Chicory - technical details

Sound


Martha Edwards — electricity for wireless mic receiver. Martha will bring the power cord and a short 1/4" cable, which usually suffices. If the receiver must be placed far away from the sound board, a longer cable may be needed.

Ben Schreiber — mic for fiddle

Michael Shapiro — mic for guitar

Mike Brown — xlr cable for a bass preamp

If the sound people are far away from the musicians and communication could be a problem, we ask that they find a way to make it easy to get their attention quickly. (Wear a headset and give us a microphone? Use an assistant? Constantly watch the stage? We're open to whatever works.)

We favor a sound that is rich in overtones but not screechy. Of course, who doesn't?

Chairs

We need chairs to sit on and, silly as it sounds, they should have flat seats, not comfy, sit-back-and-relax seats. If it tilts back even a little, it's not so good. No arms. Here's a guideline:

Best Really Good Okay Not Good Won't Work
padded folding chair flat stacking chair folding chair curvy chair chair with arms

Temperature

This is rarely an issue, so we don't usually think to mention it, but if it's too cold (overly air conditioned room, unheated room in winter), our fingers won't work, and if it's too hot (outside in the sunshine in a Midwestern summer), well, the instruments don't like it (yeah, blame it on the instruments...). The rule of thumb is, if it's between 65 and 85, we're fine.

Lighting

We often play from music on music stands, and it helps if we can see it. If you know that your hall does not have lights above or behind the musicians, let us know, and we'll bring stand lights. Lights which shine on us from the front (spotlights from the ceiling) will blind us, so we'll ask you to turn them off.