Laura Orshaw & The New Velvet Band

May 10, 2017 8PM
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$18 / 15

Laura Orshaw and the New Velvet Band's sound is driven by Laura's powerful vocal styling and weaves in the inventive instrumental talents of Tony Watt (guitar), Catherine "BB" Bowness (banjo), Matthew Witler (mandolin), and Alex Muri (upright bass). Individually, these players have taken the Boston-area bluegrass scene by storm, but as the New Velvet Band they have fused their musical aptitudes to craft a vibrant and mature sound in the wider bluegrass world.


Laura Orshaw - fiddle + vocals
Laura Orshaw “has firmly established [herself] as a significant emerging artist in the arena of traditional American music,” according to Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Laura grew up in a musical family in Northeastern Pennsylvania; at age 10 she learned to play and sing from paternal grandmother and regional Old Time musician, Betty Orshaw. Throughout her teens Laura performed across the Northeast with her father in The Lonesome Road Ramblers, performing classic bluegrass from the 1950’s around one mic. She recorded two fiddle projects in her early teens and recently released her new solo project, "Songs of Lost Yesterdays". Laura has 12 years of experience performing, teaching private lessons, and conducting educational programs and workshops throughout the Northeast and now makes her home in Cambridge, MA. Her passion for teaching is also evidenced in her professional education, as a master’s level counselor, and her work at Lesley University as Coordinator for their Expressive Therapies Graduate Program.


Tony Watt - guitar
Award-winning flatpicking guitarist and mandolinist Tony Watt has performed throughout the United States and Europe, on the Grand Ole Opry, and beyond. He has been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Now and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine multiple times, including the recent Waltz Issue. Tony toured and recorded with Nashville-based Cages Bend, east Tennessee-based Meridian, with Rounder Recording artist Alecia Nugent, and most recently with Leigh Gibson, guitarist for the Gibson Brothers. Tony currently performs with his band, Southeast Expressway, and with Laura Orshaw and the New Velvet Band. He is a graduate of Leadership Bluegrass 2012 and currently serves on the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Education Committee, the IBMA Board Selection Committee, and is a Board Member of the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU).


Catherine "BB" Bowness - banjo
Catherine “BB” Bowness’s musical career began in her hometown, Koitiata, New Zealand. A few years later she received the Frank Winter Memorial Award at the Auckland Folk Festival to travel to the USA and study banjo with Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Bill Evans. In 2012, BB was the first banjo player to complete a degree in Jazz Performance at the New Zealand School of Music and in 2013, she was one of the 16 young string players to be invited to the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia, to work with world-class artists such as Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, David Grisman and Darol Anger for an intensive week of classes, workshops and performances. Since relocating to Boston, she has been busy teaching, recording and performing with Mile Twelve, Tony Watt and Southeast Expressway, and Laura Orshaw and the New Velvet Band.


Matt Witler - mandolin
Matt Witler grew up in Los Angeles, California. Starting on the fiddle at the age of nine, Matt fell in love with old time and bluegrass music. At the age of 14 he picked up the mandolin and began to study music in earnest. While Matt is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, he has explored and been influenced by Jazz, classical, and pop music. In 2012 Matt won first place in both the mandolin and flatpick guitar contests at Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival.  Matt recently graduated from Berklee College of Music and currently performs with The Lonely Heartstring Band.


Alex Muri - bass
Alex Muri hails Sudbury, MA, and began playing bass at the age of six, studying classical music with his school orchestra. He held the position of principal bassist in the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with many notable musicians including Mark O’Connor.  Alex completed his degree in Music Therapy at the Berklee College of Music and currently performs with Chasing Blue.


Please note that the seating chart has recently been updated, so be sure you are purchasing the seats you want.  If you do not purchase all seats at your table, other patrons may be seated with you.  Your ticket reserves you a place at the table you select but not a specific location at that table.  There is no food or beverage minimum.  All tickets are non-refundable.

$18 / 15
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