The Mountain Minor Film Fundraiser Concert

THE TILLERS - DAN GELLERT - MA CROW and the JERICHO OLD TIME BAND will be joining forces for a benefit concert in support of the upcoming motion picture, The Mountain Minor. Special events include a film introduction from director Dale Farmer and a sneak peek viewing of the new film trailer. Please come show your support! $10. suggested donation

About the film:

The Mountain Minor is a movie about Appalachian life of old and new that features authentic mountain music. The film depicts the tough life of struggle and love for family that the many generations of the Abners lived before having to migrate to southern Ohio.

The authenticity of the music is a primary focus in the making of The Mountain Minor. We’ve assembled cast of professional Old Time and Bluegrass Musicians, all having a special connection with the soul of this project, including Dan Gellert, Elizabeth Laprelle, Ma Crow, Susan Pepper, Warren & Judy Waldron, Trevor McKenzie, Mike Oberst, Lucas Pasley and Aaron Wolf. We have also been so fortunate to find two incredibly talented kids, Asa Nelson and Hazel Pasley. The music in this film is phenomenal and although the movie depicts a beautiful story, the music alone would make the project worth it all.

In addition to making an entertaining movie, we have a mission. This film will be extremely poignant for Appalachian migrants and folks who have Appalachian ancestry; young musicians and music enthusiasts can gain new perspectives on the old time and bluegrass music genres. It will undoubtedly inspire new music fans and players/singers. It will enrich the experience for musicians and fans who are new to the tradition, and it will be equally meaningful for folks who are steeped in Appalachian culture and music.

Please stay tuned and follow our progress as we forge ahead to make The Mountain Minor a reality that will find its way to homes, schools and organizations that share our mission and goal.

An Appalachian Migration Story

The Mountain Minor is a film that is sure to inspire by telling a compelling story shot in the beautiful settings of the North Carolina mountains. The film will be especially unique with transcendent fiddling, soulful unaccompanied ballads, Old Regular Baptist line singing and lively flat foot dancing from historic Appalachian sources.

There is something universal and even anonymous about the ballads and traditional tunes we hear today. More often than not, we don’t know the exact sources or where they come from. But, for many people in the 1930s in rural America, in this case Eastern Kentucky, music was very much a part of daily life. People learned their songs in the flesh and blood from other family and community members. And often a song came with a story and a lifelong memory. This film follows the role of music in the lives of several generations of the Abner family, following them from their ancestral homeland in Eastern Kentucky to later generations that migrated to Southern Ohio. The music of his childhood in the mountains has left an indelible mark on Charlie, the protagonist, and there is a tension throughout the film as to whether or not he will fulfill his lifelong dream of returning to the home place upon his retirement.

The Tillers are Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, Aaron Geil & Joe Macheret.

The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when they started thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street in the district of Clifton. The songs they picked were mostly older than their grandparents. Some came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines.
Their look didn’t fit the stereotype. They were clearly recovering punk rockers with roots in city’s west side punk rock and hardcore scene. The punk influence gave their sound a distinctive bite, setting them apart from most other folk acts- a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp that brought new pulse and vinegar to some very old songs. But their musical range soon proved itself as they floated from hard-tackle thumping to tender graceful melody, all the while topped by Oberst and Geil’s clear tenor harmonies.

They began picking up weekly gigs around the city’s bar scene. It didn’t take long before their signature treatment of classic folk songs became the preferred versions of Cincinnati locals. Their audiences swelled, growing into an assortment of grey-haired mechanics, neo-hippies, farmers, punkers, professors, and random strays all stomping, clapping, singing, and belting outbursts of “John Henry!” “Darlin’ Corey!” Ever since, the band has come to each show with the same energy. They are magnetic showmen, mature musicians, and colorful storytellers.

The Tillers have since won over Cincinnati’s bar and festival scene, and launching tours with tireless momentum. They were awarded CityBeat Magazine’s Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best Folk and Americana act in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 & 2015. Their relentless gigging has taken them throughout the East coast, the Midwest and West, the Appalachian south and to the UK and Ireland opening for the St.Louis crooner, Pokey LaFarge. In the summer of 2009, veteran NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw featured the Tillers on a documentary about US Route 50. Brokaw showcased the group’s song “There is Road (Route 50)” as a testimony to the highway’s role as a connective tissue of the nation.

Musically, the band wears many hats. Their sound has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles- traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into. They have shared the stage with a broad swath of national touring acts, ranging from renowned folk legends such as Doc Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Guy Clark, Country Joe McDonald, Jerry Douglas, Iris Dement, Pokey LaFarge and The Carolina Chocolate Drops to rambunctious rock daredevils like the Legendary Shack Shakers.

Always moving, the Tillers continue to enter new territory. Their musical growth can be heard through the scape of their many releases, 2008′s debut record Ludlow Street Rag, 2010′s By The Signs, 2011′s Wild Hog in the Woods, 2012′s Live from the Historic Southgate House, 2013′s Hand On The Plow and many more bootleg releases. The band’s lineup has also taken new shape. In February 2010, long-time bassist Jason Soudrette fondly parted ways with the group, being replaced by Aaron Geil, brother of guitarist Sean. In 2015 the band added fiddler Joe Macheret (Joe’s Truck Stop/Urban Pioneers) to the ranks. Recalibrating has not slowed their pace.

They continue to plot their travels around the map, electrifying new places and making new friends wherever they go. From place to place, they carry with them more instruments, new songs, and funnier stories. They are Cincinnati’s traveling minstrels. Expect to hear from them soon.

Dan Gellert

Dan Gellert is one of the finest old-time musicians working today. His performances bring to life the spirit and atmosphere of old-time music as heard on old 78 rpm records. Dan is a master the banjo, guitar, and fiddle, and song. While he is playing, one gets the sense he has entered another world which combines all his influences, yet it is his playfulness and improvisational sensibilities which make his style powerful and instantly recognizable.

From Fiddler Magazine:

Dan Gellert is a legend in the field of old time American music. As a result of the folk music revival of the 1960s and records he heard growing up in New Jersey, he began to master the banjo, guitar, and fiddle, and sing. At an early age he discovered the importance of taking the time to understand the music in a complete and detailed way, as if it were a language.

Dan has given a lot of thought to what it takes to make the music sound and feel like the field recordings and old 78 rpm records he has listened to. While Dan is playing, one gets the sense he has entered another world which combines all his influences, yet it is his playfulness and improvisational sensibilities which make his style powerful and instantly recognizable... Not for the faint of heart, Dan Gellert is a commanding and uncompromising talent.

When Ma pays us a visit, she usually only sings a few Songs.
Sometimes we get an entire set.
And we usually never know when she is going to pop in to see us.
I can honestly say, I am glad to be on board when she does.

Should you see the nomenclature, “Ma Crow and the _____”,
as you peruse the what’s happening this weekend or evening
section of your favorite paper or web site,
mark your calendar, call a few Friends, hit the ATM
and make plans to go and experience one of Cincinnati’s Treasures.

When Ma sings, even the most melodious of song birds
would be hard pressed to send forth such a sweet strand of sounds.

I have had the privilege of backing her up on more than a few occasions
and I can tell you from first hand experience
what it is like to watch a room full of people fall under her sway.
Folk stop whatever they are in the middle of,
just to peek around the corner to see where this Siren’s call is coming from.

Musicians try their best to play quieter than they ever have before,
so her Voice can float into a room of talking people
and ensnare them in the middle of their thoughts,
pulling on their ears with tones rarely heard on this Planet.

Due to other demands on her time and energy,
you might not find her out and about too often,
so seize the opportunity the next time you locate a venue
that will be hosting this precious Cincinnati Jewel...

Jericho Old Time Band

Jericho presents an eclectic mix of American roots music including lively old-time fiddle tunes, lonesome ballads, early country vocal duets, a variety of banjo styles and more!

The band is anchored by accomplished multi-instrumentalists and singers, Judy and Warren Waldron, who play with the highly sought-after Rabbit Hash String Band and the contradance band, Full Moon. Dale Farmer is a talented guitar player and multi-instrumentalist who can also be heard playing with the Back Porch Hounds. Other members include singer and banjo player, Amy Clay of Calamity Rain, ballad singer Susan Pepper, and banjo player and flatfooter, Jonathan Bradshaw.

$10 Suggested Donation


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