Big Richard

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Date(s) - 01/19/2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Light Hall Theater
900 W. College Avenue - Silver City, NM

Big Richard is a neo-acoustic super group made up of four well established Colorado musicians. Formed in late 2021, the band gained immediate notoriety for their charismatic stage presence and their vocal/instrumental prowess.

About the Artists

Bonnie Sims (Mandolin & Guitar): Platinum recording artist Bonnie Sims grew up on bluegrass music in Texas, with a professional banjo player for a father and a family band from a young age. She studied commercial music at South Plains College under Joe Carr & Alan Munde (Country Gazette) and double majored in mandolin and singing/yodeling. Big Richard has given Bonnie the opportunity to simultaneously return to her roots and defy tradition, two things she enjoys immensely.

Emma Rose (Upright Bass & Guitar): Emma Rose is a vocalist, upright bassist, and songwriter – sought for the magic, synergy, vibrance, and mystery she brings to her solo and collaborative projects. Besides her own band (Sound of Honey), Ms. Rose is a founding father of the all-female acoustic group Big Richard, and regularly lends her talents to Daniel Rodriguez and Whippoorwill – as well as other musical projects. Emma’s music is dark, sweet, and smoky, like port and cigars next to a fire that you will smell on your clothes for days.

Eve Panning (Fiddle): Eve Panning has a storied history inspiring crowds and classrooms with music. Eve began studying classically at the Indiana University String Academy when she was six years old. Eve followed her love for classical music to Hope college, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education. While Eve is often busy performing and teaching, she also enjoys hiking and camping with her dog Phoebe, making ceramics, playing banjo and piano, and taking road trips.

Joy Adams (Cello): Multi-genre cellist Dr. Joy Adams grew up on a farm north of Spokane, Washington. Equally at home improvising over fiddle tunes or playing a concerto with orchestra, she is also a composer, songwriter, educator, and a prolific recording artist. Recent career highlights include touring with Nathaniel Rateliff, Darol Anger, performing on NPR’s Live From Here with Chris Thile, the Newport Folk Festival, Red Rocks, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performing at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival with Bonnie Paine, and recording cello for the Emmy award winning soundtracks to Godless and The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. Joy makes her home on a dirt road in the mountains above Denver, Colorado, with her husband, fiddler Andy Reiner, and their two cats, Capo and Viola.

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