Barnes, Sircely to perform at Pendleton Center for the Arts

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PENDLETON — Danny Barnes is joining with mandolin player Matt Sircely for a Northwest tour, with a stop at the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10. The event is made possible through the support of Read and Bose, CPAs, PC.

Together, Barnes and Sircely form a powerhouse duo that conjures great traditions in American music.

Friends for 10 years, most of their collaboration has taken place in Barnes’ kitchen, including recording for Danny’s Minner Bucket Records, and now they invite audiences around the Northwest to witness what they’ve been cooking up.

Danny Barnes is among the most influential musicians in modern American stringband music, from his time as bandleader of the Austin-based Bad Livers to his recent collaborations with artists such as Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon, Bill Frisell or the Yonder Mountain String Band.

A prolific composer, Barnes’ old-time music is in the same vein as the adventurous passages of American composer Charles Ives and the progressive songwriting of John Hartford.

As a songwriter, Barnes crafts pieces that reference classic American literature and character development as much as the musical traditions that contextualize them.

His songs often conjure castaway characters from the dustbin of society, bringing them to life with a lyrical resonance so rich that listeners can’t help but straighten up and take heed.

Matt Sircely is best-known for his mandolin work as a founding member of the swing band Hot Club Sandwich and as bandleader and founder of the adventurous ensemble New Forge. Music lovers may recognize him from his sitting in with David Grisman, David Bromberg or Tony Furtado.

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