High Strange Drifters

Jan. 2 • The Comet

In 2003, a group consisting of some of the best musicians in the area released Ancient Tones and Death Knells, a CD of traditional 17th-19th-century broadside ballads from the UK, spun in a more modern context and released under the band name High Strange Drifters. It was a riveting effort, but the CD release was about the extent of HSD’s activity. This Saturday, the group — led by Bluegrass legend Ed Cunningham and featuring Dave Morrison and Randy Cheek (former Ass Ponys rhythm section), noted picker Harold Kennedy, violinist Paul Patterson (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Faux Frenchmen, 500 Miles to Memphis) and mandolin master Brad Meinerding — plays its first show ever in Ohio, a freebie at The Comet starting at 10 p.m. Copies of the original CD will be available while supplies last.