Saturday 22nd July 2017
The Carlile Institute
California-born Tony Furtado is a stunning live performer who’s been hailed as a genius on banjo and slide guitar. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story!). Tony took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies TV show and a sixth grade music report. He first attracted national attention at the age of 19, when he won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Not long after that, Tony opted for the life of a full-time professional musician, joining Laurie Lewis & Grant Street.
Tony has performed and recorded with folk and bluegrass greats including Alison Krauss, Stuart Duncan and Jerry Douglas and also played with the band Sugarbeat. He has toured worldwide since the 1990s, playing his own captivating brand of Americana and acoustic roots. Tony will be joined on guitar and harmony vocals by duo partner, accomplished singer-songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman, who will also perform a short opening set. This rare visit to the UK will also be a CD release tour for Tony’s latest recording Cider House Sessions.
The Carlile Institute in Meltham near Huddersfield is a beautiful Victorian building with an attractive 1st-floor concert room. This community owned venue is the perfect setting for intimate concerts. There is full accessibility with a modern lift as well as the original grand staircase, and a free car park directly behind the venue as well as good public transport links. The community association will run a licensed bar at the event. Doors 7:30pm, showtime 8pm.
Advance tickets £10 at wegottickets.com (note 10% booking fee online). Paper tickets are also available locally in Meltham at Café 33 and the Library.