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Concert for Sue DraheimPurchase tickets online
April 01 8:00 pm
A host of Bay Area musicians – classical and Celtic, old time and bluegrass, Cajun and more – gather for a benefit concert honoring Sue Draheim, a beloved Bay Area musician who now lives in Berea, Kentucky. Sue was recently diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer, and many of her musician friends want to do what they can to offer their support.
The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with old time and Cajun music in the lobby, and will shift to the Freight stage at 8:00 p.m. with a string quartet featuring some of Sue’s colleagues from the classical music world. From there, the show will feature many wonderful musicians who played with Sue over the years.
Sue’s musical career began in the late 1960s with Dr. Humbead’s New Tranquility String Band and Medicine Show, and went on to encompass work with John Renbourn, the Albion Band, Any Old Time String Band, Golden Bough, Tempest, and Caliban. Sue also performed with several regional orchestras, the Western Opera Theater, and the long-running light opera company, the Lamplighters. Since moving to Kentucky, Sue has been playing for contra dances.
“Sue is one of the best musicians I have ever met,” the guitarist John Renbourn said. “She is incredibly versatile and her playing in each idiom is always right on the money. When we last saw each other she had a chair in a West Coast orchestra. The enjoyment of listening to Mahler was enhanced by the thought that she could easily slip into the Skillet Lickers. She learned Irish fiddle so perfectly that when the great piper Willie Clancey heard her he was truly moved and I can’t think of a higher accolade than that.”
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