Harpeth Rising will be at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Tickets & reservations: 410-795-1041.
Thursday, January 8th
Tickets $15.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
“The vanguard of a new species of progressive folk music.” ~ Jason D. Hamad, The No Surf Review.
Harpeth Rising chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women, Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep — from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home, they weave together ancient and modern ideas, expressing themselves through the common thread of all peoples: Folk Music. Despite the presence of only three string instruments on stage, the three women produce a profusion of sound generally created by a much larger ensemble. Di Meglio transitions fluidly between providing the bass line and taking the melodic lead, while Reed-Lunn’s highly original style of claw hammer banjo is both lyrical and intensely driving. Greenberg takes on the role of concert violinist and accompanist with equal facility. Their live performances are high-energy kinetic events in which both their abilities and their passion for performance are obvious. Harpeth Rising can create a listening room from a rowdy bar crowd, and can inspire even the weariest of audiences. After only a few months as a band, they embarked on a self-booked tour of England, which included a performance with The Bath Philharmonia. They were invited to perform at The Cambridge Folk Festival the following summer, and have since played folk festivals across England and the United States. Building their fan base in the tradition of all wandering minstrels — passionately and by word-of-mouth — they now perform to sold-out audiences internationally. They have released four albums.