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Claude Bourbon – Sunday, April 28th @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Claud Baurbon
We have had Claud here at Longstaff House twice before, both performances were a delight. Since that time he has traveled the world entertaining inertnational audiences. Missoula will be happy to once again be included in that epic trek on Sunday, April 28th.
“Claude Bourbon has French and Swiss roots. His instruments are guitar and voice. His music is rooted in multiple traditions – blues, jazz, folk, Mediterranean, and for good measure classical. (Can we say BACH!)

 Mary Pat Cooney – FolkWorks:   “Mr. Bourbon’s guitar fingering and arrangements are varied and eloquent.  Claude has the gift of brilliant sequencing, and the result is  a hypnotic voyage along a river of songs and instrumentals.  He wisely began with a two separate songs to establish his connection with us.  What followed was a series of pieces strung together like a cleverly woven magic carpet.  I felt like I was floating along, all thought swept aside. I was flowing with him from sad to sweet to ironic and on to another dimension.  Some songs are in English, some in French, and within each there is rhythmic dance among the words.  He plays with consonant sounds, and his tone is sometimes like that of a lover whispering in your ear.  Other times, that tone goes deep and strong to relay important history or solidarity with those who have had similar experiences. Instrumentals provide continued rhythmic and melodic steps on the journey. Each strum or pluck is explicit, yet free flowing. Claude Bourbon aptly describes himself as a musical artist.  He uses a vast array of music tools to paint a landscape we have all visited either in person or in our dreams.”


Larry and Joe Show May 16, 2024 @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Larry & Joe were destined to make music together.

Larry Bellorín hails from Monagas, Venezuela and is a legend of Llanera music. Joe Troop is from North Carolina and is a GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass and oldtime musician. Larry was forced into exile and is an asylum seeker in North Carolina. Joe, after a decade in South America, got stranded back in his stomping grounds in the pandemic. Larry worked construction to make ends meet. Joe’s acclaimed “latingrass” band Che Apalache was forced into hiatus, and he shifted into action working with asylum seeking migrants. Then Larry met Joe.

Currently based in the Triangle of North Carolina, both men are versatile multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters on a mission to show that music has no borders. As a duo they perform a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music on harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, maracas, guitar, upright bass, and whatever else they decide to throw in the van. The program they offer features a distinct blend of their musical inheritances and traditions as well as storytelling about the ways that music and social movements coalesce.

The Wildwoods May 22, 2024 @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Check this band out, I think you will like them. https://www.thewildwoodsband.com/epk

About The Wildwoods

“Every note we play is a chapter in our story, a journey through the heart of American roots music. We’re The Wildwoods, where each lyric is a leaf in the vast forest of our sound.”

In the heart of Lincoln, Nebraska, The Wildwoods emerge as a folk/Americana trio, a musical tapestry woven by the husband-and-wife duo, Noah (guitar) and Chloe Gose (violin), accompanied by the bassist Andrew Vaggalis. Their story is a symphony of exploration and connection, a journey that has taken them from the Midwest to international stages, carving out a unique place in the folk landscape.  Their presence has graced stages alongside artists such as Mighty Poplar, Sierra Ferrell, Aiofe O’ Donovan, Melissa Carper, Jamie Wyatt and Joe Nichols at concerts and festivals like Summerfest, FreshGrass and the Oyster Ridge Music Festival.

The Wildwoods have become a force in the folk scene, boasting accolades like being finalists at the FreshGrass Music Festival Band competition and Gems on VHS “Gems in the Rough” competition in 2023. Their songwriting prowess is underscored by semi-final placements in the International Songwriting competition, with tracks like “Untitled” and “Way of Train.” Recognized consistently at the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards, they were crowned “Best Band” by the Lincoln Journal Star’s Lincoln Choice Awards in 2022.

Their sonic journey unfolds through albums like the debut “Sweet Nostalgia” (2017), followed by “Birdie & Goose” (2017), “Across A Midwest Sky” (2019), and their latest masterpiece, “Foxfield Saint John” (2023). The band’s evolution is evident in each track, a testament to their commitment to pushing musical boundaries.

United by a passion for folk/Americana, the trio’s influences range from Watchhouse and  Nickel Creek,  to Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Their music, though comfortably under the folk/Americana umbrella, weaves intricate chord structures and emotional textures that defy genre boundaries. Together, their harmonies resonate with artful sincerity, drawing inspiration from nature, their shared experiences of growing up in Nebraska, and life on the road.

Guitarist Richard Smith May 28, 2024 @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Two days after seeing an amazing video of Richard with Tommo Emanuel, he wrote and asked for a show.  This will be killer!

  • 1999 AFG Golden Thumbpick Award
  • 2001 National Finger­style Guitar Champion
  • 2008 Thumbpicker of the Year
  • 2009 National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame Induction
  • Played with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Nato Lima, Boots Randolph, Tommy Emmanuel, John Jor­genson, Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Pass, Biréli Lagrène, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Earl Klugh, Suzy Bogguss, Victor Wooten, John Cowan and countless more.


Smith was born in Beckenham, England. He picked up the guitar when he was five years old after watching his father playing an Atkins and Travis version of “Down South Blues”. He begged his father, a longtime Atkins admirer, to introduce him to the fingerpicking style. Smith soon became a child prodigy on the guitar. As a kid he could play the entire discographies of Django Reinhardt and Chet Atkins. At the age of 11 he shared the stage with his idol when Atkins invited Smith to play with him at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.[1][2] He was also influenced by guitarist Big Jim Sullivan and briefly studied jazz guitar with Shane Hill at Warlingham School, Surrey.[citation needed]

He formed the Richard Smith Guitar Trio with his brothers Rob and Sam before marrying American cellist Julie Adams and moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1999.[3] He founded the Hot Club of Nashville, a jam band with a varying lineup that included John JorgensonPat BergesonBryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan, combining gypsy jazz and western swing. Smith performs as a solo act and a duo with his wife. His repertoire includes countrybluegrass, blues, ragtime, folkjazz, pop, and classical music.[4]

Nick Dumas, Chris Luquette, and Andrew Knapp @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

We finally succeeded in getting these superb pickers…..mark this date down.

Here’s the bio:

Nick Dumas – Nick grew up in Brier, Washington, and was introduced to bluegrass music at a very young age by his dobro-playing grandfather. He often listened to his grandfather’s country gospel band rehearse and was so inspired by the fiddle player that he started learning to play the violin in his school orchestra class when he was 12 years old. Nick soon began taking private fiddle lessons and then joined the family band The Three Generations. After learning to play mandolin, guitar and banjo and to sing lead and harmony vocals, Nick became a co-founder of the popular Northwest-based bluegrass bands Northern Departure and the North Country Bluegrass band! In 2015, Nick performed across the world with Chicago based Special Consensus. In his time with the band, they received three IBMA awards and a Grammy Nomination. In addition to playing with this trio, Nick also fronts his own touring band “Nick Dumas & Branchline” and has been signed by Nashville based Skyline Records, releasing his newest solo album “Details” in 2023.

Chris Luquette – Chris is one of the hardest working musicians from the Seattle music scene. Now living in New York City, Chris’ musicianship reflects the multitude of musical influences he turns to for inspiration. His acoustic guitar playing really stands out, but this virtuosic, multi-instrumentalist is equally at home playing mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki! Chris spent 11 years as the guitar player for the fantastic Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen! They have seen the world in their travels and also received multiple IBMA awards and a Grammy Nomination as well! In addition, Chris was a founding member of Seattle-based, Northern Departure, and has found himself sitting in with Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Rob Ickes, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Kenny and Amanda Smith, The Boxcars, Yogi and The Yogini’s and many others.

Andrew Knapp – Andrew is truly one of the best bass players you will find in the region and beyond! He is also a talented singer. He currently plays with the fantastic Seattle-based bluegrass band, The Warren G. Hardings! Andrew makes a perfect match with Nick and Chris’ sound and adds a very important and fantastic role to the trio! Andrew has also been traveling on the road with “Nick Dumas & Branchline” playing at many top tier festivals and venues across the country.

Bruce Molsky show and Fiddle Workshop June 8, 2024 @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Grammy-nominated, described as “an absolute master” (No Depression), Molsky transports audiences to another time and place, with his authentic and personal interpretations of rarities from the Southern Appalachian songbook and other musical traditions from around the globe. Best known for his work on the fiddle, Bruce’s banjo, guitar and his distinctive, powerful vocals also resonate with listeners. His combination of technical virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit makes a concert hall feel like an intimate front porch gathering.

Bruce’s take on tradition has landed him in collaborations with some of the world’s most highly respected players from roots to rock. He is a special guest on legend rocker Mark Knopfler’s recent CD, “Tracker.” His 1865 Songs of Hope & Home with Anonymous 4, was on Billboard’s top 10 for weeks. Along with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny, Bruce is a founding member of the supergroup Mozaik, with three recordings. You can see Bruce on the BBC TV “Transatlantic Sessions” with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and on “David Holt’s State of Music” on PBS. He stays active touring and recording with longtime collaborators Darol Anger, Tony Trischka and Mountain Drifters’ Allison de Groot.

February 2022 marked the long-anticipated release of Bruce’s solo guitar CD: “Everywhere You Go,” a coming-together of new interpretations and arrangements of a wide swath of styles.

Bruce holds the title of “Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Music Program” at Berklee College of Music, where he is the go-to guy for the next generation of roots musicians.

“Performing and teaching traditional music are the biggest things in my world. For me, being a musician isn’t a standalone thing; it informs everything I do in my life. It’s always been about being creative and being a part of something much bigger than myself, a link in the musical chain and part of the community of people who play it and love it.” —


Natalie Padilla and Quinn Bachand @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Natalie is coming back, this time with Quinn Bachand.  Quinn is an incredible  multi-instrumentalist from Canada.  They will be coming west for Montana Fiddle Camp.

This will be an amazing duo.  Quinn may play the harmonica as well…..

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry June 30 @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Joe and Mike are coming back again.  They are the absolute masters od thrie genre.  This should not be missed.

Sturtz Acoustic Quartet July 4th @ LONGSTAFF HOUSE
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


The acoustic quartet – Andrew Sturtz [vocals, guitar], Jim Herlihy [banjo], Courtlyn Carpenter [cello, and Will Kuepper [bass]– falls somewhere at the intersection of folk and soul, with lead singer Andrew Sturtz’s melodic vocals soaring over the lower string instrumentals. Sturtz is based in Boulder, CO, and has toured across the U.S. opening for groups like the Eli Young Band, Trout Steak Revival, Lillie Mae, and Smooth Hound Smith. NPR’s All Songs Considered described the band as “a reassuring breath of fresh air that pulls me back to simpler times” in their April 2020 blog. Sturtz released their debut album You’ve Done this Before in August 2021, and now they are hard at work touring on this album and writing songs for their next album. When they’re not playing music, you’ll probably find them milling flour, farming, laying in a creek, or eating native foliage.