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Event Archive - "Acousticfest 2005": Peter Rowan's New Acoustic Trio, Marc Atkinson Trio, Zubot & Dawson

Fri. August 26th 2005 Centennial Square (All Ages)
4:30pm - 10pm
$23 Advance
Acousticfest 2005
Peter Rowan's New Acoustic Trio (8:30pm-10pm)
Marc Atkinson Trio (7pm-8pm)
Zubot & Dawson (5:30pm-6:30pm)
Friday, August 26th, 2005
"Open Air" - Centennial Square, Downtown Victoria
Showtime 5:30pm - 10pm, Doors 4:30pm
Tickets Only $23, $25 @ Door
Tickets available at: Lyle's Place 250-382-8422 & McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121


Peter Rowan Biography

A skilled singer/songwriter and musician, Peter Rowan has been a force in acoustic music for nearly 40 years. He toured the country as rhythm guitarist and lead singer with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, and subsequently played and recorded in such groups as Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, Earth Opera, Mexican Air force (featuring Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez), Sam Bush, Yonder Mtn. String Band, String Cheese Incident, Alison Kraus, Ted Logan, Guy Clark, Don Edwards, and Old & In the Way, with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn. Rowan has made more than 20 albums, including the Grammy-nominated Yonder.

As a songwriter, Rowan's tunes have been recorded by such artists as The New Riders of the Purple Sage (Panama Red), George Strait (Dance Time in Texas), Michael Martin Murphy (Land of the Navajo), Ricky Skaggs (You Make Me Feel Like a Man), Desert Rose Band, Janie Fricke and many others

Peter has explored rock, Tex-Mex, Irish, country, rockabilly, folk and reggae—integrating all of these influences into his unique brand of acoustic music. He is currently one of the most in-demand artists on the folk-bluegrass scene. His tremendously successful 1988 collaboration with The Nashville Bluegrass Band was a Grammy finalist, and his 1990 "DUST BOWL CHILDREN" received unanimous critical acclaim and won two National Association for Independent Record Distributor Awards.

One example of Peter's cross-pollination of bluegrass, "Reggaebilly", Rowan mixes reggae and bluegrass together on a level never seen before. He went to Jamaica and recorded some original, and some traditional, bluegrass-based songs with a group of top reggae session musicians including bassist Chris Livingston, guitarist Chinna Smith, drummer Squidley Cole and keyboard player Robbie Lyn. He then brought the tapes back to Nashville and Austin and added layers of conventional bluegrass instruments played by such masters as Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Eddie Adcock on banjo and Stuart Duncan on fiddle. In Rowan's hands, the different musical worlds come together beautifully in a hypnotic fusion that's perhaps best exemplified by the glorious version of "The Cuckoo Bird," the traditional, minor key, Appalachian mountain song. Rowan's voice floats beautifully above the percolating Jamaican rhythms and bluegrass comping. It is a real treat to hear musicians of this caliber whose experiments at something new and different result in such a successful cross-cultural musical hybrid.

A follower of Tibetan Buddhism, Rowan is well-traveled and well-schooled. He compares Monroe and his pioneering music to the nature poets and painters of the seventh-century Chinese Tang dynasty, who similarly evoked the 'high lonesomeness' that he says is at the heart of Monroe and bluegrass. He always follows his muse, says Bev Paul, Sugar Hill Records' director of sales and marketing. He does world music projects, old-timey music, and now he's back to bluegrass, where his roots are. He's even starting to look like Bill Monroe, she says.
Rowan represents what is coming to be known as third-generation bluegrass, says Paul. Monroe and people like Earl Scruggs were the first wave, and then there was a flurry of activity in the mid-'60s. Now we're feeling the third wave roll into the 21st century --- and Peter's leading that charge.

Marc Atkinson Trio Biography

The Marc Atkinson Trio, an acoustic guitar-driven trio, is an up-and-coming group from Victoria, BC, Canada, not to be missed. This virtuostic group’s success has been leaping forward over the past couple years. Acoustic Guitar Magazine voted the trio’s most recent CD, the Marc Atkinson Trio II, one of the top 5 five CDs released in North America in 2002. This CD was also nominated for best jazz album by the 2003 Western Canadian Music Awards. The Trio will be releasing their 3rd album in 2005.

Warmly welcomed by folk, jazz and classical audiences alike, the group recently received a standing ovation as an official showcaser at the North American Folk Alliance Conference and is also a frequent performer at the acclaimed Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. The Marc Atkinson trio plays at many major folk and jazz festivals across North America. Marc, a Canadian instrumentalist/composer/arranger/ producer, is one of Canada’s most talented musicians.

Marc’s hummable original compositions, found on both of the self-titled CDs I and II, take acoustic guitar to a refreshing new level. The tunes use a ferocious but elegant gypsy guitar style, infused with a catchy blend of influences ranging from folk to jazz to classical to world beat. All this while still maintaining the laid back humour and casual ‘good time feel’ of Canada’s West Coast. Marc’s picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled and sizzling. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

These days the trio’s audiences are expecting to be wowed. They are well primed beforehand for the trio’s appearances through glowing write-ups, reviews and interviews. The trio has built a robust fan base in Canada and they have begun to tour more extensively in the US.

Marc is backed by Joey Smith on bass and Chris Frye on rhythm guitar. Perhaps what is most unusual about this jazz trio is that Marc and Chris are also the founding members of a completely different band. The Bills (formerly the Bill Hilly Band) plays spirited and eclectic folk music. Their second CD won the best folk/roots album at the Western Canadian Music Awards and was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award. The Bills released their new album, Let Em Run, on June 26, 2004, and it has recently been nominated for a Juno Award. The Bills can be found on main stages of folk festival across Canada and into the US.

Zubot and Dawson

Jesse Zubot and Steve Dawson are rising stars on the folk and roots music scene. The award-winning Vancouver musicians have earned a reputation for playing “acoustic music that kicks ass”. Their music combines elements of jazz, bluegrass, world music and folk with brilliant musicianship. Their third album, Chicken Scratch won the 2003 Juno for Best Roots & Traditional Group Album and the 2003 Canadian Independent Music Award for Roots Album of the Year.


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Peter Rowan's New Acoustic Trio

A skilled singer/songwriter and musician, Peter Rowan has been a force in acoustic music for nearly 40 years. He toured the country as rhythm guitarist and lead singer with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, and subsequently played and recorded in such groups as Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, Earth Opera, Mexican Air force (featuring Tex-Mex accordion... more info

Marc Atkinson Trio

Ever popular and always dazzling, Victoria’s Marc Atkinson Trio continues to elicit national and international praise for their sizzling blend of post-Django gypsy jazz, Broadway show tunes and anything else that catches their fancy. No stranger to JazzFest, guitarist Marc Atkinson is equally well known on his own or in the frontline of those ama... more info

Zubot & Dawson

For Steve Dawson and Jesse Zubot, this is just the starting point for the amazing musical journey that is Strang. While they were listening to all of the above, they were also listening to classical, country, folk, funk, rock, Hawaiian and bluegrass - all of which are now part of their musical DNA. You also have to add in 2 or 3 kinds of jazz, blue... more info
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