Monday, January 12, 2015
Balsam Range & Circa Blue at Berryville, VA - Review
Berryville, VA has become the first musical stop on our winter/spring tour in recent years. It's convenient to our route south when we stop to visit Irene's Mom, who lives in Bellefonte, PA with her youngest daughter. And you can always count on promoter Frank Jurney and his wife Cyndy to put on a first rate show. In recent years, the Berryville Bluegrass Series has moved to the brand new Clarke County High School, which boast a wonderful auditorium featuring comfortable seating and warm sound. This evening's show, headlined by IBMA 2014 Entertainer of the Year Balsam Range and opened by the quite solid Circa Blue provided another fine example of why we like to stop in Berryville. The series is presented as a benefit for the High School Athletic Association. Seating capacity of the auditorium is 700, most of which were filled this evening.
Clarke County High School Auditorium
Circa Blue Warming Up
Circa Blue has been completely reconfigured since we last saw them at the Spring Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival nearly two years ago. The addition of Alia Furtado on fiddle has added vocal and musical range to the band. Her clear tight harmony and fiddle playing made a substantial contribution. Teri Chism, formerly with Bill Emerson's band, also added. Steve Harris is a commanding presence on stage, serves as band emcee, and sings in a strong baritone voice. Ron Webb and Matt Hickman round out the band, providing full tone and strong work on mandolin and banjo respectively. Their repertoire represents contemporary and traditional music as well as some songs written by band members. They were a good band to open.
Circa Blue - East Virginia Blues & Thundercloud of Love - Video
High School Cheerleaders Select 50/50 Winner
Promoter Frank Jurney
Balsam Range - Stacking Up the Rocks - Video
Master Sound Man John Holder - Blue Ridge Sound
Balsam Range - Chasing Someone Else's Dreams - Video
Next stop: YeeHaw Junction