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Progressive Bluegrass Band CIRCUS NUMBER 9 Appearing Thu Dec 22nd 2016 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance

$12 at the door

Thomas Cassell
Matthew Davis
Colin Hotz
Michael Testagrossa
Julian Pinelli

The hills and valleys of southwest Virginia have nurtured many remarkable musicians, and the name of 18-year-old Thomas Cassell can now be added to that list.  Cassell is the winner of the prestigious 2016 Rockygrass mandolin contest

The Norton, Virginia mandolinist and his group, Circus Number Nine are currently based in Nasheville TN, and are quickly making a name for themselves.    In addition to Cassell, the band features 2016 National Banjo Champion, Matthew Davis.

The band made a big impression on us when they performed here last July.  We're thrilled to be able to bring Circus Number Nine back to White Horse for a second visit.

These talented young musicians have absorbed the lessons of bluegrass masters as well as players that have pushed the frontiers of the genre, injecting blues, jazz, folk and New Acoustic into their string band lineup. rock1st place mandolin 2015 Bristol Rhythm and roots Youth Music Competition.

As might be expected, Cassell lists pioneering mandolinists like Jethro Burns, Sam Bush, “Dawg Music” architect David Grisman, Mike Marshall and Chris Thile as influences, along with relative newcomer Sierra Hull. But he also cites flatpicking guitar heavyweights Doc Watson, Brian Sutton and Tony Rice as musical models, and his all-time hero is the late multi-instrumentalist iconoclast John Hartford. He advises other young players that “Listening to music is a vital part of learning music.