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Songs, Stories and Magic Lantern Projections from an Imaginary New England Village w/ an all comers session afterward, in tribute to John Cohen of New Lost City Ramblers
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM.
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THE PARLOR SESSIONS
On assorted winter Sundays, The Parlor Room welcomes American roots musicians for the Parlor Sessions series. Each night is a concert followed by a break for hot soup and an all-comers' jam session. The Parlor Sessions are the antidote to the dark winter months -- a little like home, if home is a houseful of wicked great musicians. Come to listen, come to play. Soup's on.
Tim Eriksen, Peter Irvine & Susan Brearey in Pumpkintown
A mysterious old trunk found in a Yankee attic, full of leatherbound tunebooks, letters, musical instruments, 8 track tapes, a handwritten sheaf of ballads and even an old magic lantern: an ancient projector, with a box of painted glass slides. Musician Tim Eriksen, his longtime musical collaborator Peter Irvine (from the days of Cordelia's Dad, Zabe Babe andTrio de Pumpkintown) and painter Susan Brearery take you to Pumpkintown, unlocking the mysteries of the trunk and the curious multicultural history of the village itself.
Pumpkintown offers Americana through the looking glass, where the village is imaginary but the music is real - revealing an America that has never been simply black and white but evidences a deep-seated diversity. Be immersed in the sounds of a place that is at once imagined and deeply true: shape-note harmony by the first published Native American composer, fiery Scottish fiddle tunes, apocalyptic Afro-Celtic gospel, traditional and original songs of war, the sea, traveling, tragedy and love, that tie it all together.
Apart from being the coolest-looking man in folk song, Eriksen is an uncompromising performer, ethnomusicologist, Sacred Harp singing master, musical adventurer and punk-folk pioneer, who seems to play every instrument under the sun and has shared a stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson. -- The Guardian, UK
One of the best singers in music--T Bone Burnett
Susan Brearey's wolves and stags glance back at us from the liminal realm. This is a place on the edges of the forest, the edges of the imagination. We stare back at these images and enter that realm captivated by their invitation--like readers of a fairy tale who enter a magical kingdom -- Ann McCoy, Yale University
......the performance is inspiring, loving, poetic, brilliant. Susan's art work for the lantern projections (an 18th century technology) is soulful and beautiful. Tim is one of the most astounding musicians I've ever met. He has been nominated for several Grammys. He's a master instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar) and plays with voicings and techniques that expand the emotional reach of these instruments. His story telling and music are compelling, brilliant and cross time and place from the American Appalachias to Eastern Europe. He's also a Dr. of ethnomusicology in the form of a punk rock rebel. -- Polly Frizzell, artist & musician, Berkeley, CA
The easiest thing to say about Susan Brearey and Tim Eriksen is that they are both one of a kind individuals. That they have found a way to combine their talents is what Pumpkintown is. But to me, more than a vehicle to display their obviously unique talents with, there is something more generally true about it that makes this work important to me. The musical and visual narratives have a purpose here. Tim's performance although all but flawless is not the message. Susan's images are beautiful but I get less the impression of being entertained by them than I do of being included. In the end it has been a long time gone for me since the sixties and I have often been tempted to see my own life as no more than a collection of memories. But in real time, I was reminded by Susan and Tim that the artist does not seek the the past as a refuge to hide in. It is something to reach a consensus about with other people. This is how we keep history from repeating itself over and over. So I thank my new friends for this spark of hope. I saw Pumpkintown a week ago in Berkeley for the first time. But already I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing it again whenever and wherever I can. --Peter Lewis, Moby Grape Band
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic St
Northampton, MA, 01060