The Gypsy swing group, Harmonious Wail, will join forces with the Don Stiernberg Trio in a concert at the historic Thrasher Opera House on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. The groups, which both feature mandolin, will perform individually and then combine in a "Mando Madness” finale featuring classics such as the Allman Brothers’ "Jessica” and "Whipping Post.”
Mandolin player and vocalist Sims Delaney-Potthoff, founded Harmonious Wail in 1987 and the group has delighted audiences ever since. Delaney-Potthoff credits his mentor Jethro Burns with helping to create the band's unique, enticing style of gypsy-jazz. In addition to Sims, the group also features Jeffo Weiss on bass and Maggie Delaney-Pothoff with captivating vocals and creative percussion, sometimes a cardboard box played with brushes. "…popping-hot, double-roasted … the Wail write a new page in the folk-jazz idiom.” – Roots World.
While still in his teens, Don Stiernberg learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his "graduate student", hired him to play in his band, and guided him to a career as a professional musician after he graduated from Ripon College. A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style, Don has eight recording projects of his own and appears on many others by a variety of artists in all styles. The most recent of these is "Mandoboppin'!" , a jazz quintet CD featuring his original tunes. Also released in 2013 is "Jazz Mandolin Appetizers", a long awaited method book for improvising mandolinists, issued by Mel Bay.
In addition to touring coast to coast and abroad, Don stays busy around his native Chicago with performing and recording work. He also contributes a regular column to Mandolin Magazine, and has been an instructor at mandolin events such as The Mandolin Symposium, Swannanoa Gathering, Mandolin Camp North, River of the West Mandolin Camp, Cape Cod Mandolin Camp, Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp, Ashokan Swing Week, Accademia Internacionale di Mandolino (Italy), European Mandoline Akademy (Germany) and Momento Rio Bandolim (Brazil). Find out more at http://www.donstiernberg.com
This project is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake), Webster’s Marketplace or Ripon Drug (Ripon), Twister (Princeton), or by calling (920)-294-4279, or online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.