GuitarTownCT Concert Series presents the Boston-based string band Twisted Pine on Friday, Dec. 8. The show is at 7:30 PM and tickets are $20, available through the GuitarTownCT Web site.
Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, the quartet Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and the UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown.
The group features Dan Bui (Mandolin), Kathleen Parks (Fiddle & Vocals), Chris Sartori (Bass) and Rachel Sumner (Guitar & Vocals).
In its early days, Twisted Pine hewed pretty close to their bluegrass origins, but over time the band has developed a unique, infectious, joyful noise without limits, bringing the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting. While it’s easy to celebrate each of the band members individually, Twisted Pine is also a unit that grooves together. Intricate arrangements of swelling, syncopated rhythm and precise instrumental interplay generate something big and vital: a thick landscape of sound built on an organic acoustic foundation.
Winners of the 2014 Freshgrass band competition and finalists at the 2015 Rockygrass contest, Twisted Pine has played major events from Greyfox to Green River to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections and beyond. “Their live show is already legendary for the band’s unbridled spirit and contagious energy,” says Jim Olsen, president of the innovative folk label Signature Sounds.
Check out Twisted Pine and see why Olsen calls it “the most exciting new roots band to emerge from the New England scene in quite some time.”
UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):
• Thursday, Nov. 30. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS
• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE
• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM
• Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 PM. ANNIE LISA: PSYCH-K
• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC
• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)
• Saturday, Dec. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS
• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC
• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY
• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!); SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI
• Wednesday, Dec. 20. INDIE ROCK: WAR WAR WAR, REDUCTION PLAN, ROSS MENZE
• Thursday, Dec. 21. SURF MUSIC: THE CLAMS
• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK
• Friday, Dec. 29. INDIE ROCK: WALLY
• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY
• Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC
• Thursday, Jan. 11. ROCK: TINY OCEAN
• Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: BEPPE GAMBETTA (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)
• Friday, Jan. 19. BLUES ROCK: VANGE DURST
• Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 PM. INDIE ROCK: BONZO, BILGE RAT, PINFINGER, SHORT MONTH
• Friday, Feb. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND
• Thursday, Feb. 8. BLUEGRASS: JOE K. WALSH & CELIA WOODSMITH, feat. BOBBY BRITT & ZOE GUIGUENO
• Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC
• Friday, Feb. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER/FUTURE SOUL: PAUL BRYANT HUDSON
• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)
• Saturday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND