"FOLK AND BLUES ROOTS OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD"

A SPECIAL CONCERT PRESENTATION now booking 2019-20

The Grateful Dead exposed generations of music fans to the nooks, crannies, branches and offshoots of American roots music like perhaps no other act of their size and influence.

Jerry Garcia grew up listening to field recordings, jazz, traditional folk songs, bluegrass, and ancient Child ballads, first getting together with Bob Weir and Pigpen NOT to start a rock-and-roll band, but to play jug band music. 

As The Grateful Dead, they learned songs from itinerant street musicians, covered blues legends and country stars, and packed a gumbo of musical styles into their own canon of beloved original songs. 

Join The Canal Street String Band, NY State Presenters Network "performing artists of the highest professional caliber," to explore the deep well of American music that inspired the Grateful Dead, and discover some fascinating stories behind the music. 

"Folk and Blues Roots of the Grateful Dead" at the 2016 Old Songs Folk Festival, Altamont NY

"Folk and Blues Roots of the Grateful Dead" at the 2016 Old Songs Folk Festival, Altamont NY

With fiddle, banjo, dobro, jaw harp, string bass, guitar, mandolin, three-part harmonies, and a pair of cow bones, this program delights the uninitiated right alongside the Deadheads in the crowd.     

PROGRAM LENGTH:
60-120 minutes 

TECH REQUIREMENTS:
Band travels with professional PA system for smaller venues (up to 250 people), tech requirements and stage plot available for larger venues

OPTIONS:
* Can be combined with one set of the group's standard repertoire 
* Can include PowerPoint presentation with images and audio samples
* Q&A or talkback available after the presentation
* Instrumental workshops are available as an add-on (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bones/spoons/hambone)

BOOKING INFORMATION:
Dave Ruch, 716-884-6855 or dave "at" canalstreetstringband.com
 
"A wonderful performance...they immediately grabbed everyone's attention"
- Sylvia Grmela, PhD, Villa Maria College, Cheektowaga NY