Saturday, March 26, 7:30 pm: HARPETH RISING

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COMMON GROUND COFFEEHOUSE
at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson

presents

 HARPETH RISING


Harpeth Rising chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique.

Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep – from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home, they weave together ancient and modern ideas, expressing themselves through the common thread of all peoples: Folk Music.

Born from the desire to write and create original music, Harpeth Rising began on a cross-country road trip. After spending a summer jamming at campsites and attending bluegrass festivals, Jordana Greenberg (violin) and Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo) decided to keep the adventure alive. They started writing songs and playing out 4 to 5 nights a week, developing their sound and honing their chops. But it was with the addition of Maria Di Meglio (cello) that Harpeth Rising truly found its sound. Despite the presence of only three string instruments on stage, the three women produce a profusion of sound generally created by a much larger ensemble. Di Meglio transitions fluidly between providing the bass line and taking the melodic lead, while Reed-Lunn’s highly original style of claw hammer banjo–learned mainly by watching YouTube–is both surprisingly lyrical and intensely driving. Greenberg takes on the role of concert violinist and accompanist with equal facility, and ensures that a lead guitar is never missed.

Their live performances are high-energy kinetic events in which both their abilities and their passion for performance are obvious. Harpeth Rising can create a listening room from a rowdy bar crowd, and can inspire even the weariest of audiences. After only a few months as a band, they embarked on a self-booked tour of England, which included a performance with The Bath Philharmonia. They were invited to perform at The Cambridge Folk Festival the following summer, and have since played folk festivals across England and the United States. Building their fan base in the tradition of all wandering minstrels – passionately and by word-of-mouth – they now perform to sold-out audiences internationally.  They have released four albums in as many years – Harpeth Rising (2010), Dead Man’s Hand (2011), The End of the World (2012), a collaboration with master wordsmith David Greenberg, father of Jordana, and their brand new project, Tales From Jackson Bridge, which released October 1, 2013.

TICKETS:

Front Row: $20 in advance,  $22 at the door
All Other Seats: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Note: There is also a $2.09 fee for advance orders of Front Row seats, and a $1.98 fee for all other seats.

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Sat. April 30, 7:30 PM: ERIN McKEOWN

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COMMON GROUND COFFEEHOUSE
at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson

presents

ERIN MCKEOWN


Erin McKeown is an internationally known musician, writer, and producer. With 9  full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she has spent the last 15 years crafting a reputation as an original musical voice and compelling live performer.

An active voice on social justice issues and culture, Erin was a 2011-12 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Recently, she’s also added radio to her resume- blogging and hosting for WNYC New York Public Radio. A former board member of the Future of Music Coalition, McKeown also works closely with Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) on immigration issues.

2015 finds McKeown in high demand as a teacher with a full studio of private students, and she has three records for other artists in production. She is currently writing an original musical with Tony & Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes for the world renowned La Jolla Playhouse. Her most recent record, MANIFESTRA (2013), is her seventh studio album and the first to originate on her own TVP.

Given McKeown’s well known activism around musician compensation and technology, the choice of how to fund MANIFESTRA was obvious. Using the PledgeMusic platform, McKeown’s fans funded her project in a mere 6 days. In addition to covering recording and promotional costs, the fundraising campaign allowed Erin to make the first music video of her career.Fingers crossed for a new solo record in 2016. Meantime, read about her latest record, MANIFESTRA.

McKeown concludes, “At this point in my career, I am most concerned with cultivating relationships that are mutually fufilling. I want to give my fans the best possible music and experience. I have loved getting to know them better and better. I want to work with musicians who inspire me, and I want to provide opportunities for artists to collaborate in new ways. I want to learn how to be a better activist, and I want to be a part of my community. It is no longer enough for me to just make records and tour. I’ve got to do more.”
TICKETS:
FRONT ROW, $22 in advance, $25 at the door;
GENERAL SEATING: $20 in advance, $22 at the door

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Saturday, May 21, 7:30 PM: SLEEPING BEE

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COMMON GROUND COFFEEHOUSE
at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson

presents

SLEEPING BEE


Sleeping Bee is the new musical endeavor of four longtime friends and multi-instrumentalists, Lindsey Horner, Andy Goessling, Randy Crafton and Timothy Hill. Their style can best be described as “Transcendent Acoustic Alt Folk Jazz Celt Grass” and their music showcases their wide range of musical expertise and a depth of feeling gathered from years of experience.

The first instrumental recording, Heyday Maker, exists in that unique early 21st century area where Folk, Jazz, Celtic song forms, melodic improvisation, and original ideas all happily co-exist and vitalize each other. The recording features original pieces by both Andy and Lindsey, one by the great Keith Jarrett, one by the also great Bob Dylan and a rethinking of two compositions by the 18th century Irish bard, Turlough O’Carolan. Lindsey plays bass and various tin whistles while Andy is heard on guitars, mandolins and bouzouki. Valued friend and percussionist, Randy Crafton, adds his artistry to the proceedings.

While Andy and Lindsey have known each other since they were teenagers, their musical careers have moved in somewhat different orbits over the intervening decades. Andy grew up in rural New Jersey and Lindsey in the heart of New York City so it is perhaps not surprising that Lindsey has been more associated with Jazz and improvised musics of that urban center while Andy has been more involved in the bluegrass and roots music scenes. They have talked for years about pooling their talents and resources and doing something together but could never quite find the right time to get that promising idea off the ground – until now. Indeed, it could be fairly said that both of these musicians have spent most of their careers making other artists sound good. This recording could be seen as their chance to have their say.

With Heyday Maker completed and released, Andy, Lindsey and Randy expanded the concept by adding singer and guitarist, Timothy Hill. Timothy is a unique artist who specializes in harmonic singing whereby two or more notes can be sung at once – as well as the more conventional types of singing.

TICKETS:

FRONT ROW: $20 in advance; $22 at the door
GENERAL SEATING: $18 in advance; $20 at the door

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