• Foghorn Trio offers Yurt Village workshop, concert at Down East
By Marla McPherson
Special to the Homer Tribune
Whenever humans come together, there is music. Only relatively recently in our culture, did a separation arise between music performers and music listeners. In early America, playing music was a natural part of everyday life and everyone participated.
Portland’s Foghorn Stringband is part of a thriving revival that is keeping that old-timey music making alive and they are bringing this deeply rooted American tradition to Homer.
It’s a pre-copyright, post-bluegrass style mix of old-time, canjun and vintage honky-tonk, with the Foghorns own stamp on it. Stephen “Sammy” Lind’s fiddle and Caleb Klauder’s mandolin play tight unison lead lines supported by and anchored by the bedrock rhythms of Nadine Landry’s rhythm guitar.
It’s a sound that could be coming to you from a big console radio in a 1930’s living room, or an Appalachian front porch; instead it’s being delivered by a group of young players from the thriving old time music scene of Portland, Oregon. Proof positive that folk music will remain vital as long as there are folks who want to play it.
The Foghorn Trio comes to Homer on the heels of their most recent tour that took them to the Austin Stringband Festival and Louisiana Blackpot Festival where they recorded Cajun-Honky Tonk extravaganza with cajun musicians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy. And band member Caleb Klauder’s original country album “Western Country” recently hit No. 2 on the Freeform American Roots Charts, along side other American greats like Bob Dylan and Robert Plant.
Foghorn members will be offering old-time music workshops in Homer on Monday, Nov. 15 at Yurt Village. Band members will teach workshops in fiddle, mandolin, rhythm guitar and clawhammer banjo. Participants will learn traditional fiddle tunes from Appalachia and the Midwest, and have an opportunity to play tunes with the band in a relaxed, positive and inclusive environment. The workshops start at 6:30 p.m. and runs $20 for adults and $10 for students.
The Foghorn Trio will also perform a no-smoking show at the Down East Saloon on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. with a $5 cover charge. The string band rocked Homer on their last visit with their mix of old-time, cajun and honky tonk and their fierce determination to keep traditional music alive. For more information, call 299-6297.
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