Even though we’ve cultivated a pretty decent group of traveling musicians to play at Clawhammer Press over the past three years, it’s a rare treat to have a group as talented as this husband-wife duo. Banjo builders by day, world-traveling musicians by night. Pharis & Jason are Canadian Folk Music award winners, and in the last year have played on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion twice. If you’re not familiar with the show, picture CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe, but in the USA, with a listener base that exceeds the population of the Lower Mainland, and regular performers like the Punch Brothers.
At any rate, it’s rare that you get to listen to a group like that, it’s great. When you get to print posters for them, and host them in your own venue with a seating capacity of 60 people, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime treat… or rather, it would be if this weren’t the second time they’ve played here.
Regardless, this show is one not to miss, so don’t wait to get your tickets. More info about the event is available on our Facebook Event here. We’ll also have posters to raffle off at intermission, so that’s one way of getting one.
We’ve been involved over the last few months in this interesting project with Henry Georgi and Keith Liggett. The Fernie Originals is part recipe book, part character reference for Fernie, and part showcase of some of the finer points of our little town. We are hosting an informal launch of the book at the gallery this Friday, January 9, at 8PM. Everyone welcome.
Thanks for your patience! We have a bit of work to do getting all the little bits put back together, but the bulk of it is here, and if you can bear with us, recovering from malicious online behaviour is not much fun, and right in the middle of a busy season for us! We have more info coming up as soon as possible! Give us a call if you notice something out of place. Cheers! Mike & Anie.
Hello Everyone, we have been fielding lots of great questions about our music series for the fall, and we do have some great stuff to announce! First, let me first thank you for giving us a bit of time off the concert hosting to get our brains back in order. We love doing it, but it is a lot of work and there just wasn’t time over the summer to make it happen. Here is what we have booked this fall and winter:
Monday, November 24 – Guitar & Banjo Workshop with Award-winning performers Cara Luft and Scott Nygaard. This is a unique opportunity for people in the East Kootenay. Cara is a Juno-awarded singer-songwriter and founding member of The Wailin’ Jennys. She’ll be showing us how to get a start playing Clawhammer Banjo. Scott Nygaard was not only the editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine for 15 years, he is also one of the great acoustic guitar players of our time. He has recorded with such acoustic music stars as Joan Baez, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas and Laurie Lewis, to name a few. He will be imparting his guitar knowledge to a lucky group of eager players. To top it all off, Cara and Scott will be giving a short, and exclusive concert to the attendees at the end of the workshop. For more info go to the Facebook Event here.
Tuesday, November 25 - The Foggy Hogtown Boys – Live at the Arts Station. We simply couldn’t fit enough people into our place to host these guys, so we sent them to the Arts Station but we’ll be helping promote the show, and printing some collectible posters to boot! Don’t wait for tickets to this great performance of Canada’s most energetic bluegrass act.
Friday, December 5th – Zachary Lucky – Returning for his second time at Clawhammer Press, Zachary is returning with a new batch of lonesome cowboy tunes, a new recording, and a 3-piece band. Don’t miss this highly underrated performer from the bald, flat prairies.
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January – Date TBD – The Small Glories – Cara Luft returns with her new regular duo and musical partner JD Edwards. Their collaboration has cemented into a new recording with Neil Osbourne of 54-40 fame, and tours of Europe, England, Ontario and Quebec. They now turn their attentions West and aren’t we delighted to have them back.
February – TBD – Who knows what could happen
March – Date TBD – Pharis and Jason Romero (!!) These wonderful people, and wonderful musicians, will be returning to Clawhammer after a 2 year absence. Their last show has to be one of our favourite all-time concerts. It sold out last time, and no doubt will do so again. Since their last performance here, Pharis and Jason have gone on to win Canadian Folk Music awards for Best New Act, Best New Album, as well as made two appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, a Vinyl Cafe-style show in the US that has millions of loyal listeners. In addition, they’ve welcomed into their midst a lovely little girl, Indigo who is just clearing her first year in this world, and will no doubt be a great banjo player and singer given time…
Hello Calgary. Clawhammer Press will be in town for the weekend! Come on down to Festival Hall in Inglewood and see our booth at the New Craft Coalition sale! We’ll be there with all kinds of new products and our portable printing setup.