WINTER STRING JAMBOREE
Fri · February 23, 2018
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
$20 advance / $25 day of show
This will be a hefty dose of mid-winter medicine. An evening for folks to come out and play, enjoy the valley’s finest string music, arts, and in-house crafted heartwarming cocktails.
WINTER STRING JAMBOREE LINE UP
7:00 PM - TRACY GRAMMER
8:00 PM - ERIC LEE & COMPANY
9:00 PM - MAMMA'S MARMALADE
10:00 PM - JOHN SHELDON
11:00 PM - MIKEY SWEET BAND
Self-described as a "haunting fingerprint a young lost traveler of the American landscape," Sweet's personal history informs all of his song writing. His cryptic lyrics pay autobiographic homage to the duality between the freedom and the isolation inherent in the transient life (although none of these songs are about him, as he's known to say with a smirk). The confessional quality of Sweet's poetry brings fresh nuance to the ancient art of storytelling as the troubled troubadour conjures images of the less than romantic edge of the road dog life. Says Deb Hebert of Blue Bird Reviews, "Most compellingÅ[is Sweet's] skill for translating matters of the heart in such a way the lesson learned is universal, a trait that parallels some of our generations greatest storytellers in Springsteen, Hiatt and Browne."
Determined to honor the duo's journey and bring Carter's songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer has kept to the road, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives. Her latest release, LITTLE BLUE EGG, is a collection of intimate recordings from the duo's home studios. LBE was the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012, and once again, the duo were the #1 most-played artists for the year.
Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter's reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo's first meeting, Carter's quirks and fancies, or Grammer's own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. Additionally, Grammer has begun down the songwriter's path as part of RealWomenRealSongs, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts -- and the stories behind them -- on her current tour, to the delight of longtime fans.
As one fan put it, "With Tracy, it's never just about the music. It's a soul journey."
Grammer tours the United States and Canada regularly, and has traveled to Europe and Japan. She holds the record for the most consecutive appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival ~ a lucky 13. She performs in a variety of configurations -- solo, duo, trio, and full band -- with Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Burns Sisters, Susan Werner), Rob Schnell (Glim Dropper, Christine Havrilla), Tom Hampton (Marshall Tucker Band, Poco), and David Chalfant (Nields) rounding out her ensembles.
In addition to touring, Grammer is the director of the Dave Carter Legacy Project. Her publishing company, Tracy Grammer Music, administers licenses for Carter's catalog of music. She is working on a memoir about her time with Dave Carter. Tracy lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her beloved Miss Kitty.
You may have seen one of their spirited performances on stages at The Fresh Grass Festival, Joe Val Festival, The Shea Theater and on many more stages throughout New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine. They have had the privilege of sharing bills with artists such as Jayme Stone and Fruition. They recently released their debut full length record, “Goodbye, Black Velvet” in June of 2017, followed by a successful release tour.
In 2007, Lee attended the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where the newly-formed supergroup, The Strangelings (featuring musical legends Pete & Maura Kennedy, Christina Thompson, Rebecca Hall, Ken Anderson, and Cheryl Prashker,) spotted Eric and his fiddle and invited him to join them on an informal campground performance. That Saturday night, after two days into his first music festival, Eric Lee, (then eighteen), was playing on the main stage as the band's newest member.
With the conclusion of the Strangelings' two-year run, Eric became a member of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's House Band, a position formerly held by virtuosic violinists Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Jake Armerding, playing alongside some of the most respected and gifted professionals in the folk community, and has since accompanied such iconic artists as John Gorka, Peter Rowan, Vance Gilbert, Dan Navarro, The Kennedys, Lucy Kaplansky, The Nields, Tracy Grammer, the Grand Slambovians, Tom Rush, and Eliza Gilkyson, among others. It is these landmark artists along with the works of the revered late song smith Dave Carter that inform and inspire Lee's own songwriting.
The music of Eric Lee is a chimera of genres and influences; an ever-evolving world of sonic exploration with stand-alone melodies always at it's core. His new EP traverses a range of emotion, from the unbridled joy of love in "Miles Above the Ground" to the wrenching pain of Eros in "To Write you a Song"; the unflattering honesty of coping with loss ("Life Without You") to the cosmic petition to the ancient powers in "Hands of Fortune."
In addition to performing as a solo artist (and on some occasions with a backing band), he continues to work as a session artist and sideman. He plans to record and release a full-length album in the near future.
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