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'Live at Espresso:' Crowd pleaserTell North Platte what you think
Photo by George Lauby
A young girl gets a front row look at violinist Kay Toillion.
Photo by George Lauby
Luke and Brandon Raby
Photo by George Lauby
The Treble Makers: Kay Toilloin, Diane Livingston, Gail Jensen, Cecelia Lawrence and Tom Luke.
Photo by George Lauby
Young students, from left: Tzeitle Wehr, Eleanor Wehr, Kate Kautz and Whitney Wehr. Behind them is Morgan Greenwood.

The Treble Makers string quintet performed live at the Espresso Shop Saturday night downtown, prefaced by the fine gypsy jazz trio – Blue Swing.

The two groups represent the top caliber of string instrumentalists in west central Nebraska.

About 85 people attended the two-hour show and the audience requested encores from both groups.

Blue Swing – Brandon and Luke Raby on guitars and Steve Barger on violin and mandolin, played a lively set of toe-tapping jazz and swing tunes.

As Brandon Raby introduced the songs, he said as a young musician, he was attracted to gypsy jazz but could no find anyone in the region to play it with. His brother Luke stepped up to learn the complex chords, and the group was formed. Barger, a bluegrass musician as well as a jazz player, joined later.

When the Treble Makers took the stage, they performed such songs as Blue Skies, 1,000 Years, Hallelujah, Ashokan Farewell and The Way You Look Tonight, as well as classical songs.

Spokeswoman Cecilia Lawrence (cello) talked about some of their more challenging venues, including an outdoor wedding reception in 40-degree temperature.

Kay Toilloin (first violin) of the Treble Makers was recognized for a half-century of performances and instructions in North Platte and west central Nebraska.

“Kay Toillion is a national treasure,” Barger told the Bulletin during a break in the music.

When the Treble Makers finished their set, the audience asked them to play Ashoken Farewell again. They did.

Downtown businesses donated items for door prizes, helping remind the audience of the cool places on the bricks.

Several toddlers attended. Some danced. A handful of fourth and fifth grade students also came to watch the show. They are studying orchestra in classes arranged by Kittle’s Music. Rob Martinson and Allison O’Neill are the instructors.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/22/2017
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