This years concerts feature Brandon Sprague, Norman Liota, Jalan Crossland and Johnnie Aseron ,.... two nights of guitar magic.
Jalan Crossland www.jalancrossland.com
Jalan Crossland is widely acclaimed by audiences, critics and his musical peers as one of the country’s premier acoustic guitarists. Along with dozens of regional contest awards, his extraordinary guitar work has earned National Fingerstyle Championship honors in 1997 and the State Championship Flatpick Title in his home state of Wyoming in 1999. He is a talented vocalist, banjo player, songwriter and an engaging showman.
Touring solo or with his band, Jalan performs full-time for audiences all across the U.S. and Europe and has shared showbills with Taj Mahal, Blues Traveler, the David Grisman Quintet, John McEuwen, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Leftover Salmon, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Young Dubliners, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, the Grand Teton Symphony and many more of today's greatest entertainers. His unique blend of traditional and cutting-edge acoustic sounds can be heard on CD, cassettes and on finer radio stations everywhere.
Composer, Lyricist, Storyteller & Musician
Drawing from his multicultural urban and rural upbringing and extensive world travels, Johnnie Aseron plays from a poetic musical vision inspiring us to feel the interwoven potentialities and problems of our times.
“Who are we? What are we doing? What are we here for?” are questions addressed by minstrels of times gone by. Johnnie, a 20th Century minstrel, employs singing, acoustic guitar, flute, percussion and other various instruments in sharing his original and insightful arrangements. He takes us to places that most of us seldom have access to in our everyday lives.
Through storytelling he creates a space that invites us to discover our environment, our cultural histories, the diverse peoples around us and ourselves. His music, stories and songs connect us to feelings so real that the thresholds of the explicit and personal merge together with the universal. There the nature of our humanness is embraced. It is through his vulnerability that he compels us in a leap of the heart, touching the pulse we all share -- one world heart.
He has a long list of special conferences and events that he has both performed and participated in, as well as Gallery listings and workshops from Primary School through University level.
He has spent years in residence working abroad in Universities from England to Australia with Cultural Awareness groups and Indigenous Peoples.
Currently he is the Director of the STORIES AND SONGS (of the People) Foundation. (www.storiesandsongs.org)
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