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Jan
6
Sat
CFA Presents: An Evening With the Girtons: Concert and CD Release Party @ Off Center Stage
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Strings Concerts Presents

An Evening With the Girtons: Concert and CD Release Party

Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 8:00 PM, Off Center Stage

  • $12 Advanced
  • $15 at the door

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The father/daughter team of Cat Girton and John Girton will debut new and vintage material together and separately in the Off Center Stage at The Center for the Arts.

Cat has been writing and performing music for most of her life. At age 7, she first sang onstage as a part of the Girtons Three, with her father John and her mother Linda Girton.

At 13, she recorded and produced her first original album, Soundtrack of Your Life, which included vocals, guitar, and synthesizer.

She continued to perform music throughout her time in high school, writing several more original songs including “2-Faced”, “Just a Dream” and “Break Me Like Glass”. She performed at multiple school events, open mics, and parties.

After taking a hiatus from music in order to study chemistry at UC Santa Cruz, Cat went on to self produce a second studio album, Local Vocals and Bizarre Guitar. This album features several different genres, with heavy pop-rock and 80’s influences.

She has performed her original music at bars, restaurants, wineries, weddings, street fairs, and at the Burning Man festival in 2016. Cat is diligently working on her third studio album, and has performed with folk duo Faces & Aces and the Crackerjack Jazz Band.

John Girton is well known throughout the world for his work as lead guitarist with the group Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. John recorded 3 albums with the group, and also wrote and arranged material for them.

He was also featured as guitarist, saxophonist, clarinetist, and occasional mandolinist with the popular vocalist, Maria Muldaur for many years.

After numerous international tours, John started his own group in the San Francisco area. This group, the Girtones played a blend of jazz, swing and blues in Oregon and California, sometimes including singer Maria Muldaur as a member.

John has made several solo tours of England, where he performed in concerts and clubs throughout the country. These days he performs locally and is quite active in the Nevada County Music scene.

He currently performs solo jazz guitar at various venues in the Foothills area of California and has recently released a new CD called You Are There, which was produced at John’s Nugget Studios in Grass Valley, CA.

John has been playing music professionally for over 20 years as an instrumentalist, vocalist, recording artist, studio musician, and composer. His original songs are a mixture of jazz, swing, blues and folk music, with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure. You can hear some of these tunes on his latest CD, Greatest Hits.

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Feb
17
Sat
CFA Presents: Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald @ Off Center Stage
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Strings Concerts Presents

Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald

Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 8:00 PM, Off Center Stage

  • $20 General admission
  • Doors open at 7:00pm

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Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together. In short, the sum creates a greater whole.

The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes. Devon Leger of Hearth Music says, “This duo really shows how two masterful musicians listen and play off each other.” The music this duo creates is to share, and live performance is the forte. Their mutual attitude stretches beyond the music. The two have been good friends ever since they met, and this is present in their live performances, which are full of organic banter and good humor to go along with the music. They create an environment of their own design, drawing in listeners without pretense. Despite both living active musical lives thousands of miles apart these two musicians have committed to working together to forge a new musical path.

Ryan McKasson has gained a strong reputation as a performer, composer,collaborator and teacher. In 1994, he began attending Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School (VOM), which led him deep into the world of traditional music. In 1996 he became the youngest ever to win the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship and in 1997 he was awarded a Merit Scholarship for Viola Performance from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Donald McInnes. Ryan’s professional career took a step forward when in 2004 he spearheaded the formation and development of “The McKassons”. This group released two critically acclaimed albums, Tall Tales (2004) and Tripping Maggie (2006). Over the years Ryan has recorded with a number of influential artists, namely his playing appears on fellow Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel’s three albums Silver (2006), For Reasons Unseen (2009), andDot the Dragon’s Eyes (2013), as well as Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas’s recording Highlander’s Farewell (2011). In addition to McKasson & McDonald, other current projects include MAC, Ensemble Galilei and The Syncopaths.

Eric McDonald found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in his hometown Boston. Nearly a decade after studying at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians such as guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesene, he is now established as one of the USA’s premier accompanists in many styles. Eric cut his teeth playing for contra dances in New England, and can still often be seen from the dance floor. Nowadays he is an active session player, regularly recording and traveling with musicians of many stripes. Touring credits include The Outside Track, Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIsaac and Katie McNally. In addition to McKasson & McDonald, he can currently be seen touring with the lively trio Daymark, Scottish powerhouse Cantrip, and award winning singer/songwriter Connor Garvey. In addition to guitar accompaniment, Eric’s debut solo album Rove features his unique style and approach to tunes on the mandolin, as well as carefully crafted deliveries of traditional ballads on voice and guitar.

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