(WBNG Binghamton) The Jericho Arts Council presents Walt Michael & Co. Saturday March 16th at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theatre at 8:00pm.
Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt's wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions. His various musical incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have spanned over 35 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he has recorded nine albums, appeared at the White House, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. His music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC's Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS. Walt is the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, as well as founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, an international traditional arts organization that seeks to promote interracial harmony through the arts.
Joining Walt are three string band veterans. Fiddler Evan Stover was a founding member of Fiddle Fever, whose music featured heavily in Ken Burns' PBS Civil War Series. Evan's elegant and fiery fiddling graces a long list of recordings from a wide spectrum of recording artists including David Bromberg, Tony Trischka, Bottle Hill, Walt Michael and many others. Frank Orsini is one of the prominent acoustic musicians of Upstate New York. A versatile fiddler, singer and seasoned ensemble player, he has been on numerous recordings and a member of many established groups including the Whipper-Snappers, the Upstate Bluegrass Band and the High Flyers. Bassist Tom Wetmore has performed with Walt Michael since 1988, tours and records with Irish music great John Whalen and performs with numerous top-drawer musicians including bluegrass legend, Bill Keith.
The ensemble's program will consist of selections from the rich musical traditions of Scotland, Ireland, the Appalachians north and south, as well as songs and tunes of contemporary roots artists. As well, Walt's original compositions will be featured.