Lonesome Ace Stringband
Highway 19 presents The Lonesome Ace Stringband, an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some righteous folk and country music. Consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn’t seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. There’s a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.
Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South: Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each among Canada’s finest players of acoustic music. All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on how the song needs to feel – and what the song has to say. When those voices come together the power of the harmonies is unshakable.
The trio spent 7 years as a house band at Toronto’s legendary Dakota Tavern before ever taking the show on the road or recording a note. Those years were a gestation period that allowed for a type of looseness and intuition to develop, something that can only come from experienced musicians clocking hundreds of on-stage hours together.
In the last few years the band has toured internationally, playing some of the largest festivals in North America (Merlefest, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Rockygrass), and recorded 3 albums. The first two, Old Time (2014), and Gone For Evermore (2016) leaned heavily on the traditional old-time cannon. 2018’s When the Sun Comes Up showcases the band’s songwriting and studio savvy, offering up a more progressive interpretation of old-time music, and taking it’s sound to new places. Material from all three and more will be on the menu for what is sure to be a memorable night at Rivercity Stage.
Tickets: $23 (+applicable fees)