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Jimmy Gaudreau, Moondi Klein for Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series

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Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi KleinSaturday, May 30, 2015, the Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series will host two outstanding artists. Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein are well known names in the bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Jimmy & Moondi are having more fun now than ever — honing their craft and wowing audiences with every show. Their love of the music and the fun are infectious when they are in front of an audience. This show will be your chance to get an up close experience with these historic artists.

Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein have nearly a century of professional muscianship between them. As a duo, they call on their considerable experience that includes extensive earlier work with such powerhouse bands as the Country Gentlemen, Seldom Scene, and The Tony Rice Unit to create a distinctive blend that takes full advantage of Moondi’s wonderful singing and Jimmy’s skills on several stringed instruments: mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin and guitar. They joined forces in the early 90s to form the progressive group Chesapeake. After that band dissolved, they kept in touch and once again began to play together as a duo, releasing their superb debut Rebel release, 2:10 Train in 2008.

After the disbanding of Chesapeake, both Jimmy and Moondi went on to pursue their individual endeavors. It wasn’t until a call a few years later that they reunited. Back together again, they are now performing as a duo and are making big waves on the acoustic music scene. Although influenced by their bluegrass backgrounds, their sound has moved on to new levels. The tight harmonies , “hot” instrumental arrangements and heart-felt lyrics lend themselves to just about any style or genre of acoustic music.

The duo's latest release, If I Had A Boat, may be Jimmy and Moondi's strongest album to date. Once again, they impress with their ability to bring together a wide variety of songs into one cohesive project. Starting with opening number "I'm Always on Mountain When I Fall" (a hit for Merle Haggard in the late 70s), it includes lovely versions of the traditional "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" and "Where The Soul of Man Never Dies," as well as songs from writers like Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and Lyle Lovett, who penned the title track. In addition, Jimmy contributes two dazzling original instrumental pieces to the project: "Waltz for Anais," written in honor of his first grandchild, as well as the stunning "Grassnost" featuring Moondi on piano and Jens Kruger on banjo. With their distinctive sound and innovative approach to performing previously recorded songs, listeners are in for a treat.

When Jimmy Gaudreau moved from his native Rhode Island to the Washington, DC area in 1969, the region was becoming a virtual hotbed for bluegrass music. Jimmy joined the legendary Country Gentlemen and it launched a career which has since included stints with numerous nationally known bands and artists. He has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Emmylou Harris and the Tony Rice Unit, to name just a few.

Moondi Klein was raised in New York City and relocated to the DC area in 1984 after college. Moondi was classically trained and performed with the New York Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus at a young age. His classical training was a strong, if not unusual foundation for his ambitions to start a career in bluegrass music.

Jimmy and Moondi crossed paths in 1990 during a picking party at a mutual friend’s house. After singing a few tunes together, it quickly became evident that they were a great fit. In 1992 they joined forces with Seldom Scene members Mike Auldridge and T. Michael Coleman to form the group Chesapeake. This part-time band eventually became a full-time entity, yielding three highly acclaimed recording projects on the Sugar Hill label.

The event takes place Saturday May 30, 2015 at the Holy Cross Luthern Church located at 1090 Sterling Road (one block off Elden Street) in Herndon, Virginia 20170. Tickets are only $15. Visit https://hclcbluegrass.wordpress.com/ for more information.

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