Quicksilver Productions is saddened to share this note from Frank Solivan, regarding the loss of his mother, Lorene.
“My beautiful and talented Mother, Lorene Elizabeth Gift Solivan, eased out of this world Sunday, July 27 around 1:30pm. She was surrounded by people that loved her… singing songs, smiling and crying. Love poured out of that ICU room. I whispered comforting things in her ear, kissed her forehead many times and held her hand so she would not have to do it alone.
Everyone that had a chance to meet her was positively impacted. She made everyone feel good and will forever continue to do so.
Warm thanks to all that have sent their condolences and those that have shared your experiences with her. She had a remarkable spirit indeed. Please tell the ones you care about how deeply you feel for them and send positive energy to the universe for peace.
I will celebrate her everyday.”
A Life Celebration will be held at a later date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, Frank and his family ask that honorariums be made to your local women’s shelter. Cards may be mailed to:
Frank Solivan Quicksilver Productions 1341 H St NE, Suite 101-B Washington, DC 20002
See where Frank gets his great voice and rhythm from Frank’s birthday show at the Institute of Musical Traditions, March 7, 2011.
Preorder the new recording project, view the new videos and tell everyone about the batch of shows that will kick it all off. By the way, the first 100 folks to preorder from Compass Records gets a signed copy and sticker!
We have a few “local” gigs that we will be playing July 9th, 10th, 12th and then the big one that really gets things going for us on July 25th with WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. We will perform live on-air at their Black Box Theater to properly expose folks to the new sounds of FS&DK and kick off our National Tour supporting the release of COLD SPELL.
The whole FS&DK team is really stoked for you to get a taste. So here’s a song from the new project, written by Frank and his cousin Charles (Ty) Smith, performed June 10, 2014 live on-air with Katy Daley.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen To Release New Album – With Supporting US Tour Dates
New album features guests:
Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick
(Nashville, TN) June 11, 2014 – Over the past year, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have been taking the bluegrass world by storm. With the release of their new album COLD SPELL on August 12, they are poised to branch out even further into the burgeoning roots music scene.
The album’s ten tracks show just how far the traditional bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, guitar and acoustic bass can go in the right hands. From the evocative opening track “Say It Isn’t So,” through the bluesy “No Life in this Town,” to the future jam grass anthem “She Said She Will” (featuring Solivan’s bluesy tenor vocals and a jaw dropping banjo performance from Mike Munford, International Bluegrass Music Association’s reigning Banjo Player of the Year), Frank Solivan and his bandmates (Munford on banjo, Danny Booth on bass and Chris Luquette on guitar) take their brand of bluegrass through the paces proving track after track that bluegrass can rock and groove. With special guests Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick.
Fronted by mandolinist, singer and songwriter Frank Solivan, the band has been nominated for multiple IBMA awards including Instrumental Group of the Year and Emerging Artist of the year, and their current tour schedule includes some of the most important tastemaker festivals in the roots music world. Their new album COLD SPELL will solidify their position as torchbearers for the new generation of progressive bands taking bluegrass from its traditional roots to a younger and broader audience.
Limited scholarships available. For inquires, email: info@FrankSolivanandDirtyKitchen.com
A hands on intensive with Frank Solivan, touching on traditional bluegrass, fiddle tunes, swing standards and country classics. An in-depth study of rhythm fundamentals, chords, scales, arpeggios, and use of fingering patterns to mentally map your fretboard. Students will use these tools to build musical solos, learn and play faster, improve tone and enhance the tunes they already know. Even if you are a rank beginner, advanced player or have taken one of Frank’s workshops before, you’ll walk away with new tools and ways to approach your mandolin. A recording device is recommended. All followed by a meal prepared by Frank.
Mandolin instruction phase one: Technique, Tone Timing and Tempo. Incorporating “The Four T’s” into practice routines; Developing good habits, healthy playing, stretches, etc; Use of chords, scales and arpeggios to develop familiar patterns in mapping the fretboard; Mandolin etiquette in a band setting and jam session; Let’s learn a tune
Open jam and practice
Mandolin instruction phase two: Learn another tune and incorporate phase one ideas to think more musically and build solos. Improvisation isn’t as hard as it seems.
Dinner/Jam: Enjoy one of Frank’s “One Pot Wonders” (chile verde) followed by mando jam