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2016 WCS Lineup
• The Sisters Folk Festival is pleased to announce the 2016 Winter Concert Series. This year’s series will include three outstanding shows, demonstrating the wide range of American roots music. On Thursday, January 28, The Wood Brothers will perform their brand of masterful and soulful folk, with hints of blues, Americana, and acoustic soul. Steeped in a songwriting tradition, they are celebrating their 5th studio album, “Paradise,” and have quickly become one of the best live acts touring the country.
• On Saturday, February 27, the second show in the series will feature Bumper Jacksons, from Washington, DC. Folding sounds of jazz, early blues, old-time music, and country swing into an exhilarating repertoire of modern American roots music, the DC-based band has brought a hard-driving party energy to countless dance floors. With three recent Washington Area Music Awards and many dozens of jubilant live shows under their collective belt, they’ve produced their second album, “Too Big World,” a sweetly balanced collection of hot swing numbers, heartbreak ballads, and late-night moonshine foot-stompers.
• Concluding the series is Massachusetts-based quartet Darlingside on Thursday, March 10. After two successful years as the fan favorite at the sold-out Sisters Folk Festival, SFF decided to bring them back for the third show of the series. After six years of playing together and a decade-plus of knowing each other, the band’s collaborative process has evolved side by side with their friendships. Their newest recording, “Birds Say,” is a patchwork of the artistic and personal visions of four equal songwriters — a mashup of their individual and collective experiences and dreams.
- The Winter Concert Series brings hot music to the cold season in Sisters.
- Concerts are generally presented from January through March in the beautiful Sisters High School Auditorium for memorable performances.
- Past concerts include John Gorka, The Bills, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Claire Lynch Band, Campbell Brothers, Willy Porter, Solas, Martyn Joseph, The California Honeydrops, Portland Cello Project, and many more.
- Many of the artists present community workshops prior to the show. The intention of the series is to bring patrons to Sisters to enhance cultural tourism in the shoulder season.
- These shows have a multi-generational audience, something we have cultivated through our educational programming. These concerts keep the Sisters Folk Festival music present throughout the year.
“The way Sisters Folk Festival, the Americana Project and the Winter Concert Series all are intertwined is an exceptional testament to the great work being done in the community. It is deeply touching and emotional for me… I share Sisters everywhere I go.” ~ Martyn Joseph, internationally acclaimed songwriter