Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
7:30 - door open at 7
GiG Performance Space - 1808 Second Street
Price: $15 advance - $18 at door
Joy Kills Sorrow's sound is a mix of time-honored timbres of the American tradition and the indie rock and new folk its young members grew up on. While the former has made Joy Kills Sorrow proven favorites on the bluegrass circuit, the latter has allowed them to reach audiences more attuned to Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes than The Stanley Brothers. Their name comes from the ’30s radio station where the Monroe Brothers performed (WJKS-Where Joy Kills Sorrow). The Boston-based group brings together musicians who each have classical and/or jazz conservatory training, but choose to play a contemporary take on music of the heartland, driven by beautiful string arrangements. Singer Emma Beaton was nominated for Traditional Vocalist of the Year at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Guitarist and luthier Matthew Arcara is a Winfield National Flatpicking Champion. Bassist Bridget Kearney, a New England Conservatory of Music graduate and the group's primary songwriter, is a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting contest. The ensemble's latest disc is This Unknown Science.
Presented by SW Roots Music
Friday, May 31st, 2013
GiG Performance Space - 1808 2nd Street
In a uniquely satisfying musical synthesis, singer/composer Timothy Hill weaves a natural purity of voice with threads of otherworldly abstract sound, blending seamlessly into a style that defies description. Having performed with such diverse artists as Pete Seeger, Jeff Buckley and Bill Frisell, it is no wonder that Hill's musical explorations span the genres of folk, jazz, world music, contemporary classical and improvisation. As a member of David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, he has been a pioneer in the art of harmonic singing, prompting The New York Times critic Robert Palmer to praise Hill as "a virtuoso of the Tibetan chanting technique."
Mr. Hill has released three recordings of original songs - This Bright World, The Human Place, and Spirit's Body - and contributed to the new spoken-word-with-music collection Pete Seeger: The Storm King, as well as recordings by artists such as alternative rock chanteuse Katell Keineg, klezmer clarinetist Giora Feidman, composer/cellist Robert Een and Irish traditional singer and flautist Cathal McConnell. Hill performed on eight recordings by David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, including their seminal work, Hearing Solar Winds.
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Ty Burhoe & Bruce Dunlap
GiG - 1808 Second Street
Ty works with a broad range of artists including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Art Lande, Krishna Das, Kala Ramnath, Curandero (Miguel Espinoza), Ustad Sultan Khan, Bela Fleck, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Bruce Dunlap, Kai Eckhardt, Steve Gorn, Mamadou Diabate, Rick Alan (Def Leppard), Howard Levy, Kitaro, Bill Dougals, Jon Anderson (Yes) and many more. Ty has performed in prestigious halls all around the world including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall in London. On the side, he is the tour assistant for his teacher Zakir Hussain, touring, producing and managing concerts worldwide. Ty also teaches “Sound & Spirit” workshops focused on the spiritual nature of sound, as well as tabla intensives throughout the world.
"Evocative and spellbinding." -The New York Times
"The grace and emotional import of fine poetry. JAZZIZ
"Acoustic jazz guitar played stunningly well.. fascinating new compositions." -Jim Hall
"A dazzling set of originals" "shimmering portraits" "in sum a tour de force" -Jazz Times
"Dunlap blew the audience's collective mind with a startling display of virtuosity, technical wizardry, and clarity." -Jazz Now
A strong melodic sense ...a wonderful technique ...swinging rhythms and tricky chordal patterns ...a singing quality with a lot of heart." -Downbeat
Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Sandra Wong, Dominick Leslie and Ty Burhoe
GIG - 1808 Second Street
Sandra Wong, Dominick Leslie and Ty Burhoe come together in an unusual trio combination of nyckelharpa/fiddle, mandolin and tabla/world percussion to explore music from all corners of the globe, including their own compositions; from Bach to Shakti to Swedish Folk and Modern Bluegrass. Having made their trio concert debut at the Caramoor International Music Festival July of 2010, the project continues to gain both momentum and depth. Reaching into their individual roots of Classical Western, Classical Indian, Bluegrass, Jazz, Scandinavian, old-time American music, their arrangements honor each tradition while moving into new, unchartered territory whether it’s old-time tunes in 7, Bach on nyckelharpa, mandolin and tabla, Swedish tunes from hundreds of years ago brought into a 21st century arrangement or Shakti revisited. You can hear the trio in a live concert recording at www.FestivalLink.net. A percentage of all ticket and CD sales go to support 1% For the Planet and other organizations with this focus.
Friday, June 28th, 2013
The Howlin' Brothers
GiG - 1808 Second Street
Price: $15 advance - $18 door
A combination of unabashed bluegrass and stomping, swampy blues that offers it's allegiance to authentic Americana origins, a rousing combination of banjos, fiddles, mandolin, and ragtime revelry. It is fun stuff indeed.--No Depression
Meet The Howlin’ Brothers, a Nashville-based band that likes to keep one foot in tradition...and use the other to kick it right out the door. The Brothers inject a healthy dose of upbeat bluegrass directly into the rougher variety of blues, a kind of Muddy Waters meets Bill Monroe take on music that also incorporates elements of folk, soul and gospel. Formed at Ithaca College a few years back, the Brothers (who are not actually related) build their stomps and hollers on a solid structure of upright bass, fiddle and banjo, punctuating and peppering their blues-grass with slide banjo, harmonica, old-timey fiddle, and heartfelt vocals. Their latest release is titled HOWL. If you dig raw kick-ass country folk, you'll want to catch this one. Presented by Southwest Roots Music in partnership with Santa Fe Performance Exchange.
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Saturday, July 27th, 2013
GiG - 1808 Second Street
RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Louisville on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Isaac Alderson on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles.
RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound.
Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, and the Guy Mendilow Band.
“There is truly a mystical quality to their playing. They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless.” – Lori Lander Murphy, Irish Philadelphia
“Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else.” – Travis Rogers, Jr.,- Music Life and Times
“For contemporary Celtic music at its very best – do yourself a favor and check out RUNA.. brilliant!” – Gene Shay, Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM
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