$8 advance / $10 at the door
7pm to 8:45pm
Scottish and Irish Music Enlivened by Uncommon Instrumentation, Top-Notch Arrangements and Remarkable Musicianship
BRASS LASSIE, a bold new band based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul/Minneapolis, combines traditional tunes, songs and style with dazzling modern horn lines, sparking their own genre of eclectic, remarkable music. 10-member strong, the ensemble performs extraordinary takes on Scottish, Irish and French music, traditional and new, featuring a powerful 4-piece horn section, a terrific rhythm section, fine fiddles, flutes, pipes, vocals and some fabulous step dancing. Smart, joyous horn arrangements by top notch jazz arranger Peter Enblom, plus some great band arrangements from Dr. David Milne.
BRASS LASSIE's members come from a broad world of expertise and experience: Traditional music, big bands, show bands, jazz, orchestral, step-dance, world music.
BRASS LASSIE is:
Laura MacKenzie - wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, pipes, vocals; founder
Mary Vanorny - fiddle
Danielle Enblom - fiddle, step dance
Patrice Pakiz - piano, oboe
Kate DeVoe - trumpet, flugelhorn
Tricia Lerohl - French horn
Lauren Husting - trombone
Brooklynne Audette - bass trombone
Marc Anderson - percussion
Enrique Toussaint - bass
"The joyful and sophisticated sounds of Brass Lassie fully achieve what in my experience is a very rare feat of genre-blending - combining traditional Irish, Scottish and French music played and sung by a brilliant frontline with authoritative and tasteful jazz and rock influenced arrangements from a great full horn section and some fabulous drums and bass. I enjoy every minute of their music!" -- Dáithí Sproule, of the Irish super-group Altan
BRASS LASSIE’s debut studio album, released Fall 2018, has received significant airplay, including NPR’s “Thistle & Shamrock”, MPR’s “Heartland Radio”, and was recently featured as “Album of the Month” on SHMU-FM in Scotland.
“Groundbreaking, pioneering Celtic fusion” - “Tight, together, with a consistent and coherent blending of influences.” —Phil Nusbaum, KBEM-Jazz88