Thursday, January 17, 2013

Claire Lynch Band Fills BPACC to the Brim

Claire Lynch on her Gallagher guitar--photo by Lee Cagle
       Claire Lynch and the Claire Lynch Band are drawing rave reviews and filling venues as never before! Claire recently found time in her busy schedule to play the Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center (BPACC), Bartlett, TN, for the first time in a long time. She had been a regular during the days of the Lucy Opry at Harvester Lane and at BPACC for many years. Claire was back! It was a sell-out with a waiting list. Fans were more than welcoming! She brought along her band, three of the most talented vocal and instrumental musicians working in bluegrass music today. MATT WINGATE plays guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki with extraordinary ease. His vocal harmonies fit perfectly with Claire's voice. BRYAN McDOWELL plays fiddle and mandolin and has the awards and accolades to prove it. Again, his voice is a good fit with Claire's voice. MARK SCHATZ is the upright bass player, and what a bass player he is. He describes himself as one who sings and plays bass and body. The body comes in when he hambones and does a little buck-dancing with Claire. Did I mention that Mark also sings? Yep!
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Bryan and Mark hangin' out together
Band backing Claire and Mark in a hot little buck-dancing number

Claire and Matt after a great show at BPACC
Bryan goin' after that fiddle as the band assists

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