Passion Brings Folks Together The New Year brought something new to musical trio Brittany Haas, Jordan

Tice and Paul Kowert – their first album. The trio’s members all have their own professional music careers but still come together to do what they love, which after some thought, Haas described as “chambergrass” music. The genre, she explained, contains elements of both bluegrass and folk music. The musical trio will make a stop on their tour Saturday in Peace Dale at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Music at Lily Pads series at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County. The three friends found one another through their mutual passion for music. According to Tice, a Maryland native, he met Haas, a California native, at a Fiddle camp in 2006. Tice then met Kowert, a Wisconsin native, at an acoustic music festival the following year. Together, they play mostly original music with Haas on fiddle, Tice on acoustic guitar and Kowert on the double bass. The three got together and booked a few gigs just to “play music and hang,” said Tice. After meeting, the friends convened frequently to stimulate their passion. Haas even featured Tice on her solo album. “They’re both really, really, really great musicians, instrumentalists and creative minds,” said Tice of Haas and Kowert. While the three members all have their own unique sound and professional music careers, they still enjoy gathering to spin ideas off each other or even just to jam. “There is a lot of playing off each other, a lot of the music was written with each other in mind,” said Tice of the trio’s collaborations. After years of collaborating, this is the first time the three friends have recorded an album together. “Basically, our schedules freed up about a year ago so we could do this thing with all three of us” said Tice. According to Haas, their new album is now in the process of being “mixed and mastered” and she hopes that they will be able to bring it to Peace Dale and the rest of their upcoming Northeast tour. Their tour will stop in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut, all in a five-day span.

The tour will be like a CD release tour as the trio will play music from their newest recorded album. The trio has performed in various locations including cafes and houses. It is not the trio’s first experience playing in a church, however, and they are definitely enthusiastic about the show. “[Churches] sound completely amazing,” said Haas of the acoustics. Haas, who is returning to the Peace Dale venue, recollected, “when I was there before, the audience was so fun, I am excited to come back.” Tice added, “I have not spent too much time in Rhode Island. I am excited to go to Rhode Island, absolutely.” FYI Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice and Paul Kowert Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $18 advance; $20 door $9 children 12 and under Music at Lily Pads Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County 27 North Road Peace Dale

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