Have a listen to Jason’s playing of the traditional tunes Devil’s Dream and Last Chance. He effortlessly moves around the melody, transforming two square dance tunes into instrumental music that transcends our expectations.
The Romeros: “Devil’s Dream/Last Chance”
Pharis Romero joins Jason on guitar and vocals, bringing a wide range of emotion in her singing and a love for the backroads of American traditional song. Listen to this track of her and Jason dueting on the haunting medieval ballad Lowe Bonnie, the story of a spurned woman who stabs her lover to death. Listening to their exchange in the man’s final moments will raise the hair on the back of your neck.
The Romeros: “Lowe Bonnie”
We’re excited to bring the Romeros down from Vancouver Island for an evening of trailblazing acoustic music. Having recently formed their critically acclaimed group, The Haints Old-Time Stringband, the Romeros are about to embark on a national tour and have been lighting up old-time jam sessions on the West Coast for the past couple of years. In fact, check out this powerful old-time session led by The Romeros and Erynn Marshall at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.
The Romeros will be joined in this Folklife Masters concert by bluegrass mandolin master John Reischman and bluegrass vocalist Trisha Gagnon to explore the common ground between their traditions. Come out December 11 to Empty Sea Studios for an intimate concert unlike any other! These artists are coming together just for this concert, so it’s your only chance to hear them together.
Zoe Muth’s twang is so authentic it’s hard to believe she was born and raised in Seattle. In passing, it may be easy to attribute the country factor to her exceptional mandolin player(Ethan Lawton) or the smooth and ever present pedal steel(Dave Harmonson). But truth be known, It’s her Dolly Partonesque lyricism and high sweet vocals which drive this record, clearing a place for Muth and her Lost High Rollers among some of the best up and coming interpreters of classic-style country music around. She nails the turning of a good clever country phrase with zero irony and infinite sincerity. Traces of her influences, from John Prine to the Louvin Brothers and Lucinda Williams are evident, but these songs are hardly derivative. Muth has a knack for writing tunes so true and familiar you feel like they’ve been around forever. If she keeps writing them like his, they will. –Kim Ruehl
See Zoe this Sunday at the Tractor Tavern during our Live from the 2009 Northwest Folklife Festival CD Release Party. She joins Amateur Radio Operator, RedDog and Armstrong, Lawton and Katz for a rockin’ good time. So bring your dancing shoes and eight dollars to the Tractor at 7pm on Sunday. You won’t want to miss this show!
Starting Friday night, Northwest Folklife kicks off a weekend’s worth of festivities hosted by dedicated community members who want to support our mission of celebrating, sharing and sustaining the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts.
Attend one of our open parties on Saturday the 14th and meet other Folklife fans! Choose from Balkan music and dance, shapenote singing, a bluegrass family dance, and more! All donations from these parties will benefit both the annual Northwest Folklife Festival and our growing list of year-round programs.
Can’t make it this weekend? Supporting Folklife is as easy as going out to dinner! On Tuesday, November 17, two Queen Anne restaurants will donate a portion of that evening’s proceeds to Northwest Folklife. Choose from creative world fusion at Ascada Bistro (621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave) or authentic Irish pub fare at T.S. McHugh’s. Either way you’ll help Northwest Folklife raise critical funds. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday!
If your schedule doesn’t allow for any of the A Night for Folklife fundraisers but you still want to support Northwest Folklife, you can donate here.