From the first notes struck together in 2002 through a 31 date tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, up to and beyond their fifth studio album in 2011, The Greencards have won steadily escalating acclaim for their multi-dimensional Americana vision. Their releases have topped the Billboard Bluegrass charts. In both 2008 (for their Viridian album) and 2010 (for Fascination), they were nominated for Grammy Awards in the "Best Country Instrumental" category. They've earned ovations from "newgrass" music devotees at Merlefest and from indie-rock loyalists at Lollapolooza and the Austin City Limits Festival. RollingStone.com noted "This imported band is creating some of the finest Americana around."
But this four-piece band, spearheaded by Australian Carol Young and Kym Warner, is interested less in past accomplishments than in looking ahead for new goals to achieve. Produced and engineered by studio veteran Justin Niebank (Vince Gill, Mart Stuart, Keith Urban), The Brick Album on the band's own Darling Street Records is the first to infuse The Greencards' eclectic musicical references with the excitement they generate onstage.
CHIRP is a series of free Tuesday and Thursday night summer concerts in Ballard Park located in the heart of Ridgefield. It is totally funded by individual and foundation donations as well as contributions from local businesses. It is co-sponsored by the town of Ridgefield through its Parks & Rec. Dep't. and The Ridgefield Press. Concerts begin at 7p.m.
CHIRP's mission is to present to its audience music and professional musicians who would not normally otherwise have a venue in the Ridgefield/Danbury area. It's main goal is to build community through shared experience.