Shaw Brothers
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Shaw Brothers

Columbus, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Columbus, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Acoustic




"Wild Goose Creative Presents..."


The Shaw Brothers came through big! We had a wedding reception at an outside venue near a river (North Bank Park). We were worried about acoustics and volume not being enough. Chris ensured me they would make it work. They came with all of
their own equipment, and sounded amazing. I requested Beatles covers, and they were played beautifully, with more passion and respect than any other cover I have ever heard. The crowd loved them and some personally told them h
Mark Toaddy

We recently had the pleasure of hearing The Shaw Brothers perform at a wedding reception.  They were sensational, performing primarily Beatles music, and taking a lot of requests.  They are tremendously talented and I can’t remember when we enjoyed an evening’s entertainment so much.
Kathy Wiesman (guest at Mark Toaddy’s wedding)

The Shaw Brothers were so much more than expected!  They were extremely flexible and met our needs for any song we wanted, learning a few requests in just a couple weeks! We were blown away at how well they can cover any song you ask for, and in any way you ask.  They are very talented and the guitar-violin duo sounds beautiful.  We would recommend The Shaw Brothers to any couple, or to anyone for any type of event.  They will go beyond your expectations, they earned quite a few new fans at our wedding!
James & Shelly Laurinaitis

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Wild Goose Creative threw on Thursday night one of the most enjoyable concerts I've seen. Four acts, suggested donation five bucks (really worth much more), oodles of CDs and other merchandise goodies to purchase, food provided, and Andy Anderson even heated water for tea (and Jessie helped me find the tea)! A very welcoming environment.

I suppose the theme for the evening (if there was a theme) could have been "rustic". Listening to these acts from the perspective of 2009, one would have guessed punk, new wave, and all the related genres that spawned in reaction to hippy excess had never happened. It was as if there was a space-time continuum between 1972 and now: long hair, banjos, organic, harmoniously rustic sounds are in again, spearheaded (or at least exemplified) by the Fleet Foxes. Not that that's a bad thing. One could do worse than be influenced by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Gram Parsons, and the Carter Family. Much worse.

The Shaw Brothers were up first, Chris on violin, Andy on guitar (for the most part; various arrangements of voice and instruments were used). Both very strong, capable musicians, the music they created was just plain beautiful. Andy's voice is a powerful instrument, and they reminded me at times of Beirut and/or a more subdued Muse. I'll be buying their album.

Next up was Pezzettino, a young lady with a wonderful old-looking accordian (she usually also performs witha piano). Dressed all in black, situated with the black and white accordian, Pezzettino looked like she stepped out of the Weimar Republic, and before she began her set I half expected her to be singing Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht songs. Her songs were much more personal, though, heartfelt, intimate songs of love and lost love and almost love, expressed with a wide range of emotions and subtleties both delicate and forceful. The style of her music was difficult to place, but I've never heard an accordian played so effectively; her control over the instrument was really mesmerizing. I was very impressed.

I purchased Pezzettino's first CD, Because I Have No Control..., and will be listening to it soon. She'll be releasing two more albums this year.

Longsleeves was up next; because I was purchasing Pezzettino's CD, I missed the beginning and didn't know if Longsleeves was a person or a group. He is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, this evening pared with banjo player and singer/songwriter Ben Laatsch.

We were again back in Carter Family territory. There has always been a folk music tradition, of course, flowing through the decades regardless of whatever other genres were transcendent at the time. To call Longsleeves' (and the Shaw Bros. and the Fleet Foxes) music folk seems somehow limiting, though; it's rustic music that is also informed by the potential forcefulness of rock. Neil Young's early '70s recordings were a sort-of template for this new music.

In any event, these guys were good! Like the Shaw Brothers, they used a variety of arrangements of instruments. Longsleeves' voice was forceful, and their interpretions of old standards some groups would consider too old-fashioned to perform were lively and audience-involving. Ben Laatch's solo songs using only the banjo were exquisite and with his long hair, plaid shirt, and red scarf, he looked the part.

I immediately purchased three of their CDs (one of them a Ben Laatch solo CD), and will probably be purchasing more. I'll be keeping an eye on all of these acts. Vinyl, my friends, keep vinyl in mind.

I had to leave soon after the last act, Eric Nassau, took the stage. Another time, Eric.

Here's a ton of links to keep you busy for research on these fine musicians:

The Shaw Brothers


Longsleeves' website:
Ben Laatsch's website:
Longsleeves' MySpace:
Ben Laatsch's MySpace:

Wild Goose Creative website:

Posted by Michael N. at 2:14 PM - Eventized: A Michael Neno Blog


Still working on that hot first release.



Playing acoustic gigs together back in 2004, brothers Andy and Chris' sound quickly evolved into a full reggae-rock experience called Andy Shaw Band. With the success of ASB the brothers went back to their roots to perform as an acoustic duo. Adding a violin and ukulele to the sound it became a completely different beast and the "Shaw Brothers" name just seemed to fit right. Through the years they have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with taking their music all over Ohio and the country. Playing over 70 shows a year with Ohio as their base they have taken their music to Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, New York, Kentucky, West Virginia, and more. In October 2011 they released their first full LP. The new cd features Andy and Chris playing every instrument on the cd including bass guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, djembe, and ukulele. This allowed them to have full control of the sound giving 6 out of the 12 songs a band feel and then leaving the other half more stripped down in nature. The brothers are excited for the future ahead bringing their unique emotionally driven folk sound to audiences everywhere.

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