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Bluegrass Star Performs in Encinitas

Encinitas, CA. An evening of hot picking and good humor
comes to Fellowship Hall at the San Dieguito United Methodist
Church on Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30 p.m. when San Diego
Folk Heritage presents Orrin Star in concert. (He will also be
giving a bluegrass rhythm guitar workshop there that afternoon.)

Star is an award-winning guitarist and mandolin player who combines
hot picking, cool singing and good humor. Once described as ‘Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson’, he boasts a repertoire that ranges from from bluegrass standards to little-known folk gems, Celtic fiddle tunes
to fingerstyle blues.

Playing professionally since the early seventies, Star’s history
includes three bluegrass bands, a summer with banjo great Bill
Keith, and winning the 1976 National Flatpicking Championship
(the largest bluegrass guitar contest in the country). He has toured
throughout the U.S. and Europe, been on A Prairie Home Companion,
and recorded three albums for Flying Fish Records. He also worked
for five years as a stand-up comic in New England. His website is www.orrinstar.com.

According to Country Music World, "Star is one of those individuals
who seem to be able to do everything musically—and do it well."
The Boston Herald called him "a consummate showman." . And the
Boston Globe said "His wry humor has been honed to razor-sharp."

The San Dieguito United Methodist Church is located at 170 Calle
Magdalena in Encinitas. Admission is $12, and tickets are available
at the door. The guitar workshop--which runs from 2 to 5 pm, is limited
to 12 participants--costs $50. For information on either event (or to
reserve a workshop slot) call the Folk Heritage info line at 858-566-4040.

Trio/Quartet

Brooklyn, NY An evening of hot bluegrass and good humor comes to Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Thursday, December 30th at 9:00 p.m. with a perfromance by Orrin Star & the Sultans of String.

Star is an award-winning guitar, banjo and mandolin player who’s also funny. With music ranging from fiddle tunes to topical ballads to western swing, and storytelling both sharp and droll, he has been described as ‘Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson’.

Playing professionally since the early seventies, Star’s history
includes three bluegrass bands, a summer with banjo great Bill Keith, and winning the 1976 National Flatpicking Championship (the largest bluegrass guitar contest in the country). He has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, been on A Prairie Home Companion, and recorded three albums for Flying Fish Records. He also worked for five years as a stand-up comic in New England. His website is www.orrinstar.com

According to Country Music World, “Star is one of those individuals who seem to be able to do everything musically—and do it well.” The Boston Herald called him “a consummate showman.” . And the Boston Globe said “His wry humor has been honed to razor-sharp.”

This trio concert (which runs until 11pm) marks a homecoming of sorts for Star, who was a prominent player in New York City’s bluegrass scene for the past decade before moving to the Washington DC area in September. Joining Star will be longtime NYC bandmates Russell Scholl on rhythm guitar and Bill Christophersen on fiddle.

Barbes—a bar & performance space—is located at 376 9th Street (at 6th Ave.) in Park Slope. Admission is $10. 718.965.9177 www.barbesbrooklyn.com
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Brooklyn, NY An evening of hot bluegrass and good humor comes to Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Thursday, December 30th at 9:00 p.m. with a perfromance by Orrin Star & the Sultans of String.

Star is an award-winning guitar, banjo and mandolin player who’s also funny. With music ranging from fiddle tunes to topical ballads to western swing, and storytelling both sharp and droll, he has been described as ‘Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson’.

Solo/Duo