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Musician Teri Chism Joins Circa Blue

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Teri ChismSteve Harris announced that multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Teri Chism has joined the Circa Blue band. Harris welcomed Teri saying, "Teri brings a wealth of experience and skill, and is a perfect fit. With the recent addition of fiddle player/vocalist Malia Furtado and Teri, it has added a whole new dimension to Circa Blue."

“Circa Blue” is the perfect description of what we represent. We are “about” bluegrass ... not completely traditional, not completely contemporary. We write a substantial portion of what we perform, and any covers that we do, we make them our own via arrangements and our own interpretations. Good music is good music, regardless of its origin!

We strive to be unique and entertaining to all audiences, so everyone will discover something they enjoy. Tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements keep audiences tapping their toes or dancing in their seats ... whichever they prefer.

Our self-titled debut CD was released in February 2012. Comprised of five original tunes and five covers, it was received very well. The album featured guest appearances by the late great Mike Auldridge and fiddle virtuoso Christopher Sexton. Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Unlimited, to name a few, gave it rave national reviews, and it continues to receive radio airplay from DJ’s through the US and abroad.

Our sophomore album, “A Darker Blue”, was released March 2014. Comprised of 8 original tunes and 5 covers, it was also well-received. Bluegrass Today and Prescription Bluegrass gave it great reviews, and as of nine months after its release it continues to hold the radio charts.

Circa BlueTeri Chism grew up in a music loving family. She started playing guitar as a teenager, singing with her brothers and sisters, and became interested in Bluegrass music in her early 20's. She played guitar in several local DC area bands until transitioning to bass in the early 80's, and subsequently honed her bass skills with various local Northern VA bands. In 1991 she moved to the Northern Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, VA and became the permanent bassist for Patent Pending. She later was a member of Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass. When Cliff retired from music, she joined her long time friend, Bill Emerson, and was a founding member of Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie. Teri lives near Winchester, VA and provides lead and harmony vocals for Circa Blue in addition to her bass duties.

Steve Harris grew up in a family of bluegrass lovers. When he was 14 years old, his dad purchased acoustic instruments for each of his five children. The ultimate result was Steve playing guitar, dobro and banjo in The Harris Family Band. The group played mostly gospel bluegrass and performed at various churches and other gatherings. He took a break from playing for many years and, in 2007, the fire was rekindled after attending the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Steve started playing the banjo and guitar again, and started writing music. In 2010, he decided it was time to start his own band, and that band is Circa Blue. Steve plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals.

Matt Hickman is a talented, self-taught banjo player following in his grandfather’s footsteps. At age 11, his parents bought his first banjo and he soon began to learn the clawhammer style of playing. Matt’s desire to learn to play the “bluegrass” style began when he was introduced to Earl Scruggs’ music. Over the years, he honed his skills in not only Scrugg’s style, but melodic as well. He has performed with bands such as Long Meadow Mining Company, Red Moon, Southern Sage, and Hickory Ridge. In addition to playing banjo for Circa Blue, Matt is an accomplished instrumental songwriter.

Ron Webb began playing mandolin at the age of 12. His grandmother, Cora Jane, taught Ron his first song and he played with his dad’s band through his teen years. He went on to play in the Hazel River Band, The Darren Beachley Band and many others. In 2008, his superb mandolin skills were recognized and he was bestowed the honor of Maryland State Mandolin Champion. In addition to playing mandolin and singing lead and harmony vocals for Circa Blue, Ron is also an accomplished songwriter and guitar player.

Malia Furtado from the Northern end of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, grew up surrounded by music. She started playing classical violin at the age of three; at age seven, her family started playing bluegrass after going to the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention. Combining her classical and bluegrass repertoire, she established herself as an award winning musician, placing first at the Loudon County, Chesterfield, Burlington, and Galax Fiddle Contests, to name a few. Additionally, she has performed at some notable venues that include the Kennedy Center, Ryman Auditorium, America's Cup of Polo, ROMP, and the Carter Family Fold. Previous bands she has played in and for include her family band, All 4 Hymn, Blue Light Special, Driving Force, No Speed Limit and Heather Berry. Although recently on a three-year hiatus to travel and do full-time volunteer work, Malia has returned to her true passion. Malia plays fiddle and sings harmony vocals with Circa Blue.

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