Ron Block & Tony Furtado

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On the first Wednesday of every month, Grateful Fred bring world class Americana, Roots and Acoustic music to The Atkinson. This month we welcome Ron Block & Tony Furtado with support from Jenny Colquitt.

The Club Night
7:30pm – Grateful Fred & Friends
8:00pm – Jenny Colquitt
8:40pm – Interval
9:00pm – Ron Block & Tony Furtado

Ron Block & Tony Furtado

Ron Block is one of the biggest stars on the American roots music scene. Bluegrass banjo ace Ron (Alison Krauss & Union Station) is also a superb guitarist, multiple Grammy winner and songwriter. An outstanding musician, Ron has also performed and recorded with Kate Rusby, Brad Paisley and Sierra Hull to name just a few. Tony Furtado is an exceptional banjoist, slide guitarist, singer and songwriter who shot to prominence when he won the Winfield National Banjo championships as a teenager. A charismatic live performer, Tony has toured worldwide for over 25 years and has collaborated with world-class musicians including Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien and Dirk Powell. Ron and Tony are old friends, and this special duo collaboration is guaranteed to be a stellar presentation of American roots music!

Ron has won 14 Grammy Awards and is well known worldwide as a long time member of bluegrass supergroup Alison Krauss, Ron Block & Union Station, playing both banjo and guitar, as well as singing harmony and writing several of the band’s best-loved songs. In addition to his work with Alison Krauss, California-born Ron has released several solo albums including 2015’s “Hogan’s House of Music”. With a myriad of influences ranging from blues to folk, as well as deep roots in bluegrass, Ron has played, recorded and collaborated with dozens of renowned musicians including Dolly Parton, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan and Vince Gill. Ron also performed on the soundtrack for the award-winning Coen Brothers film “O Brother Where Art Thou”, which brought bluegrass and old-time music to wider prominence back in 2000.

Tony Furtado is a stunning live performer who has been hailed as a genius on banjo and slide guitar. Also born in California, at the age of 19 Tony won the prestigious National Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas and subsequently signed to Rounder Records, releasing six acclaimed albums withTony. Over the years Tony has collaborated, performed and recorded with numerous master musicians and acoustic greats including Alison Krauss, Kelly Joe Phelps, Mike Marshall, Seth Lakeman, Laurie Lewis, Matt Flinner and many more. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele.

This is going to be one of the best shows Grateful Fred has put together.

Support Act

Jenny Colquitt

Regular “Fredheads” will remember Jenny appearing as a last-minute stand-in when Merry Hell played at Grateful Fred’s in December.We were blown away by Jenny’s beautiful voice, her guitar playing, her songs and stage presence. So much so that we immediately asked if she would come back and open the show for Ron and Tony.

You can hear some of Jenny’s work on her Soundcloud account. She will be the perfect compliment to Tony and Ron’s music.

Your host for the evening will be Grateful Fred.

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