Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flynn Cohen and the Deadstring Ensemble

notloB Folk Concerts

Thursday, October 20, 8pm
Loring-Greenough House
12 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
More info at the notloB website

Guitarist/composer Flynn Cohen leads his own band of string geniuses performing original multi-genre acoustic music. Primarily instrumental, they combine influences ranging from Irish traditional music, old-time appalachian, bluegrass, folk-rock, and early music. The band consists of some of the finest and most experienced acoustic plucked-string players in America.

FLYNN COHEN – guitar/mandolin/vocals

Acoustic Guitarist Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He can be seen on concert and festival stages with the neo-trad folk band Annalivia, legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, fellow trad guitar player Matt Heaton, modern bluegrass band Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway, and his own group of acoustic string wizards, TheDeadstring Ensemble.

Flynn has also performed with HALALI, The Sevens, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Farrell, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Gail Davies, Gilly Martin, Malibu Storm, Bruce MacGregor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Mark Simos, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Revels, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others.

He studied Music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and at Mills College in Oakland, California and now teaches in the Music Dept at Keene State College in New Hampshire, as well as The Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts.

JOHN McGANN – guitar/mandolin
John McGann is a Professor of Strings at Berklee College of Music, 1985 National Mandolin Champion, and has a long resumé of international tours and recordings with Celtic Fiddle Festival, The Wayfaring Strangers, The Boston Edge and many others. Complete bio:

 – guitar/bouzouki

Though he studied classical guitar at Northwestern University (MMus) and Italy, played rock in Chicago, and tango in Denver, it is Boston’s vibrant Irish music scene where he has made his musical home. What began as an obsession with an unlabeled cassette tape (which later turned out to be “The Planxty Collection”) and a courtship with a young Irish flute player named Shannon, has led to a vibrant Irish music performance career. In addition to his duo work with wife Shannon, he is highly sought after as accompanist, and has performed with traditional luminaries Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connell, Emily Smith, and the Boys of the Lough.

DANNY NOVECK – guitar/fiddle 
Danny has worked as both a fiddler and guitar accompanist with such trad music luminaries as Liz Carroll, John Williams, Tony DMarco, and John Whelan. He has a PhD in Anthropology that took him Mexico to study the fiddle music of the Tarahumara Indians. Danny teaches at the Boston branch of Comhaltas music school and is the composer of the well-known session tune "Sligo Creek".

Thursday, October 20
Loring-Greenough House
12 South Street
Jamaica Plain
Suggested donation $14 + $1 preservation fee

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