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 2018! 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.
See a preview of Alex Kehler + Nicholas Williams– playing in the gallery on Sat. July 14th:
APRIL – SEPTEMBER 2018
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
CONCERT SERIES LINEUP:
Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together. In short, the sum creates a greater whole. The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes. Devon Leger of Hearth Music says, “This duo really shows how two masterful musicians listen and play off each other.” The music this duo creates is to share, and live performance is the forte. Their mutual attitude stretches beyond the music. The two have been good friends ever since they met, and this is present in their live performances, which are full of organic banter and good humor to go along with the music. They create an environment of their own design, drawing in listeners without pretense. Despite both living active musical lives thousands of miles apart these two musicians have committed to working together to forge a new musical path.
The two are joined for this concert by Jeremiah McLane (accordion).
Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity”, Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic harp to new levels of performance. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting. Maeve has released five albums to date, and was the first lever harpist to join the faculty of the iconic Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she taught for five years before switching to a visiting roots department artist.
A native of Newfoundland, Keith Murphy‘s traditional song repertoire is based in Eastern Canada and Quebec as well as his current home, Vermont. His direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and color to his songs. His 2005 album, Bound for Canaan showcased his refined sense of balance between innovation and tradition while his most recent CD, Suffer No Loss (2014) is a beautifully spare recording in the style of early classic recordings of the traditional English and Celtic music revival.
June 9th – The Colleen Raney Band
A gifted singer, Colleen Raney is known for her dedication to the craft of performing and preserving the vibrant song tradition of Ireland. Her ability to convey this love of Irish music makes every performance a captivating experience, no matter the setting. Raney sings with an enchanting yet unaffected style allowing the listener to enjoy her selection of songs whether they are familiar or more obscure. She is releasing her 5th full length studio album in early summer 2018 and has recently spent time touring with Irish American supergroup Solas.
The Colleen Raney Band:
Award-winning singer and flute player, Portland, Maine’s Hanz Araki has been a prominent figure in the Irish music community in North America and beyond for nearly three decades. In that time he has released 10 albums, played countless festival stages, toured internationally, and collaborated with a number of well-respected musicians within and outside of the Celtic music genre.
Portland, Maine-based guitarist Bethany Waickman accompanies some of the country’s finest players, be it at dance halls, pub sessions, or on the concert stage. Bethany grew up in a musical family in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state. She started piano at an early age and played traditional and classical music along with her fiddle- and cello-playing brothers. She discovered DADGAD guitar tuning while attending Meadowlark, a folk music camp in Maine. There she studied with Keith Murphy, a well-known composer, musician, and influential practitioner of DADGAD. The modified tuning offers unique harmonies and rich drones well suited to supporting traditional music and to the driving, rhythmic playing for which Bethany is known.
These two accomplished multi-instrumentalists share a passion for music rooted in Scandinavian and Celtic traditions. They play at times with the raw energy of dance musicians, and at others with the subtlety of a chamber ensemble, with rich vocal harmonies thrown into the mix. Nyckelharpa (swedish keyed fiddle), wooden flute, piano and button accordions, fiddle, piano, and låtmandola are all featured in their colorful musical palette. These two musicians from the Eastern Townships have vast teaching experience and can be found leading workshops and master classes on festival stages and at music camps. Their debut CD First Frost with the collaboration of Yann Falquet was released in October 2015.
August 18th – Katie McNally & Niel Pearlman
“THE NEW FACE OF SCOTTISH FIDDLING IN THE USA” (The Living Tradition), Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. Her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola.
The trio recently travelled to Cape Breton to record a brand-new album released in Fall 2016. Under the guidance of producer Wendy MacIsaac (Beolach, Mary Jane Lamond), McNally has curated a collection of tunes that will draw inspiration from raw, mid-century recordings of Cape Breton fiddlers both in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts and be sculpted by the creative energy of the Boston acoustic music scene.
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. Now, in recognition of 20 years of performing the band is returning to its roots and revisiting Silver, with a live re-release slated for Autumn 2018 that looks to be as exciting and full of energy as ever. Find out more about the trio at www.cantrip-music.com.