Hot Flannel featuring Patrick Ross at The Medallion Opera House

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GORHAM – HOT Flannel featuring Patrick Ross to perform
at the Medallion Opera House
 
From the hills of Vermont comes a band that has chewed through the electric fences and let the cows loose. The farmers knew HOT Flannel could not be contained. Patrick Ross plays his 99-year old fiddle like a machine and has played at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center.  Matt Schrag plays one of the best built mandolins in the world (made in Burlington).  If you’ve never heard Doug Perkins play his ’69 Martin guitar, then, ladies and gentlemen, be prepared.  Pat Melvin is one of the most sought after upright bass players in Vermont. They all sing and all belong to the 10,000 Hours Club.  “It’s Newgrass,” exclaims Patrick.  Everyone will have a good time knowing that the members of HOT Flannel know how to work their instruments. Even if the place catches on fire and the band has to take off their flannel, people will talk, good or bad, people will talk… They are ready for people to talk.
 
As a follow up to his performances with Rusty Dewees (The Logger) during a 2013 Holiday Variety Show tour that packed venues across Vermont, Patrick has been booking shows with his own band, HOT Flannel.  “There has been really good feedback and people are asking me when I’ll be playing in their town.”  HOT Flannel is an acoustic band including lead vocals, fiddle, cello, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass. It’s a New England blend of Bluegrass, Folk, Americana and barn-burning fiddle tunes. “Singing was something I had always left to others.  But not anymore.  Rusty encouraged me and featured me as a singer in all the shows.”  For music and video of Patrick and HOT Flannel go to www.patrickrossmusic.com.
 
HOT Flannel, sponsored by Mr. Pizza, The Tassey Group, SAaLT Pub and White Mountain Cafe will be performing at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham, NH on Friday, March 28th at 7:30 pm. Wear your hottest flannel for a chance to win a free CD.  Tickets will be $12 per person and will be available at the door, in advance at the Gorham Town Hall, White Mountain Café and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org.

 

 

By Steven Pendergras -The Halifax Gazette-
Patrick Ross, a fiddler from Vermont wrote two songs in the last three days, showed up unexpectedly at the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival’s late-night party Friday night, unpacked his fiddle and blew the veteran, professional folk musicians and singer/songwriters into a seventh heaven of delight. Bruce Guthro was so impressed he invited Ross to accompany him for his afternoon set in the Main Stage Tent. Relying entirely on his ear, since he was hearing Guthro’s songs for the first time, Ross wailed and crooned and gave out the rhythm with astonishing appropriateness and musical sensitivity. On Saturday night, organizers pried apart the schedule to give Ross his own, five-minute solo set between the Lustre Brothers and The New Pine Grove Boys. The tent was jammed as he played for the first time in public his two latest tunes: The Bluebelly Reel and the Incognito Mosquito. Open-mouthed and quiet as the lull before the storm, we listened to him play a series of scrapes and scratches using on the first centimeter or two of the bow right up against the frog, punching and accenting the rhythm with short, chopping strokes of the bow with a sound like a steam-engine starting up. By the end of his set he was playing as high as you can go on the fiddle, his left hand jammed up against the top bouts, his fingers probing the strings within millimeters of the horse-hair on the bow. Accomplished, innovative, imaginative and supremely musical, Ross captured the adrenalin of a thousand hearts. As the last note spiraled into the stratosphere and evaporated, the crowd sprang to its feet and roared for more. Outside the tent Ross told me he was completely self-taught. Three years ago, at the age of 19, he left Vermont for Nashville where he played with a variety of artists and groups for three years. He performed with several pop-rock bands, one of which, The Counting Crows, shared shows with Willie Nelson, and another called, Blue Merle caught the attention of the record companies. “They offered us lots of money to sign,” Ross said, “but I didn’t feel right about signing a records deal with that band. I love biking and hiking and just being young.”. So he left Nashville. “I feel free,” he said, “I’m going to do a bike tour to Alaska.” Lunenburg and Nova Scotia felt very right to Ross, not only for the enthusiasm with which he and his talent was received, but because, five generations and 400 years ago, his father’s family were Acadians. His father is of Scottish decent. What do you want to bet that Ross will be back for a full set on the main stage next year?

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    “It’s not just the technical expertise or the mastery of an amazing variety of styles that puts Vermont fiddler Patrick Ross several steps above and beyond practically all other players; Ross’s eclectic taste and raw energy make sparks and create musical magic every time his bow hits the strings.”- Robert Resnik – VPR –