Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This Weekend!

Saturday Nov. 20th at The Jalopy Theater!
We'll be playing with John Cohen to celebrate the release of the new book about John's band The New Lost City Ramblers.

Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival by Ray Allen
Saturday, November 20
Show starts at 8:30pm

"Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival," is a new book by Ray Allen that chronicles the life and music of the New Lost City Ramblers, a trio of city-bred musicians who helped pioneer the resurgence of southern roots music during the folk revival of the late 1950s and 1960s. Formed in 1958 by Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley, the Ramblers introduced the regional styles of southern ballads, blues, string bands, and bluegrass to northerners yearning for a sound and an experience not found in mainstream music. Tonight, Ray Allen will show rare and fantastic photos of the band, while telling the story of the band and it's impact on music everywhere.

Friday Night at 25CPW Gallery
November 19, 6-9pm We'll be playing at 8pm with John Cohen as part of this wonderful art opening...

films-photographs-kinetic sculpture-woodcarvings
stringband music

on exhibit until November 28th

JOHN COHEN of The New Lost City Ramblers performing with The Dust Busters
BOB POTTS of the Highwoods Stringband
JOHN SPECKER of the Correctone Stringband
with additional photographs and video by Bess Greenberg

25CPW Gallery
25 Central Park West
New York, New York
ph. 212.203.0250

More info below:


REVIVAL at 25CPW showcases not just the music but the creative hunger, unique vision, and artistic discipline of three important pioneers of the 1950’s old-time stringband revival.

The folk music revival that emerged from the creative ferment around Washington Square Park in the ‘50's signified a yearning within the newly industrialized society for a connection to a more traditional, handmade America.

One vibrant branch of this movement was composed of individuals who developed a profound reverence for the rich stringband traditions of the rural South. The New Lost City Ramblers became the trailblazers of this new subculture, not only through faithful study and performance of the music, but also as a result of the extensive field recordings they made as they sought out living exemplars throughout the mountains of Appalachia.

New, young bands quickly followed suit. A ragtag group of street performers from Berkeley, California formed the Highwoods Stringband and introduced the music to eager new ears across the country. They settled outside of Ithaca, NY which became a hot point in the new old-time music scene. Also in Ithaca, the Correctone Stringband was led by fiddler John Specker, whose explosive channeling of the Muse spawned a regional style that became known at fiddlers' conventions as the 'Ithaca sound'.

Today the old-time stringband revival remains a strong and vital movement. New generations continue to discover within these old fiddle tunes not antiquated relics but a unique and living form of American music.

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