You might know Bill Camplin as that feisty old gray dude who cooks up a mean bowl of chili and hosts wonderful musicians with his wife Kitty at The Café Carpe in Ft. Atkinson. Think again. Bill is a dynamite songwriter and guitar picker in his own right. We’ve seen him perform in the last few years with people like Willy Porter, Peter Mulvey, and Randy Sabien. Some nights he steals the show. When Randy and Bill get together, you can count on hearing some grand tunes and great vibes.
Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story). All of the music of America is in Tony’s music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn’t need categories.”
The Georgia Rae Family Band has always pushed the envelope of traditional music. Their progressive sound inspired by a mix of Americana, contemporary folk and roots, and a little jazzy swing, all flavored with family harmony and youthful energy. Their original songs are clever and catchy. Fiddle champion Georgia Rae, lead singer/uke Kelly Jo, Quin on mandolin and banjo are joined by a solid driving rhythm “punk rockin’ momma” on guitar and Joe Burie on bass. The family has played and traveled together since 2011. Georgia Rae is the 2016 National Twin Fiddle Champion (NOTFA, ID) and a state grand champion 7 times (IL, WI, MN). These girls are coming of age and into their own.
THIS SHOW IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT AND WE ARE TAKING NAMES IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS AT THIS TIME.....
WILLY PORTER Returning for his 3rd visit!! Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s searing finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.
Returning for their 2nd time!
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are celebrating their 9th year of touring full time as The Honey Dewdrops, having played stages and festivals far and wide in North America and Europe. With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation.
After leaving their home base of Virginia and living on the road for 2 years, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore, Maryland home and it's where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released May 2015. Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes the set of songs as “a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.” And like their stage performance, these songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down
Listening Party, an Americana/Folk rock trio out of Milwaukee, have found a home in the original music scene in the Midwest with their soulful stage presence and infectious melodies. Tales of love, longing, and personal struggle are presented sincerely by singer-songwriter Weston Mueller, a Northern Wisconsin native, with "every note full of expression and feeling" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Complemented by Joshua Hester and Jacob Wood, each song paints a portrait as unique and colorful as the bands' respective musical backgrounds.
Returning for her 2nd visit to The Barn, Amy Andrews’ powerful and dramatically dynamic voice transitions seamlessly from soaring to reserved and intimately compliments her heartfelt lyrics and raw honesty. Pointedly personal, pleading and direct, sensitive and sincere, Amy Andrews leaves her listeners emotionally wrought and begging for more.
Suggested Donation: $25 / person
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Piper Road Spring Band celebrates thirty+ years of playing their unique style of music. Two of the present members, Bob and Kangaroo were present when the first phone call from Mitchell’s Bar was directed to their farmhouse, also known as the Fiend’s Club. The owner of Mitchell’s was in a predicament; the bar was packed and the jukebox had just broken down.Piper Road Spring Band saved the evening by playing acoustically to the musically starved crowd. That’s pretty much how the last forty years got started. With Mark, Barry and Randal, Piper Road Spring Band stands ready, instruments tuned, to respond to the next musical emergency.
Direct from the U.K., the Amazing Martyn Joseph will be performing his magic on our stage, FRIDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 6th!
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.
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Contemporary tones blend with traditional roots in Milwaukee’s unparalleled Chicken Wire Empire. Since their formation in 2012, the Chicken Wire Empire has wasted little time establishing themselves as one of the hottest up and coming bands in the local and regional music scene. Ryan Ogburn (mandolin), Jordan Kroeger (upright Bass), Seth Foerster (Guitar), and Jon Peik (banjo), put together “The Force” to deliver their bluegrass inspired song to audiences of any age.
PETER MULVEY is truly a world class guitar player, singer-songwriter, and storyteller. If you haven’t heard his music yet then there’s about 20 years of catching up to do on his catalog of amazing tunes. In his 20 year career Peter Mulvey has released more music than you can listen to in a day but it would be a damn good day if you tried. Okay maybe if you missed a nap you could do it.
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are the Honey Dewdrops: an award winning, nationally touring husband and wife folk duet who perform fresh, original songs focusing on vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation. Influenced by traditional Appalachian music as well as contemporary singer-songwriters, the Honey Dewdrops blend old styles with new, creating music that is powerful and heartfelt.
Feed the dog has a sound you will have trouble describing, but not want to stop listening to. Lead by the Songwriting of Ellis M. Brown, the band features masterfully crafted fiddle, Kottke like finger pickin' acoustic six and twelve string guitar, funky bass lines, and percussive soul.
Auralai is fronted by Stephanie Tschech and her beloved cello, Cranky Agnes, accompanied by Multi-instrumentalist, Nate Lehner (bass,guitar,Mandolin)
Nate Lehner, who has graced the Barn at LaGrange's stage twice before with "The Guilty Wanted" & "Rebecca Hron" is bringing us yet another remarkable duo act with the mazing talents of Stephanie Tschech on Cello & vocals
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. He and singing partner, Carmen Nickerson, bring their brand of righteous indie-folk for a night of high-test tunes and tons of fun. Willy’s signature finger-picking guitar work and rich songwriting creates a one-of-a-kind musical ride that has energized audiences all over the world from stages shared with icons such as Jethro Tull, Tori Amos, Paul Simon, and Jeff Beck.
Carmen Nickerson’s soulful vocals and playful singing style pairs exquisitely with Willy’s grooves to produce soaring harmonies that add fresh layers and new depth to Willy’s songs.
The duo is touring in support of Willy’s 2015 release, Human Kindness, a disc that combines Willy’s acoustic, electric, and multi-string chops to bear on a group of songs that explore themes about connection, compassion, and the triumphs and struggles of the human journey. Willy and Carmen also bring new tunes to this tour, co-written by the pair, that feature on an upcoming album produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Jonatha Brooke), slated for release in the summer of 2016.
Willy’s warmth and wit on stage keep people grinning, but it’s his music that keeps them coming back for more.
“Willy is an entertaining performer, an excellent guitarist, and someone who obviously loves what he does.” –No Depression
“Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever." -Tori Amos
“Porter accentuates well - rendered tales with spit - fire - percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color - chord picking." -Billboard
“Willy Porter is a relaxed and fearless performer who'll entertain you as well as move you." -Acoustic Guitar Magazine