Ham Jam House -Concert
Phoebe Hunt & Dominick Leslie
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Phoebe Hunt and Dominick Leslie have CANCELED their concert on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at 7:00 PM due to a conflict in their schedule. Please check back soon for a possible rescheduled concert date.
Phoebe Hunt, an Austin original, was the first in the world winner of the Daniel Pearle Memorial Violin Award several years ago. She is a songwriter, composer and violinist of high regard. Her last association was as one of the lead vocalists and the violinist for the noted Belleville Outfit. She has been co-writing and playing with Connor lately!
Like all troubadours, singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt is a rambler. Recent years have seen the
Texas native relocate from Austin to Nashville to her current residence in Brooklyn. This
wanderlust is evident in her new album with The Gatherers featuring Connor Forsyth, Walk with
Me (out Aug. 26, 2014), which effortlessly blends country, swing, jazz, folk, and pop.
Hunt and singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Connor Forsyth (a founding member of roots
act The Ghosts Along the Brazos) have been collaborating together for more than six years:
they first began performing together as bandmates in Americana/swing/gypsy jazz band The
Belleville Outfit. After that group dissolved, the two musicians began writing songs together
as Forsyth toured with the legendary Ray Price and Hunt pursued a solo career, releasing a
self-titled EP in 2012 and a live album in 2013, in between touring with cellist Ben Sollee
and forming Fuel Our Fire (Heal the World Through Music), a program that brings the gift of
musical collaboration to young artists from around the world.
Hunt and Forsyth’s musical chemistry cannot be denied, and it has never been stronger than it
is on Walk with Me, where they’re also joined by longtime friends guitarist Marshall Hood,
bassist Kris Wade, and drummer Robb Kidd. Forsyth’s piano, guitar, accordion, and melodica
complement Hunt’s intimate and sultry vocals as well as her soulful fiddle style, creating a
welcoming, yet intriguing sound that seizes listeners’ attention on the first song, the jaunty,
swing-influenced “Darkness,” and holds it for the next forty minutes, until the final notes
of the album’s closer, the emotional piano-and-violin ballad “Send Out Your Love,” fade away.
Walk with Me draws from multiple roots genres as Hunt channels jazz greats like Billie Holiday
on torch songs like “Warm Summer’s Evening” and “You Can Love,” while her fiddling on the
accordion-laced “Walk of Angeline” would make Cajun fiddle legend Michael Doucet proud. “Long
Gone” and “Flee Fly Flow Flum” are two of the summer’s most infectious pop songs, and on “You
Know by Now,” which is anchored by Forsyth’s piano and melodica, Hunt proves she is an
exceptional vocalist, infusing each note with a nearly tangible ache.
Performing tour dates from the West Coast to the East this summer and into the fall, Hunt and
Forsyth will get to indulge their rambling ways once more. With the release of Walk with Me,
listeners get to accompany them on their musical journey; riding shotgun has never been more fun.
Colorado native Dominick Leslie has been around live music all his life and thanks to his dad,
he has been playing since he was old enough to hold an instrument. He attended his first bluegrass
festival at the age of five months and grew up listening to and jamming with his dad?s bluegrass
band. At the age of four he acquired a ukulele tuned like the bottom four strings of a guitar and
as the years passed Dominick developed a deep passion for music. This love for music was apparent
at an early age as Dominick?s abilities progressed rapidly on guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Eventually Dominick switched his focus completely to the mandolin and by the time he was 12, he
was writing his own music and practicing every day. Just a few years later at 15, he recorded his
first solo CD ?Signs of Courage? which received rave reviews from Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine.
In 2004, Dominick became the youngest contestant ever to win the Rockygrass mandolin contest. Since
then he has placed first in the Merlefest mandolin contest and second in the Walnut Valley
International Mandolin contest. Dominick was also featured in Mike Marshall?s Young American
Mandolin Ensemble. This elite group of seven young musicians was invited to perform with Mike at
the Mandolines de Lunel festival in France in October 2007. Dominick also had the unique opportunity
to study with mandolin virtuosos David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Don Stiernberg, Andy
Statman, Mike Compton and Hamilton de Holanda at the Mandolin Symposium and since then his bluegrass
roots have evolved into current interests in jazz, classical and other "world" music, hence his
enrollment in the Berklee College of Music in 2008. Dominick is currently a member of the Boston
based group The Deadly Gentlemen, and can occasionally be seen performing with The Grant Gordy
Quartet, Noam Pikelny and Friends and a few other spontaneous acoustic groups. Whether writing a new
piece, learning a tune or performing with his confreres, Dominick will always share his love of music.
YouTube: - Phoebe & Dominick - Just When You Think It Can't Get No Better, Then It Does
YouTube: - Phoebe & Dominick - Good Blood
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!
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