St. Clair Productions’ 20th Eclectic Music and More series continues with three shows and two workshops in November and one show in December. All shows are at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland, except Rabbi Andrew Hahn. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets and info here, 541-535-3562 or the Music Coop. Register for the workshops at the website.
Friday, November 6, Tish Hinojosa has drawn numerous critical accolades for her borderless approach to music, blending Mexican folk and country music with a modern singer/songwriter sensibility and touches of pop. With accolades that include playing at the White House at the invitation of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Linda Ronstadt recording her own version of Tish’s song “Donde Voy,” and teaming up with artists like Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Flaco Jimenez, and Los Lobos, Hinojosa’s sound has an undeniable and far-reaching appeal. Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, Ashland’s Mexican dance troupe, opens the show.
Saturday, November 7, 10am-noon, Hinojosa Workshop: Climbing out of the Mexican-American Box and Hitting the Glass Ceiling. Using anecdotes from her own life, Tish Hinojosa examines the challenges faced by Mexican-American musicians, actors, writers, and artists trying to make it in mainstream culture.
Saturday, November 14 Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi with Benjy Wertheimer on tabla and Bibi McGill on guitar in an evening of call and response Hebrew chanting at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain. He uses the kirtan form — call-and-response — with traditional Jewish music drawn from both European and Eastern sources, as well as from contemporary composers. He also sets the chants in non-Western modalities.
Sunday, November 15, 10am-1pm, Rabbi Hahn Workshop: Deepening Your Experience of Kirtan at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main. Along with the music, Rabbi Hahn will pepper the workshop with helpful meditation techniques and short teachings which explain the source and meaning of the language.
Saturday, November 21 Chris Smither returns to Ashland for a second performance for St. Clair Productions. A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” – Associated Press
Saturday, December 12 “A Winter’s Tale,” An Evening of Storytelling and Celtic Harp with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter Step into a magical world of Irish and English literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs drawn from tales such as “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” a chapter from “The Wind in the Willows,” and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, mingled with beloved and original pieces of seasonal music. All of the music and all of the stories touch on the central message of the Christmas/Winter season: hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness.
Ariella St. Clair
St. Clair Productions
P.O. Box 835