Revels FRINGE Concert Series
“The unpredictable edge of the folk movement” is how we describe Revels FRINGE. The goal is to create a forum within which we encourage performers to examine and redraw the boundaries of traditional music and dance. In intimate settings we aim to create musical experiences that both delight and educate.
3 Saturdays at 7:30pm in 2019: January 26, March 2, April 27
Revels, 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA
Join Revels as we celebrate innovation and creativity in musical process and performance based on the roots of traditional music. Experience these distinct “voices” at the forefront of today’s music scene:
MAEVE GILCHRIST, Saturday, April 27, 2019
On April 27, Maeve will present her new solo show, The Harp Weaver, an evening length concert of rich, textural harp compositions and playful renditions of traditional tunes inspired by and shaped around the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem, The Ballad of the Harp Weaver. Some subtle electronics will augment the soundscape and create an atmosphere that is both welcoming as other-worldly as the instrument itself.
Rooted in the traditions of her native Scotland, Maeve has continuously pushed boundaries and has taken the music of the traditional lever harp to the outer limits. With both the ability and the instinct to straddle several disciplines she moves easily from the traditional to the cutting edge.
Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem, The Ballad of the Harp Weaver, became a charmed tapestry through which Gilchrist was to weave such music, such poetry, and such song as would demonstrate with quite stunning creative understanding and technical virtuosity, the extraordinary qualities of one of the world's oldest instruments.
- Sam Edwards, Waikato Times
JAKE BLOUNT and LIBBY WEITNAUER March 2, 2019
Jake Blount is a talented African American banjo player, fiddler, vocalist and scholar who centers his approach to Appalachian music on his racial and ethnic heritage. He has worked and studied with modern masters of old-time music, including Bruce Molsky, Judy Hyman (of the Horse Flies), and Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins (of the GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops). Libby Weitnauer graduated from NYU with a degree in violin performance. The two of them combine formidable technical expertise with material that is as accessible and affecting as an old song.
NIGHT TREE January 26. 2019
Night Tree is a roots-based band formed by six New England Conservatory students under the influence of Winifred Horan, co-founder of the Celtic band Solas. Bringing together a wide range of musical cultures they fuse Irish, classical, jazz, Swedish folk, Klezmer and Afro-Cuban styles. Accordionist/singer Sunniva Brynnel will also be featured in the 2018 Christmas Revels.
Their eponymous new album Night Tree produced by Séamus Egan (also of Solas) he describes as “An absolute joy!”
“I’m thrilled to have been part of this brilliant young band’s debut album. They play with such spark and musicality. Thoughtful compositions, precise, inventive arrangements. An absolute joy. Go hear them!” Séamus Egan, founding member of SOLAS and Night Tree producer