We are “CD of the Week” on The Midnight Special on WFMT Chicago

Aug. 25.

We just heard from Si Kahn that our CD Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions is the “CD of the Week” on The Midnight Special on WFMT Chicago !!!
The show is hosted by legendary DJ Rich Warren and has has been running for 55 years!

SI KAHN & THE LOOPING BROTHERS: 2013 U.S. TOUR

September 2013

Tuesday-Saturday, 24-28: Raleigh, North Carolina: International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass Conference/Wide Open Bluegrass

    • Thursday/26, 11:00 pm:  IBMA Foreign Affairs Showcase
      (Looping Brothers only)
    • Friday/27, 1:00 am: IBMA Foreign Affairs Showcase
      (Looping Brothers & Si Kahn)
    • Saturday/28, 4:15 pm: IBMA North Carolina Stage
      (Looping Brothers & Si Kahn)
    • Saturday/28, 1:00 am: The Pour House
      (Looping Brothers & Si Kahn, Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay Showcase)
  • Sunday/29: Aberdeen, North Carolina: The Rooster’s Wife
  • Monday/30: Ocracoke, North Carolina: Deepwater Theater with Molasses Creek

October 2013

  • Tuesday/1: Washington, North Carolina: Civic Center with Molasses Creek
  • Wednesday/2: Swannanoa, North Carolina: Warren Wilson College (confirmation pending)
  • Thursday/3: Johnson City, Tennessee: Down Home with Helen White and Wayne Henderson
  • Friday/4: Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Fiddle & Bow
  • Saturday/5: Aragon, Georgia: Official CD release concert for Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions hosted by Mayor Ken Suffridge
  • Sunday/6: Louisville, Kentucky: The Rudyard Kipling with Michael Johnathon, host of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour (confirmation pending)
  • Monday/7: Lexington Kentucky: WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour with Sue Massek of the Reel World String Band and Mayor Ken Suffridge of Aragon, Georgia.
  • Tuesday/8: Whitesburg, Kentucky: Summit City with Michael Johnathon (pending)
  • Wednesday/9: Carrboro, North Carolina: The ArtsCenter
  • Thursday/10: Statesville, NC
  • Friday/11: Charlotte, North Carolina: Charlotte Folk Society/Great Aunt Stella Center
  • Saturday/12: West Jefferson, North Carolina: Ashe County Civic Center

Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers European Tour 2013

Hi all,

Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers are currently working on their EuropeanTour 2013.

It will take place from April 29. to May 12.

 

Tour dates:

30.04. TUE (in den Mai) Hasbergen, Töpferei Niehenke

01.05. WED (Labor day bank holiday) Osnabrück or Recklinghausen   t.b.c.

02. 05.THUR Moorhausen  Konzertdeele, Charlie Koopmann

03.05. FRI  Derneburg, Glashaus

04.05. SAT Osnabrück, Lagerhalle,

05.05. SUN Lienen,  House Concert Stricker/Paschedag

06.05. MON   t.b.c.

07.05. TUE Vlagtwedde, Blouwe Hus

08.05. WED Engerhafe, Gulfhof Ihnen

09.05. THUR Voorthuizen,NL, EWOB

10.05. FRI Voorthuizen EWOB  or Bad Oeyenhausen (t.b.c.)

11.05. SAT Venner Folkfrühling

12.05. SUN Amsterdam

 

1. History of the musicians

More than 35 years ago, Ulli Sieker was one of the founding members of the Band “Bluegrass Express” in Northern Germany. “Bluegrass Express” was one of the first European Bluegrass-Bands and released the first German Bluegrass LP in 1975.
1980 he founded the legendary “Groundspeed”-Band along with Dutch Musicians and played professionally until the early 90ies. Besides this since 1977 Ulli played on various albums as a session-fiddle- and mandolin-player.

Matthias started performing at the age of 15 as a solo-guitar player, playing finger style Ragtime- and American-Folk-Guitar in Pubs and Clubs. He joined “Bluegrass Express” as a bass-player and later became the banjo-player of that band. After that Matthias played in different Country- and Rhythm & Blues Bands and formed his own Bluegrass-Band “Willie & the Whoppers” in 1982. This Band played a lot of local gigs and might be known from their successful appearances at the “Neusüdende-Festival” in Northern Germany. By the end of 1986 “Groundspeed” needed a new guitar player and Ulli hired Matthias who joined the band and started touring professionally in early 1987.

“Groundspeed”-released a couple of LPs and CDs and played numerous Tours, TV-and Radio shows etc. throughout western and eastern Europe and the United States of America, including Bean Blossom, Branson, IBMA, Nashville FanFest and many more.
In 1996 Matthias and Ulli formed the “Looping Brothers”, a Bluegrass Duet in the Tradition of the old Brother-Duets. Local gigs 3 tours of Scotland and Ireland and 3 tours of the U.S. followed.

In 2011 bass player Ralf Strotmann joined the band. Ralf is an experienced musician who played drums and percussion in several groups from Pop to Blues and Jazz. He then picked up the bass and got interested in playing Folk and Bluegrass music. Ralf provides the steady beat in slow ballads as well as in breakdowns at breakneck speed.

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