THREE BRIDGES CONCERT SERIES: a Celebration of Traditional Music
The Library Arts Center is excited to present the Three Bridges Concert Series: a celebration of Traditional Music again in 2019! Following the tremendous concerts we experienced last season, we are excited to welcome these exceptional musicians from around New England and beyond. Find out more about the musicians and their music at the links below.
Here’s a sneak peek at the music of CANTRIP! The trio will be playing in the gallery on Saturday, July 13th
JUNE – OCTOBER 2019
LIBRARY ARTS CENTER | MAIN GALLERY
All performances begin at 7:00pm | Open Seating | Doors open at 6:30pm
Tickets are $16 in advance / $20 at the door (as space allows)
CONCERT SERIES LINEUP:
June 7th – 7:00pm – The Glory Reel – Traditional Irish Music from America
The Glory Reel – Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), Caitlin Finley (fiddle), and Chris “Junior” Stevens (button accordion, concertina, piano) play sparky and driving traditional Irish music that’s grounded in the textures and rhythms of the rich Irish-American soundscape of the 1920s and 30s. With roots in the living Irish musical cultures of Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, and a tremendous admiration for the first generation of recorded Irish musicians, the trio conjures up the sounds of the dance halls, vaudeville theaters, and house sessions central to Irish-American music from the first half of the twentieth century. Their 2019 debut album, The Glory Reel, is full of swing, lift, and exuberance, drawing largely upon the repertoires of North Connacht and Ulster, regions that have had a significant impact upon the style and repertoire of the trio. The flute playing of John McKenna, the piping of Michael Carney and Patsy Touhey, the music of Donegal fiddle legends John and Mickey Doherty, and of course the foundational 78s of Coleman, Killoran, and Morrison are all at play here; a diverse set of influences that are channeled by the trio into punchy, powerful, and joyous music.
All three members of the trio are natives of the East Coast of the United States, and are products of the region’s rich heritage and living culture of Irish music. Will and Caitlin first began playing together in New York City, but relocation to New England a few years later put them in the orbit of the thriving Boston scene. It was during this time that they encountered Junior Stevens, rapidly establishing a compelling musical chemistry; a shared aural vocabulary and mental library of influences made their music come together in a way that felt easy and sounded right. A circuit of sessions and gigs between Boston and Portland, Maine quickly developed, and before long it became abundantly clear that the only thing to do was to record an album. The Glory Reel is the product.
An East Coast native, Will Woodson lived in Glasgow, Scotland and New York City before moving to Portland, Maine. He holds a master’s degree in traditional music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. On the flute, he’s heavily influenced by the music of the older generations of Sligo, Leitrim, and Roscommon flute players; on the pipes, Seamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, and Patsy Touhey are at the fore of his listening. He’s also deeply influenced in the fiddle tradition of Donegal, and by John Doherty in particular. Will plays in the band Daymark and is active in the Portland and Boston traditional music scenes.
Originally from Philadelphia, Caitlin Finley learned much of her music from the great traditional players in the area, including box player Kevin McGillian and flute player Paddy O’Neill. As a teenager, she took fiddle lessons from Rose Flanagan and Brian Conway. Caitlin’s playing is greatly influenced by the music of Sligo fiddlers, including James Morrison, Paddy Killoran, and Michael Coleman, who recorded in New York in the 1920s and 30s. She also draws inspiration from the music of Donegal fiddlers John Doherty, Vincent Campbell, and James Byrne. Caitlin has performed throughout the East Coast. Since leaving Philadelphia, Caitlin has lived in New York and Boston, where she played an active part in both cities’ superb traditional music scenes.
One of the foremost exponents of the concertina and button accordion in the Irish style, Christian Stevens has spent two decades surrounded by the thriving Irish music community in America. In 2017, he was named a master musician by the Maine Arts Commission, receiving an artist fellowship. He is a talented performer with a unique style, and has been featured on many recordings and stages from local dance halls to the Library of Congress.
The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Originally formed as a quartet, Cantrip sprung from a local session in Edinburgh nearly twenty years ago. Their driving music immediately caught the attention of the masses, and they were quickly signed to the Foot Stompin’ label. With their first album “Silver” (2001) in hand, Cantrip made its way across the water to the United States, where they were received with roars and shouts (of enjoyment). After years of significant touring, the band parted ways with Foot Stompin’ and began producing albums on their own. Two albums later (“Boneshaker” in 2005 and “Piping the Fish” in 2008), Cantrip had cemented itself as a perennial figure. After a period of hiatus in which children were born and continents were left for new ones, Cantrip redefined its sound. Trimming itself to a trio, the band tightened its arrangements while expanding its influence. New inspirations began creeping into the sound, complementing the traditional foundation of the band. This more mature sound debuted on their recent release “The Crossing” (2016) and has been catching the ear of listeners and concert goers all over again. Find out more about the trio at www.cantrip-music.com.
Irish music from Portland and Boston with Fodhla
Fódhla brings both high energy and stellar artistry to the traditional music stage.
The trio’s sound is firmly rooted in the traditional Irish melodies and ornamentation that fiddler Ellery Klein and flute player Nicole Rabata honed during years spent abroad in Ireland’s cities Cork, Limerick, and Ennis. Fiddle and flute tunes are superbly supported by guitarist Bethany Waickman, whose inventive, tasteful chords unfold with driving rhythm perfected from years of playing for contradances.
Cognizant of their North American roots, Fódhla aims to appeal to a broad audience by bringing variety, inventive harmonies and unique arrangements to traditional music. A typical concert starts off with high-energy traditional sets of Irish reels and jigs. Fiddle and flute then trade melody and harmonies on a Québécois waltz paired with an elegant French bourrée. A joyful and toe-tapping pair of barndances soar out on a high note. Finally, the soft notes of guitar bring in a melancholy, exquisite slow air – music that brings out audible sighs from a rapt audience.
Fódhla’s debut recording, Notes from Millpond, was released in December 2015 to a sold-out show at Acoustic Artisans in Portland.
Fodhla has played a variety of venues across Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including the iconic Celtic music series at Portland’s Blue and The Backroom at the Burren in Somerville, MA. The trio has been well received at festivals such as Portland, Maine’s Saltwater Festival, the Maine Celtic Celebration, KVMR Celtic Fest in Grass Valley, CA, and the Boston Celtic Music Festival.
Putting a fresh spin on traditional Irish music, the Jordan T-W Trio serves up a high-energy show full of foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes and classic sing-alongs. Award-winning fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is joined by fellow New Hampshire natives Matt Jensen on guitar and Chris Noyes on upright bass. The Trio has filled venues around the state, even headlining an event for the NH Acoustic Music Association and performing for the Traditional Arts Council, who recently named Jordan a “Master Artist.” Their shows blend traditional Celtic music with their own original material, breaking down genre lines to give you fiddle music as you’ve never heard it before. Find out more at www.JordanTWmusic.com
Sat. October 5th – 7:00pm – Yann Falquet & Jean-François Bélanger
Over the years, Montreal-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Jean-Francois Bélanger has refined his own personal and poetic vision of traditional music. His finely-honed compositions have led reviewers to underscore his depth, originality and versatility.
After studying violin for a number of years, he began exploring rare and unusual instruments and taught himself the twenty or so currently in his collection. In recent years, his approach has centered principally on traditional Scandinavian music. The use of rarely-heard instruments such as the nyckelharpa, kontrabasharpa and tenorharpa, all Swedish keyed fiddles, give his recordings and performances a unique sound and pique the listener curiosity.
From Montreal, Yann Falquet is one of the most creative acoustic guitarists in today’s Québécois music scene. Over the last 18 years, he has recorded six albums and toured the world with French Canadian power trio Genticorum. He has developed a unique personal guitar style for Québécois folk music, rhythmically powerful yet subtly complex. His involvement in traditional music scene brought Yann to perform on and produce numerous recordings, and to regularly tour throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. His musical collaborations include Alasdair Fraser, Seamus Egan, Natalie Haas, Brittany Haas, Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss.