Claire Lynch Brings Bluegrass to BonitaSprings
Thursday, November 15, 2012 


By Patrice Shields

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music.

Claire grew up in Kingston, N.Y. until the age of 12, when the family moved to Huntsville, Alabama. There she began her education in country music and became immersed in the bluegrass revival of the 1970’s, joining a band called Hickory Wind.  The band later changed its name to the Front Porch String Band with Claire’s vocals as its centerpiece.

As a songwriter, her tunes have been recorded by such luminaries as Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes, Kathy Mattea, the Whites and Stephanie Davis.  Lynch’s first album, “Friends for a Lifetime” was released in 1993 followed by “Moonlighter” in 1995 for which she received her first Grammy. “Silver and Gold” from 1997 was also nominated for Grammy glory.  She was named the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and enjoyed many chart successes. 

Lynch sang harmony on “The Grass is Blue” and “Little Sparrow,” which led to promotional tours as a backup vocalist for Dolly Parton, who has described Lynch as “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”  Lynch has graced other artists’ albums with her background vocals, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Ralph Stanley.  Lynch’s current list of guest appearances continues including spots on albums by Donna the Buffalo, Sara Watkins, the Gibson Brothers, Jonathan Edwards and Jesse Winchester.

Lynch struck out on her own in 2005, forming the Claire Lynch Band and releasing the aptly named “New Day” CD. It was a hit on the bluegrass charts and earned her IBMA nominations for Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year as well as an induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.  In 2010 Lynch won the trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year from the IBMA.

The Claire Lynch Band will be making one appearance in Southwest Florida during their 2012 tour.  The band will perform live at the Promenade in BonitaSprings, at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts members, and $25 for non-members. Advance reservations are suggested by calling 239-495-8989. 

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive two free tickets to a Live! performance, including this performance by The Claire Lynch Band.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household.

“Her original songs display her gifts as a songwriter of uncommon skill, and her outside song choices reinforce her artistic self, one who feels deeply about home, family, strength, resilience and courage.”

Mary Chapin Carpenter  


If You Go:

Who: Center for the Arts of BonitaSprings
What: Live! Bluegrass with The Claire Lynch Band
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012; 7:00 pm
Where: Promenade at BonitaBay, 26821 S. Bay Dr, BonitaSprings, FL
Cost:  $20 Members, $25 Non-Members



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