WEDNESDAY FOLK TRADITIONS 2016
June 8 - Tim Eriksen Trio
The leader of the “shape-note” tradition, experimentalist and ethnomusicologist, performs traditional ballads from the Appalachians to the Pioneer Valley and original pieces that have been described as “magical realism in song.”. -“a storyteller at heart, with a distinctive, unvarnished voice.” -Washington Post
Tim Eriksen will be joined by Zoë Darrow and Peter Irvine.
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June 15 - Youssoupha Sidibe and Charles Neville
Youssoupha Sidibe, a Grammy nominated Senegalese Master Kora player who breaks with tradition creating a new genre blending aspects of western music, with Reggae and ancient African Harp styles will be joined by New Orleans legendary Grammy-award-winning saxophone virtuoso “The Horn Man” Charles Neville. "The rippling, and…percussive, arrangements with the kora are like rocks in a stream, with Neville's fluid and melodic saxophone like water flowing over and around…” - Beth Peerless - The Monterey County Herald
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June 22 - Viva Quetzal
World/Afro-Andean/Latin/Jazz Fusion … an astonishing array of exotic and familiar instruments and folkloric themes that creates a link between the rain forests of Central and South America, the carnivals of Brazil, the high plateaus of the Andes, and the urban barrios of Latin America andthe United States. …“ more than eclectic or rhythmic, it's spiritual, it's all cultures existing as one. That's universal music!”- Rafael Charres, Cashbox Magazine (NYC)
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June 29 - Dave Mallett
“The Voice of New England” This troubadour singer-songwriter, whose “Garden Song” had become an American folk classic, reflects on the dramatic changes in contemporary American life. Folk poet Dave Mallett “continues to write thoughtful, potent songs about changing America – small town Main Street, relationships disintegrated or strengthened by distance and fast-moving times, the vast chasm between this nation’s poverty and wealth.” - Allana Nash, Stereo Review
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July 13 - Afro-Semitic Experience
Afro-Semitic Experience is dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African diaspora. Comprised of African-American and Jewish-American musicians their performance creates an artistic response to anti-Semitism and racism of all forms. “…the sound of the past, the present and the great beyond all at once.”-Christopher Arnott, New Haven Advocate
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July 20 - Evelyn Harris with Dionne McClain-Freeney
7th Annual Horace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel Performance
7th Annual Horace Clarence Boyer Memorial Gospel Performance featuring Evelyn Harris, a powerhouse vocalist, former member of Sweet Honey In The Rock, and Grammy nominated composer who creates stirring interpretations of music from the African-American song canon including spirituals, freedom songs, gospel and blues. Harris will be accompanied by pianist, composer, singer, choral director, and teaching artist, Dionne McClain-Freeney.
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Wednesday Folk Traditions is funded, in part, by grants from: the Marion I. And Otto C. Kohler Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts; Easthampton Savings Bank; the Amherst and Hadley Cultural Councils, local agencies, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; and with generous support from many local businesses.