Doc Rolland (fiddle & vocals) & Bryan Seegers (bass, fiddle & vocals), after their magnificent 23-city, 24-concert tour of major civic venues throughout China with Doc Rolland's Americana String Ensemble, have teamed up with Mark Hickler (guitar, banjo & vocals), a mighty fine singer & guitarist, to develop and perform new arrangements of favorite material as well as to eventually explore, write and arrange new and original compositions. As they "go public" with a series of concerts after a year of rehearsal, they invite you to become part of their musical journey and adventure.
The Quantum Dogs invite you to join the fun for a howling good time!
!!! Doc Rolland’s Big Wah-Hoo Concert !!!
The Rolland Family
The Quantum Dogs
Tickets $10; children under 12 accompanied by an adult admitted free.
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Join the party with Doc Rolland (www.peterrolland.com) for this special musical hoo-ha as he celebrates his 70th birthday and his 45th year as a professional entertainer with a grand concert featuring members of his family and some of his close musical friends. The 1000+ concert journey began with an old-timey string band performance at City College in New York City in 1970, and the ports of call ranged from bluegrass and old-time fiddling to cowboy music, western swing, acoustic folk, traditional country music and musical theater, and three consecutive annual first-place titles in the National Old-time Fiddle Contest. Doc has purveyed his unique brand of entertainment at numerous international music tours (Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, England, Scotland, The Dominican Republic, Mexico and most recently, a 2014 triumphant 24-concert tour of large theaters throughout China).
Doc will be joined by 5 other musical Rollands who have left an indelible imprint on Arizona’s musical heritage: Michael Rolland (3-time AZ State Fiddle Champion, National Fiddle Contest Young Adult runner-up and repeat winner of the fiddle, guitar & mandolin contests at the Wickenburg Four-Corner Bluegrass Championships); Matt Rolland, leader of the popular national touring band Run Boy Run, (who also performs with the hot instrumental trio The Woven Oak Trio); Grace Rolland, leader of Rising Sun Daughter and vocalist and cellist with Run Boy Run; Doc’s twin fiddling partner Eden Rolland; and Doc’s wife Gail Rolland (bass).
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"Doc Rolland's Americana String Ensemble" returned on September 3, 2014 from a 5-week, 24-concert, 23 city tour of China. The 9 piece band and two dancers performed in China Poly Theaters nationwide in magnificent large theaters, many having the appearance of architectural wonders. The band performed culturally-based American roots music in various forms, primarily old-time fiddling, old-time string band music, bluegrass, early country, traditional jazz, cowboy music, western swing music and Cajun, with a nod to our Canadian, Mexican and Celtic musical heritage, and a bow to the Chinese with arrangements of Chinese songs. All 9 musicians sang, and the instrumentation was 3 fiddles, clawhammer and bluegrass banjos, 2 guitars, mandolin, bass, piano, clarinet and percussion. The two dancers performed the Cotton Eyed Joe, Balboa & Charleston, Tap, Swing, Country Polka, Waltz, Fox Trot, Country 2-Step, Flatfoot, and Lindy Hop and provided a marvelous visual interpretation of the band's music. Kudos to Steve Conrad and Lacey Maynard for the magnificent job they did lighting up the stage with their beautiful, well-choreographed dancing. My musical companions did a fantastic job both in their features numbers and their well-rehearsed ensemble work. The audiences ranged from 200 to 1500 in number at each of the 24 shows; they loved our music and we did encores at every show. I was truly fortunate to have such wonderful musicians to work with: Igor Glenn (bass), Ron Privett and Annie Trimble (guitars), Ken Bucy (percussion), Nancy Bucy (clarinet & piano), Bryan Seegers (mandolin & bluegrass banjo), Giselle Lee (clawhammer banjo & fiddle) and Ben Shu (fiddle). We were able to film three of the concerts and I'm currently working on editing the footage. I hope to post concert videos from the tour spring 2015.
This picture, taken in the backyard garden, shows