From their website:
IN THE FALL OF 2012, THE NOVEL IDEAS
were playing around with a song they’d never
performed live. The four friends sat in a room in their house in Brighton, Massachusetts,
contemplating the song’s mechanics. They sang together, trying out different harmonies
and arrangements until, finally, it clicked. Vocalist Daniel Radin recalls, “When we finally
got the four-part harmony down, it was this moment where we realized like ‘oh, this isn’t
just an element of our music—it’s a feature.”
It was an important realization for the The Novel Ideas—a moment when the band began
to understand their artistic partnership. Since then, they’ve earned a reputation from
music critics and fans for their moving four-part harmonies and rich Americana sound.
From rock clubs to living rooms to festival stages, the band strives to convey honesty
and intimacy through their music.
Featuring the voices of three songwriters, their newly-released self-titled album, produced by
Rick Parker (Lord Huron) and mixed by Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt),
showcases the band at its best. Capturing the spirit of their live performance in recorded
form wasn’t easy, but the result is a heartfelt representation of who The Novel Ideas are
as a band. Track by track, The Novel Idea represents a contribution to the country-folk
scene that balances love-and-loss melancholy with thoughtful instrumentation and
intricate vocal arrangements.
The Novel Ideas are a country-folk quartet of friends hailing from the great state of
Sarah Grella – Vocals
Danny Hoshino – Guitar, Pedal Steel, Vocals
James Parkington – Bass, Vocals
Daniel Radin – Guitar, Vocals
The Launies perform live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes ‘Molly Durking’ at 0:00, ‘Going Back to Dublin’ at 2:41, ‘The Old Man and a Baby’ at 6:28, and ‘The Jigs on the Fly’ at 9:09.
From their website:
Jamie O’Brien was exposed to traditional Irish and music hall songs
by his London-Irish family as he grew up in the Brixton area of South
London. Youth was a rich time for him as he experienced the rock
music he heard in London clubs, such as the Marquee, the Pink
Flamingo and the Crawdaddy. But along with friends, he discovered
the world of traditional English folk song and dance. A decade in
Europe made its mark, as he added German and French songs to
his repertoire; living in the US, he discovered Americana; and
frequent visits to Hawaii saw him introduce a tropical element to his
Over time, these different genres have somehow come together into
his distinctive style of playing: Jamie O’Brien, the Tropical Celt – a
contemporary approach with a traditional slant! Add to that his
offbeat sense of humor and multilingual talents!
Jamie sings and plays guitar and ukulele and can be found
performing solo, with accompaniment or with his band, the Launies.
He tours frequently with traditional Irish button accordion/melodeon
player, Dan Possumato, with singer/multi-instrumentalist, Henry
Koretzky (Americana) and with George Kahumoku Jr. (Hawaiian slack key guitar, vocals). Jamie can be
seen live in the South West, the Mid-Atlantic States, Hawaii, Canada, Europe.
He has released four solo albums to date:
- My Wild Irish Boy (2004)
- Many’s The Mile, Love (2007)
- Celtic Shades (2016)
- Chasing Ghosts (2012)
The first three are celtic albums, featuring songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, England and Europe,
while Chasing Ghosts is a collection of originals, written or co-written by Jamie. It also won a BIMA
(Hawaii Media Arts) award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year; Celtic Shades won a BIMA for
World Music Album of the Year.
Jamie has appeared and/or recorded with such musicians as singer Aoife Clancy, fiddlers Jim Eagan and
Rosie Shipley, Kieran O’Hare and Eliot Grasso (uilleann pipers) and pianist Donna Long from the world of
Irish music; multi-Grammy winner George Kahumoku and Jamie have formed a partnership, Celtic Aloha,
exploring the music of Hawaii and Ireland; and he has recorded with award-winning singers Dede Wyland
and Nancy McCallion.
He continues to perform regularly in his adopted hometown of Tucson and throughout Arizona. He plays
in concert or at festivals on the East Coast every summer and Hawaii and Europe each year. He also
frequently performs on the West Coast as well as in Canada.
Dann Pell is a guitarist, vocalist and percussionist based in Chester County, PA. His music embraces folk traditions; country-blues, jazz, chants/hymns/spirituals, and incorporates unique expansive rhythmic devices akin to those of Steve Reich, John Coltrane, Phillip Glass into the folk idiom. He spends most days singing hymns to the elderly or entertaining friends with new works of music, and on off days can most likely be found exploring exotic polyrhythm whilst drinking mate in the comfort of his Phoenixville home
From his website:
Henry Koretzky, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, came to playing music late in life and has spent the past few decades trying to make up for lost time.
First picking up the guitar seriously at age seventeen, more than [mumblemumble] years ago, he began playing and listening to an eclectic mix of folk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, and blues. Making his stage debut in 1979 with a garage band whose repertoire ranged from traditional blues to Dave Brubeck to the Allman Brothers set the tone for what can be generously termed as a variegated musical career.
In 1983, Henry joined High Strung, a central Pennsylvania bluegrass band known as much for its forays into jazz and celtic music as for its regional hit, “Beam Me Up, Scotty” (written by the late Sean Downey) on guitar, hammered dulcimer, and mandolin. He continued with that group off and on until its demise in the mid-’90s. But as High Strung reconstituted itself at various points in the ’80s, Henry joined forces with various other groups, including The Old World Folk Band, a large klezmer ensemble with whom he continued to record and perform for 18 years. OWFB released two live recordings (both out-of-print), two studio CDs, and a documentary videocassette.
In the early ’90s, Henry began playing for contradances, beginning with the quintet Medicinal Purpose, led by fiddler Ryck Kaiser. MP released one cassette-only recording, and continues to regroup for occasional dances and concerts. Henry’s principal contradance outlet is with York County fiddler Todd Clewell, with whom he performs as The Contra Rebels (sometimes adding 3rd and 4th members to the group.) Todd and Henry have played dances together in NY, DE, MD, OH, GA, NC, SC, NJ, as well as throughout Pennsylvania. Henry also sometimes teams with fiddler Bruce Young and pianist Jill Smith as The Gnu Tones.
In the mid-’90s, Henry joined fiddler Ken Gehret and banjoist Nev Jackson in Sweetwater Reunion. With various other personnel over the years, the group recorded two contemporary bluegrass CDs of predominantly original material as a full band: Oliver’s Quiet and A Still Place in My Heart.
Later that decade, Henry joined the Ithaca (NY)-based bluegrass band Cornerstone. In Henry’s 3-year tenure with the band, the group performed at festivals in Florida, Texas, Washington, New York, and Kentucky.
In addition to concentrating his energies on ROOTBOUND and The Contra Rebels, Henry also performs as an accompanist for contemporary singer-songwriter KJ, both as part of a duo and as the trioSweet Nothings, as well as with Celtic singer/guitarist Jamie O’Brien and Emmy Truckenmiller in the Celtic/Americana trio Shades of Green and Blue, and the swing band Sink Or Swing. He also continues to write reviews and the occasional article for the magazine Bluegrass Unlimited.
From their website:
Three Strands is a project started by Lancaster-based singer/songwriter Sean Cox in the winter of 2016. After a five year tenure fronting the Philadelphia-based folk/rock quintet “The Band of Rivals”, He began working on a small collection of songs that, due to their more delicate and narrative nature, fell outside his then band’s sound.
In the early spring of 2017, He began pre-production on a debut EP under the moniker Three Strands. It was during this time that The Band of Rivals disbanded which allowed Sean to fully focus on this new project.
The debut EP titled “Letters to the Light” was released in July, 2017 and is populated with tales of loss, love and ultimate redemption set against honest and simplistic arrangements. The music draws heavily from the American Folk revival as well as early gospel and blues traditions.
From their website:
Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up touring and performing in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, The Nashville Network, Country Music Television, RFD Television, National Public Radio, and the PBS show, Song of the Mountains, which airs on over 180 Public Television outlets across the United States.
Growing up, Michael performed with his family, the McLain Family Band all across the United States in 49 states, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and appearances on NBC’s Today Show and the CBS Morning News. For several years he toured and recorded as part of the Claire Lynch Band as well as with Dale Ann Bradley. He was featured on a CD with Claire Lynch that was nominated for a Grammy. For 13 years, he taught guitar, banjo, mandolin and bluegrass ensemble in the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
In addition to recording for Big Pick Productions, Jennifer was an artist on Pinecastle Records and has recorded as a harmony vocalist for other major labels and demos in Nashville. She has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, was featured on PBS-TV’s Song of the Mountains, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, and at Busch Gardens – Williamsburg (banjo and saxophone!). She graduated from Elon University with a degree in music performance. She is a member of the Christ Church choir in Nashville, TN.
They are joined by Dan Kelly on fiddle. Starting at an early age, Dan became known for fluid, smooth playing. He earned state fiddle champion titles in seven states before he came to Nashville to win the Grand Masters Championship at the age of seventeen. While in Nashville, he met Roy Acuff and became part of Acuff’s Smokey Mountain Boys. Here Dan learned more about the essence of old-time country music as he performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the next eight years.
Beginning in the 1990’s, Dan toured in the bands of many major label country artists (Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, Lonestar and more). During this time, he performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grammy, CMA & ACM award shows, the Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and Good Morning America. In the 2000’s, Dan also performed as part of the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band all over the U.S.
Emily Barnes performs live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes ‘Don’t Know Who I’ll Be’ at 0:00, ‘Untitled’ at 4:30, and ‘Alternate Route’ at 8:10.
From her website:
Tucked away in a town so tiny it isn’t found on most maps, singer-songwriter Emily Barnes can be found sitting on the stone steps of her 200 year old home stitching together the latest melody from the fabric of her mind. That is on the rare occasion she is home. For the past few years, Emily has been tirelessly trekking down the open road playing venues of all shapes and sizes stopping listeners dead in their tracks with a voice that cuts to the bone and songs that pull on the heart strings.
Now a nationally touring artist, Barnes continues to build a grassroots following from city to small town, one new believer at a time. Her Sophomore album ‘Let in the Light’ was released on March 10th 2017 and has been taking listeners through the nostalgia of finding oneself after the inevitable darkness seeps in. It is honest, it is raw, and as quirky as the show you are likely to experience. With an assortment of “found” instruments, lo-fi birds, pots and pans, this album paints a picture from start to finish.
Rice and Woodall perform live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes ‘Blue Lonesome Wind’ at 0:00, ‘Damascus’ at 3:45, and ‘Carryin’ On This Way’ at 7:00.
Rice and Woodall performed for the Berks Country Fest in June. Rice and Woodall were featured in this Reading Eagle article:
Rice and Woodall make a well-paired duo; both are phenomenal guitarists steeped in the bluegrass/folk/jazz tradition, and Woodall’s clear, expressive voice rose sweetly above the guitars in the songs that made up half their set.
Published on Oct 4, 2017
Mike & the Y-Tones perform live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes ‘You’re Not Like Me’ at 0:00, ‘All She Said’ at 2:15, ‘Fine Line’ at 5:29 and ‘How Could We Have Ever Known’ at 8:55.
From their website:
Back in 2013 Mike Yesconis, long time Reading, PA area multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and side-man for many bands including Tin Bird Choir, The Worms, The Cultivators and current La Overtoner bassist, started laying down tracks in his home studio for a batch of songs he had written, but these songs were different than anything else he had ever tried to write before. Mike was now writing out of emotional necessity, documenting the struggles of life and recognizing that our parents are aging and that we are aging and at some point there would be a massive shift in what he had always known as normal. Many of these songs became anthems to get him through the major changes and transitions in recent years, while many of them are also snapshots of memories that have been put into a song format (some times you need more than a picture).
Mike Yesconis (songs, guitar & vocals), Matt McCarty (drums) & Adam Coffinberger (bass) are Mike & the Y-Tones, an original indie rock band from Reading, PA drawing off a multitude of influences and experiences resulting in an honest and authentic band.