Ordinary Elephant, Austin & Elliot, Lisa Bastoni & Sean Staples

Live in the Wheelhouse

Ordinary Elephant

Austin & Elliot

Lisa Bastoni & Sean Staples

Tue · August 7, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10-20 suggested donation

$10-20 suggested donation

Hawks & Reed presents a night of duos! Featuring Ordinary Elephant, Austin & Elliot, Lisa Bastoni & Sean Staples.

$10-20 suggested donation

Ordinary Elephant
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. The collaboration of husband and wife, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. You see it, hear it, and then you find yourself truly feeling it. “As genuine as it gets” says legendary Texas producer Lloyd Maines.

Crystal and Pete Damore have been performing together since 2011, when they called Texas home. The two took to full-time nomadic life with their dogs in 2014, and are still finding home and music wherever they go. The duo was both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2017, and their release ‘Before I Go’ was No. 7 on the Folk DJ Chart for the year.
Austin & Elliot
Based in Western Massachusetts, folk duo Austin & Elliott is comprised of singer/songwriters Chris Elliott (voice, acoustic guitar) and Lisa Austin (voice, hand drum, 6-string banjo). “Dark and irreverent” (Radio Nowhere), their original songs tell stories of love gone wrong and death done right. With driving rhythms, bracing harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics, Austin & Elliott have performed their "fun original take on folk" (CBS Boston's Best Singer-Songwriters) since the early aughts on stages around their native Northeast.

2017 NERFA DJ Choice Showcase
2018 Great American Song Contest Finalist
Two-time Rosegarden Songwriting Contest Finalist

"Elliott’s frantic strumming of his guitar combined with Austin’s driving percussion finds the couple edging into indie rock territory.” - Greenfield Recorder

“Injecting new, irreverent elements into the established folk and singer-songwriter playing field via their smart and modern lyrical sensibilities. Meanwhile, their musical end hinges upon vocal melodies and harmonies… fun original take on folk. Their shows are guaranteed to be a memorable experience.” - Boston’s Best Songwriters on CBS Boston

"Voices meld together perfectly." - Metronome Magazine

"Call it folk with attitude or acoustic metal, it has a Black Sabbath "Iron Man" chord progression beneath Lisa Austin's spot-on vocals.” - Frank Gutch Jr, Acoustic Music Exchange

“Beautifully crafted tales of introspection and woe.” - Northeast Performer Magazine

“Dark and irreverent… a modern approach through the dark heart of classic country and Appalachian ballads.” - Joltin Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere

“A timeless quality difficult to achieve.” - Greg Grant, Online Folk Festival
Lisa Bastoni & Sean Staples
Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston's WUMB. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song "Rabbit Hole" was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin" (Maverick-UK).
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301