Jeremy Kittel, fiddle; Joshua Pinkham, mandolin; Simon Chrisman, hammered dulcimer; Quinn Bachand, guitar
Inspired by the early 20th century Westerns he helped popularize, larger-than-life silent film star William S. Hart built his Spanish Colonial Revival-style hilltop mansion on a 260 acre ranch in Newhall. On the site of the ranch’s former “pole barn”, now a modern, gracious hall, experience “virtuosic improvisation at its very highest level.” (Berkshire Edge) from a fiddler-extraordinaire who has a “well-earned reputation as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation, with influences as diverse as jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, bluegrass, classical and more” (Brian O’Donovan, WGBH Radio).
Newhall Festival: There's a lot to do and explore in Newhall! Come to the open house at Hart’s hilltop estate, filled with period furniture, Hollywood nostalgia and a substantial collection of art and artifacts of the American West. The grounds of Hart’s “La Loma de Los Vientos” (Hill of the Winds), now an L.A. county park, are a treasure trove of exhibits and historic structures, including a restored train depot, the original ranch house, and live barnyard animals. A small herd of bison roam the hillside - a 1962 gift from Walt Disney Studios.
The festival and concerts are made possible in part by a generous grant from The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.