Thursday, January 3, 2013

Rick Shea & Mary McCaslin in Altadena Jan. 18

Rick Shea & Mary McCaslin
West Coast Shows

Fri Jan 18th 8pm
The Coffee Gallery
2029 N Lake
Altadena Ca 91001
626 798 6236

Sat Jan 19th 7:00pm
The Living Tradition
Anaheim Downtown Community Center
250 E. Center St
Anaheim, CA 92805
714 955 3807

Rick Shea & Mary McCaslin sing the songs of 
Jim Ringer & Mary McCaslin

            Mary McCaslin and the late Jim Ringer first met in the summer of 1972 at the legendary folk music camp/retreat called Sweet’s Mill in the Sierra foothills above Fresno, California. Both were pursuing solo careers and making recordings at the time but soon began touring the country and performing together – each doing a set then closing their shows with a duet performance. Eventually they recorded the album, “The Bramble & the Rose”, which became a hallmark of folk duet recordings. This album (originally on vinyl and now on CD) contained both traditional and contemporary material and is still very popular today.
            Now Mary will be re-acquainting listeners with selections from “The Bramble & the Rose” – this time with singer-songwriter Rick Shea, who is an authentic country–folk artist in much the same fashion as Ringer. Shea toured as a multi-instrumentalist sideman for Dave Alvin’s band, The Guilty men, along with opening the shows and played on Alvin’s Grammy winning recording “Public Domain”. Influenced by country singers Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Lefty Frizzell, his recordings have received accolades from publications such as the L.A. Weekly and Dirty Linen.

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