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Remarkable Folk-Rock Renaissance

Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts (Nonesuch Records, 2017)

Offa Rex is a fascinating collaboration between English vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney and multi-faceted American rock band The Decemberists. Their extraordinary debut album The Queen of Hearts and it is deeply inspired by the great English folk-rock wave of the 1970s. Offa Rex adds elements of psychedelia, folk-rock, Americana, contemporary folk music, progressive folk, and even hard rock, creating a sound that bridges the past and modernity.

The material used in Offa Rex is primarily traditional English, Irish and Scottish songs. You’ll find upbeat, sing along songs, together with mesmerizing songs such as “The Gardener,” highlighting the gifted vocals of Olivia Chaney.

 

 

 

 

Offa Rex is touring this summer. Next dates:

8/08 — Vancouver, BC at Orpheum Theater*
8/09 — Calgary, AB at MacEwan Hall*
8/12 — Missoula, MT at Travelers’ Rest Festival
8/13 — Missoula, MT at Travelers’ Rest Festival
8/15 — Salt Lake City, UT at Red Butte Garden*
8/17 — Oakland, CA at Fox Theater*
8/19 — Jacksonville, OR at Britt Festival*

*Olivia Chaney opening for The Decemberists’ shows

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Folk Rockers from Nunavut

The Jerry Cans – Inuusiq

The Jerry Cans – Inuusiq (Aakuluk Music, 2017)

Canadian band The Jerry Cans is based in Nunavut, in Canada’s far north. On Inuusiq they present a unique mix of folk-rock, pop, indie rock, reggae and Inuit throat singing.

The band indicates that their songs talk to young people and their challenges, trying to make music that equalizes traditional and contemporary life.

One of The Jerry Cans’ initiatives is the creation of the first record label ever in Nunavut, Aakuluk Music. “We had thrown around the idea to start a label to support Inuktitut music. We have four young artists singing in Inuktitut,” says vocalist and guitarist Andrew Morrison. “We’ve often heard as we were pitching our work, that if you want to succeed, you have to sing in English. We don’t accept that. We wanted to create a business entity to support it.”

 

The Jerry Cans

The lineup includes Nancy Mike on throat singing and accordion; Brendan Doherty on bass; Steve Rigby on drums; Gina burgess on fiddle; and Andrew Morrison on lead vocals and guitar.

The CD version includes a booklet with Inuit and English-language lyrics.

 

 

With Inuusiq and their new record label, The Jerry Cans give a fresh, creative new voice to Canadian Inuit culture.

 

 

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Artist Profiles: The Avett Brothers

Artist Profiles: The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers is a folk-rock act based in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett grew up in Concord, North Carolina. They had success with their 2009 major label release, “I and Love and You,” that reached No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200.

In 2012, the critically ac claimed “The Carpenter” was No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. The group appeared on the American late night show Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! twice in a few months’ time. During their second performance, the Brooklyn Philharmonic joined to pay tribute to Brooklyn with “I and Love and You” at Mr. Kimmel’s request.

The Avett Brothers’ eighth studio album, “Magpie and the Dandelion,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. The band performed on various significant American TV shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and accompanied Chris Cornell for a Pearl Jam tribute on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band also supported The Rolling Stones concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, during 2015’s Zip Code Tour.

The album “True Sadness” was released in 2016. It reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, No. 1 on the Digital Albums Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200. The Americana Music Association named it the No. 1 Most Played Album of 2016.

Members in 2017 include Seth Avett on lead and backing vocals, guitar, hi-hat, piano, drums, tambourine; Scott Avett on lead and backing vocals, banjo, kick drum, harmonica, guitar, piano, drums; Bob Crawford on backing and lead vocals, double bass, bass guitar, trumpet, violin; and Joe Kwon on cello, musical saw, backing vocals.

Discography

Live at the Double Door Inn (2002)
Country Was (2002)
A Carolina Jubilee (Ramseur Records, 2003)
Mignonette (Ramseur Records, 2004)
Live, Vol. 2 (Ramseur Records, 2005)
Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions (Ramseur Records , 2006)
Emotionalism (Ramseur Records , 2007)
I and Love and You (American Recordings / Columbia, 2009)
Live, Vol. 3 (American Recordings / Columbia, 2010)
The Carpenter (American Recordings / Columbia, 2012)
Magpie and the Dandelion (American Recordings / Columbia, 2013)
Live, Vol. 4 (Republic Records, 2015)
True Sadness (Republic Records, 2016)

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Songs of Resilience

Simrit – Songs of Resilience (Simrit Kaur Music, 2016)

Songs of Resilience is a crossover album by singer-songwriter Simrit. The Greek-born artist raised in the United States has composed a set of song that bring together devotional poetry and music influenced by Greek orthodox chants, Indian mantras, American folk-rock, pop, American Indian chants, West African, various other world traditions, and dreamy electronics.

Although her musical arrangements are varied, her vocal style has a trance-like ability, using repetitive techniques found in Indian mantras.

Highlights are the folk-rock song “Prithvi Hai; the ethereal mantra “Pavan Guru”; and the beautiful kora and cello-infused “Ad such” and “Nana.”

Although many of Samrit’s followers practice yoga, Songs of Resilience’s captivating vocals should appeal to a wider audience.

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Dave Rawlings Machine to perform at Merlefest 2016

Dave Rawlings Machine
Dave Rawlings Machine

String band Dave Rawlings Machine has added MerleFest to its “Nashville Obsolete” tour. The new album, the second full-length release for Dave Rawlings Machine, highlights the outstanding musicianship of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) on bass, Willie Watson on vocals and guitar, and guest appearances from Brittany Haas (fiddle) and Jordan Tice (mandolin).

MerleFest 2016 is scheduled for April 28 – May 1, 2016 and will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Tickets for MerleFest 2016 may be purchased at MerleFest or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

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