The Krüger Brothers with special guest Jeremy Fisher
Chalmers United Church, Kingston
Friday, Nov. 30th, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available)
@ Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods
Kingston music lovers are in for a rare treat on Friday, November 30th when the great Swiss-born U.S. based trio, The Krüger Brothers bring their unique and powerful brand of acoustic music to Chalmers United Church as part of the Live Wire Music Series. Kingston will be one of only five Ontario cities where they will play. The band, which started as a couple of rag-tag musicians busking for spare change in Munich, is approaching their 40th anniversary with 15 albums under the Krüger Brothers name. Their highly unusual mix of traditional bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical styles and their joyous and technically accomplished playing on banjo, guitar and bass have made them one of the top touring ensembles in North America. In addition to their famously innovative instrumental abilities, both brothers Uwe and Jens Krüger are blessed with rich baritone singing voices and their song writing and vocal work are exceptional.
The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with…I love to play music with them – Doc Watson
The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent. – Bluegrass Journal
I used to think the banjo was somewhat limited to certain styles, until I heard Jens Kruger. Jens has played some of the most beautiful and expressive banjo I’ve ever heard. – Ron Block, Alison Krauss and Union Station
Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Krüger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of abiding musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing, joined the brothers in the early 90s and together they established the incomparable sound that the trio is known for today, built around the playing of Jens Kruger, considered one of the top two or three 5 string banjo players in the world. The Krüger Brothers moved to the United States in 2002, and are based in Wilkesboro, NC.
The Krüger Brothers were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring a symphonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Krüger, which premiered in 2007. In late 2010, the Krüger Brothers premiered the Appalachian Concerto, a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. In addition to their regular concert schedule they perform these pieces regularly with select symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the world.
To get an idea of just how good The Krüger Brothers are, take a peek at these two videos – the first, an instrumental and the second a beautiful and touching tribute to their mother. Then read some of the comments.
Opening the concert will be the wonderfully engaging Jeremy Fisher, a Juno nominee and terrific live performer.
“Listening to Mint Juleps, the fifth album by two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter.
That’s not to say that Jeremy Fisher lives in the past. On the contrary, the Ottawa-based musician’s craft is deeply imbued with a modern insight that has made him a strong and enduring musical storyteller. He thus inhabits a one-of-a-kind space in this current musical landscape as a rather timeless troubadour.”