Their technical ability, their timing, their remarkable musical maturity belie the tender years of Zeb and Samantha Snyder, a gifted and well rehearsed brother and sister from the hills of North Carolina. Along with their dad and mom Bud and Laine, and their charming kid brother Owen, they’re delighting audiences across the country…like ours. Coming up, we’ll devote the full hour this week to reliving part of their recent performance here in Richmond.
In Your Ear
We get started with a charming singer songwriter who spent many formative years in Ireland but whose music reflects the wide influences of her time spent in other lands as well. We present a voice likened to honey poured into wine, Sarah McQuaid. Then we hear from two Londoners who’ve made the traditional fiddle tunes of County Sligo in Ireland their own--Kevin Burke and John Carty.
Enjoy artful arrangements of original material and choice Beatle covers at the hands of Boston’s Bee Eaters, comprised of Tashina Claridge on violin, brother Tristan Clarridge on cello, Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Crisman on hammer dulcimer. We turn back the clock and reopen our musical vault to enjoy some tracks we didn’t have time for the first time we put Anne (guitar) & Pete Sibley (guitar and clawhammer banjo) on the radio.
Richmond’s venerable Robbin Thompson Band has made its mark over its more than three decades making music together, but what if we brought them together for the first time to do some of their choice tunes without the big amps and drum kits of a normal stage appearance? For the next hour, you’ll hear the result of that notion as JAMinc presents the Robbin Thompson Band--unplugged--and recorded live in Studio A.
The two made music together on the road and in the studio with Claire Lynch and as a duo, but Missy Raines and Jim Hurst have since followed their own paths, leading to separate but back to back appearances at our In Your Ear studio concert series. We bring you highlights from both performances. Missy Raines and her progressive acoustic band, the New Hip and guitar virtuoso and balladeer Jim Hurst share the next hour of In Your Ear.
Enjoy top-drawer Virginia-based jazz courtesy of the Jae Sinnett Trio, led by Tidewater-based percussionist and music educator Jae Sinnett who also hosts a popular radio show himself. Jae is joined by one of a prominent fraternity of VCU Jazz graduates under professor Doug Richards…that would be bassist Terry Burrell. And on piano, a 27-year-old Virginia Beach native who has caught the attention of some of the music industry’s most prominent figures, including Quincy Jones.
We revisit an In Your Ear session with five talented players who had a short but sweet ride as a progressive band called Cadillac Sky. Organized in 2002 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by lead vocalist/songwriter Bryan Simpson, applying a Texas state of mind to the bluegrass template, the band turned intriguing tunes and solid musicianship, into a meteoric career.
In this episode of In Your Ear, we share the work of three accomplished Carolina acts who have all been featured on this program before. First up, we revisit the two Swiss-born brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger and their bassist New Yorker Joel Landsberg. The trio was completely taken with American mountain music and would move to western North Carolina to be closer to it and to new friends like Deep Gap’s legendary Doc Watson.
We’ll spend our full hour with three gifted and creative young musicians who have established themselves as prominent players in the firmament of today’s Blu2grassers in Brooklyn community. Try to turn up the volume and turn down the distractions, and savor the tasteful musical gifts of guitarist Jordan Tice, acoustic bassist Paul Kowert and fiddler Brittany Haas.