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2019 Concert Season

KYLE CAREY

Ernie Geiger opens

January 26, 2019 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Kyle Carey weaves together resonant threads of Celtic and American roots music into a rich tapestry of acoustic storytelling called ‘Gaelic Americana’. Kyle was raised by her schoolteacher parents first in the Alaskan Bush (where she heard Yup’ik Eskimo spoken as often as she heard English), and then in rural New Hampshire. She studied literature in college, and then travelled to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on a Fulbright Fellowship to begin her study of the Gaelic language and its music. Carey is one of those scarce-as-hen’s-teeth Irish-Americans fluent in the language of her ancestors. That was followed by a two-year sojourn, attending Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isle of Skye, where she cemented her command of the Gaelic language and fell under the tutelage of Christine Primrose, a native of nearby Lewis and one of Scotland’s most revered traditional singers. From Primrose she learned the secrets of pronunciation and tone that distinguish those who sing from the deep heart of that music.

Carey has showcased that style in the traditional Gaelic songs—two on each album—that have graced her previous CDs and also this third one. Her debut, ‘Monongah’ was recorded in western Ireland and produced by Donogh Hennesy of the acoustic super-group Lùnasa. ‘North Star’, released in 2014, was recorded this time in Scotland, and was produced by Seamus Egan, a founding member of Solas.  In her original material, she breaks new ground in her ability to make that style the pulse of a new American sort of folk music. The essence of that revolution lies in the real distinction Carey draws between Celtic Americana—i.e., the well-traveled path of American musicians performing in the style of traditional Celtic music—and the Gaelic Americana that she writes and performs. Her music is innovative not only in its bone-deep feel for Celtic tradition, but in all that she is able to graft on to it by way of a personal vision as capacious as the North American continent.

The “Americana” portion of this synthesis has been plucked variously from bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes; in the lyrics from personal experience, Appalachian folktale, Dustbowl narrative, the Old and New Testaments, Greek mythology, and the rough-hewn poetry of West Virginia’s Louise McNeill.

She is the daughter of non-fiction writer Richard Adams Carey and a direct descendant of the Adams and Quincy Adams families. In 2017 she became engaged to Italian philosopher and 2016 ‘Gaelic Learner of the Year’ Carmine Colajezzi.

Ernie Geiger will open the show. Ernie plays the Great Highland Bagpipe which has its roots in the 1300’s and also a lowland pipe. He will be playing a shuttle pipe, which evolved around 1675. Much of his music is Ceol Beag, (light music) which consists of marches, slow airs, and dance music including straspeys, reels, jigs, and hornpipes. This will be a real treat and a perfect compliment to Kyle’s Gaelic performance.

FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL

There will be no concert in February

I will be attending the Folk Alliance International (FAI) conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada. FAI is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community with a mission to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community – traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional – through education, advocacy and performance. FAI crosses a diverse array of genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Indigenous, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, and Spoken Word. The 5-day event includes over 180 Official and over 3,400 Private Artist Showcases, as well as an Indigenous Music Summit, Networking and Mentoring Sessions, Professional Panels, International Folk Music Awards, and a Wisdom of the Elders Presentation. There will also be keynote addresses by musical luminaries.

In simple words…limited sleep and unlimited music.

EMILY SCOTT ROBINSON

March 2, 2019 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

With her NEW album Traveling Mercies, Emily Scott Robinson offers a complex, thoughtful portrait of a real itinerant artist, one who carries the lessons of her past as she searches for a hopeful future. She and her husband live full time in a motorhome and spend long stretches on the road, turning chance encounters with strangers into stirring folk meditations on the human condition.

Though this is Robinson’s first proper studio release (having already released a full-length album, Magnolia Queen, and a live EP), it’s by no means her first introduction to the songwriting community.

In 2015, she won American Songwriter’s May/June lyric contest for Magnolia Queen cut “Marriage Ain’t the End of Being Lonely.” She followed that award with two more, notching a Kerrville New Folk Winner trophy in 2016 and a Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest win in 2017. In an early nod to Traveling Mercies, AmericanaFest announced Robinson as an Official Showcasing Artist for the 2018 lineup in Nashville this September.

With Traveling Mercies, Robinson has announced herself as one of our important emerging voices in Americana and roots music. Beyond that, she’s given us a beautiful album, a balm for trying times which shows, through intricately crafted melodies and hard-earned wisdom, that we all have the same struggles at our core, and there’s no better time than now to take that to heart.

“Emily Scott Robinson, Traveling Mercies. Press releases tout “breakthrough albums” almost as often as CNN proclaims “breaking news,” but for once, the phrase isn’t hype: North Carolina–based folk singer/songwriter Emily Scott Robinson really does deserve to reach a wide audience with this CD. Her songs are well crafted, with strong melodies; and though this is her first official studio album, her gorgeous, nuanced vocals—which variously remind me of Iris DeMent and Nanci Griffith—sound like the work of a veteran performer.” – No Depression