Emory Lester teaching in Wales, May 7-11


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Emory Lester teaching in Wales, May 7-11

Postby 66d35 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:11 am

In case any of you have missed previous announcements on this, here's news of Emory Lester's forthcoming class in May:

Some of the biggest names in American bluegrass music, including performers from Nashville’s famed “Grand Ole Opry” will be gathering in the small Pembrokeshire coastal village of Newport in 2008. They will be there not just to perform, but to teach the music that they themselves have done so much to popularise.

Widely regarded as being among the foremost exponents of their individual instruments, they are equally regarded for their dedication and skill as tutors. The intensive residential course begins with a reception the evening of May 7, followed by four days of bluegrass music classes, elective workshops, jamming for all levels, open mic, and faculty concerts.

Emory Lester is one of today's foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his mandolin playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. His 1993 recording "Pale Rider", and 1995 recording "The Emory Lester Set" has placed him among the elite mandolinists of our time.

Emory, born in Virginia, won "Mandolin Player of the Year" four times while living in Canada. He has an impressive track record as a performer, having played mandolin alongside the legendary Bill Emerson for many years, and is a truly eclectic mandolinist in addition to possessing such impeccable and solid bluegrass credentials. His highly acclaimed recording "Pale Rider" in '93, featured such sidemen as Tony Trischka, Ray Legere, and Slavek Hanzlik and established him as one of the top new mandolin talents in the business. This was followed by the release of ‘Cruising the 8’. He has also played with other top bluegrass players including Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Del McCoury, Eddie Adcock, Jimmy Gaudreau, Gary Ferguson and Sally Love.

In addition to the innovative music of 'The Emory Lester Set', Emory's projects with "Clawgrass" banjoist, Mark Johnson have been described as 'groundbreaking'. Their most recent release, the widely acclaimed "Acoustic Rising", was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) "Instrumental Album of the Year" in 2007. Emory has also earned wide recognition for his technically astounding work in the field of ‘New Acoustic Music’, especially with jazz guitar virtuoso Francois Vola.

Other members of the faculty for 2008 include the legendary Bobby Hicks (fiddle), Kenny Smith (guitar) Amanda Smith (bluegrass singing), Mike Bub (double bass), and Ross Nickerson (bluegrass banjo).

The total cost for the course, elective workshops, faculty concerts and all other activities is £195 (discounts and concessions available).

Further information about the course and instructors is available on the schools website. You can see a photo gallery of Newport, Pembrokeshire in Wales and hear our instructors at www.myspace.com/transatlanticbluegrass.

For further information contact the organiser: nadine@transatlanticbluegrass.com

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