Some of the best musicians in Iowa City and environs are not chasing a career in music. Keith Reins, for example, is a player and collector of folk songs who also works as a professor of English at Kirkwood Community College. After hours, you’re likely to find him at folk music sessions around Iowa City: at Hilltop Tap, Mickey’s or Uptown Bill’s Coffee House.
Reins is the guitarist at the session who slips jazzy passing chords into traditional Irish and Scottish tunes — verging on folk heresy — but always in ways that deepen and add texture. Reins approaches the depth of virtuosity and artistry of performers as revered as Bert Jansch and Nic Jones. There’s a nonchalance and ease to his playing that comes from countless hours sitting in a circle, playing with others just for the joy of it.
- I am honored and grateful to receive this year's Harry Oster Award at the 49th Annual Fiddler's Picnic. I count my blessings every day that I get play tunes that connect us to to our ancestors and to each other. #fiddlerspicnic #fiddlingaroundmostly #musicisfun #harryosteraward #tunedtotruth #taramcgovernSome of the best musicians and humans that I call friends. Marc & Brandi Janssen with Chris Clark. ago. #fiddlerspicnic #fiddlingaroundmostly #musicisfunSome of the best musicians and humans that I call friends. Marc & Brandi Janssen with Chris Clark. ago. #fiddlerspicnic #fiddlingaroundmostly #musicisfunClosing jam at the 49th Annual Iowa City Fiddler's Picnic. A special treat for me to play alongside beautiful Sarah who was a tiny fiddler on this stage many years ago. #fiddlerspicnic #fiddlingaroundmostly #musicisfun #taramcgovernThanks to @katierocheiniowa we discovered the most wonderful cafe (Devour Cafe in Galena) and met the most soulful dog (Denver). #devourcafegalena #galena #tunedtotruth #dogsofmyheartThe Connemara Lads (Conor on accordion, Plunkett not pictured here) were kind enough to invite us to session with them a bit after their fantastic set at Jubeck New World Brewing in Dubuque. Thanks to my friend Jeff Biggers for this great shot! From left: Tara McGovern, Andreas Transø, Peter Fraterdeus @ideaswords , Conor Keane, & Dan Caraway (Jubeck's co-founder). #connemaralads #conorkeane #plunkettotoole #jubecknewworldbrewing #irishtrad #fiddlingaroundmostly #musicisfun #ceolaguscraic #taramcgovern
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