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365体育官网The Lonesome Ace Stringband — from left, John Showman, Max Heineman and Chris Coole — will bring old-time folk and country to The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Thursday, Jan. 23. Jen Squires/Courtesy photo

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Lonesome Ace Stringband will bring old-time folk, bluegrass-tinged country to The Palms

365体育官网The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that plays some righteous folk and country music. They show a depth of groove not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time music and an engaging on-stage rapport.

The trio will play at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters, for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Tickets are $22 in advance, $26 at the door and $12 with student ID.

365体育官网Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are all veterans of some of Canada’s top roots music acts, including New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys and Fiver.

Brad Kolodner of taste-maker Washington, D.C. radio station WAMU said, “Three of the most accomplished old-time musicians on the planet, the Lonesome Ace Stringband does a masterful job melding their talents.”

According to Bluegrass Unlimited, “These are three powerful musicians playing and singing some powerful music,” and The Banjo Newsletter opined that Lonesome Ace Stringband is “a great old-time band.”

Instrumentation sets the band’s sound apart. With just fiddle, clawhammer banjo and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn’t seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a lightness and delicacy that draws the listener in.

365体育官网All three men are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on a song’s feel and what it has to say and to blend into powerful harmonies.

The band has toured internationally, been engaged at some of the largest festivals in North America and Europe (including Merlefest, Rockygrass, Wintergrass, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Gooikorts and John Hartford Memorial), and recorded four albums.

The latest album, “Modern Old-Time Sounds for the Bluegrass and Folksong Jamboree” (2019), showcases the band’s musical range, interpretive skills and instrumental and vocal chops.

Banjoist Coole previously played at The Palms as part of the 2018 edition of Bill Evans’ California Banjo Extravaganza.

365体育官网Tickets are available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out.

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Below, The Lonesome Ace Stringband plays the Uncle Dave Macon song, “Going Across the Sea,” in Berlin, Germany.

 

 

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