Cindy and Harry (left below) are very talented musicians, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Harry comes from a musical family and has been playing the fiddle since he was a child. He was also part of the influential band, Kenny Hall and the Sweet Mill String Band in the 1970s. Cindy plays guitar and both of them sing beautifully. Their whole family often play music together. They have published several CDs, which are highly recommended.
Walt and Clare (right below) live in Pennsylvania. Walt is a well-known banjo player and was a founding member of the Highwoods String Band, a highly acclaimed and prolific revival band. Clare is a fiddle player, having started playing as a child. Together they formed a new band, Orpheus Supertones. They tour the world and have produced several CDs together. Walt and Clare have also transcribed 1404 fiddle tunes from the original sources and compiled them in a book, The Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes.
Ted and Sharry (below left) live in Berkeley, California. They are old friends of Harry and Cindy's and play the fiddle and mandolin. Cary and Debbie (below right) are from Seattle. Debbie plays banjo and Cary is a mandolin player. He was also part of the Kenny Hill Sweet Mill Band during the 1970s in Central California. Currently he plays for a band called Red Dog. They have several CDs available.
We had personal concerts at the Maison every day and well into the night, but everyone's favorite gig was a public concert given at Marie-Claire's beautiful house.
After the concert, the musicians played some special tunes for Marie-Claire.
All the musicians fell in love with Marie-Claire, and I think the feeling it was mutual. The whole night, despite the weather, was a real love-fest.
For the rest of the week we had the group mostly to ourselves. They serenaded us into the night.
If you would like to sample a bit of the music, have a listen:
As if musical talent were not enough, both Harry and Cindy turn out to be talented artists and committed printmakers. Who knew?
We spent their last day in the studio and each of them produced a wonderful etching. Cindy had come prepared with a drawing and Harry chose to make an etching of Kenny Hall, his musical mentor, who passed away while they were in residence at the Maison.
After they left us they went on to Paris and played a concert at Quinn's school.