Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On the West Coast... with John Cohen! Feb. 26th-March 12th...

[The Dust Busters with John Cohen, Fall 2010.]

We are very very pleased to be doing a tour of the West Coast with our friend from New Lost City, John Cohen.  John Cohen is a founder of the legendary old-time string band The New Lost City Ramblers, one of our very favorite bands and big inspirations.  John Cohen is a musician, photographer and film maker who has released more than 16 documentary films.  His latest is entitled "Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy, Kentucky."  The film follows Roscoe Holcomb, the singer, banjo and guitar player, construction worker and coal miner whom John encountered in 1959 while doing field work in Eastern Kentucky.  John befriended Roscoe and through John, Roscoe Holcomb was able to tour and play shows around the United States and in Europe, becoming known as one of the truly unique and essential voices of American folk music. It’s a beautiful film and a wonderful tribute to Roscoe Holcomb.

“Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy, Kentucky” recently premiered at the Margaret Meade Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History together with a retrospective of John’s work and also just won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Also, a very nice piece about John Cohen and the new film just aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition: CHECK IT OUT!

Here’s a synopsis of “Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy, Kentucky" that I wrote for the program guide of the Woodstock Film Festival:

“John Cohen explores the life, philosophy and music of Eastern Kentucky banjo player, coal miner and construction worker Roscoe Holcomb. Holcomb has been injured on the job and forced into early retirement. He discusses his life and music and plays a number of traditional songs from his region. Using intimate footage of Holcomb at home as well as footage of his family, community and region, Cohen presents a remarkable and visually beautiful portrait of Roscoe Holcomb, a man who despite economic hardship and changing times has maintained a powerful and authentic personal music and philosophy.”

All shows feature The Dust Busters with John Cohen unless otherwise noted.  Frank Fairfield will join the band for the show at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley!

[Roscoe Holcomb with John Cohen, 1964]

Below are the dates for our upcoming tour.  See ya out in the world!

Sat. Feb 26th, 2pm
Instore appearance at Down Home Music Store
10341 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA - 94530
(510) 525-2129

Sat. Feb 26th, 5pm
Workshops at The Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Old Time 5-String Banjo Workshop w/ John Cohen - Saturday, February 26, 5:00-6:00 pm ($25**)
Old-Time Country Fiddle Workshop w/ Craig Judelman - Saturday, February 26, 5:00-6:00 pm ($25**)
Old-Time Guitar Workshop w/ Eli Smith & Walker Shepard - Saturday, February 26, 5:00-6:00 pm ($25**)
Old Time String Band Sounds & Styles w/ John Cohen, Craig Judelman, Eli Smith, & Walker Shepard - Saturday, February 26, 6:15-7:15 pm ($25**)
**There is a discounted fee of $40 if you sign up simultaneously for one of the 5:00 workshops and the 6:15 Old Time String Band Sounds & Styles.

Mon. Feb 28th, 7:30pm
Show at The Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

- The show starts at 7:30pm with a showing of John's new Roscoe Holcomb film, then at 8pm the great Bay Area bluegrass band Kleptograss and then The Dust Busters with John Cohen.  We will also be joined on this show by our friend Frank Fairfield!

Tuesday March 1st, 9pm
Missing Link Records
819 J St
Arcata, CA 95521

- We're playing at this great record store and showing John's new movie. This show is sold out at the moment, but check with Missing Link for ticket availability- (707) 826-0590.

Wed. March 2nd, 6:30pm
Bijou Theater
492 East 13th
Eugene, OR 97401

Wed. March 2nd, 9pm 
The Granary Pizza Company
259 E 5th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401 

Thurs. March 3rd, 8pm
Mission Theater 
1624 NW Glisan
Portland, Oregon 97209

- We're super excited for this show with the full Foghorn Stringband, reuniting for this show. Show will start with John's new movie about Roscoe Holcomb, then the Dust Busters with John Cohen, then Foghorn...

Fri. March 4th, 6:30pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
1403 NE 50th St
Seattle, Washington 98105

-We're screening John Cohen's new movie Roscoe Holcomb, From Daisy Kentucky, as well as Remembering an Old Song and Sarah and Maybelle Carter at 630 and 930 pm. The films will be followed by a short talk back with John. At 8pm, there will be a performance by The Dust Busters with John Cohen before the second screening.

Sat. March 5th, 6:30pm
1026 North Forest Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

- Two sets, The Dust Busters with John Cohen

Sat. March 5th, 9pm
Pickford Film Center
Bellingham, Washington 98225

-We will screen John's new movie featuring Roscoe Holcomb at his home in eastern Kentucky playing and talking about his life. We will also screen John's films "The End of an Old Song," and "Sarah and Maybelle Carter."

Mon. March 7th, 7pm
San Juan Community Theater
100 2nd Street, Friday Harbor, Washington
(360) 378-3210

Sat. March 12th, 8 PM
Rogue Folk Club
St. James Hall - 3214 W. 10th Avenue
Vancouver, British Co CANADA 

- sans John Cohen, plus new Roscoe movie