Bluegrass Raw & Reflective

ritahoskingCheck out Sisters HarmonyHouse this weekend for Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack.  

If you like your bluegrass raw and reflective, don’t miss Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack on March 24 at HarmonyHouse in Sisters.

Doug and Katie Cavanaugh’s rustic musical barn, HarmonyHouse, hosts acclaimed singer/songwriter Rita Hosking and her band for a Saturday night Americana concert amid the pines. Hosking was winner of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest and part of the Sisters Folk Festival main stage lineup for 2009 and again last year.

Her treasury of songs are inflected with sad memories of family and home, polished with heartfelt lyrics and always finding that proper balance between sentimentality and soul. Hosking grew up in Shasta County, California, a depressed area whose atmosphere influenced the stark realism woven into her music.

“I like to write about stories and people and experiences and how precious those moments are,” she said.

HarmonyHouse’s warm intimacy provides the perfect setting to compliment Hosking’s distinctive style.

“We do a classic house concert here, down to the letter of the law,” said Katie Cavanaugh. “It’s essentially a big private party and these are all my friends. We do it all for music’s sake and the proceeds go directly to the artist.”

Hosking’s 2009 album, Come Sunrise, was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2010 Independent Music Awards. Striving for purity and realism in her work, Hosking even recorded an EP back in 2010 inside a gold mine with 20 minutes of miner-themed songs complete with dripping water and crunching quartz.

“My grandfather was a miner and sang underground in the Empire Gold Mine in Grass Valley. There’s a big tradition of singing with Cornish miners.  HarmonyHouse is such a wonderful venue. I consider it an important development at the grassroots level for music.”

HarmonyHouse is located at 17505 Kent Rd. in Sisters. Concert starts at 8 PM.   Doors open at 7 PM.  A suggested artist donation of $15 is appreciated. BYOB and snacks to share! For more information call 548-2209.

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