It’s one of those week-ends when the acoustic stars align here in central Vermont. The phrase “in the round” refers to those performances when two or more artists share the stage for a night of song, literally playing off one another through tune smithing, joke-telling and witty repartee.
Red House Comes to Randolph
If you appreciate “in the round” performances, then don’t miss three of acoustic music’s top performers – Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Cliff Eberhardt – at the Chandler Music Hall (71-73 Main St in Randolph) on Friday, November 14th at 7:30 pm. All three are long-time artists for the world renowned acoustic/roots label Red House Records and this unique opportunity to see three good friends perform some of the best acoustic music in the world is one not to be missed
Beautiful World is Eliza Gilkyson’s “masterpiece” (All Music Guide) that is a powerful commentary on corruption, war, politics, a devastated environment and a crumbling economy. The record was one of the top albums on folk and Americana radio this summer and has garnered praise from all around the world. Produced by long-time musical partner Mark Hallman, Gilkyson seamlessly crosses between catchy pop/folk to rock, and a little jazz. The masterfully penned “Great Correction” and “Party’s Over” seem to resonate with an eerie relevance, providing a soundtrack to the chaos we are seeing in today’s economic climate. Despite Beautiful World’s dramatic themes, Gilyson’s presents each song with a sense of hope for the future and a reason to fight for what makes the world beautiful.
Eberhardt’s critically acclaimed 2007 release, The High Above and the Down Below, is his first effort in 5 years and showcases some of his strongest work to date. Drawing from his pop and jazz influences, Cliff created a gritty, soulful album that earned a spot on USA Today’s Top 5 list for 2007.
Rounding out the trio is one my favorite performers – John Gorka – who has been on Red House for almost his entire career and has become one of the most respected songwriters in the music industry. His 2006, Writing in the Margins was a favorite among fans and critics with its upbeat folk, country and soul vibe. The always-understated but very funny Gorka has been busy writing new songs, so don’t be surprised to hear some fresh material as well as the old classics like the hilarious “I’m From New Jersey” and the beautifully haunting “Houses In The Fields.”
For tickets and more information, call 802-728-9878, or visit www.chandler-arts.org.
Valley Players Saturday Night: Up and Comers Extraordinaire!
If you are feeling in the mood to hear some new talent, then don’t miss Bruce Jones’ double-shot –Meg Hutchinson and Mark Erelli – on Saturday night at Waitsfield’s Valley Players Theater, beginning at 8:00.
Meg Hutchinson (also now on the Red House label) has one of the most arresting voices I’ve heard in some time – think Anais Mitchell crossed with Natalie Merchant – and can write songs to match – beautiful, soulful, and heart-stopping. I’ve never seen her live – but if she is half as good in person as she is on CD, listeners are in for a real treat.
And Mark Erelli channels Ellis Paul-like intensity and high quality song-writing with a captivating stage presence. His new CD “Delivered” is one of the most moody and atmospheric compilations I’ve heard in some time – I’ve been spinning it for a few weeks now, and the songs reach out of the CD player to grab you by the emotions.
I commend Bruce Jones for taking a chance on bringing in new performers – let’s give them an enthusiastic Valley welcome and turn out for their show!
Order $15 advance tickets by phone – 496-8910 – or buy them at the door for $17.
What a pleasure for us all – to live in a community with so much good music traveling through. Hope to see you at the shows!