Shasta String Celebration feat. Jody Stecher, Kala Ramnath, Sean Watkins, many more!

Shasta String Celebration feat. Jody Stecher, Kala Ramnath, Sean Watkins, many more!

Jody Stecher, Kala Ramnath, Sean Watkins, John Herrmann and John Engle, Matthew Hartz, Tristan Clarridge

Saturday, July 14th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$26 ADV / $30 DOOR (plus fees)

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Shasta String Celebration feat. Jody Stecher, Kala Ramnath, Sean Watkins, many more!
Shasta String Celebration feat. Jody Stecher, Kala Ramnath, Sean Watkins, many more!
Shasta String Celebration Featuring Profound Folk Master Jody Stecher, Indian Violin Maestro and International Treasure Kala Ramnath, Grammy Winning Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter Sean Watkins (of Platinum Selling Nickel Creek fame), Legendary Old-Time Texas Fiddling Champion Matthew Hartz, Appalachian Music Masters John Herrmann and Chicken Train, Young Artists from The Shasta Music Summit, And many special guests..!

This show is the musical fruit of Tristan and Tashina Clarridge’s 14th annual Shasta Music Summit, where seasoned master musicians from all over the world commune with colleagues from neighboring (and sometimes distant) traditions, while nurturing a host of creative young string players.

6-time Grand National Fiddle Champions and northern California natives Tristan and Tashina Clarridge have grown up in the company of these musicians, making literally dozens of Freight and Salvage appearances with Darol Anger, Crooked Still, Sean and Sara Watkins, Laurie Lewis, Bill Evans, Scott Nygaard, Mike Marshall and their own trio The Bee Eaters.

“My sister and I were privileged to grow up in an unusual way, one which prepared us for the way this event unfolds. We’d backpack for weeks at a time, or drive 2500 miles to go meet some musicians and get a lesson and go to a fiddle camp. The simple beauty of growing up this way has led us down a rich musical life path, and we want to bring to others something of what we've experienced” says Tristan. “This project isn't a business, it's a community. And listeners can get a taste of that community at the Freight and Salvage on July 14. These are some of the musical friends we've made as we travel through life.”
Jody Stecher
Jody Stecher
Jody Stecher (born June 1, 1946) is an American singer and musician, who plays bluegrass and old-time music on banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar, and Dagar-vani dhrupad on the sursringar, a rare Indian instrument that is a baritone relative of the sarod.

Jonathan Allan Stecher was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of twelve he acquired a dusty fretless Gatcomb in an antique shop and bought it for two dollars. After gaining a solid grounding in bluegrass, cajun, blues and Scottish folk music, he studied Hindustani classical music for 3 years with Ali Akbar Khan and for 10 years with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. He has collaborated with Krishna Bhatt on an unusual album of fusion music Rasa (1982).
He met Kate Brislin (a former member of Any Old Time String Band) in 1974, In 1985, they started performing actively as a duo; they married on 29 July 1987.

Jody Stecher is regarded as one of the leading traditional folk artists in America. He has appeared on albums with a large and diverse group of musicians, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Martin Simpson, The Seldom Scene, Laurie Lewis, {a559443] and Hot Rize. He has also written liner notes for many albums.

He recorded the field recordings (with Peter K. Siegel) and wrote the liner notes for the record The Real Bahamas (In Music And Song)

Jody has been twice nominated for a Grammy with his wife Kate for albums they have recorded together: in 1993 for Our Town ("Best Traditional Folk Album"), and again in 1998 for Heart Songs: The Old Time Country Songs Of Utah Phillips("Best Traditional Folk Album of 1997").

Jody Stecher's sister, Janet Stecher, is a professional singer in the duo Rebel Voices and leads the Seattle Labor Chorus.
Kala Ramnath
Kala Ramnath
Violin maestro Kala Ramnath, the contemporary torch bearer of the Mewati Gharana, belongs to a violin dynasty from India- a unique musical lineage of seven generations which straddles both the classical systems of the subcontinent. Born into a family of prodigious musical talent which has given Indian music such violin legends as Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Dr. N. Rajam, Kala began violin studies at age 3, under the strict tutelage of her grandfather Vidwan. NARAYAN IYER. Simultaneously she received training from her aunt Dr. Smt. N. RAJAM. For fifteen years she put herself under the training of Mewati vocal maestro, Sangeet Martand PANDIT JASRAJ. This has brought a rare vocal emotionalism to her art.

She has performed at all the major music festivals in India, and dozens of music festivals worldwide, such as North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, Celebrations of India's fiftieth year of Independence in Europe, Festival of India presented by Government of India in Dhaka Bangladesh,and the South Asian Heritage Festival in Toronto, Canada. She has extensively toured the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, France, Belgium, Greece, Russia, South Africa, Seychelles, Middle East, Trinidad, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius etc.
Sean Watkins
Sean Watkins
Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was just 12 years old, kickstarting a career that’s taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts. The groundbreaking trio's platinum selling albums earned them a Grammy Award and the respect of musicians and fans everywhere. Along the way, he's become a masterful guitarist, singer and songwriter and a member of many different groups, including the touring bands of legendary singers Jackson Browne and Lyle Lovett. Following the 25 anniversary tour of Nickel Creek, Sean hit the road solo. His latest release “What to Fear” is a powerfully honest and insightful lyrical and musical statement, following his acclaimed 2014 release "All I do is Lie".
John Herrmann and John Engle
John Herrmann and John Engle
A master of Appalachian mountain music, John Herrmann has traveled the world performing for over thirty years, with extensive touring in France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Equally adept on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and guitar, he has recorded at least fifty records on labels such as Rounder, County, and Sugar Hill, (most notably with Art Stamper and Ralph Blizard), and performed numerous times at the Smithsonian Folk Festival, and the National Heritage Award Ceremony. North Carolina fiddler John Engle is a master of the fiddling style of the legendary Tommy Jarrell and others.
Matthew Hartz
Matthew Hartz
Legendary Texas fiddle master Matthew Hartz has an "ability to express through music what most of us can only feel.” (-Fiddle legend Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor). From an early age, Matthew's ear was bent toward old-time fiddle masters Benny Thomasson, Oroville Burns, Texas Shorty and Terry Morris; but also The Beach Boys, the Ramones, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash… From the age of 14, Matthew traveled to TX to study with many of the legends of TX old-time fiddling. Renowned in many music circles for his deep groove and rhythmic integrity, Matthew was crowned Grand Champion numerous times at the Grand National Fiddle Championships in Weiser ID, the Grand Master Fiddle Championships in Nashville, TN, and the World Championships of Fiddling in Crockett, TX.
Tristan Clarridge
Tristan Clarridge
At the forefront of a folk-cello revolution, Tristan Clarridge has been steeped his whole life in the musical traditions of Bluegrass, Baroque, Jazz, Irish, and Appalachian mountain music.

He is a member of internationally acclaimed Crooked Still, and The Bee Eaters, who are known for their uniquely blended tapestry of sound, which the Boston Globe described as “chamber music's finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass's playful virtuosity and pop music's melodic resourcefulness". He has also toured with Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins, Natalie MacMaster, Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky, and as a longtime member of Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings.