Beth // James: 9:30-11p
Cat House Strings: 7-9p
folk | pop | americana
Austin duo Beth // James' debut EP, All In Life, is the product of two award winning musicians, Jordan Burchill and Mikaela Kahn. Their original songs and razor sharp musicianship pick up where the Civil Wars left off. Tackling love, their adopted hometown of Austin, and more, All in Life is simultaneously unexpected and familiar, infused with "a shimmering mix of modern folk, mindful pop, and Americana charm. The EP taps into the soul of a rhythmic back and forth between two distinct voices blending into one," according to Paste Magazine.
The duo only began writing together in 2016, though they met in 2008 while studying jazz at the University of North Texas. Through the years they’ve played in various bands together, but this EP takes their musical chemistry to the next level as they create their own unique sound. Beth // James navigates effortlessly among American music traditions, rooted in storytelling, but with added indie pop/rock elements, intricate guitar work and arresting harmony.
The EP was named one of "5 Standout EP's" of 2017 by the Austin-American Statesman. Since they began touring throughout the US, accolades have begun - the national blog, POPDOSE, named them as "top new artists of 2017," prominent Texas blog, The Ghost of Blind Lemon awarded them two Ghosty Awards for Best Texas Song ("Bring Your Fire to Me") and Best Texas EP, and the duo was voted "Best New Austin Band" runner-ups in the acclaimed 2017 Austin Music Awards.
Cat House Strings
strings | pop
Violinist Christabel Lin has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in performances in New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, and the US. She is a former full time member of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Austria. She is a current member of the Austin Opera and is a collaborative artist with the Austin Chamber Music Center. Leigh Wallenhaupt, violinist, has performed as chamber musician and orchestral player in the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, and the US. She currently performs with the Round Rock Symphony, the Waco Symphony, and the Austin Opera. An avid session musician, Leigh frequently records for albums of music of many genres. Leigh also performs as a freelance musician in the Austin area, and has toured as a fiddle player in recent years. Leigh was formerly on the faculty at New York University, and currently directs Suzuki Strings of Austin. Leigh is also on the faculty of the primary division of the Austin Chamber Music Center. Collectively known as Cat House Strings, Leigh and Christabel enjoy bringing new energy to classical music, and are constantly looking for innovative ways to bring music to their community.