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
Blending rich vocal harmonies with lush orchestrations, Goodnight Blue Moon has created a sound that is steeped in tradition, yet entirely current. Founded in New Haven, CT by husband and wife duo, Erik Elligers and Nancy Matlack, and longtime friend, Mathew Crowley, the band now includes of some of the most talented musicians in the state, adding strings and horns to a familiar folk outfit. GNBM is known for their energetic, honest, and dynamic live performances, offering a refreshing take on traditional Americana roots music.
Awarded Best Roots Act in the 2016 New England Music Awards, and Best Folk/Traditional Act in the 2013 Connecticut Music Awards, Goodnight Blue Moon has cemented their place as one of New England's premier groups. They have shared the stage with folk heavyweights Hurray for the Riff Raff, Spirit Family Reunion, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, and Mother Falcon among others, in addition to creating a diverse and devoted following of their own. Goodnight Blue Moon has been regularly featured on Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live and NEXT with John Dankosky. Their festival credits include CT Folk Festival, LAUNCH Music Festival, MUSIKFEST, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, I AM Festival and Block Island Music Festival. Goodnight Blue Moon is currently working on their third studio album, a follow up to their critically acclaimed 2014 release, A Girl I Never Met.
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