Orrin Star invariably starts off the evening with a joke followed up by some hot licks, either on his mandolin or guitar. This time around, look for Jimmy Gaudreau for the mandolin licks. The two will bring a touch of old-time bluegrass to Seekers, with plenty of singing tossed into the mix.
You might laugh at Orrin's humor (he started life as a stand-up comic), but when he starts to play his music, things gets downright serious--in a good way. Orrin Star is an award-winning instrumentalist who combines hot picking, cool singing and a penchant for joke telling into a terrific evening of old-time, new-time, any-time music. Once described as Arlo Guthrie meets Doc Watson, he was the 1976 National Flatpicking Champion (the largest bluegrass contest in the world), has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and has a sweeping repertoire ranging from bluegrass standards to Irish fiddle tunes to fingerstyle blues. All this and he sings, too, getting the audience singing along as well. Don't be surprised if he doesn't drop in a bit of a recitation while he's at it.
Jimmy Gaudreau has long been regarded as one of the top bluegrass performers in the world. Since getting the call in 1969 to move to the Washington, D.C. area from his native Rhode Island and join the legendary Country Gentlemen, he has performed with a veritable Who's Who of bluegrass bands and earned a reputation as a mandolin maverick with a sound and a style all his own. In 2005, Jimmy was inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America's "Hall of Greats."
Expect a lively evening full of musical surprises and amazing prowess.
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