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Archive for September, 2008

September News


Welcome Home…

News of where weve been and where well be is below. Weve had some fabulous summer touring, and were happy to be back in the Bay where the real summer weather starts now! Coming very soon: new pics from summer tours on our Photo page. Gearing up for our big hometown throwdown, the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention see you there!

xo, Evie, Lisa, Sue, Martha & Stephanie


August started off with a bang South Dakota with the Dirk Powell Band and Balfa Toujours, fireflies, HOT weather and cool new fans. Fried cheese curds and cotton candy at the Empire Fair, beautiful lake swimming, and on to Minnesota for their big festival what a great old-time music scene theyve got. We enjoyed the Ditchlillies, Poor Benny, more Dirk Powell Band, more Balfa Toujours, and hometown favorites Monroe Crossing. Late night jamming in Sherwood Forest with the most kickin southern music scene north of the great lakes! What a joy to get that campfire smell on our clothes, something we dont get in California these days, no way!

Check out some photos of the wild dance at Live Oak Festival in Santa Barbara earlier this summer!




Our green Cadillac Eldorado “limo” ride to our set in S. Dakota



Final bang with Dirk Powell Band in S. Dakota 

(Dirk, Christine Balfa, RIley Baugus, Joel Savoy, Foghorn Sammy & Caleb, us Sisters, and even Lisa’s little Harlan helping on the dobro)




This third Stairwell Sisters album is their best yet. With Lloyd Maines on production the Sisters are freed to do what they do best: play the heck out of their materialmountain music with total commitment and almost unbridled energy, exuberance and abandonthe performances are tart and bracingoriginals that nestle so comfortably you need to check the credits to make sure which are traditional and which are original and thats meant as a high compliment.



Whether performing traditional tunes or original compositions, The Stairwell Sisters come on strong, passionate, and most importantly, authentic.a warm, polished release. FEMINISTREVIEW.COM


A highlight was watching the Stairwell Sisters give a workshop on tap, hambone, and other lessons on dance. They are truly unique, and one of my favorite bands. TERRI HENDRIX, singer/songwriter


The Stairwell Sisters got people out of their seats! Review from Rockygrass, FESTIVALPREVIEW.COM


A brilliant band Mike Harding, BBC RADIO 2


These girls know how to party – I love it Frank Hennessy, BBC RADIO WALES



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