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Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers

Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers
Bluegrass by Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers
October 11th

The Charlotte Folk Society is excited to present Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers at our October 11th Gathering. Join us at 7:30 PM when the music gets underway in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in Uptown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM; arrive early to be sure of admission. Free parking is available in a deck adjacent to the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building. Note: if Elizabeth Avenue is still closed between Kings Drive and McDowell Street the evening of the concert, enter by way of the parking deck on 4th Street.

Si Kahn is a long-time member and supporter of the Charlotte Folk Society. He has made his home in Charlotte for 30+ years and is best known in town as the founder and executive director (now retired) of Grassroots Leadership. Not many, perhaps, in our community realize that Si is also an author, musician, and songwriter and that Si's songs are known, loved, and performed all around the world. The Folk Alliance International named his 16th recording, Courage, as the #1 CD of 2010. Peace Will Rise, from Courage, was named #1 Song and Si Kahn was named #1 Artist, as well, in 2010.

Visit Si's website at www.sikahn.com.

While some people may think of Si Kahn as primarily a folk songwriter, he's been writing, performing, and recording bluegrass music since the beginning of his music career. Bluegrass artists who've recorded some of the songs by Si include Kathy Mattea, Hazel Dickens, Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Kr├╝ger Brothers, Molly O'Brien, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Charles Sawtelle, The Gordons, the Red Clay Ramblers, and Robin & Linda Williams. Si's bluegrass songwriting has received serious critical acclaim.

"In a world rife with many talented songwriters, Si Kahn stands alone. And his deeply thoughtful, elegantly simple, sometimes majestic, often achingly moving and always hard-hitting songs have stood, and will continue to stand, the test of time." - Dave Higgs, Bluegrass News



Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers-Aragon Mill

Next spring, Si will celebrate both his 70th birthday and his 40th year as a recording artist. Si's 18th album, Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions, was released in Europe in May and will be officially released in North America this month. A "greatest hits" CD, it features some of his best known and most loved songs, including Aragon Mill, Gone Gonna Rise Again, and Wild Rose of the Mountain.

Grammy winner Tim O'Brien notes, "Si Kahn's fine songs have always held a mirror to the hardships and hopes of Southern working men and women, which is why they fit so well with the string band sound on Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions. These are true life stories in a real hands on setting."

Si has recorded Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions with a German bluegrass band. He could not have chosen better. The Looping Brothers (think Ira and Charlie Louvin) are one of Europe's most respected, experienced, and best-loved bluegrass bands, having worked and toured with such bluegrass legends as Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, and Dan Crary.

Visit The Looping Brothers' website at www.looping-brothers.de.

Laurie Lewis, one of our finest bluegrass musicians performing today says, "Si and his songs are jewels here on Earth." The Looping Brothers have provided the perfect setting for them - with banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar.

Folks can listen to all the songs on Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions by following this link!

Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers are touring for three weeks this fall in the Southeast, kicking off their tour in Raleigh, performing at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference/Wide Open Bluegrass. We are delighted to host this ensemble at our October Gathering. Please, help us give Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers a big Charlotte welcome!

Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen.

Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen.

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CFS Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.