The last time that The Claire Lynch Band came to the Earlville Opera House, the theater was struck by lightning – literally. The band was that hot! The Claire Lynch Band brings their award-winning bluegrass once again to the historic main stage on Saturday, October 5th at 8pm. “Claire Lynch, without doubt, has one of the most beautiful voices in the music business.”1 She is backed by a red-hot band that sparkles with virtuoso musicianship. The performance is generously sponsored by the Seven Oaks Clubhouse Restaurant.
“Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the bluegrass genre. She has twice earned The International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” title, as well as two GRAMMY nominations. Dear Sister, her new album released May 28th, and nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA’s) 2013 Album of the Year, showcases Lynch and her razor sharp band.”2 Bryan McDowell, who was just nominated for an IBMA Momentum Award this year, is Claire’s fiddle player. Bryan also claimed an unprecedented triple win for fiddle, mandolin, AND guitar at the 2009 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Matt Wingate garnered the title of MerleFest Doc Watson Guitar Champion; and Mark Schatz has two IBMA Bass Player of the Year awards.
The band is touring in support of their new CD, Dear Sister. “There’s no wimpy writing in this ten-song release. Rather, discerning listeners will feel deeply in response to honest lyrics masterfully woven. Stellar writing shines throughout…” Engine 145.com
“A sterling, silvery vocal presence and a gift for supple, emotional ornamentation…Lynch’s talent is a diamond…gorgeous voice and sense of purpose, supported by (a) superb ensemble.” The Washington Post
This performance will be the first time that the band has played the Earlville Opera House since their dramatic visit in July 2010. When the Opera House was hit by lightning near the end of the first set, the true professionals of this band gathered around the remaining microphone for the second set of the concert. The audience was treated to a concert they would never forget and the band was rewarded with a standing ovation!
Don’t miss another chance to get struck by lighting with the amazing talent of the Claire Lynch Band on Saturday, October 5th! Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $18, $16 EOH members, $13 students. Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including homemade desserts, hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.
- Full quote “Each new rendering is more captivating than the one before. Claire Lynch, without doubt, has one of the most beautiful voices in the music business.” Gritz Magazine
- From Robyn Taylor, Rockin’ Robyn Productions
EOH Director: The Opera House was hit by lightning on July 17, 2010 in the middle of the Claire Lynch Band performance. The lightning took out much of the lighting system and the sound system and subsequent repairs cost over $5000. The repairs were covered in part by insurance and in part by a grant from the Golub Foundation.
Review of Dear Sister – Claire Lynch Band: http://www.engine145.com/album-review-claire-lynch-dear-sister/