The Grateful Dead exposed generations of music fans to the nooks, crannies, branches, and offshoots of American roots music like perhaps no other act of their size and influence. Jerry Garcia grew up listening to field recordings, jazz, traditional folk songs, bluegrass, and ancient Child ballads, first getting together with Bob Weir and Pigpen NOT to start a rock-and-roll band, but to play jug band music. They learned songs from itinerant street musicians, covered blues legends and country stars, and packed many musical styles into their own original songs.
Join the Buffalo-based Canal Street String Band on Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church as they explore the deep well of American music that inspired the Grateful Dead, and discover some fascinating stories behind the music. Even if you’re not a Deadhead, you’ll love the Canal Street String Band’s renditions of their songs using a wide variety of instruments – both traditional and unusual – along with selections from the trio’s standard repertoire.
Named to the New York State Presenters Network roster as “performing artists of the highest professional caliber,” the Canal Street String Band features Phil Banaszak (fiddle, mandolin, guitar), Dave Ruch (mandolin, guitar, banjo, hand percussion, and more), and Jim Whitford (upright bass, dobro, guitar). “This is timeless music. From three-part vocal harmonies to masterful playing on pretty much every stringed instrument … these guys sound like they’re having a great time,” says The Buffalo News.
For a preview of the concert, watch this YouTube video:
And to see the entire Golden Link season – which includes Peter Yarrow at Hochstein on November 4, as well as Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, Richie & Rosie, Robert Jones & Matt Watroba, John McCutcheon, RUNA, Matthew Byrne, and Robin & Linda Williams – visit the Golden Link website.
Keep on singing!
– Janice Hanson
Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area.