Save the dates 30 & 31 May at 8pm and 1 June at 2pm for QTC’s fundraising concert by the brilliant D.C. band Sligo Creek Stompers. Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets. The Stompers will perform in concert with a silent auction — LIVE at 4508 Walsh St in Bethesda, MD — and, beginning 1 May, ONLINE at 32auctions. QTC props and costumes, as well as tickets to the first-ever Helen & Hayes Awards in 2015, Folger Shakespeare Theater, Washington Stage Guild, QTC, and Londontowne Symphony Orchestra will be up for bidding, starting at bargain prices compared to retail. Also up for bids are a 10-lesson adult pass to the Maryland Youth Ballet and violin lessons from Stompers’ violinist, Sarah Foard. Take a sneak peek at all our items up for bid so far. Much more to come!
QTC is honored to have the Sligo Creek Stompers perform for this event. They will be playing selections from their most recent CD, Vital Mental Medicine, along with some new tunes. A number of Quotidian Theatre Company members attended one of their concerts last year and were overwhelmed by their talent, energy, authenticity, exuberance, and truly brilliant performances! They are something very special, so we hope you won’t miss this opportunity to hear them live. I promise you will not be disappointed!
– QTC Co-founder Stephanie Mumford
For more about the Stompers and their CD Vital Mental Medicine, the following was taken from their website at http://www.sligocreekstompers.com.
Antarctica, November 1915. While on expedition, Ernest Shackleton risked his life to save a banjo from his sinking ship, calling it “vital mental medicine.” For three weeks, the survivors had little more than an upturned boat and that banjo to keep their bodies warm and spirits fed.
The Sligo Creek Stompers turn to this story of inspiration for their second album,
“Vital Mental Medicine.” The Washington-area band keeps the spirit of stringband music alive with their unique interpretation of American roots music. The album’s thirteen songs explore traditional New Orleans jazz, scrappy old time and Irish fiddle tunes, and country rags. Hailing from another era, the recordings offer a cure to the trappings of the urban jungle.
The band’s four members — Sarah Foard, Adrian Erlinger, Jess Eliot Myhre, and Chris Ousley — first began playing together in 2010 at farmer’s markets, street corners, and barn dances. The group created their own raucous but refined blend of traditional music and got to work playing at venues and recording material. In August 2012, the Sligo Creek Stompers brought their sound to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, a show that made them fixtures in the local traditional music scene. “Vital Mental Medicine” was released in January 2013 to a sold out audience at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.
With a slew of stringed instruments in tow, the Sligo Creek Stompers aim to delight audiences and passersby with their youthful energy and a firm grounding in tradition.
Sligo Creek Stompers play a raucous but refined blend of traditional roots music: Appalachian & Midwestern old time and bluegrass, New Orleans-style traditional jazz, haunted Irish fiddle tunes, honky tonk & classic country, Texas & gypsy swing.
Inspired by scratchy 78 rpm records, contra dancing and a good bottle of whiskey, the Stompers are keeping the flame of American stringband music alive in the Washington, DC area.