Keep cabin fever at bay this winter with music at Bristol series
The Cabin Fever Series begins its 14th season with Vermont born, fifth generation multi-instrumentalist, Patrick Ross. Come hear him play his fiddle on Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., at The WalkOver Gallery and Concert Room, 15 Main St in Bristol.
Fourteen years ago, Karen Lueders started the Cabin Fever Series. For many of those years, Lueders “moved every chair, created, printed and distributed every poster, wrote every press release… printed every ticket, took every reservation, arranged for all the various needs and accommodations of performers, baked cookies, made coffee, and switched the breaker back on in the basement when it flipped from overload,” she said.
Rick Ceballos was there from the beginning too, primarily offering suggestions for musical groups, until about three years ago when Lueders needed some help.
“I stepped in to help Karen,” Ceballos said. “I formed a committee, helped with the booking and PR so the series could continue.”
Ceballos has been promoting folk music for many years including a stint as Artistic Director for the late and lamented Champlain Valley Folk Festival.
“Working with the series gives me the chance to keep involved with the folk world,” he said. “I’m always looking for acts that will work well in the intimate acoustic setting of the WalkOver.”
“The series, and interaction with the performers and the audience has invariably been worth it,” said Lueders. “The intense, qualitative intimacy of the venue touches performers and audience members alike… The large, warm living room welcomes acoustic music. One of the most enjoyable experiences is to see the look on the face of musicians, when they invite the room to sing along and folks break out in full, multi-part harmony.”
“It is a pleasure to work with someone as passionate about the music as I am,” Ceballos said of Lueders, “and to be able to offer top quality entertainment to our Five Town community.”
This season, the Cabin Fever Series will highlight four performers from January to April, beginning with Patrick Ross on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Ross won the Vermont-State Fiddle Championship at age 14. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Paul McCartney. In 2012, he was invited to perform at both the Calvin Coolidge Theater, in Massachusetts, and The Library of Congress and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C. He has had the pleasure of working with Christopher Lloyd in a recent production of, “Call Of The Wild 3D” and assisted in the scoring of the film.
Ross lives in Newbury with his wife and daughter, where he works and teaches in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center. He has recently started an independent record label called Rock Farmer Records with the mission of producing, recording and preserving roots music. His solo concerts include a world-wide range of fiddle styles as well as songs he has penned with guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello.
To see Ross live in action, don’t miss his show on Jan. 27. Tickets are $20. For reservations call 453-3188, x2. To see Ross’ videos and other musings visit patrickrossmusic.com.
— Elsie Lynn Parini contributed to this report.
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