Preview: Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert @ The Institute of Musical Traditions, 1/12/19

Rayna Gellert and Kieran Kane (Photo courtesy the artists)

The godfather of Americana music is coming to DC metro to perform in at the Institute of Musical Traditions in Rockville, Maryland. Kieran Kane will perform with prodigious fiddler Rayna Gellert in what is sure to be a show to remember at the School of Musical Traditions on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Kieran and Rayna first met at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which led to their cowriting songs for Kieran’s recent album, Unguarded Moments (Dead Reckoning). They joined forces again for Rayna’s 2017 release, Workin’s Too Hard (StorySound Records), which they also co-produced.

They teamed for a duo album, The Ledges, which was published in February 2018 by Dead Reckoning Records, Kieran’s label.

Watch Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert perform “One More Time” for Folk Alley Sessions (recorded in Beehive Productions Studio in Saranac Lake, New York, in March 2017):

In a review for No Depression, John Amen applauded The Ledges as a triumph.

“The Ledges centers primarily on Kane and Gellert’s hummable melodies and crystalline harmonies — alternately uplifting and woeful, at times both — occasionally reminiscent of the vocal mixes achieved by Joy Williams and John Paul White from The Civil Wars,” John wrote.

“The album is lean, and upon re-listening, this or that song may occur as truncated. That said, each piece offers lyrical, instrumental, and vocal nuances that the casual listener may miss. A close listen affirms what most fans already know, that Kane and Gellert, individually and as a duo, practice an understated and unpretentious virtuosity,” he added.

Because seating is extremely limited, there is NO advance ticketing for this event — please email the Institute of Musical Traditions for reservations at with the show you’d like to attend in the subject line. Please let IMT know your name, phone number, and the number of seats you’ll need — payment will be made at the door.

Buy your tickets at the door.

Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert
School of Musical Traditions
(1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.)
Saturday, Jan. 12
Doors @ 7:30pm
All ages

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