Ham Jam House Concert

Christy and The Plowboys
05/14/2011

Christy and The Plowboys play old-time, country, bluegrass and hillbilly music for your enjoyment here in our home town of Austin, Texas - and wherever music lovers enjoy old sentimental songs, new sentimental songs, snappy rags, crooked breakdowns, or hard-driving, claw-hammered dance-tunes.

From back in the days when the Armadillo World Headquarters used to feature the likes of Mance Lipcomb, Count Basie, the Lost Austin Band, or Les Clamtones, this is just what you never dreamed you were waiting for. Christy and the Plowboys bring you back to those thrilling days of the not too distant future when the old tunes you never heard sound even fresher than the ones that havenít been written yet. Just wait and see

The band has made appearances on FOX-TV, the Austin String Band Festival, Threadgillís, Flipnotics and Patsyís Cowgirl Cafť, Hyde Park Home Tours and various other venues in the area. Their current EP Old Time Songs and Tunes You Can Count On is often heard on KUT, KGSR, and KOOP radio stations in Austin, Texas.

The players...
Christy Palumbo Foster, vocals, finger-style guitar and banjulele (banjo-ukulele)
Originally from St. Louis, MO, long time Austin guitarist/vocalist has been performing since participating in an open mic at an Austin Friends of Traditional Music meeting at the Split Rail, in 1976.. Vocal influences range from 1920s jazz stylings, to hot swing of Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, and full circle back to the old songs of Appalachia and early country and bluegrass. She also is pleased and honored to include the original songs of local songwriters, John Clay and Dan Foster in the Plowboys repertoire. Christy has performed Dixieland, big band and in her own jazz quintet (Jazz Me Blues in the late70s), and in an all women old-time band (The Decibelles, 1990s). Christy Palumbo Foster and Dan Foster appear on Rounder Records compilation, the American Fogies, Vol. 1 : Various Artists (CD, 1996). Christy also performs regularly with the Austin Balkan Singers and the Austin Banjo Club.

Dan Foster, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and vocals
Dan has been around the Austin music scene since the mid-70s. A native Texan with roots in North Carolina, he has been fascinated with traditional music since the age of 14 when he first saw the great Texas bluesman, Mance Lipscomb. Playing the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar, Dan is known for seeking out the unique and unusual from the hidden treasury of American music and delivering both instrumental and vocal renditions true to style. From the Kentucky long-bow of Buddy Thomas and J.P. Fraley to the rollicking Georgia fiddle tunes of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, Danís love of southern fiddling is genuine. But novelty rags on the mandolin and new-made songs for claw-hammer banjo are also in store, along with sentimental southern harmonies when he joins Christy to sing their favorites from long ago. You should come and listen while they sing old songs new to the ear and new songs old beyond their years.

Jerry Hagins, banjo and fiddle
Jerry was inspired to pick up the 5-string after hearing Dueling Banjos on the radio in high school. While struggling with bluegrass-style picking he chanced across a Camp Creek Boys record and got hooked on the eccentric tones of clawhammer banjo. Jerry gives banjo lessons and plays the dance and coffeehouse circuit in Austin, TX with various combos including the Big Ernie Barn Dance Band, the Rising Gorge Boys, Old Waterloo, and the Steelhead Stringband, among others. He has performed and recorded with Ken Waldman (Alaska's fiddling poet), the Pistol Love Family Band, and Bucholics Anonymous, and has provided music for stage productions of Dark of the Moon (2001), Last Train to Nibroc (2003), and Lie of the Mind (2011).

Sean Kelly, bassist
Sean grew up in a musical family and received piano lessons at an early age from his mother, an excellent sight reader, and also from his father, a blues pianist who couldn't read a note.

In 1980 Sean earned a Masters in Music from Indiana University where he studied with Murray Grodner, who played under Toscanini in the NBC Orchestra, and Eugene Levinson, principal bassist with the New York Philharmonic.

Feeling at home in a broad range of musical styles, upright bassist Sean Kelly has been called a "musicianís musician." After leaving home as a teenager to play music in Austin, Texas, he toured with orchestras in Europe and rock bands in Japan.

Currently, Sean is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra where he has had the opportunity to accompany many great musicians, from Yo Yo Mas to the Moody Blues. As a freelancer, Sean has played bass for Glen Campbell, Tom Scott and Ronny Cox. He regularly performs and records with Kerrville New Folk winners, John William Davis and Annie Gallup, and frequently tours with singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight and others.