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Concert – Potluck – Jam – Thursday, Jan 10 2018

We are excited to announce a very special Brushy Run concert event on Thursday, January 10:


Leva and Calcagno
Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno are tapping into the deepest parts of American music, taking old songs that have seldom been heard and presenting them next to their own timeless and visceral originals. When they are not performing as duo, they’re often found sitting knee to knee, playing under the canopy of trees at fiddle festivals across the country, such as the gathering where they met in June of 2016. Across any campground, or concert venue, the echos of their vibrant and magnetic harmonies ring out.

Vivian, of Lexington, VA grew up playing and performing with her parents, Carol Elizabeth Jones and James Leva, learning traditional songs from their sources and honing her rhythmic guitar style. In June, 2017 Vivian recorded her debut album Time is Everything in close collaboration with Calcagno during an inspired session at Studio 808A in the small town of Floyd, VA. She released this album of original music on March 2nd, 2018 on Free Dirt Records to critical acclaim, including being one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know.”

Riley, of Seattle, WA spent his earlier years playing with the widely recognized band The Onlies, described as “masterful” and “deliciously well-crafted” (Kithfolk). He is amazing on fiddle, guitar and banjo, and a terrific vocalist as well. Riley recently collaborated on the excellent old-time album “The Ruglifters” with the Onlies, John Herrmann, Meredith McIntosh and others.

Together, Vivian and Riley have toured across the country, in living rooms and concert halls. As individuals, they have shared the stages with and played, both nationally and internationally, in the bands of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lost Tribe Of Country Music, and Bruce Molsky to name just a few. To this collaboration they bring both the steady hands of experience and a refined taste for American music, yet still a youthful abandon that can’t be forced. In 2018, they will be on tour internationally to support Vivian’s new release and bring their distinct brand of old-time and country to a festival, hall, bar, or fireplace gathering near you.

$10 for a chair, $7 for standing in the back. Seating is very limited for this up-close and personal show! Reservations are recommended asap — write doug@brushyrun.farm or text 785-760-5590 to hold your seat. All proceeds go to the performers. Directions at the link above.

6:00pm — Potluck dinner
7:30pm — Concert with Leva and Calcagno
Old-time jam to follow the show — bring reinforcements!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Your hosts,
Doug and Caroline

ONLINE RESOURCES:

No Depression article about Vivian Leva:
http://nodepression.com/album-review/neo-traditional-songwriter-inspiring-lost-generation-style

Suggested videos:
Leva and Calcagno – Time Is Everything – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPO9qkMZKHI
The Onlies – Boogerman – Clifftop 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VClf_0Qwpa8
The Onlies – Stagger Lee – Clifftop 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaL2_jgSnBM

Web sites:
http://vivandriley.com
https://www.vivianleva.com
http://www.theonlies.com