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On Friday, July 12, the Matt Flinner Trio will play a concert of acoustic jazz-like improvisations based on newgrass, bluegrass and other traditional music in a Woods Hole living room. The concert starts at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:30. Please bring $30 cash as a donation to these great musicians.

Reservations required. Please make them by clicking the red "Register" button above. Reservation holders will be informed of the concert's location about 24h before the show.

This incarnation of the Matt Flinner Trio features Matt on mandolin, Grant Gordy on guitar and Eric Thorin on bass. Matt has been a supernode of newgrass for a couple of decades at least, developing the grass-based improvisational style to a high art form. Bluegrass Now magazine says, "Flinner provides the next logical evolutionary step to David Grisman's unique dawg style, and does it with a nod to the past and a vision of the future." 

 I saw Flinner play over a decade ago in an earlier version of the trio with Todd Phillips and David Grier - the music was so exquisite that even the silences were breath-taking. 

One review says Flinner, "...blurs the lines between jazz and bluegrass, traditional and avant-garde..." 

The Matt Flinner Trio often writes music on the day of any given show, and performs it that same night.  Their willingness to take risks and explore the boundaries of what a bluegrass trio can do, combined with their love of traditional mountain music of Appalachia, creates a unique sound in the world of modern bluegrass that shows touches of old-time, jazz and chamber music.  

Guitar player Grant Gordy, who was the David Grisman sextet's guitar player for over five years, has been to Woods Hole several times, with Ross Martin (another Flinner collaborator), with mandolin player Joe K. Walsh and with his own quartet featuring Dom Leslie, Alex Hargreaves and Ian Hutchinson. 

Gordy pursues guitar knowledge in nearly all genres. He’s learned the language of bebop and the standards of jazz, soaked up the high lonesome sound of bluegrass, investigated Bartók and Bach, learned the rhythms of Mali and the keen of the honky tonk pedal steel.

Bass player Eric Thorin has played in salsa, conjunto and flamingo bands, with American rock band The Thugs, and for four years with the formative Tony Furtado bluegrass band. He sits in with such bands as Leftover Salmon and he's written a body of song aimed at Japanese kids learning English.

Look! Up on the stage! It's super-musicians bending genres into intricate shapes with their bare fingers. 


David Isenberg (email preferred)
508-548-5924 (if ya gotta talk to somebody)


A Woods Hole living room