We welcomed back to Profiles in Folk after a lengthy hiatus the Ash Creek String Band, which has just released its first CD recording. In the early years of Profiles these guys were the house band, making several visits to the program for in-studio and mini-concert appearances. This was a fun night because not only are they good pickers and singers with great song selections, but the band members are imbued with sharply honed senses of humor that never stop.
Ash Creek has been together for nearly 30 years in one configuration or another. Their existence roughly parallels the existence of Profiles in Folk. The current group consists of Myra and Colin Healy, Geoff Kooris and Jeff McHugh. A new touch for the group is Kooris hurdy-gurdy. The new album is simply entitled Ash Creek String Band. You can reach the band at the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to a CD release party at Bridgeports Acoustic Café on Jan. 18, the group will also be kicking off its annual world tour on March 2 at the Baldwin Center in Stratford, Conn. at 2 p.m.
We topped off the night after Ash Creeks live performance with three other hot string bands on record.
Listen to the live portion of the show, January 17th 2003
Live In WSHUs Studio A: Ash Creek String Band
Live: Dry Straw
CD: There Are No Boundaries
Live: Them Dance Hall Girls
Live: Goin Back To Dixie
Live: Walkin In Jerusalem
Live: Winters Come And Gone
Live: Si Bheag, Si Mhor
- Artist, "Title", Album, Label
- Hot Point String Band, Swingin On A Gate/Round II/Jerry Can Dance, Avel Vor/The Golden Stud/Sligo Creek, Big John McNeil/Elzics Farewell, The Road To Burhania, Independent
- The Mysterious Redbirds, Im Getting Ready To Go, Sangaree, Prairie Dog, Sweet Sunny South, The Mysterious Redbirds 1992-1998, Copper Creek
- Top Drawer String Band, High C Medley, Big Nicks Rolling Reel/Sean Rios, Top Drawer String Band, Fossil