Sunday, August 20, 2017
Gates open at 4:00 pm, concert at 6:00 pm
Pack your blanket, a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine and sit back and enjoy the show in the midst of our fragrant Fountain Garden!
Klehm will close at 3:00pm and reopen at 4:00pm for Woodsong attendees to enjoy the grounds before the show starts at 6:00pm.
‘Trinadora’ names a trilling bird native to Argentina, a guitar in Peruvian slang, and – most important for our purposes – the Ron Holm and Jannie Nelson duo. The pair selected their name for Jannie’s trilling on her bird-shaped ocarina and for Ron’s guitar. Jannie also plays keyboard, concertina, penny whistle, and various percussion instruments; Ron also plays harmonica and bass. The two are both head-turning singers, and their respective abilities to channel the vocals styles of Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline have garnered standing ovations. When Midwest standouts John Bishoff (guitar, vocals) and Tim Austin (percussion, vocals) join the fun, the ‘Trinadora Rocks’ band (“T’ Rocks”, for short) is the result. The band’s repertoire includes 100s of original, standards, and vintage songs in mind-stretching variety ranging from country to jazz to Celtic. The band’s musical potpourri program is called ‘US Roots.’
Ron Holm has been called a ‘roots rock maven.’ He began his professional career on the seminal Mountain Railroad Records label, which also launched such greats as Nirvana producer Butch Vig and legendary songwriter Greg Brown. Over the years, Ron shared the stage with such luminaries as Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson, Chris Isaak bassist Rowland Salley, and fiddle legends Vassar Clements and Randy Sabien, and he’s shared billings with the likes of Roy Orbison, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee.
In the years leading up to her Trinadora adventure with Ron Holm, Jannie Nelson enjoyed success as a classical pianist. She performed numerous concerts and was featured in the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center series. Her repertoire featured the music of Chopin, Debussy, and Ravel. She is also an accomplished music educator, arranger, and choir director, with a degree in piano performance and additional training in musical theater.
John Bishoff is a masterful lead guitarist, record producer, composer, and singer. He’s performed with Bun E. Carlos’s New Pagans, Sneak Preview, Emery Christiansen (Mountain Railroad Records), and many more prestigious groups, and he’s shared billing with such greats as John Denver, the Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison. John produced critically acclaimed CDs such as ‘Aerial Roots’ (with Ron), ‘Fear and Desire’ (Holland Zander & Jinger Christal), and ‘Heartbreak City’ (Jerry Parlapiano). He is a RAMI lifetime achievement award recipient.
Versatility, exquisite technique, and broad musical knowledge have made Tim Austin one of the region’s most sought-after percussionists. He performs often with Harlan Jefferson, Jodi Beach, and Vince Chiarelli, in addition to anchoring the rhythm for Trinadora Rocks. Tim is also an accomplished guitarist and singer and leads the Soundscape jazz quartet and the Acoustic Juice trio. Tim’s Christmas program with his talented wife Emily and their musical friends is a highly successful annual event for Rockford’s Mendelssohn Club.