The Lonely Heartstring Band performing at Cafe Eleven 1/22/16

Jan. 22, 2016


The Original Cafe Eleven

 St. Augustine Beach, FL

$15adv / $20door




The Lonely Heartstring Band was born as a wedding band, hired for one wedding to play only Beatles repertoire on traditional bluegrass instruments. It didn’t take long to start exploring other sounds and original songs within the group, but that initial flame of the Beatles was indicative of the bands love of songs, arrangements and music that feels good.

Combining instrumental virtuosity, 3-part harmonies, and a deep understanding of traditional bluegrass and Appalachian music, this band is all about a great show!

 George Clements-  Originally from central Massachusetts, George has been making his home in Boston since 2011 when he began studies at The Berklee College of Music.  He began playing the guitar when he was 10, and by the end of high school, found himself playing at local folk clubs as a singer/songwriter.  George has studied classical guitar as well as jazz and pop, but his true love is folk music.  

Patrick M'Gonigle- Patrick M’Gonigle began studying Suzuki violin in Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 9 years old. After high-school, and ten years of classical violin, Patrick began playing traditional music and touring in various projects across North America and Europe. In 2013 he graduated from the Berklee College of Music and he is now working towards a masters degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Aside from midnight lake-dunking in the summertime, Patrick finds his inspiration in traditional music of all kinds, jazz, classical and many forms of popular music.

Gabe Hirshfeld- Gabe Hirshfeld grew up in Newton, Massachusetts.  At the age of 15, he heard the great banjo player Earl Scruggs in the theme song of NPR's Car Talk.  The sound of the banjo spoke to him in a way that no other sound ever had and it changed his life.  After playing and obsessing over the banjo for several years, Gabe attended Berklee College of Music and now lives in Brighton, Massachusetts in a house with way too many fiddle players.  Seriously, there's a lot of them.

Matt Witler- Matt Witler grew up in Los Angeles, California. Starting on the fiddle at the age of nine, Matt fell in love with old time and bluegrass music. At the age of 14 he picked up the mandolin and began to study music in earnest. Matt is now in his final semester at the Berklee College of Music. While Matt is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, he has explored and been influenced by Jazz, classical, and pop music. In 2012 Matt won first place in both the mandolin, and flatpick guitar contests at Rockygrass bluegrass festival.

Charles Clements- Charles Clements grew up around Boston, Massachusetts and spent most of his summers in Maine. He studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music studying privately with symphony bassists Todd Seeber and David Grossman. During this time he attended music festivals around the world, touring Europe, South America, and Asia. He went on to join the New World Symphony in Florida in 2011 with whom he played for nearly three years. A lover of folk and bluegrass music, he has since moved back to Boston to join the Lonely Heartstring Band, play part time with the Boston Symphony, and pursue other projects.



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