Archive for “June 2012”

The Music Keeps Coming! Red, White, Blues & Banjos; A Celebration of Traditional American Music

On Saturday, July 7th Atwater and Donnelly, a popular Rhode Island husband and wife duo will present a lively concert as the first fundraiser for the 2013 Tinner Hill Blues Festival.  They combine gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more. 

It all takes place in the beautiful, whimsical gardens of a 1913 Sears Kit home and will be an unforgettable evening!  The concert is located in the heart of Falls Church, VA and address will be given upon ticket purchase.  Included in the ticket price is a delicious dessert buffet with lots of mouth water watering temptations (many home made)! $30.00    5- 8 pm.  Tickets are only $20 and available by advance purchase only.  Purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets

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Host Homes for Prelude to the Blues Needed

We're  already at work for the 2013 festival!   As a small non-profit we must fundraise for the festival, Tinner Hill programs and projects all year round.  Our first fundraiser for the Tinner Hill Blues Festival in the Prelude to the Blues series will take place on July 7 from 5 - 8 pm.  If you have the space and desire we'd love to 

As a house concert host, you can participate in two ways 

1) HOST A Prelude to the Blues House Concert

Open your home (or unique venue) to the Foundation and we will invite our friends and supporters to your home and sell tickets for the event. 

2) BOOK a house concert for your family and friends.  Tinner Hill will find and arrange the best talent for your budget (for a modest fee).  You'll have your own special performance in the comfort of your home! 

Please consider this fun way to contribute to Tinner Hill's effort to preserve the early civil rights history of Falls Church.


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Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley have come all the way to the Tinner Hill Bues Festival from Canada with a great blues tale to tell of freedom. After years of touring in England, (where they recorded at BBC London) Europe, other parts of the U.S. A. and Russia, the renowned duo are visiting Virginia for the first time. Chris who was born in Kansas and Diana whose ancestors, made the dangerous trek from Virginia to Canada in the early 1800s via the Underground Railway, present on June 9 at 10 am in the Falls Church the US premiere of their acclaimed musical odyssey Sugar and Gold: The Underground Railway. The spine-tingling story is served up in an authentic blues style.Visit

Later at 4 pm Braithwaite and Whiteley  entertain in Cherry Hill Park with their Red Hot Blues session – a combination of standards plus original songs in the vintage blues mode.  “We draw on the old blues style to sing about life today. The music still touches the same spot in your heart” said Chris. "It is important to us to keep the tradition alive" he said.  Visit

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley plays a selection of fine guitars, harp and trumpet.  He has won numerous national awards during his long career and has played with Jeff Healy, Son House, toured and recorded with Leon Redbone and Blind John Davis; spent time with Muddy Waters and many other Blues gods as well as building a solid reputation as a session player, appearing on over 200 recordings.

A gifted and captivating performer, singer/songwriter Diana Braithwaite was chosen by Sarah McLachlan to open Lilith Fair before18,000 people. Her talent, and authentic blues style  have led her into the company of such stalwarts as Mel Brown, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and Jeff Healey. Her dedication to shedding light onto lost pioneering Black communities has becomes a passion.

“We can totally relate to Tinner Hill” said Diana.  “The moment we read about the history of the area and the festival we said we have to be there.  After all, America is the birthplace of the blues".

Awarded Canadian Songwriters of The Year in 2010, Braithwaite & Whiteley have been awarded in total 8 Maple Blues Awards and 6 prestigious Juno Nominations. With southern Florida roots, Diana Braithwaite was dubbed a “national treasure” by Bluz FM radio host Danny Marks.

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Tinner Hill Blues Festival Starts Off With A Bang

What you may have thought was thunder on Friday nite may have been the Tinner Hill Blues Festival getting started!  Pre-festival events began during FIRSTfriday of Falls Church with live music at Stifle and Capra by Charles Solomon and Rick Steele as well as the opening reception for "Call it the Blues", a juried art show at Art and Frame of Falls Church.   The reception was well attended in spite of the rain, and juror, Phillidelphia artist, Kitty Caparella. Irena Chambers, organizer and 7 of the shows artists were present.  The show will be on view during Art and Frames normal visiting hours for the entire month of June.  Stop by and see the beautiful and unique interpretations of the blues from the artist perspectives!  

In five more days the Tinner Hill Blues Festival will continue with a VIP reception at Stifle and Capra, followed by the kickoff concert at the State Theatre with Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy and Memphis Gold   Friday night.  Saturday morning there will music to motivate you at the Farmer's Market followed by two free workshops at the community center.  At noon you can head over to Cherry Hill Park for a day of fun, vendors, music, beer, BBQ and delicious food.  Sunday join us at Mad Fox Brewing Company for a  Brunch, Tribute and Jam .  We're going to get all the rain out of the way this week so we can have a great time in the sunshine next weekend!  

Everything you need to know about the festival can be found here.

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