CELTIC MUSIC SHOWCASE
lIZ ANDERSON (FLUTE) AND PAUL GARDING (GUITAR AND VOCALS) WITH GUEST APPEARANCE BY SARAH GARDING( MANDOLIN)
Dòrain is a traditional Scottish and Irish band from Minneapolis, who specialize in intricate arrangements of songs with vocal harmonies, as well as instrumental sets. They are one of the only groups in the Twin Cities to sing both in English and in Scottish Gaelic. The band came together in 2015, but its roots go back much earlier: Iain and Alexander Dove Lempke, two brothers from Chicago, have been playing various kinds of folk music together since their childhood under the name of The Black Doves. Iain went on to meet fiddler Cara Weggler at Macalester College, and the two played together in the trio The Herringbone Badgers. Once Alexander moved to Minneapolis, the three joined forces to create Dòrain, a name based on the Gaelic word dòbhrain, which means “otters”. The band released their first album, Over the Main in January 2017
Lisa Kane is a Twin Cities based singer-songwriter with four full-length recordings to date. Her music is a combination of folk-like southern rock and country blues. Her lyrics and compositions are reminiscent of songwriters from the sixties and she most definitely has a fondness for storytelling. She is known for her ability to highlight the female experiences, need for social justice and infatuation with life’s dark alley demons. Lisa credits Bob Dylan, the Cowboy Junkies, Bonnie Raitt, The Band and Led Zeppelin as musical influences and has been fortunate enough to win not only a few songwriting awards, but receive significant local airplay as well.
The soundscapes of Standard Deviation set a mood that is both relaxed and refined. With vocals, sax, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums; these seasoned musicians create a musical atmosphere suitable for listening or conversation. Experienced in a wide range of styles, they share an affection for the jazz standards comprising the core of their repertoire. The group’s pianist, Randy Amborn says, “These tunes have a combination of easy elegance and soulful emotion that people really connect with.
The ‘Best Original Musician of Central MN’, (Gannett Media), Dave Cofell performs a variety of styles on six and twelve string guitar, from old standards/covers to folk and blues songs, instrumental banjo tunes, to jazzy novelty songs and R&B.
In February 2016, Dave Cofell was selected to perform for the 40th Anniversary of the American Folk Life Center for the Library of Congress in Missouri. Dave was invited back to perform again for the Library of Congress on February 18, 2017, this time alongside Billy Bragg, Si Kahn, Terra Lightfoot and Joe Jencks.
While at Folk Alliance International 2017, Dave was signed by Handshake Management of Austin, Texas.
Dave typically plays 200+ shows per year and has entertained at a wide variety of venues across the world. From festivals and art galleries, and from wineries, coffee shops, and bistros, to college residencies and theaters in the Midwest, Ireland, England, and Germany, Dave’s love of sharing his craft with music lovers of all ages shines through in every performance.
In May through June of each year, Dave travels for his Spring Tour with shows in 15 states followed by a European Tour each November.
At the musicians platform ReverbNation.com, (with 3.8 million users), Dave is #1 on the local charts, #9 regionally, #178 nationally and ranked at #275 globally.
In August 2016, Dave released his third CD; “A Thousand Shades of Blue”, produced by Rockhouse Productions. He is the Central Minnesota Arts Board McKnight Foundation Artist Career Development Grant Winner for 2015.
Grab your instrument and come join the Roots Jam! Bill Cagley hosts the friendliest jam in town…bluegrass, folk, country, roots, it’s all welcome. Players of all ages and levels of ability are encouraged to join. So whether you’ve never taken a solo before or you make your living at music, come gather round our circle, play some music and make some new friends.v