In addition to the performance by James Reams & The Barnstormers on Friday night, here’s the 2017 lineup of musical guests for Saturday night. A special thanks to our sponsors: the Folk Music Society of NY and The Old Stone House for making this event possible.
Vincent Cross — born in Ireland and raised in Australia, Cross has now brought his gift for songwriting and roots-flavored bluegrass sound to the Big Apple. The IBMA review of his latest album stated he “infuses bluegrass with country, blues and folk, and a wealth of solid songwriting… Cross’ voice is humble and rings true with fitting emotion in each piece.” His vocal influences range from the “untamed” Rosco Holcomb to the subtler alt-country musing of Jeff Tweedy. High praise from the legendary Odetta testifies to his authentic understanding of old-time mountain music and bluegrass vocals. He will be joined by Portland native and 5-string whiz Billy Failing.
Lydia Martin — With a voice as pure as an Appalachian spring, but with a fierce mastery of her instrument and a delightful mix of southern-rooted tradition, Lydia Sylvia Martin taps into an inventive mix of styles that her adept banjo playing, natural vocals and arrangements bring to new life. Tony Trishcka raves, “Lydia is a wonderful banjo player with depth and technical expertise. Her unaffected singing is beautiful as well.”
Tin + Bone — a new Brooklyn-based old-time music duo featuring 12-year-old Little Nora Brown, the blue ribbon youth banjo winner at the 2017 Appalachian Stringband Festival, and Trip Henderson, New York’s “Merry Monarch of the Harmonica.” They met while working with friend and mentor, the late Shlomo Pestcoe. Trip plays southern vernacular music in its many forms and has performed with Bo Diddley, Hazel Dickens, John Cohen, Ben E. King, Bruce Springsteen, BB King, John Herald and more. They will be joined by Eli Hetko for a set that includes old-time tunes & songs, lachrymose ballads & pre-war blues.
Hell’s Kitchen Country — is all about savory three-part bluegrass harmony. The band – comprising three veterans of the NYC bluegrass and old-time scene: Gene Yellin on guitar, Bill Christophersen on fiddle, and Mark Farrell on mandolin – draws its repertoire from the lesser-known material of pioneers like the Sauceman Brothers, as well as the Stanleys and Jimmy Martin.
Great Falls Select — names may have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent, but the talent and experience of this band would be recognized anywhere. The Jamboree has enticed these skilled individuals to come together for a special performance, with the promise that portions of their concert may actually appear on the big screen. You’ll have to see this performance to believe it!
Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys — make one feel as if they’re traveling in time, back to Louisiana in 1963. Mel Guarino of The Bluebillies said, “There is no other band that I know that can sound so modern and yet so classic and nostalgic. It’s at once, “Old Timey” and “Timeless”, echoing the sound and feel of maybe Hank Williams or the Stanley Brothers, with a “hill-billy” edge.” lt’s the basic belief of The RR Boys that audience participation leads to a deeper and more meaningful connection. Typically, most audiences enthusiastically whoop it up during songs like their signature “shout along” titled “So Far So Good” or dance in the aisles to “If It Ain’t Cajun”. They consistently bridge the gap between themselves and their audience through their songs and musical stories, essentially creating one big “down home” family.