Tuesday, October 10, 2006

National Folk Festival: The Quebe Sisters Band

I am starting to get geared up about the festival. The Weather Service is calling for cool but dry conditions all weekend. The James River has crested today and will drop below flood stage overnight. It won't be long now.

Let's continue our look at some of the artists of the 68th National Folk Festival Oct 13-15, Richmond, Virginia.

The Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) Sisters musical repertoire includes something for all you old cowhands. Sisters Grace (20), Sophia (18), & Hulda Quebe (15) have been fiddlin' Texas style since 1995. In 2000 they took their show on the road. Their shows include a little bit of everything from the Western Swing standards of Bob Wills to hot jazz and swing standards, western and cowboy songs, vintage country and bluegrass. The only thing missing is Bob Wills’ signature “A-haaaa!”.

Rounding out their band are five-time Texas State Guitar Champion and three-time World Champion Fiddler, Joey McKenzie on guitar and arrangements (Joey, along with his wife Sherry, taught all three girls to play) , and Drew Phelps, who has recorded with the Dixie Chicks, Mary Wilson, Sarah Hickman, Bernadette Peters, and a multitude of others, on upright bass. Drew replaced bass fiddle player Mark Abbott (pictured with the band above) earlier this year.

The Quebe Sisters Band is scheduled to play on the Genworth Financial Stage Friday evening (Oct. 13) at 8:00 pm. Check the Festival schedule for their other appearances during the weekend.

Quebe Sisters - San Antonio Rose.mp3

Quebe Sisters - One More Time.mp3

Visit quebesistersband.com where you can learn more, listen to a few tunes, check their tour schedule and order a copy of their CD "Texas Fiddlers"


Blogger Greg said...

Dang, Ed, I was gonna leave a comment last week about these gals, having seen them on their swing (and I DO mean SWING!) thru DC. You def. do not want to miss them. The fiddle playing is spectacular and the vocalizations those gals produce would pull tears out of a statue....

October 11, 2006 12:53 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

High praise from a man that knows his swing!

I've already highlighted my schedule.

October 11, 2006 2:45 PM  

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