Julie Metcalf and Andy Reiner
Presented by notloB Music at Loring-Greenough House
February 4, 2012
notloB Parlour Concerts is proud to once again present Julie Metcalf and Andy Reiner. Julie's first notloB performance was on 4/11/09, with the Folk Arts Quartet. She since performed with Mariel Vandersteel (Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers) on 12/4/10. Andy has performed for notloB three times, twice with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers (5/23/09 & 1/23/10) and once with BMUZ mate Stash Wyslouch (2/5/11).
Fiddler Julie Metcalf began as a classical violinist in Worcester, MA. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to make music from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. When she was twelve, Julie discovered fiddle music and jazz through PBS and country radio, and began learning Celtic tunes on her own.
Julie studied classical violin at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Recently, she has immersed herself in the study of both traditional folk and contemporary styles of music, including Celtic, Appalachian, bluegrass, jazz, and Latin music. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Violin Performance.
Julie plays viola in the Paper Star Trio, formerly the Folk Arts Quartet. The Paper Star Trio is a grooving chamber-folk string ensemble that plays contemporary arrangements of world fiddle music. She can also be spotted playing violin with Mariachi Palenque.
Andy Reiner grew up in a musical family in Lexington, Massachusetts. He began playing at age 5, learning fiddle from his father, (award-winning and Mel Bay Published Author) Dave Reiner, as well as taking classical violin lessons. Just when the young Andy was struggling with the issues of whether playing the fiddle was “cool”, attending Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp in Tennessee in ’97 and ’98 changed his life forever.
Andy continued to attend fiddle camps over many summers which were a constant source of inspiration, learning, and jamming. Traveling from Maine to Colorado and even to Cape Breton NS, he took classes with many legends including Vassar Clements, Darol Anger, Richard Greene, Natalie MacMaster, Buddy Spicher, Jerry Holland, Bruce Molsky, Ashley MacIsaac, Becky Tracy, Rachel Maloney, Casey Driessen, Mark Wood, Laura Risk, and Aubrey Haynie.
In high school, Andy was priveleged to participate in a renowned jazz program which helped to lay the groundwork of a future uninhibited by any kind of stylistic barrier. As well, he was deep into an obsession with heavy metal, which, combined with his love for traditional folk music, resulted in the fiddle speed metal band Devil In The Kitchen. He entered and won many fiddle contests, most notably at the Lowell, MA Banjo and Fiddle Contests, where he has won 1st in Bluegrass Fiddle, 1st in Ethnic Fiddle, three 1sts in Twin Fiddle, and the Andy Wolf Award for Musical Excellence.
Andy soon realized that music was the only option. He moved to Boston and earned his BM in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, graduating in May 2008. Through his mentors at Berklee - Eugene Friesen, Mimi Rabson, Christian Howes, Stephen Webber, Bruno Raberg, and many others - Andy further developed his sound, ears, and chops.
Along the way, two original pieces of his were performed in the Berklee Performance Center by the Berklee String Orchestra, and he shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Gloria Estefan and more at Berklee’s 60th Anniversary Concert, which sold out the Wang Center in Boston.
Andy found true happiness in Boston as he created a network of hardcore jammers who would descend upon his apartment, “The Fiddle Barn,” to form a unique groove that represented styles from all over the world. Berklee proved fertile ground for meeting unbelievable musicians. Between jamming and gigs, he met all the future band members of Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers and FiddleFoxx. Stash Wyslouch, guitarist of Devil In The Kitchen, was finally convinced after a year of studying civil engineering at Tufts to come to Berklee to focus on music. The two are musical soulmates of groove, travelling in countless wacky situations and playing music everywhere from Montreal to Berlin.
After a temporary relocation for a winter to Salt Lake City to be a music ski bum on the legendary powder and steeps of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Andy now resides in Brighton, MA where the jamming never ends. Andy tours with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, The Earth Stringband, and Intergalactic Blam as well as teaching lessons, composing, and running his own production and publishing companies! While Boston shines brightly as a new mecca for acoustic musicians, who knows what the future may hold! One thing is for sure: Andy Reiner is a powerful musical force that will be playing and creating wherever he is for a long time.