Dan Crary, Bill Evans and Martin Stevens

Jan 28, 2017 (Sat) / 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Buy Tickets here: http://sfs-Crary-Evans-Stevens.brownpapertickets.com
Venue: Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Dan Crary is a legend in the development of the flatpick lead guitar in acoustic American music. Following the footsteps of Doc Watson and Clarence White, in the 1960’s and 70’s, Dan pursued the development of an approach to the steel string, flat-top guitar that explored new dimensions, transforming what had always been an instrument of accompaniment into one with a leading role, capable of fluent, expressive melodies and a variety of textures. In his travels around the United States, Crary learned and integrated traditional American styles and tunes, transforming them into strongly personal and creative works that are at once deeply rooted and freshly new.

Dan CraryA long and distinguished recording career, featuring solo projects and group efforts (especially with the award-winning ensemble California, active through most of the 1990s) plus many guest appearances, have brought Dan Crary acclaim as a versatile performer able to range from Mozart to Anglo-American fiddle tunes to moody, evocative original compositions. Nineteen ninety-four’s Jammed If I Do, with guests Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambetta, was hailed as one of the decade’s great gatherings of guitarists, while is 1992 solo album, Thunderation, won the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturer’s annual “Indie” award for “Best String Instrumental Album.” Crary’s 1997 release, Holiday Guitar, won 1998’s “Indie” for “Best Seasonal Music” from the Association For Independent Music.

billevansSF Bay Area banjoist Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years. The author of Banjo For Dummies, Bill has performed or recorded with David Grisman, David Bromberg, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Peter Rowan, Dry Branch Fire Squad, J. D. Crowe, Tony Trischka, Alan Munde, and Jody Stecher, among many others.

His recent CD In Good Company, featuring twenty-six guest artists including the Infamous Stringdusters and Tim O’Brien, topped both bluegrass and folk charts and was named to many “Best of” lists. In recent years, Bill has toured the Pacific Northwest with his solo show “The Banjo in America” and with banjo icon Alan Munde.

Martin StevensPortland-based mandolin player and fiddler Martin Stevens has been a part of the Northwest Bluegrass and Contest Fiddle scene since the age of six! A multiple winner of the Washington State Fiddle Contest, Martin has performed in the Bluegrass Regulators, Athen and the Rivercity Boys. His work graces Dan’s most recent release “Perfect Storm.” Whether he’s flawlessly performing a traditional bluegrass instrumental or lending tasty licks to a contemporary piece, Martin’s playing is always on the mark with heaping doses of the three “Ts” of fine musicianship: timing, tone and taste.

As a trio, Dan Crary, Bill Evans and Martin Stevens will perform pieces from Dan and Bill’s many recordings along with their re-workings of traditional bluegrass favorites and songs from contemporary writers.

Web links:

Dan Crary http://dancrary.com
Bill Evans http://www.billevansbanjo.com

Video of the trio performing Long Journey Home: