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Where’s Aubrey at the Barns of Rose Hill 11/11: Save the Date

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Where’s Aubrey will perform all original music from their brand new ninth record, Hole, at a benefit concert November 11th at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville.  All proceeds from the concert benefit the Shenandoah Riverkeepers.

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Here is a rough mix of track six on Where’s Aubrey’s new record Holes.  The record is currently in final production.

 

About: Local violinist Gary McGraw (The Bitter Liberals) and New Hampshire songwriter Rhine Singleton are Where’s Aubrey.  Where’s Aubrey will be joined at this show by Richmond multi-instrumentalist Charles Arthur (featured at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) and Winchester jazz drummer Nick Shrenk.  Where’s Aubrey is releasing a new record at the show called Holes.  Where’s Aubrey has performed since 1985, releasing nine records and raising $17,000 for charity. Singleton’s original songs, cloaked and hooded by McGraw’s improvisation on the fiddle and mandolin, range from old-timey folk music to modern jazz.

Gary McGraw has played the violin since he was just three years old (54 years for those of you counting), and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Barns of Rose Hill. McGraw met Singleton at the University of Virginia and Where’s Aubrey gradually coalesced into existence in the mid-90s and began recording all original music in 2001.  Gary is also a member of The Bitter Liberals.

Rhine Singleton played piano and violin as a teen, before switching to the acoustic guitar. In his time at the University of Virginia with McGraw, Singleton started singing and was inspired to write his own music. Soon after compiling a strong repertoire of original tunes, the duo began recording under the name Where’s Aubrey.

Although McGraw and Singleton regularly write and record music, it’s rare to see a live performance by Where’s Aubrey.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 11, 2023. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the concert starts at 7:00 PM.

Ticket Price: All tickets are general admission. $20 in advance until 3:00 PM on the day of the event. $25 at the door. Children 12 years and below are free when accompanied by an adult.

Ticket Information:

 or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 PM – Tuesday through Saturday). When our Box Office is closed, please leave a message. All ticket sales are final; no exceptions and no exchanges.

Program Sponsors: We extend our special thanks to Michael Hobert and Mary Jane Lee for sponsoring this program!

Program Benefits: Proceeds from this show will benefit Shenandoah Riverkeeper, part of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. A representative will be in attendance.

 

30th Annual Oopstock (Felst) Music Party

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30 years?  How did that happen?

Here’s what we looked like ten years ago.

Best Jazz in Boston: The Mad Monkfish

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Excellent cocktails, interesting food, and world class jazz.  If you get a chance to catch a Sunday show in Cambridge at the Mad Monkfish, just do it.

Regina Spektor plays circles around Aimee Mann at Wolf Trap

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I mean, Aimee Mann was really good.  But Regina Spektor is in a completely different league.

Still, Aimee Mann played some greats.

Like “Save Me”

But Regina was better and she played some favorites too.

Like “Fidelity”

And “Samson”

But above all, this magical “Becoming All Alone”

We had a great evening with Donnie and Geri, sneaking bourbon mint fizz cocktails into Wolf Trap.

 

Fun and Games with the Fiddle in WV

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Happy Birthday Dr Matt, you screwball.

Sure was fun playing with these fellers (and drinking bourbon too)…

Where’s Aubrey Recording in Wilmington

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All work and no music makes gem a dull boy.  So we fixed that.  Music refactoring at the Stick followed by recording in Wilmington.  Here are some highlights.

Where’s Aubrey was joined by the incredible Charles Arthur in the studio.

And yes, we started at the Stick (on Ocean Isle Beach) where we practiced.  Our schedule was tight, and sleep is for the weak.  But first things first.  Since Rhine flew into ILM, we set up an impromptu rendezvous with Adrian and Julie.  Dinner was excellent, and Moonshine made a fast friend of Ralph.

We ended up at the Symphony with those fine people come Saturday.

Practice on the porch.

Industry sour with the last bottle of Green Chartreuse in NC.

Moonshine got in some fine music time.

The Wilmington Symphony played Shostakovich 5.

Moonshine, meanwhile, destroyed the screen door.

Turns out I found a musical sibling (same teacher, Linda Case, as Suzuki kids).

The bassist from NY.  Hella talent.

NC sippy cups for the concert.   LOL.

The after party was a blast.  But then it was time for even more work.

Each night before a recording session we crammed on the music.

There was also some beach time.  Moonshine was a hit at doggie day care.

Studio day one.

Hope in time for sunset and breakfast for dinner.

 

More cramming.  And more studio time.

Followed by more beach and more cramming.  We were very efficient, but the work was intense.

Studio day three (the last).

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And then it was time to get into the Liberals.

All in all a great experience.  We bonded as musicians and friends.

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Nick Schrenk Quartet: Jazz in Winchester

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Nick Schrenk leads a new jazz quartet in Winchester, Virginia.  Excellent all around.  Here are some bits from the May 4th debut gig.

 

 

More cowbell is pretty much all you can say!

Florence and the Machine: In Manchester with Shoes

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There is a back story of sorts.  Way back in the summer of 2022 in Virginia, we decided it would be fun to see Roxy Music and also Florence and the Machine when we could.  Happily, we managed to do both, but only with some doing.

The plan for the Florence show was to get to the UK on business in November, skip American “dead turkey day,” meet up with our best British friends, and catch the show in Manchester.  But somehow Florence broke her foot in London (while we were there) the day before the Manchester show.

We vowed to return.

Here are some bits from the show, an emotional powerhouse led by a charismatic master of the stage.  What a show.

The AO arena is a great place to see a show, mostly because the crowd is fantastic.  But the best reason to see a show there is because Noelie and Lisa are excellent hosts and are really fun to hang out with.

The crowd gathers.

We don’t even remember who the opener was.

Then, it was showtime!

Heaven is Here was the first song of the night.  Florence had shoes on.

 

Ship to Wreck

 

Free

Dog Days Are Over.  This is my favorite Florence song, and I was psyched it made the setlist.  The fucking phone diatribe was captured in bits.  Here it is in all its glory.

Of course the real Florence fan (and the reason we were all here) is Romey.  She knew all the words to all the songs and had a huge smile on her face.

Romey dances.

 

Morning Elvis

My Love

You’ve Got the Love is Romey’s favorite Florence song.  She was super psyched that it made the setlist.

The encore song Never Let Me Go had 20,000 people singing along.

Never Let Me Go, performed for the first time in a decade.

 

 

Shake it Out

2023 Second Gig: Clark Hansbarger in Front Royal

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Somehow COVID put a mega-hurt on the Bitter Liberals.  We stopped playing shows for all of the obvious reasons, and eventually we also stopped practicing together.  For whatever reason, we haven’t managed to restart yet.

Clark to the rescue!

Bitter Liberal Clark Hansbarger is one of two master songwriters in the band.  As you may know, all of our songs have stories behind them.  Read about some of Clark’s excellent songs here.

We played a gig at the Blue Wing Frog, a restaurant in Front Royal that has been hosting a songwriters series of small shows.  Clark agreed to play a show, and Allen Kitselman and I sat it as side men.  It was magical playing this music again.

We brought our own sound system and lit the place up with crystal clear sound.  The venue was sold to capacity (around 50 people came on a very rainy evening). The crowd listened intently.

 

Clark opened the first set with 6 or 7 songs performed solo.

Eventually Allen and I joined in.

 

It was a rewarding and magical evening.  Thanks to all who came.

 

 

Furnace Mountain at Home: Berryville, Virginia

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One of the great bands from this area, Furnace Mountain counts the Barns of Rose Hill as its home venue.  They consistently sell out their shows at the barns, and for good reason.  Here are some pictures and videos from the Dave’s Birthday Bash show.

 

A superb song like Suzanne showcases the band’s high level of talent.

 

Of course there is classic old timey music to play as well.

 

 

There were some non-standard parts of this show, it being a birthday bash and all.

 

Doritos were served, but only to select teenagers.

 

As the show happened on the Lunar New Year’s Day (welcome to the year of the rabbit), a Chinese folk song or two were offered from the stage.  Normally, the band sticks to Americana.

 

 

Danny plays a mean mando.  Of course he plays everything else too.

 

The medley.

 

A crowd favorite and one of the band’s best songs, Bluebell.

 

So next time Furnace Mountain plays, get your tickets early.

 

 

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