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Saturday, August 4, 2018
8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium – Beckman Institute

Mother’s Boys: An Evening of the Music of the Carter Family

Mother's Boys is a relatively new ensemble of four extremely talented veteran musicians who have come together to play some of the great songs of the Carter Family, the trio from the Clinch Mountain area of Virginia, who took the world of country music by storm in the late 1920's, 1930's and early 1940's. Songs like You've Been a Friend to MeKeep on the Sunny Side, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, and many others, live on today, and this quartet has done a wonderful job performing some of these songs on last year's recording, Home Among the Hills: a Musical Tribute to the Carter Family. The album includes guest appearances by Moira Smiley, Fred Sokolow, Susie Glaze, Laurie Lewis and Aubrey Richmond, so it is quite a production. We'll be treated to Mother's Boys' fine vocals and harmonies, plus their most excellent instrumental skills, with Peter Feldmann on mandolin and guitar, Rick Cunha on guitar, David Dawson on autoharp, and David Jackson on bass. 

Peter Feldmann performed at Caltech four years ago with the Very Lonesome Boys, as well as way back in 1999 along with Richard Greene and Tom Sauber. He is not only a widely known and respected musician and singer, but he is very knowledgeable historian who has written about old time, bluegrass, and folk music in general. We are very happy to welcome him back.

Rick Cunha, a very fine vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, who has worked with Mason Williams, the Smothers Brothers, Emmylou Harris, and many others, will be making his Caltech debut. He spends most of his time these days working for others in his recording studio and his appearances are far too scarce. We're delighted to bring him out of the shadows!

David Jackson is an bass player extraordinaire, and he has worked with Hoyt Axton, Van Dyke Parks, John Denver, Jackson Browne, and many others. He performed in our series with the group New West, some years ago.

David Dawson met Rick Cunha in Hawaii, and along with Rick, formed a folk/rock group, Hearts and Flowers, after they both moved to Los Angeles. He left the music world for the art world some years ago, when he moved to Colorado, but then released an autoharp album, Listen, a few years back. He has also recorded and performed with people like Linda Ronstadt and Jennifer Warrens. These four fine musicians do a fine job of celebrating the music of the Carter Family. Don't miss the chance to hear them!

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Caltech Public Events

Pasadena Folk Music Society

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Ticket price: $20 / $5 for Caltech students and children.
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