We continue our live broadcast coverage from the 2015 Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) conference in Oakland, California, beginning at 8:30 PM (Central Time). Tune in to hear live music performances from Nels Andrews, Berkley Hart, Rebecca Folsom, Ashleigh Flynn, Ragged Union, Alice Wallace, and The Bombadils. Here is the schedule for the performances:
8:30 PM: Nels Andrews
Nels Andrews sings dreamscapes and travelogues. His songs bear the stamps of the places they were written, from the dreamy expansiveness of the New Mexican high desert where his musical career began; to the offbeat frenzy of his time split between touring, starting a family and working as a chauffeur in Manhattan; and recently the misty surf-spiritualism of California’s central coast.
9:00 PM: Berkley Hart
Berkley Hart is Jeff Berkley, Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Award winner, and Calman Hart, amazing wordsmith and harmonica virtuoso. They have toured for more than 13 years supporting seven studio albums. They repeatedly dazzle audiences with masterfully crafted lyrics, stunning harmonies, and stellar musicianship. They also tell wonderful stories and jokes between (or in the middle of) songs.
9:30PM: Rebecca Folsom
Rebecca Folsom possesses a spark of wildness – both strategic and playful. Her music explores all that shows up along the road of life: heartbreaks, worries, tumbles, and the redemption and liberation that come when we surrender to it. Her voice flows from lilting tenderness to fully liberated, unbridled 4-octave joy that opens hearts and gets people to their feet.
10:00 PM: Ashleigh Flynn
Ashleigh Flynn grew up in Kentucky and cut her teeth on bluegrass. Her latest record, produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists), contains tales deeply rooted in the American experience. Her music is true blue Americana featuring folk, blues, country and rock. Ashleigh is a festival favorite throughout the US. She has traveled the globe, peddling her wares and delighting listeners.
10:30 PM: Ragged Union
Ragged Union’s hard-driving bluegrass is an exciting fusion of instrumental prowess with modern edgy (even bluesy) lyrics that speak to current issues (well outside the usual “Bluegrass Box”). Their shows are a mix of self-penned tunes, standards turned inside out or upside down, and obscure traditional tunes done in a fresh and innovative way with hair-raising harmonies and stellar musicianship.
11:00 PM: Allice Wallace
Alice Wallace is a Florida native now living in Los Angeles. Her impressive vocal chops and stellar musicianship have earned her the respect of fans and fellow Americana musicians. Her songs reflect an authentic soul nestled in a young person’s enthusiasm and wonder. By the end of her shows, when she starts yodeling, the listener’s heart has been wrapped in joy.
11:30 PM: The Bombadils
The Bombadils connected in Montreal over a shared curiosity in Celtic and bluegrass traditions. Endearingly described by their fans as “chamber folk,” diverse influences flow naturally through an array of instruments including flute, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and upright bass. Then there are the gorgeous harmonies. Sarah and Luke also have a knack for attracting inspiring ensemble partners to their mix.