Hilltop Music Shop specializes in guitars, basses, and other stringed instruments, including banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, and ethnic instruments. We also carry a small and quality selection of hand percussion, drums, keyboards, and other, more unusual instruments. There is a wide variety of acoustic and electric guitars to suit any budget. Every instrument is carefully hand selected and must pass the “inspiring to play” test. Inventory also includes a comprehensive array of accessories, pedals, and amplifiers. We consign, trade, and buy in musical instruments and gear frequently, so inventory is always changing!
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7 p.m.
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Two Solas members light out as a duo!
Solas members Eamon McElholm and Johnny B. Connolly set out as a duo this fall as that renowned Irish-American group takes a hiatus. Playing side-by-side for the past three years with extensive world-wide touring, the two friends have forged a rare musical connection whether firing on reels and jigs or blending in breathtaking accompaniment to Eamon’s brilliant singing.
Eamon’s songs will have a chance to be front and center. The County Tyrone artist composes masterful works in both the Irish and American roots traditions, and his songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Solas and his previous band, Stockton’s Wing. His guitar playing is first rate as well, and along with Johnny there will be plenty of room for tunes.
Johnny Connolly is a Dublin-born accordionist whose exquisite playing has graced artists from Kevin Burke to Martin Hayes and, since 2014, Solas. Now living in Portland, Oregon, he shines on traditional Irish tunes as well as sparkling French musettes and even the occasional old-timey American tune.
Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original.
Still On the Levee, is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, the album plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master.
Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a ‘one-man band to the bone!’ Chris melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.