Claire Lynch has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass today.
In her twenty-two years of fronting bluegrass bands with her distinctive voice, Claire Lynch has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Female Vocalist of the Year three times, in 1997, 2010, and 2013.That kind of enduring popularity and reputation is rare, even in bluegrass, but Lynch’s voice is so sweet, and her songs are so beautifully written and compelling, that she rose rather quickly to prominence, and has stayed there, even as the genre has changed around her. You’ll have a chance to see this amazing artist with her red hot band at the Catherine Cummings Theater in Cazenovia, presented by The Earlville Opera House, at 8pm on Saturday, December 12th. This show is generously sponsored by Stickley Audi & Co.
Lynch’s band features a mix of acclaimed talent and “hot young guns;” together they rise from a reverent hush in quieter moments to a pounding no-holds-barred stampede when it’s called for. “Backed by the members of her white-hot Claire Lynch Band…Lynch is the definition of a multi-talented artist,” writes The Chicago Tribune. Lynch’s most recent label release, Dear Sister, earned her a nomination for the IBMA Album of the Year, as well as a win for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Band member Mark Schatz has been twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year, and nominated every year since. Bryan McDowell at 24 has already compiled an extraordinary resume that far exceeds his years as a vocalist and gifted multi-instrumentalist. In competitions, he has amassed twenty-one first place wins including such notables as Merlefest (mandolin ’09 & guitar ’10), Galax Virginia’s Old Time Fiddler’s Convention (fiddle ’09 and guitar ’10). He placed first in the Walnut Valley National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and the Walnut Valley Mandolin and Fiddle Championships… a feat unparalleled in the festival’s storied 40 year running. Jarrod Walker on mandolin and guitar has been recognized as a standout player ever since age twelve when he and brother-picker Cory Walker found themselves featured on a segment of ABC Country’s CMA Awards Special with Keith Urban as 2004’s winners of a “Young Musicians’” search.
The first set of the concert will feature tunes from Holiday!
In 2014, she took a break from touring to record a seasonal project, entitled Holiday!, which was released on Lynch’s own Thrill Hill Records. On it, the band makes an inspired exploration of holiday songs old and new. The album includes two original compositions, soulful interpretations of “Scarlet Ribbons” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, and fun retro-style takes on “Home for the Holidays” and “White Christmas.”
In 2016, Lynch will wrap up full-time touring with The Claire Lynch Band – a much-adored staple of the bluegrass community – and focus on the next iteration of her music and creativity, according to the Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News Network. So, this could be your last best chance to catch Claire and the band in action! Join us on December 12th at 8pm! Seating is limited. Tickets for this show are $25 for adults, $15 for youth. Add $2 on the Day of Show.
The show will be general admission, and doors will open at 7:30 pm. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Catherine Cummings Theatre is located at 8 Lincklaen St, Cazenovia, NY 13035.
The Claire Lynce Band, left to right: Claire Lynch, Jarrod Walker, Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell
WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING…
“Claire Lynch is a rare talent indeed. She has a beautiful, effervescent voicewhich can handle both
contemporary and traditional musics with complete authenticity. I love to listen to her and I love to
sing with her.”
“I’ve always thought Claire Lynch has the voice of an angel. I’m a fan!”
“…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
“…backed by the members of her white-hot Claire Lynch Band…Lynch is the definition of a multitalented
–The Chicago Tribune
“…one of my very favorite singers in all of acoustic, country and bluegrass music. She is a jewel. ”
–Mary Chapin Carpenter
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.