Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller, Hurricane Ridgerunners, The Gallus Brothers

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

Friday, September 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00 pm)

$20 adv / $22 door

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September 23 8:00 pm

Open jamming in the lobby at 5pm hosted by Mark Olson & Penny Critchlow

This show is part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention - for a complete listing of BOTMC activities, please visit


Instructional workshops: Emily Miller (singing - with Val Mindel), Jesse Milnes (beginning fiddle), Mark Graham (harmonica), Armin Barnett (fiddle), Jerry Gallaher (banjo) and Devin Champlin (mandolin) are all giving instructional workshops at the Freight as part of the BOTMC — Workshops


Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller sing close harmony, accompanied by Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Emily was raised around old-time and country music (the Louvin Brothers and the Stanley Brothers were household favorites) with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. Jesse grew up in West Virginia (where the couple now live), learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, renowned old-time fiddler Gerry Milnes. In addition to performing with Jesse, Emily tours extensively with the Sweetback Sisters. Together, Jesse and Emily play for square dances around their home state of West Virginia, and also fre- quently teach harmony singing with Emily’s mother Val Mindel. The Hurricane Ridgerunners


The Hurricane Ridgerunners, one of Seattle’s best loved old-time bands, will reunite for a special BOTMC performance. Best known for their strong harmony singing, they can also tear up a hard-driving fiddle tune at blazing speed. Armin Barnett (fiddle), Jerry Gallaher (banjo), Mark Graham (harmonica) and Paul Kotapish (guitar) focus on Southern old-time music, with splashes of bluegrass, Hank Williams, Irish, plus some of Mark Graham’s hilarious original songs. Various band members have performed with Tim O’Brien, Laurie Lewis, Dirk Powell, Kevin Burke’s Open House, Wake the Dead, and the Queen City Bulldogs.


The Gallus Brothers are a country blues duo from Bellingham, Washington. In 2005 a series of chance encounters involving pancakes, spoons and a guitar first brought the brothers together. Devin Champlin is an expert ragtime and blues guitar fingerpicker and mandolin player; Lucas Hicks holds down the rhythm with a suitcase full of tomfoolery. They both sing, love to bust down on fiddle and banjo duets, and occasionally stand on each other and juggle while playing their instruments.  


visit the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention website

visit the Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller website

visit the Gallus Brothers Bandcamp page

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