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Steve’s offers bluegrass with women’s touch, folk with Boston accent

Steve’s Guitar’s in Carbondale is becoming known for having great music, but this weekend’s lineup is impressive even for Steve’s.

Tonight Steve’s welcomes Uncle Earl. This all-female bluegrass band has been pleasing audiences for the past four years with its unique blend of old-time Americana/roots music.

The women find inspiration in the string bands of southern Appalachia, but each one contributes their own original and creative compositions in the spirit of “old-time tradition.”

Uncle Earl’s consistent and high-energy performances are gaining the band a reputation as one of the most fun and hard-driving bands on the bluegrass scene. Audiences become instant fans once they experience their moving mix of traditional fiddle tunes, mountain harmonies, original songs and authentic Appalachian step-dancing.

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With the recent addition of fiddling sensation Rayna Gellert, Uncle Earl’s current lineup is stronger than ever. The band has plans to record a CD this spring as well as tour from coast to coast promoting the CD, gathering fans and celebrating traditional music.

The band is comprised of Gellert on fiddle, K.C. Groves and Jo Serrapere singing and playing guitar, and Amanda Kowalski on bass.

Serrapere writes blues-tinged originals and made music headlines in Michigan last December when she won a slot on the Hill Auditorium program of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.

Groves is based in Lyons and is known for her “quiet, evocative country songs of peach pie and unspoken love.”

Saturday night will be another great one at Steve’s with Boston-based folk singer and songwriter Corey Dolgon.

Dolgon has been singing songs of work and protest for more than 20 years and recently began touring the country with a singing lecture, “The Commonwealth of Toil: Folksongs of the American Labor Movement.”

Dolgon also recently released the CD “Songs of Solidarity and Struggle,” a compilation of social justice classics and originals.

Local Jimmy Byrne will open Dolgon’s show.

What: Uncle Earl Friday, and Corey Dolgon Saturday

Where: Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $10 tonight, donations Saturday


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