Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Traditional Irish Band Kind Stranger debuts this Friday at Beers and Banjos

Beers and Banjos is a great Richmond, VA music series.  Every Friday evening from 6 to 8pm The Camel features a roots-music act free of charge – bluegrass, folk, oldtime, Western Swing, Americana…or in the case of this Friday, Irish music!  Did I mention it’s always free?!  Talk about a happy hour.  Usually there's a banjo present, but it’s not a requirement.

A new band called Kind Stranger is making its debut at Beers and Banjos this Friday, May 24, 2013.  The group consists of some of the top Irish traditional musicians in our local area.  How do I know this?  Because I’m fortunate enough to get to sit in with most of them every 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening at an informal Irish session at Rosie Connolly’s pub in the Bottom.  Sessions are different than gigs though.  In a performance setting with nothing to hold them back these these cream-of-the-crop players should really be able to shine.
Kind Stranger image from Facebook. Doesn't resemble anyone in the band.
I’m still not exactly sure what Kind Stranger will sound like.  The only description given on the Facebook event page is ‘traditional Irish Music and a few originals’.  I do know that most, if not all, of the band members have a musical life beyond Irish trad, so there could be quite an eclectic mix in store.  We’ll find out on Friday I suppose.

Kind Stranger consists of:
Andy Cleveland - Fiddle
Jeff Brown - Banjo (and Beer!)
Glenn Sutor - Bouzouki, Bodhran, and Vocals
Sean Sutor - Button Accordion, Whistle and Vocals
Paul Willson - Guitar and Vocals

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