Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021 at 12 Noon (ET)

Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin

How to watch...

You can interact with the artist via text chat exclusively on Facebook during and immediately after the premiere:

Kate Brislin is a specialist in singing with others, a peerless blender. She was a founding member of the all female Any Old Time String Band in the 1970s. Tone and rhythm are paramount in the way she plays five-string banjo and guitar. Jody Stecher has been a soloist, a band member, an amateur folklorist, a record producer, an unusually enabling teacher, and an individualistic multi-instrumentalist and singer. In recent years he has been dreaming and composing new songs and tunes that sound old.

Kate and Jody have been musical partners for close to 50 years. Their duet vocal sound is at once soaring and soothing. Combining it with their deft playing results in a fully unified sound in which voices and instruments blend into an inseparable and singular musical entity. Their craft is twofold: The creation of arrangements and versions of traditional songs, and the way they perform them, which includes a good deal of spontaneity. They aim to draw the audience in, rather than projecting outward as entertainment. Their recordings have twice been Grammy finalists. Over time, some of their versions of traditional songs have become the standard versions around the world.

“Their music captures the essence and core of traditional music. Their bare-bones approach to this art form ranks them among the legends”—PK, Bluegrass Unlimited

"Jody and Kate have the uncanny ability to crystalize the spiritual essence of an old song, while making it their own".—BOTMC

“They bring an almost unearthly savvy and sensitivity to Appalachian and early bluegrass material, breathing freshness and vitality into even the most timeworn of standards”—Elderly

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2021 concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, Wednesdays from March 10 - September. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.