The Road From Newport
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Frank Fairfield, Goodnight Blue Moon
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
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Hurray For The Riff Raff
Hurray For The Riff Raff began when a teenage Alynda Lee Segarra started hopping freight trains across the USA to satisfy a yearning to explore its mythical small towns and backwaters and live a life on the road and the rail track. She left her native Bronx, New York at the age of 17, and while riding the rails she hooked up with The Dead Man Street Orchestra, a home-made family of young, itinerant music makers living on the edge of the American dream. When the roaming was done she stepped off the box car and settled in New Orleans, a magnet for the creatively dispossessed and allowed music to properly take hold of her life. She quickly embraced the city's own community of street musicians, who encouraged her to develop her voice by singing old Jazz
songs. Meanwhile she took up the banjo and was soon performing with many of the traditional bands that cluster the sidewalks of the French Quarter, playing and singing while learning from the music of the city she loves.
Influenced by the sounds of classic country, 1960's Rock 'n' Roll, and master singer/songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and Neil Young - Hurray For The Riff Raff has deep roots in the landscape of America. As the critic, Gabe Soria, an early champion of the growing New Orleans scene, says in the album's liner notes: "make no mistake: this is folk music, but it's got nothing to do with the legions of Americana pretenders out there. Ms. Segarra's crafting something delightfully arcane and witchy with this recording here... these are hymns that channel the raw feelings and chronicle the lives of the fucked-up romantics of Hurray For The Riff Raff's home by the Mississippi."
Frank Fairfield is a young man and old time folk musician who plays fiddle, guitar and banjo while singing and hollering. An unbelievable word of mouth sensation who channels the spirit of another era in his spellbinding live shows.
From California, USA, Frank sings tunes he has worked hard to collect from around the world as well as his own well-dusted ditties. His eclectic sets feature soaring hillbilly ballads, arcane rambling songs and murder ballads delivered in a reedy tenor with that irresistible American Primitive quality. Still in his twenties but steeped in the pre-War Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs, he cut his teeth as a street performer in LA and has the raw intensity and quick-fingered technique to make your hairs stand on end. Alternating between banjo, fiddle and guitar, he performs a different set of traditional songs and originals each night, drawing on his encyclopaedic knowledge of the American folk canon.
Goodnight Blue Moon
Goodnight Blue Moon is an indie-folk band from New Haven, Connecticut that has been playing together since 2009. Their instrumentation includes any combination of cello, violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass, trumpet, glockenspiel, and drums, which all supports rich vocal harmonies. With songs that range from americana and bluegrass-based traditional folk to through-composed and orchestrated pop, Goodnight Blue Moon's style is eclectic, thoughtful, and danceable. GNBM released How Long, their first full length record, in March, 2012. They are currently working on a follow-up six song EP and plan to release it this fall.