March 20 legendary Americana artist and songwriter Tom Russell returns to Sisters for the final concert of the series.
Tom Russell is a master storyteller and has recently released Mesabi, his 26th album, a work that instantly grips the listener and holds on as vivid scenarios unfold from tune to tune. He is truly an American original and is writing out of “the wounded heart of America,” a searing and telling pictorial of the American Southwest experience. Russell is credited with helping to create the Americana radio format with the great Dave Alvin. “It’s rare indeed when a songwriter is so strong in his own unique voice and style that they redefine the music boundaries that are in place, this is Tom Russell,” says Sisters Folk Festival Executive Director Brad Tisdel.
Along with providing music and arts-oriented curriculum in the Sisters schools, Sisters Folk Festival is committed to providing affordable, quality entertainment in Sisters during the off-season. The concerts help stimulate the local economy, especially since the Winter Concert Series has developed a reputation for bringing top talent to Sisters.
The first show in the series, with the Claire Lynch Band, drew close to 450 listeners to Sisters to enjoy an amazing, virtuoso performance. “Between Claire’s silky clear voice, Brian McDowell’s unbelievable musicianship on violin and fiddle, the genre-stretching guitar and mandolin playing of Matt Wingate, and the rock-solid bass and clogging of Mark Schatz, it was one of those memorable shows that drew standing ovations and our audience wanting more,” said Tisdel.
To purchase tickets go to www.sistersfolkfestival.org or call the Festival office at 541-549-4979. Tickets are also available at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters and Redmond and FootZone in Bend. The price for each show is $15/adult for advance tickets and $10/student, $20/adult at the door. The SFF 2013 Winter Concert Series concerts will start at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.
For more information on the 2013 Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert Series visit www.sistersfolkfestival.org/wcs, or call 541-549-4979.