Nashville musicians Chris Moore and Mark Wingate formed their group Kindling Stone to explore, across spiritual and musical traditions, the common ground from which life’s big questions arise – questions about aging and death, love, family, peace, discipline, prayer and meditation, community, nature.
The two musicians developed their relationship while playing for community contradances in Nashville. Extended discussions about music, philosophy, religion, and history often followed band rehearsals and performances. It wasn’t long before Mark brought out his collection of early American hymnals, and Chris revealed his enthusiasm for Quaker, Buddhist, and Shaker teachings and practice.
In performance, Kindling Stone uses original songs (written by Chris Moore) and instrumentals, along with songs and spoken word from collected sources, including The Sacred Harp and Shaker traditions. The result is at once reflective and challenging. The sound is that of an earlier America – fiddle, mandolin, and reed organ – while the voices ask the listener to consider the ancient, timeless, poetic, and philosophical. Live concerts in the Shaker Meeting House are a rare occasion. The history and spirit of this beautiful space are sure to provide an extraordinary setting for this special evening of music.
Chris Moore grew up in Gorham, Maine. Before relocating to Nashville in 2003, he was known in New England for his work with the Maine bluegrass band The Fogg Brothers, and with Rust Farm – his band with Boston master guitarist John McGann. Chris has also performed as soloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and was awarded a Maine Artist Fellowship in 2001. His songs have been recorded and performed by Adrienne Young, Mark Erelli, Rani Arbo, Carol Noonan, Northern Lights, Dennis Brennan, and others. “Chris Moore is simply an amazing songwriter” – Dave Palmatier, WUMB, Boston
“Moore’s poetic verse, in particular, is strange and arresting. His spiritual ballad ‘Closer’ is a gem.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
Mark Wingate grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Carter Family, the Monroe Brothers, and Mainer’s Mountaineers had all played, but it was the urban folk boom and the Beverly Hillbillies theme that got him interested in the banjo, then the guitar and mandolin.He found that the Salvation Army had a small house full of nothing but books and old 78 rpm records. There he found the Delmore Brothers, DeFord Bailey, Django Reinhardt, the Heavenly Gospel Singers, and much more. Fiddle became his main instrument, and he toured for several years on the coffeehouse circuit with his band Chicken Hot Rod, traveling from New York to Minnesota to Louisiana to South Carolina and points in between. Mark moved to Nashville in 1996 with his wife Sally, an accomplished banjo player. They still play as much music as they can get away with, which includes playing regularly for the Nashville contradance group with their band The Contrarian Ensemble.