House of Hamill in Concert January 21 at the George Washington Masonic Memorial
Sponsored by FocusMusic, Tickets are $18 in advance at http://www.focusmusic.org/buy-tickets and for members, $20 at the door.
About House of Hamill
Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.
Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.
Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels, their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you'll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
Get a taste of House of Hamill at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=YtfvRLP4h8s
FocusMusic brings folk and acoustic music to a growing audience through performance, education and participation in the musical folk arts. FocusMusic is predominantly a volunteer organization that provides opportunities for nationally touring and emerging singer-songwriters to develop and maintain performance opportunities. FocusMusic provides an intimate setting for a listening audience. FocusMusic has been producing shows for more than 15 years. It produced its first Rockville show in 2006. FocusMusic operates 5 venues in the DC/Baltimore area. Its vision is that live folk and acoustic music will be performed somewhere in the DC/Baltimore area every day in venues sponsored by FocusMusic or by other non-profit sponsors.