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Cathie Ryan Band at Northminster Presbyterian, Apr. 11

April 2, 2014 Leave a comment
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By Susan Glant
Northminster Presbyterian Church
www.northminster-indy.org

Irish Music Magazine hails singer songwriter Cathie Ryan as “one of the best we have.” For over two decades, including five critically acclaimed albums, countless musical collaborations, multiple awards, and worldwide touring, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music. The Cathie Ryan Band is the closing act of the 2013-2014 Sound & Spirit concert series, Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Boulevard, East Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Blessed with a voice of luminous clarity, a gift for writing heart-stirring originals, and unearthing gems from the Irish and American traditions, Cathie happily shares the stage with an award-winning band.  Featuring Patsy O’Brien on guitar, Matt Mancuso on fiddle, and Brian Melick on percussion, the band weaves subtle arrangements and harmonies around Cathie’s vocals and match her charming repartee with dazzling sets of traditional tunes.

Cathie Ryan hails from Detroit surrounded by close Irish roots that gave her the gift of storytelling and music.  But she grew up in neighborhoods embedded in Country and Motown, too.  Before her music career took off, she used her English Lit degree as a classroom teacher.  She returns – both independent of and in conjunction with her concert appearances – conducting workshops that focus on Traditional Irish Singing, Irish Mythology and Folklore, and the crucial importance of the arts in education.

The Cathie Ryan Band has a loyal following from appearing at performing arts centers, festivals, folk clubs, and with symphonies. Their live performances are often seen on public television and heard on radio like NPR’s Mountain Stage, Thistle and Shamrock, BBC, Radio Scotland, and RTÉ and RnaG in Ireland.  Sound & Spirit looks forward to opening doors to another great crowd.

From Bach to jazz to bluegrass, Sound & Spirit concerts celebrate regional and international artistry and present them free of charge to the Broad Ripple Community and beyond.  Funded by supporters and the audience, we accept a free-will offering to maintain standards of future events.  Childcare is provided.

For more information visit www.northminster-indy.org, or call 317-251-9489.

The Boxcars at Northminster Presbyterian, Feb. 7

January 11, 2014 Leave a comment
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Northminster Presbyterian Church. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Susan Glant
Northminster Presbyterian Church
http://www.northminster-indy.org/

For the second year in a row,  Sound & Spirit: The Arts at Northminster will feature a current Grammy Nominee in a free concert.  Bluegrass sensation, The Boxcars, will perform in the sanctuary at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Boulevard, East Drive, Indianapolis, Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m.

When The Boxcars released IT’S JUST A ROAD in April 2013, members of the band fielded the usual interview questions about song selections, style, creative decisions and more. Both eloquently and quite simply, Adam Steffey summed up the process, the project and the band philosophy in general with characteristic aplomb, saying “What’s wrong with just playing good bluegrass?”

The Boxcars’ album has garnered a nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards announced January 26th.    They already have in their pockets the IBMA 2013 Instrumental Group of the Year for the third year in a row, and the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year for Adam Steffey.

“The Boxcars are certainly masters of modern traditional bluegrass.  Bowman, Garrett, Nixon, Steffey, and Stewart have been described over and over as bluegrass music’s newest supergroup. Those who pick up a copy of this album will be hard-pressed to disagree. “(John Goad from Bluegrass Today)

From Bach to jazz to bluegrass, Sound & Spirit concerts celebrate regional and international artistry and present them free of charge to the Broad Ripple Community and beyond.  Funded by supporters and the audience, we accept a free-will offering to maintain standards of future events.  Childcare is provided.

For more about this and all future Sound & Spirit concerts, follow us on Facebook at http://bit.ly/SoundandSpirit and https://twitter.com/SoundSpirit1.