Folklife Center - Cultural Programs
Live! Folklife Concerts
Spring 2015 • Thursdays at 7 pm at Crandall • Free*
Hot Club of Saratoga • March 12
Hot Club of Saratoga is a gypsy jazz quintet that plays a repertoire in the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in The Quintet of the Hot Club of France most prominent in the 1930‘s and kept alive through a long line of gypsy jazz artists since that time. The band is Chad Tallman (solo guitar), Chuck Kish (rhythm guitar), Tucker Callander (violin), Jonathan Greene (woodwinds), and Dylan Perrillo (string bass). The driving rhythms under dynamic soloing give the music a life and vibrancy sure to bring a smile and often an irresistible desire to move.
Phil Henry with Gary Moon • March 19
Phil Henry serenades his audiences with his sweet strong voice, intricate guitar work, and songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. He’s played the big stages - Kerrville, Falcon Ridge - and won song contests like SolarFest and Susquehanna. His new CD, Aberdeen, continues his tradition of upbeat, narrative folk songs, weaving detailed characters and settings with his own personal history and emotions.
Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters • March 26
The powerhouse duo of Amy Gallatin and Roger Williams, twenty and forty year veterans of the New England music scene, joined forces a few years ago to explore their mutual love of country standards, served up with an acoustic treatment in the bluegrass vein. The result is a toe-tapping blend of heartfelt vocals, soaring harmonies and red-hot picking, traditional yet modern and distinct. They are joined by JD Williams/mandolin, vocals; & Eric Levenson/bass. “The song selections are perfect, the harmonies glorious, the sentiments wonderfully maudlin (like any good old country song)” –Americana radio host Ed McKeon.
Wooden Dinosaur • April 9
Wooden Dinosaur is led by songwriter Michael Roberts of Brattleboro, VT, whose music is said to have a sense of clarity through simplicity. Fascinating compositions, ornate vocal harmonies, and an exquisite performance are hallmarks of the band, Michael Roberts (guitar, vocals), Katie Trautz (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Murphy (upright bass, vocals), Frank Roberts (drums), Craig Barowsky (trumpet), Ian Durling (trombone). “Wooden Dinosaur make the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more. It’s folksy, rambling and sweet, with dark, quirky lyrics” –NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Honey Dewdrops • April 16
Honey Dewdrops (Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish) share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. Their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, is raw and engaging, with characters and images from kindred people and places. And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down. “...songwriting that strives to honor the simplicity of it’s forebears” –Utne Monthly Reader.
Emerald Rae Trio • April 23
Emerald Rae grew up in a musical family where country music and rock ‘n roll were prevalent, and has spent the last 20 years studying all facets of folk music. She is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and is well-known in the Boston area for her versatility, her dynamic power-house playing style and her unique perspective. Emerald is also a talented step-dancer and an active member of the Boston Cape Breton music scene. In 2013, she released her solo album, If Only I Could Fly, featuring her talents on guitar, fiddle and crwth (the ancient welsh fiddle, pronounced “krooth”).
*These concerts are produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Librarynd made possible with funds from the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the Folk Arts Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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