RICHIE STEARNS first discovered the pleasures of the old time banjo when he was 14. He’s traveled round the world, performing both traditional and his own original music, finding ways to collaborate with musicians from five continents (Africa/Asia/North America, Australia, Europe) as well as local musicians from diverse musical backgrounds (classical, jazz, country, R&B, and more). Over the past three decades, he’s written original music for film scores and dance ensembles as well his own bands (The Horse Flies, Evil City String Band, Ti Ti Chickapea, Donna the Buffalo, and the Renegades, among them) and collaborated with artists from a variety of disciplines to present public performances on stages through the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as on radio and television.
He’s been described as one of the major innovators of 5-string banjo playing, a wonderfully idiosyncratic musician. Fellow musician Tony Trischka calls him “a transcendentally clawhammering force of nature” and Bela Fleck says simply,“Richie is a wonderful musician. I love his mantra-groove spooky-banjo style.”
For Natalie Merchant, it’s his ability to blend traditional technique and repertoire with contemporary and original material that sets him apart: says Natalie, “I have been amazed by Richie Stearns’ musicianship…the banjo in his hands can become either a hypnotic weapon of propulsion or the source of some of the most soulful and plaintive sounds I have ever heard.”
AARON LIPP is a down home picker and accomplished multi-instrumentalist/songwriter from Naples, NY. After years of touring playing the Hammond B3 Organ with bands such as Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, he has gone on his own to lead several bands (The Cabin Killers, Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones, Mount Pleasant String Band) as well as performing solo shows in the region. He performs a mix of original and traditional material that stems from powerhouse finger-picking blues guitar, fast or slow with a screaming harmonica melody above it with his foot stomping. A huge sound from one man, his shows are known for the room filling up with sound and folks tapping their feet or dancing up a storm. Aaron likes to switch things up and grab his banjo to perform select Appalachian mountain tunes and songs on to create more of a hypnotic, deep-in-the-hills feeling even inside a concert hall.
We couldn’t be more pleased to have these two very talented musicians joining sharing the stage at Big “G” Jam.
Catch their set Saturday, August 11th 9-10:30pm
Get more information on Big “G” Jam HERE