A Night of Old-Time Appalachian and Creole Music with Undone In Sorrow & Sauce Piquante, and special guests Rebecca and Bill Kimmons.
The members of Undone in Sorrow met as contributors to the Bay Area Old Time collective The Clementine String Band, a larger form ensemble which hosts jam tents at summer festivals, parties, and local dances in the tradition of Round Peak music. As a trio the group focuses on old time ballads, songs and fiddle tunes from throughout the Appalachians.
Banjo player Katelyn Kimmons was born and raised in West Virginia, and grew up in a house filled with old time music. Her parents, Rebecca and Bill Kimmons, are both a capella singers and many of the ballads she sings today were learned from her mother. As a rare treat, this very special performance will also feature a guest performance by Katelyn's parents, who will be visiting from West Virginia!
In addition to her immersion as a child, Katelyn learned to play banjo as a student of Carrie Norris, granddaughter of Lily May Ledford. Fiddle player Susan Sullivan first heard old time music at a jam in O’Donoghue’s bar in New York, while on vacation from her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea. She instantly knew what she wanted to do, and returned to New Guinea with a fiddle and a few tapes – which she rewound and rewound and rewound… Guitarist Max Lopez has played traditional music of various kinds since he was a teenager in Berkshire Hills of the tri -state area of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Max is a longterm employee of Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center in Berkeley where he has been immersed with traditional music and musicians of all walks.
As a small ensemble, they take special attention to arrangement that both honors and elaborates on the traditions of Old Time Music with a nod to narratives and rhythmic forms that make the genre unique. Most importantly, and true to the tradition, the group is primarily a group of friends who delight in any opportunity to assemble and share the music which is their passion.
Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group’s high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana’s dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Sauce Piquante was inspired by the late Danny Poullard, the Bay Area accordionist who suggested the group’s name.
During more than two decades of Louisiana travels and music camp attendance, band members have been influenced by many other gifted musicians. They have learned from Creole masters (Bois Sec Ardoin, Delton Broussard, Canray Fontenot, Edward Poullard) and legendary Cajun accordionists (Steve Riley, Jesse Lége, Eddie LeJeune, Sheryl Cormier). The band’s debut recording, Sauce Piquante Live, got a thumbs-up in a Dirty Linen magazine review. Kilpatrick is also the author of Accordion Dreams (University Press of Mississippi, 2009), which documents her musical journey. She and her husband Tabak were among the musicians profiled in “Zydeco Nation,” a recent public radio documentary about the Louisiana Creole migration to Northern California. Tonight they will be playing an all acoustic set and will be joined by guitarist and accordion player Max Lopez.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!