An Evening With Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller and Red Tail Ring | April 8, 2017 | 7:30 PM

The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music…a peerless duo. — American Roots UK

Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.”

This two-way connection takes center stage with Red Tail Ring’s first pair of recordings released in April 2011 on Earthwork Music, Middlewest Chant and Mountain Shout. The set forms a complete picture of Red Tail Ring’s blending of old with new. Middlewest Chant is comprised of all original songs, while Mountain Shout features Red Tail Ring’s interpretations of Appalachian ballads and melodies. “We tried to weave the music on these two albums together not only with similar musical treatment, but with running lyric lines and shared songforms,” Premo says.

rtr-3-2016-1024x916In May 2013, Red Tail Ring released their third full-length album. The Heart’s Swift Foot presents 10 original songs with two acoustic standards that stretch the confines of what two people can create sonically. The duo’s signature style of layered, intricate instrumental lines over close vocal harmonies shines on this new collection. “We crafted the recording to be as close to our live performance as possible,” Beauchamp says. “We feel we’re at our best when we’re playing together, listening and reacting as we go along.” As a whole, the lyrics of The Heart’s Swift Foot explore changes that come without warning, and the malleability of relationships and friendships.

In 2014, Premo and Beauchamp collaborated in a wider circle and produced two joint releases. The New Roots Exchange is a vinyl project created with the marvelous bluegrass band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys. The Right Hands Round is a recording of energetic square dance music with the string band Bowhunter.

Since the release of their 2011 double-album, Red Tail Ring has remained busy, playing as many as 130 shows a year, with tours to both U.S. coasts as well as Denmark and Germany – “exporting some Midwest sounds,” as Premo puts it. For Premo and Beauchamp, Red Tail Ring encircles their present and future – a place where expansion and creativity meet tradition, and thrive.

When Emily rears back and sings there is a new light in the universe – Fiddler Magazine

Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Emily was raised playing and singing old-time and country music (the Louvin Brothers and the Stanley Brothers were household favorites) with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, Gerry Milnes. They now make their home in central West Virginia.

mm377x339In addition to their duo performing, Emily tours extensively with The Sweetback Sisters (a 6-piece country band fronted by Emily and her pseudo-sister Zara Bode), they both play for square dances around West Virginia, and also frequently teach harmony singing with Emily’s mother Val Mindel.

On this recording one can hear two absolute masters who have great respect for tradition, but bring a new vibrancy of life to every note they play and sing. – Folk Radio UK

Ticket Prices:
Advance: $15 general, $10 student/reduced income
At Door: $20 general, $15 student/reduced income

Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.

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Mathew Tembo | January 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Dark Black and Mathew Tembo have combined the very common African instrument, the silimba, with rock music, producing Zamrock music. — Manasseh Phiri, The World

Mathew Tembo’s music fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds to create a truly unique form. His latest album, Dadi Mwana, resounds in upbeat, Afro-fusion, reggae-fueled tracks featuring lyrics in various languages skillfully performed on handmade instruments – the silimba (local marimba), kalumbu (one stringed instrument) and kalimba (thumb piano). Mathew is a trailblazer, going against the musical status quo in Zambia of computerized pop. He has shared a stage with world music stars Mulatu Estatke, 3Ma and Oliver Mtukudzi, and he has collaborated with Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the guitar-playing freedom-fighting first president of Zambia. At his shows, audiences simply cannot resist the urge to tap their toes, shake their hips and skank their way out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Outside of Zambia, he has played in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Holland, Denmark, Germany and the USA. When he’s not performing, Mathew enjoys studying, building instruments, teaching, producing music in his home studio, or learning to play new indigenous instruments. He also hosts an annual music festival in Lusaka, Zambia, called “Sing Our Own Song,” geared at promoting indigenous music.


Mathew Tembo on silimba

Everyone who knows Mathew knows that he cannot be separated from one of his favourite musical instrument, the marimba, which he passionately played much to the delight of the fans. The audience was, however, even more delighted when Mathew and his band performed the song ‘Next Year’ which was surely a favourite, for many sung along to the sentimental song. It was indeed a great show and the CD out in December is surely a must have. — Shupe Sakala, Zambia Daily Mail

Tickets are available now:
Advance tickets: $15 general / $10 student & limited income, at Brown Paper Tickets
At the Door: $20 general / $15 student & limited income

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Moors & McCumber w/ special guest E. May | November 12, 2016 | 7:30 PM

04 Kort_MComber_James_Moors-1Moors and McCumber deliver a live performance that has all of the energy that two people that enjoy playing together can generate. They seem to know each other’s minds like trapeze artists or team jugglers do. –- James Killen, Houston Music Review

James Moors (vocals, guitars, ukulele, mandolin and Irish bouzouki, based in Superior WI) and Kort McCumber (vocals, keys, cello, guitars, Irish tenor banjo, Irish bouzouki, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, upright and electric bass, based in Gold Hill CO) have been performing together since 2005, when the two songwriters met at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.  Changing instruments on almost every song, they create catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying to watch live.

More than a decade and four CDs into their musical pilgrimage, they continue to define, and redefine, their sound, their persona, and their love for music.   They have played the backrooms of Irish pubs, across the US from Colorado to Chicago to Virginia to Maine, and the main stage of the Kerrville Folk Festival near Austin Texas.

01 moorsmccumberMike Phillips of the New Plains News writes, “The music of Moors and McCumber reflects many influences; a little blues, some bluegrass, a little Smokey Hills, and a skosh of Celtic to round out the mix. Tossed together you get Americana stylings made exceptional by the blend of their excellent harmonies and exquisite instrumentation. This ain’t your daddy’s jug-band, these guys are talented and brilliant musicians who are definitely worth following.”

These guys should be playing every major Festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.  – Lloyd Maines, Grammy award winning producer and multi-instumentalist.

E.May – the moniker for multidisciplinary artist Erika May – opens the show. As a songwriter, E.May’s style defies traditional boundaries, drawing on genres as diverse as Americana, Doom-Metal, Turkish Folk, and Mississippi Blues, as well as teachers ranging from Alanis Morisette to Jorma Kaukonen. Her music explores the wildness of nature – both the great outdoors and the vast expanse of wilderness in the human heart. And she sings of the beauty that surrounds us everywhere we arrive.

The suggested admission donations are $20/general admission and $15/student.   Advance tickets are on sale now, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.

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