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Growling Old Men
February 16, 2020 @ 6:30pm
The Pickin’ in the Parks Concert Series, co-sponsored by The Bozeman Folklore Society and Bozeman City Parks & Recreation proudly presents THE GROWLING OLD MEN.
The concert setting on Sunday evening, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. is in the cozy and historic parlor of the Story Mansion, 811 South Willson Avenue, in Bozeman. Doors open promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Advance tickets are on sale now at Cactus Records, for $14 (plus fees). Any remaining tickets will be available at the door for $17 each. BFS membership discounts will apply, and individual and family memberships can be purchased at the show. Visit BozemanFolklore.org for more information. Tickets do tend to sell briskly, so we suggest buying in advance to make sure you have a spot to hear this fine group! Here is where to find your advance tickets: Cactus Records & Gifts, 29 West Main Street in Bozeman, or online at this address: https://cactusrecords.net/events/the-growling-old-men/
The Growling Old Men really enjoy playing music together. Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies’ acoustic music world and have been performing and recording together since 1998. Together the duo presents a tight, yet relaxed set of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and tunes – informed equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains.
Many long time music fans in the valley already know what a Growling Old Men show can mean. They know already that The Growling Old Men are engaging and spontaneous as they make a big sound for two guys. Their shows include a blend of well-rehearsed material and few new songs hot off the press – they like to walk the edge of improvisational risk taking. The duo strives to contrast simplicity with complexity; all with good tone and a warm sense of humor.
But this time is really promising to be something quite special. GOM have produced several CD’s together over the years. But in the past year, both Lowell and Winship have solo albums out, making this concert a CD Release Party! Joining Ben and John will be former Kanes River bandmate, David Thompson on bass & vocals.
In the summer of 2019, Ben Winship released 2 albums, “Acorns” and “Toolshed.” Each CD is chock full of special guests, new original Winship penned tunes, as well as new ways to hear and enjoy many traditional tunes. John Lowell, released his latest solo album, “This Long Stretch of Gravel” in late September, 2019. Both enlisted the help of many special guests.
Ben Winship is a multi-instrumentalist and was a founding member of Loose Ties, with whom he performed from 1986 to 1996. In the words of Tim O’Brien, “Ben is one of the acoustic music scene’s best writers.” In addition to the Growling Old Men, he also performs with Brother Mule, the Fishing Music Band and a local Dixieland band. Ben also runs a well respected recording studio, the Henhouse, and his CDs and soundtracks have appeared in numerous documentaries and everywhere from MTV, ESPN, NPR, Sirius to the World Café and Car Talk – a testament to Winship’s versatility and broad appeal. Despite countless hours driving around with windows down and running a chainsaw, Ben’s hearing is still pretty good.
John Lowell has been a stalwart of the Montana bluegrass scene for the past 25 years. Fronting two of the regions finest bluegrass bands, Wheel Hoss and Kane’s River, John has set a standard for rock solid guitar playing and great singing. “John Lowell is an engaging vocalist and a facile guitarist,” said Bluegrass Unlimited, adding that, “he is a great storyteller.” Lowell’s songs often show up on the bluegrass radio charts, having been covered by a growing list of contemporary bands: Valerie Smith, Front Range, New Vintage, Bryan Bowers, Bluegrass Etc. John has been featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, he has been compared to some of the finest guitarists in the business, and to a ham sandwich.
The BFS concert series is unique in our area, Since the early 1990s, The Bozeman Folklore Society (BFS), an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, enjoying and sharing the music, dance, arts, crafts, and skills of traditional cultures, have been sponsoring a variety of local events for the community’s enjoyment. The BFS is an associate group of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). And we invite you to join and become involved with our effort to continue to present live music and promote dancing in our community. Volunteers are needed, as well as your support to continue to share our love for all the richness in the folk traditions. Visit the BFS website at WWW.BOZEMANFOLKLORE.ORG. As an underwriting supporter of radio KGLT-FM, BFS invites community members to listen to KGLT and other listener supported radio for more news about BFS sponsored events.