Grass Clippings Holiday Hootenanny
Joy Kills Sorrow, Plume Giant, Christopher Paul Stelling
249 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Doors 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Joy Kills Sorrow
With its bold new brand of acoustic music, Joy Kills Sorrow pushes right through the envelope and out the other side. The Boston-based stringband brings a decidedly modern sensibility to an old-world sound, channeling the prodigious talents of its individual members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs. While the group pays due homage to its Bluegrass roots—its name is taken from WJKS, a radio station that broadcasted the Monroe brothers' show in the 1930s—the band truly excels in its rich and textured treatment of more contemporary material. Boasting a full arsenal of original songs, Joy Kills Sorrow plumbs the entire spectrum of its spare instrumentation, effortlessly merging influences as diverse as folk, rock, pop, and jazz. The music that emerges is dark and often funny, ruminating on modern life and love with eloquence and wit. The result is a radical new strain of folk music, one that bravely breaks with tradition even as it salutes the past.
Since its inception, Joy Kills Sorrow has performed at theaters, listening rooms, and festivals across the continent and has been featured on nationally syndicated radio programs. In 2007, the group won first prize in the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Band Contest; that same year, they were deemed the "'poster children' for the burgeoning Americana format" by Sing Out! magazine. The band has evolved considerably in the years since then, and their sophomore effort promises to deliver. Slated for release February 23 on Signature Sounds, the new album, entitled Darkness Sure Becomes This City, was produced by Eric Merrill and features a wealth of original material from members of Joy Kills Sorrow as well as some fine new songs from other composers. Darkness Sure Becomes This City is an accomplished piece of work, laced throughout with polished arrangements and pop-inflected melodies. With it, Joy Kills Sorrow gracefully combines the old and the new, and the outcome, however surprising, is sublime.
Oliver, Nolan, and Eliza met as students at Yale, and quickly began layering and stitching together their ideas into a collaborative sound that would become Plume Giant. After spending many hours putting their heads together and singing, they turned these collaborations into many, many songs, and developed a sound that is very much their own. Plume Giant’s blend of ‘60s harmonies, summery folk, and campy, whimsical humor has charmed audiences across the country on many tours around the east coast, in the Midwest, and out west. Their unique sound weaves together inventive harmonies, evocative lyrics, double fiddles, and other melodious noises made with tambourines, harmoniums, melodicas, and any other toys they can get their hands on!
Plume Giant is Oliver Hill (guitar, viola, voice), Nolan Green (guitar, harmonium, voice), and Eliza Bagg (violin, harmonium, trinkets, voice). All of their songs are written together – in the living room, on the porch, or in the backyard somewhere. The three are always listening to each other to make sure they keep new ideas in the mix – and, of course, so they can always sing in tune! When performing live, Plume Giant maintains their carefully crafted harmonies while immersing their music in the energy and humor that stems from their quirks and friendship.
After coming out with an EP, Plume Giant, in October of 2010, Plume Giant is releasing their debut full-length in August of 2012. It’s called Callithump, and they hope the album will be for its listeners what its title describes: a noisy, riotous parade of boisterous music-making! Having just graduated from college in May 2012, they will be making their way to Brooklyn to pursue music full-time.
Most importantly though: if they were perfumes, they would be lavender, ginger, and honey, and if they were legumes, they would be parsnips, parsnips and parsnips.
Christopher Paul Stelling
"The musical storytelling of Christopher Paul Stelling embodies a long road full of lush folkloric, mythological and religious imagery." - WNYC
"There is a reverence in and of Christopher Paul Stelling that is immediately perceptible. It's striking and it's powerful. It's a draw. It's a magnetism that sucks you right into the landscape that he sees." - Sean Moeller, Daytrotter
"...organic, southern Gothic-meets-classic folk. Everything about his performing style and songs was inspiring, refreshing, and also blissfully familiar." - Beyond Race Magazine
"...it wasn't until Christopher Paul Stelling performed that the final emotional wall came crashing down. As though Stelling was reliving every emotional moment that went into the creation of each of his songs, he dug deeper than I've seen just about anyone, and everyone in the room was channeled into every second. It was heartbreaking. It was draining. It was revitalizing. It was genuine." - New York Press
"To watch Stelling play is akin to watching a master work...The furious guitar lines flow effortlessly as tales are woven over them." - The Muse In Music
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