Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Barbara Lamb Plays UMD Benefit on 4.16

"Bob Wills Meets Laurie Anderson!"

Fiddle Great Barbara Lamb Plays Durham
Friday, April 16, at 7 PM

Concert Benefits Urban Ministries of Durham

In another stellar Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) concert benefit, award-winning fiddler Barbara Lamb brings her unforgettable music to the Strings Attached concert series. This "fiddle fatale" will bow your over Friday, April 16, at 7 PM, in the Parish Hall at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 East Main Street, in downtown Durham.

As a teen, Seattle native Barbara Lamb won state and regional junior fiddling championships, joined a bluegrass band and gave future celebrity fiddler Mark O'Connor his first lessons on the instrument, as well as his first introduction to bluegrass and Texas swing. In the late'80s she co-founded cowgirl band Ranch Romance. After touring as k.d.lang's opening act for most of a year and recording for Sugar Hill, Barbara left Ranch Romance and moved to Nashville. During the '90s, she released a pair of solo recordings on Sugar Hill, then started her own Lots of Coffee Records.

Over her career, Barbara's performed and recorded with Asleep at the Wheel, The John Cowan Band, The Laura Love Band, The Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Lyle Lovett, Riders in the Sky, Peter Rowan, Trisha Yearwood, Tony Trischka—even author Robert Fulghum.

When not playing bluegrass and traditional roots fiddle, Barbara experiments with loops and other electronic effects. On the road she lays down background beds, adding whatever moves her, then accompanies the groove with her fiddle and vocals—or not. While built upon solid foundations, the improv nature of Barbara's "audio sculptures" make each performance unique.

Some quotes...

"Fiddler Barbara Lamb is astonishing in her ability to swoop and soar and play exceedingly high passages with precision. She played swing and jazz-inflected passages with panache, but she was more impressive on her traditional fiddle tunes...Also, Lamb has an amazing stage presence—I've never seen a fiddler whose technique begins at her very toes, continues all the way up through her cowgirl crinolines and culminates in a bow that slashes like a Shakespearean sword. She's fascinating to watch." Spokane Spokesman Review

"Take in the toys, tunes and technology in Barbara's toolbox. Tradition collides with innovation in a joyful process as much fun to listen to as it is to watch. Once again Babs fearlessly reinvents herself and it's so exciting," Joe Craven

"...ferociously gifted fiddling..." —Boston Herald

"...assertive fiddle lines, full of feeling and melody." —Washington Post

"...masterful on the fiddle, a Bob Wills without the cigar." —Austin American-Statesman

"She's got the ability to scorch any song with a solo, or kick it into higher gear." —Hartford Courant

Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show; $8 for 12 and under (advance tickets are available by sending checks payable to Strings Attached c/o St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 Main St Durham NC 27701, via phone at 919.682.5708 or through the secure PayPal link at www.stphilipsdurham.org). Younger childcare is available. Refreshments (beer/wine/sodas/water/coffee/etc.) will be available. Free, monitored parking.

About Urban Ministries of Durham...

With leadership from the faith community, Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) was founded in 1983 with a mission "to provide food, clothing, shelter and supportive services to our neighbors in need." In offering a welcoming, caring, and compassionate environment, UMD aims to affirm the dignity of guests, volunteers, and staff. UMD plays a critical role in the community's continuum of care network, as we are the primary point of entry to prevention, re-housing and emergency services for a large percentage of the homeless and poverty-stricken population in the community.

Programs include:
  • The Community Shelter—regularly operates at full occupancy including the nine rooms for homeless families. Each night, an average of 140-150 people receive emergency housing here. The overall shelter population has increased 32% from the previous fiscal year.
  • The Community CafĂ©—serves 3 meals a day every day, about 18,500 meals per month. This number has increased 10% in the past year and 63% from five years ago.
  • The Food Pantry and Clothing Closet—distribute groceries and clothing to adults, children and families. Demand for these services are up 39% from the previous year and 113% from five years ago.
Visit www.umdurham.org for more information.

About Strings Attached Productions...

Launched in April 2003, Strings Attached Productions is a benefit concert production program of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in downtown Durham. The April 16 Barbara Lamb concert marks the 24th concert in the series. All profits benefit Urban Ministries of Durham. Visit www.stphilipsdurham.org for more information.

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