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What: Tom Rigney and Flambeau concert
Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association
Where: Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado
When: Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218
The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is pleased to present Tom Rigney (electric violin) and his band, Flambeau at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado, as its second concert of the season.
Rigney has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area roots music scene for more than 35 years. In 2000, after 15 years as the leader and electrifying violinist of The Sundogs, fiddler/composer Rigney stepped out on his own with a hot new band, Flambeau.
The repertoire is original, eclectic, passionate and filled with a musical and emotional intensity that will come as no surprise to followers of Rigney’s career.
The son of baseball great, Bill Rigney, Tom is a native of the Bay Area. His musical career began after he finished his graduate studies at Harvard University, where he received a master’s degree in fine arts.
Now, with the broadening and deepening of his composing skills and the refinement of his virtuoso technique on the violin, Rigney steps out as the focal point of Flambeau and as the creator of most of the band’s music.
The strong Cajun/zydeco influence is still present, as are the irresistible dance grooves that have been his specialty for 20 years. There is also a deepening of the emotional range of his music and a concentration on creating moving and memorable melodies in a wide range of styles — he has literally become a “singer” on the violin.
The music bursts with the energy of the bayou one minute, turns passionate with a gypsy tune the next; it can raise the roof with a Celtic reel and then touch the heart with a beautiful waltz; it can drive deep into the heart of the blues or evoke echoes of Eastern Europe or the coast of Spain.
In 1998, Rigney released the critically-acclaimed “Chasing the Devil” on the Parhelion label. In 2000, he released Flambeau’s debut CD, “Red Boots and Rice.”
Since then, Rigney has recorded and released a new CD (or DVD video) every year — from “Happy to be Here,” Flambeau’s rocking 2003 release that spent weeks on the Americana radio chart; to “Metamorphoses” Rigney’s highly eclectic (and highly-acclaimed) all-instrumental album; to the DVD video/CD combination “Live at the Throckmorton Theatre” (2006), to three all-blues CDs — “A Blue Thing” (2007), “Back Porch Blues” (2009) and “Don’t Fight It” (2011) — each of which climbed to No. 1 on the XM/Sirius Satellite Radio Bluesville Chart; to the latest Flambeau CD, “You’re the One” (2012), which received serious airplay from Americana programmers all over the country.
There is no question that Rigney has become one of the premier blues and roots music violinists in the world, and continues to be a prolific composer of powerfully compelling music for the violin, music whose influences come from an extremely wide range of musical styles within the broad boundaries of American Roots Music.
As a composer, as a violinist, as a band leader, Rigney is a true American original.
The 2013-14 El Dorado County Community Concerts membership card includes six outstanding performances for $60 (averaging $10 per concert). Student memberships are $20.
For more information on the availability of new memberships or to obtain tickets for the Nov. 19 concert at $25 each call Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218.
Visit eldoradocommunityconcerts.com/ to learn more about the organization and the upcoming season.