The high-octane bluegrass/Americana group, Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band, will return to Fiddlers Crossing Friday, December 6, at 7:30p.m. Susie Glaze is an award-winning recording artist, with Broadway acting and singing credits to her name.
A native Tennessean, Susie grew up in the shadow of the Grand Ole Opry, learning the craft of country and bluegrass by regular immersion in the music of Flatt & Scruggs, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn and others. After relocating to Southern California, Susie joined the bluegrass group, The Eight Hand String Band, and was the 1999 winner of the Los Angeles Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival for Traditional Singing.
The HiLonesome Band was formed in 2003 by Susie and her husband, mandolinist Steve Rankin. Besides Susie and Rankin, the band includes Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle. Along with the usual bluegrass instruments, Susie sometimes incorporates other traditional instruments such as Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp and hollow-backed, old-time banjo.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994 ($1 service charge per ticket is added to credit card purchases). Tickets are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 7:00pm (Please note: Fiddlers Crossing is a small venue and some concerts have been selling out, so be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time.)
Patrick Ball, the Irish-American harpist and storyteller, will give his third Tehachapi concert on Saturday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m., presented by Fiddlers Crossing in the BeeKay Theatre. This concert will be, fittingly, his special Christmas one –“The Christmas Rose.” Several years ago, Ball recorded a Christmas/winter season CD with that title. It included a beautiful traditional melody his mother sang in her childhood. The recording received an award for Best Seasonal Recording of 1991 from the Independent Record Distributors Association and prompted requests for a live concert featuring the tunes from the CD as well as a selection of Holiday stories.
The result is a theatre piece that mingles the beautiful seasonal harp tunes with what Ball calls “The magical world of English and Irish literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs.” He draws on such tales as “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” “The Wind in the Willows,” and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats and Thomas Hardy. “All of the stories and all of the music touch on what is, to my way of thinking,” says Ball, “the central message of the Christmas/Winter season: hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness.”
The BeeKay Theatre is at 110 S. Green Street in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove or Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town. Call Mountain Music/Fiddlers Crossing at 661-823-9994, to reserve tickets and also to check availability on the day of the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.