting pot; young students and professional musicians come together to share, driven by a bold vision of strengthening the interwoven connectedness of music, community, and culture.    www.BeeEaters.com



Please RSVP Sandy at: Sandilion49@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a seat or to request further information.

This show is sold out. Stay tuned for a new post about our next concert on Friday, March 6th, featuring the young and innovative Quebecois band, Rosier.  There are still seats available..





Sunday, December 8, 2019

Jeremy Kittel Trio on January 11, 2020

Jeremy Kittel has earned the reputation as one of the most versatile and dynamic fiddlers of his generation. A fellow New Yorker, this is Jeremy’s fourth appearance at a Jenkins’ House Concert on the Upper West Side. He will appear with his trio, a precocious ensemble of musicians with whom he is collaborating to present his original compositions. This trio includes: Jeremy Kittel, violin/fiddle, Joshua Pinkham, mandolin, and Quinn Bachand, guitar. Be prepared for sophisticated rhythmic interplay, ingenious tonal flexibility and jaw dropping  technique, both from the players as individuals and The Jeremy Kittel Trio as a whole. 

"Jeremy Kittel is at the vanguard of a whole new movement in fiddle music.”  Martin Hayes

A consummate musician whose style and repertoire sit somewhere between Nashville and Nairn” - Folk World

Please RSVP Sandy at: Sandilion49@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a seat or to request further information.   

Monday, November 11, 2019

Molsky's Mountain Drifters on Friday, December 6

The Jenkins House Concert series is happy to welcome back Bruce Molsky's trio, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, on Friday, December 6, 2019. Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice is delighted to present his touring group featuring Allison de Groot and Stash Wylouch, Together they combine wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-tyme music. Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to the music and a fresh approach to the trio. Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Crossing over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops. We hope you'll join us to hear the collaboration of these three fine players!

"Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who 'gets it': has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it" - Mark Knopfler

This concert is sold out. See you next time!

Please contact Sandilion49@gmail.com for reservations and details. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mike Block, cellist, to perform on October 26th


We are so pleased to welcome Mike Block back to our concert series. Mike, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century", is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston with his wife, violinist, Hanneke Cassel and their young daughter. While studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years. Mike has also toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings and The Knights orchestra. Mike is Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He also joined the faculty of New England Conservatory through the Contemporary Improvisation program. He is also the founder of the Mike Block String Camp in Vero Beach, Florida, which is dedicated to the education of young string players. Mike has recently released,“It’s Time to Dance”, a new album of original pop/rock songs! which will be available the night of the concert.
Here is Mike's website:https://www.mikeblockmusic.com

For more information and reservations for this concert, please contact Sandy Jenkins at; Sandilion49@gmail.com. If this is your first visit to our blog, our concert location is in Manhattan. Details will be provided by email at the time a reservation is made.

Seats for this concert are all reserved as of 10/20. Please contact Sandy if you would like to be placed on the wait list. Standing room is also available, or see you next time.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Genticorum to open our 17th season on September 21


We are very excited to welcome Genticorum, a French Canadian power trio whose guitarist/vocalist, Yann Falquet, performed here last May with his wife, Natalie Haas, in the DuoDuo Quartet. The other two members are Nicholas Williams, wooden flute and accordion, and Pascal Gemme, fiddle and vocals. Energetic, charismatic and irresistible, they weave precise and intricate compositions, both original and traditional, tight vocal harmonies and energetic foot percussion into a jubilant musical feast. "Their distinctive sound, sense of humor and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser." Go to genticorum.com for a look at their bios, tours and music.

Please RSVP to Sandilion49@gmail.com. Reservations fill up quickly, however, there is usually limited standing room. We are located in Manhattan's Upper West Side. Please write to Sandy at the forwarding address for details and reservations.



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Duo Duo on Thursday, May 9

Duo Duo is well worth the wait! All four of these amazing musicians have appeared at a Jenkins House Concert on separate occasions. They have joined musical forces and will appear here on Thursday, May 9th. Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Summit in Northern California. The percussion and drive of Nic's footwork combined with Maeve's melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duo which captivates both the ears and the eyes. Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists in Celtic music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for 18 years, including a stop at our house just one year ago. Montrealer Yann Falquet is one of the most creative acoustic guitarists in today's Québécois music scene. Over the last fifteen years, he has recorded five albums and toured the world with French Canadian power trio Genticorum, who will appear here in September. This husband and wife team have been performing a mix of Québécois traditional songs and new takes on folk music.

The DuoDuo Quartet presents an unforgettable night of music, song, and dance, featuring all four of these innovators and masters of their respective traditions and instruments.

Please contact Sandy Jenkins at sandilion49@gmail.com for reservations and details.