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On the program for Saturday April 2, 2011

back to the roots with features on New Brunswick's A G Olmstead and the Halifax based Modern Grass Quartet
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New Brunswick's A. G. Olmstead may only be 36 years of age, but the music he writes and performs harkens back to an earlier era, to the days of the troubadours like Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Jimmy Rogers and A. P. Carter. A. G Olmstead recently released his second album which he recorded in Nashville with his good friends The Nashville Bluegrass Band.

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The Halifax based "Modern Grass Quartet" is acoustically inspired jazz, bluegrass, gypsy, blues, classical and folk music. The Quartet pays tribute to a number of musical traditions, but leaves plenty of room for innovation and improvisation. Complex arrangements translate seamlessly, and Terrell's down home songs and lyrics are a sharp and comforting contrast to the tasteful, yet avant- garde musicianship. The Modern Grass Quartet is a breath of fresh air.

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