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Rolling Hills Radio
On Sunday, December 30 at Shawbucks in downtown Jamestown, NY, Rolling Hills Radio will present a dynamic, energetic five-piece old-timey band, Folkfaces and singer-songwriter, Maria Gillard.
Buffalo-based quartet that specializes in “Rowdy Jazz & Bluesy Roots.” Folkfaces has an irresistibly danceable energy and a unique versatility, being able to engage a crowd whether busking on the street, playing in a small barroom, or putting on a full electric show at a large music venue. The band draws influence from a multitude of genres, including folk, jazz, blues, punk, Americana, jug band, and blue- grass.
When asked about this band, Ken Hardley said, “When RHR started in 2010, I remember looking under rocks for younger people to be on the show, with only intermittent success. Now, the fresh talent is streaming in, and I’m proud to have this young crew on our stage. They are one of the most high-energy group of crazy young artists you’ll ever meet. Old timey music never gets old.”
Her compelling voice draws you into her lyrics which, when combined with memorable melodies, head straight for the heart. Maria’s songs offer wise, humorous, and sometimes painful observations on life and relationships. She tells stories through her music in ways that are soul stirring, evocative, contagious, lively and energizing. When you listen to Maria’s songs, you feel her heartache and, more often, her joy and delight at life’s experience. She has a warm, inviting, natural flair, which leaves audiences wanting more and coming back!
“Anyone who has an appreciation for sensitive and socially conscious songwriting – Maria is for you,” offers Ken. “She has a loyal following in the Finger Lakes region and is returning to RHR by popular request.”
Well into its ninth season, Rolling Hills continues to grow exponentially in popularity. Troon Radio, an internet radio station based in Durham, North Carolina, just picked up the show. Jamestown area fiddler and regular attender of the live show, Sue Tillotson said, “Every time I come here I am more delighted than I was the last time.”
All live RHR shows take place at Shawbucks, across from Jamestown’s Ice Arena. Doors open — to all those holding or purchasing tickets — at 5:30pm for the “Happy Rolling Hour.” Food and drink are available until 6:15 at which time audience members take their seats and the house lights dim. Audio and video recording begins at 6:30. The bar reopens for 10 minutes at intermission and then again after the show when the audience and performers are invited to a “Meet and Greet.”
As always, there are three options for purchasing tickets; Until the show is sold out, tickets are available at the door the night of each show. If you choose, you can call ahead at the Rolling Ticket Hotine (716) 294-0416. Tickets are also available online at http://www.rollinghillsradio.org Tickets for the December30 show are $15.00 each.