Huntington Folk Festival
August 1, 2009
— starting at 3 p.m. — FREE — open to all —
Our fourth annual SUMMER Festival, the Huntington Folk Festival in Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY
Performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage
Opening Act: THE ROWAN BROTHERS
CHRIS AND LORIN
3:00pm to 6:00pm
AREA 2: Banjo Workshop 3:30 to 4:30pm
3:00 Hank Stone / Todd Evans
3:15 Denise Romas
3:30 David Bailey
3:45 Susan Kane
4:00 Kelly Flint / Glen Roethel
4:30 The YaYas
4:45 Princess Peapod
5:00 Barbara Garriel
5:10 Joe Iadanza / Jenee Halstead / Gathering Time
or walk/drive into Huntington Village and enjoy dinner at one of its many fine restaurants before returning to the park for the evening concert.
8:30pm — Featured act: PETER ROWAN
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Stretch out on your blanket on the lawn
or bring your own camp chairs for seating behind the white line
and the Huntington Arts Council as part of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival.
The Huntington Folk Festival is produced by the Folk Music Society of Huntington,
as part of the 44th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival that is presented by the Town of Huntington
and produced by the Huntington Arts Council, Inc. www.huntingtonarts.org
Peter Rowan was one of the major cult bluegrass artists of the '80s, winning a devoted, international fan base through his independent records and constant touring. A skilled singer/songwriter, Rowan also yodeled, and played numerous stringed instruments and the saxophone. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts; his parents and many of his relatives were musicians, and it seemed only natural that Rowan too would become one. When he was a teenager, he frequently hung out at the Hillbilly Ranch, where he heard such bluegrass and old-time bands as the Lilly Brothers. He also enjoyed listening to the blues.
Rowan formed the Tex-Mex band the Cupids while he was in high school. The group became a popular New England attraction and independently released a single. After college, he decided to become a professional musician, and in 1963 joined the Cambridge-based Mother Bay State Entertainers as a mandolin player and singer, appearing on their LP The String Band Project. In 1964, after performing with Jim Rooney and Bill Keith, Rowan became a rhythm guitarist and lead singer with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. He remained with them through 1967, leaving to join mandolinist David Grisman in the folk-rock band Earth Opera. The group recorded a couple of albums and toured (frequently opening for The Doors) until the early '70s. One of their albums, The Great Eagle Tragedy (1969) produced a minor hit single, Home to You.
While with Monroe and Earth Opera, Rowan had begun to write and co-write songs, some of which were used in both bands. After leaving Earth Opera, he became a part of Seatrain, a rock-fusion unit whose records were produced by George Martin. Rowan left the band in 1972 to form the Rowan Brothers with siblings Chris and Lorin, and recorded one eponymous album. After the group disbanded Rowan then recorded Old & in the Way with Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn. In 1974, Rowan, Grisman, Clarence White and Richard Greene formed Muleskinner, a bluegrass band. Muleskinner released one album and then disbanded. He then reunited the Rowan Brothers, who this time played together until the early '80s. Meanwhile, Rowan also began playing rock and bluegrass with Mexican Airforce, which featured accordion player Flaco Jimenez. In the mid-'80s, he and Jiminez again reteamed to record Flaco Jiminez and Peter Rowan: Live Rockin' Tex-Mex. He founded the Nashville-based Wild Stallions in 1983, and throughout the '80s and '90s continued to work with a variety of musicians and tour as a solo act.
Link to Rowan's web site:
The Rowan Brothers
Chris and Lorin
with Sue Cunningham on fiddle
“The modern day Everly Brothers with a Newgrass flare ...”
Chris and Lorin Rowan were born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts where their more famous brother Peter was already making a name for himself playing with Bill Monroe and as part of Old And In The Way. All three brothers played in folk, bluegrass and pop bands. In the early ‘70s, Chris and Lorin got hooked up with aspiring producer and instrumental wizard David Grisman. Before long, Chris and Lorin along with Grisman moved to “where it was happening” San Francisco, and they still reside there today. One of the brother’s first gigs in the Bay Area was opening for the Grateful Dead at the closing of the Fillmore West in 1971. Shortly thereafter Clive Davis (Columbia Records) and David Geffen (Asylum) got into a bidding war for the talented singer/songwriters. Davis won out and the band produced the lavish and much-neglected The Rowans Brothers album on Columbia. Musicians appearing on the album included drum legend Jim Keltner, Grisman, and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzmann.
The brothers have recently been woodshedding, co-writing new songs and are now back in the studio finishing up their follow up CD which delves deep into acoustic roots with their two part vocal harmonies reminiscent of great brother singing acts like the Louvin Brothers and the Everly Brothers. There's even some early Lennon/McCartney influences to be heard in their songwriting style and singing. The new CD in the works has a distinct ‘lo-fi’ approach to the new song arrangements, capturing bare acoustic guitar and mandolin, as well as some tracks backed with a rockabilly beat with Lorin on telecaster and Chris on 12 string. Brother Peter has co-written lyrics on one of the new tunes Deja Blue.
Their new CD will be available at the concert.
Chris and Lorin will join their brother Peter for the grand finale.
Chris and Lorin with Sue Cunningham