Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Roger Landes & Douglas Goodhart
7:30 PMGiG - 1808 Second Street
Landes and Goodhart will perform as an eclectic duo playing Irish, French, French-Canadian, American old time, Cajun, and some Balkan music.
Of Roger Landes, Celtic Heritage Magazine said: "Not only is Landes helping to legitimize the instrument—he is taking it to a whole other level." Roger took up the bouzouki in 1981 and co-founded the popular Celtic band Scartaglen. His critically acclaimed CD Dragon Reels is the result of his work mastering the intricacies of Irish traditional music. The Janissary Stomp, with folk and roots musician Chipper Thompson, is a ground-breaking collection of mostly original duets for two bouzoukis. In 1998 and 1999, Roger hosted ZoukFest, the first international gatherings devoted to the Celtic bouzouki, in Missouri. He appeared in and contributed to the soundtrack of the 1999 film "Ride with the Devil," directed by Ang Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), and has appeared on the National Public Radio shows "Mountain Stage" and "A Prairie Home Companion." In April 2001, his music was featured in a PBS documentary, "Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie." In October 2002, Roger joined Galician piper and Chieftains alumn Carlos Nuñez in his first US tour, and toured in a trio with Irish fiddle phenom Frankie Gavin (De Dannan) and harmonica virtuoso Rick Epping (Pumpkinhead). In April of 2004 he had the pleasure of accompanying legendary Irish fiddler Tommy Peoples (Bothy Band) for a week of concerts. House to House, a live duo CD with fiddler and guitarist Randal Bays was chosen one of the Top 5 Releases of Irish traditional music by the Irish Times (Dublin) in 2005.
Fiddler Douglas Goodhart spent 30 years studying and performing Appalachian music of the upper South. In 2000, he began studying the long-bow tradition of West Virginia with Alan Jabbour as well as Dr. Jabbour's own unique style. He has studied extensively the fiddling of Michoacan, Mexico with Atilano Lopez and Dimas Camilo. He has spent years performing Cajun fiddle in southwest Louisiana with ensembles headed by Donald Fontenot and Ally Young, among others. In addition, Doug has been performing and teaching West African polyrhythmic music for 25 years with legendary performers Abubakari Lunna (Dagomba music), Gideon Foli Alorwoyie and Kwaku Ledzekpo (Ewe music). His pursuit and passion of polyrhythmic traditions has also led him to Afro-Cuban drumming (Agustin Romero Diaz), Flamenco Guitar (Miguel Rodriguez) and Mexican music from Veracruz (Alberto de la Rosa). From 1987 to 1994 Doug was director of Center For World Music, an arts organization dedicated to performance and pedagogy of many world traditions including West Africa, France, Spain, Ireland, the United States, Mexico, Cuba and Brazil. From 1994 to 1997 Doug lived in France learning and performing traditional French music. Over the last few years Doug has added the music of Renaissance vihuela, lute and viola da gamba to his repertory. His latest CD is A Box of Fiddle Tunes, which focuses on Appalachian fiddling.