Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Friday, September 10, 2010, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)Kenny Hall & the Sweets Mill String Band, Alice Gerrard, the Macrae Sisters $16.50 advance / $17.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
September 10 8:00 pm

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention cooks up yet another irresistible lineup, featuring mandolin virtuoso Kenny Hall and his Sweets Mill String Band, North Carolina ballad singer and storyteller Bobby McMillon, and Oregonian trio the Macrae Sisters.

Blind mandolin master Kenny Hall never fails to spread joy with his unique repertoire of over 1200 songs. At age 87, Kenny still holds down a weekly gig at the Santa Fe Basque Restaurant in Fresno. He is also the subject of a new documentary film, "I Hear What You See" (you can catch the film on Saturday, September 11 at Pacific Film Archive). For tonight's performance, Kenny is backed by the Sweets Mill String Band, the band that accompanied him on his classic Bay Records LPs and tours of the 1970s. This will be their first Bay Area performance together in over 20 years! SMSB features original members Harry Liedstrand, Cary Lung, and Ron Tinkler, joined by Larry Hanks.

We are pleased to welcome Alice Gerrard back to the BOTMC for a special one-time only set that will be centered around ballad singing. Alice has been a musician and a proponent of traditional music since the 1960s, when she made the first of her recordings with Hazel Dickens on the Folkways Label. Gerrard has recorded and played with some of North Carolina's most loved artists, including Elizabeth Cotten, Tommy Jarrell, and Joe and Odell Thompson. She also participated in the Southern Folk Festival tours as part of Anne Romaine and Bernice Johnson Reagan's Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project, which brought white and black musicians together in the midst of the Civil Rights struggles to share songs and perform with one another in concerts throughout the south. She continues to make recordings as a solo artist and with Brad Leftwich and Tom Sauber as Tom, Brad and Alice.

Marian, Gabrielle, and Joanna Macrae grew up in the midst of Portland, Oregon's lively old-time music scene, developing a rocking yet relaxed groove to their fiddle-banjo-guitar mix and a classic sisterly vocal blend. The sisters have performed at the Portland Old Time Gathering, Port Townsend Fiddle Tunes, and Minnesota Winter Bluegrass Weekend.

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