Simple Gifts offers "everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style. ? Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon play a dozen instruments between them, including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, guitjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion.
Guitarist Ethan Robbins, bassist Kirsten Lamb, and drummer Ariel Bernstein of Cold Chocolate describe themselves as "a fresh and exciting Americana band with a unique sound that fuses bluegrass and folk with a dash of funk ... mesmerizing audiences with guitar, upright bass, percussion, and three-part harmony. ? Since 2011, the Boston band has performed with David Grisman and Leftover Salmon and at FloydFest, FreshGrass Festival, and the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.
$25, members $12. (Pay at the door -- no advance sales.) At the John Kendall Recital Hall at Potter Violins, 7111 Eastern Ave., 20912 (old Blair Mansion). Metro: Silver Spring or bus #70. If this has not answered all of your questions, e-mail email@example.com (please do not contact the venue -- this is a Folklore Society of Greater Washington event, not a Potter Violins event).
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