Photos by Scott Preston
Hamilton, OH – Miami University Regionals Artist Series continues its season with an outstanding lineup of performances that includes Galician bagpipes, traditional and progressive bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, and folk music at the Hamilton and Middletown campuses.
Balsam Range and Helen Highwater will perform at Miami Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Balsam Range is one the most exciting bluegrass bands to appear in years. In 2014, they won the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Buddy Melton was named Male Vocalist of the Year and Tim Surrett received a Mentor Award. The band’s fifth album, Five made its Billboard Chart debut at number four. They are best known for mixing elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing and old-time music creating a unique and fresh sound.
Helen Highwater is a new name in Bluegrass with familiar faces in the group. David Grier is on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin with Shad Cobb on fiddle to make up this powerhouse quartet. Together these members have more than a decade of experience in the music industry and have earned Grammy and IBMA awards.
Up next is Carlos Núñez and The April Verch Band at Miami Middletown’s Dave Finkelman Auditorium on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, the Celtic region in the North West of Spain. Núñez is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the traditional Galician bagpipe, Galician flute, ocarina, Irish flute, whistle and low whistle. Billboard Magazine calls him the Jimi Hendrix of bagpipes.
The April Verch Band features world-class musicians Hayes Griffin on guitar, Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo with Canadian fiddling champion, step dancer and singer/songwriter April Verch. They are best known for their irresistible blend of Celtic, jazz, folk and bluegrass music
The Travelin’ McCourys and the Gibson Brothers wrap up the season on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Miami Middletown’s Dave Finkelman Auditorium. The The Travelin’ McCourys consist of the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury–Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo–with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. The band is known for a mix of traditional and progressive bluegrass that combines their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.
The Gibson Brothers are a five-man band that has honed their sound through hundreds of shows and thousands of miles. They have earned numerous awards including: 2013 IBMA Entertainers of the Year; Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year (They Called It Music) and Songwriter of the Year (Eric Gibson.) In 2012, IBMA Entertainers of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance for Singing As We Rise.
Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd. Miami Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.