Della Mae: World-Class Bluegrass at EOH

Della Mae's May release on Rounder Records is The World Oft Can Be

Della Mae’s May release on Rounder Records is The World Oft Can Be.  “The members of Della Mae clearly know the tradition…” Shown: Della Mae band members are (from left) guitarist Courtney Hartman, fiddler Kimber Ludiker, singer Celia Woodsmith, mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner and .bassist Shelby Means.

Boston-based bluegrass quintet Della Mae has just released their debut CD for Rounder Records this May.  The band is on the rise, returning recently from being selected by the U.S. State Department to tour representing American bluegrass music around the world.

Della Mae comes to the the Earlville Opera House main stage on Friday, July 12th at 8 pmDella Mae is known for their world-class bluegrass instrumentals, lilting harmonies and commanding vocals.  Their performance is generously sponsored by WCNY Classic FM & TV.

“The band includes two-time Grand National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker, two-time winner of the Washington Area Music Association’s Best Folk Instrumentalist Award guitarist Avril Smith, bassist Amanda Kowalski (Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck) banjoist Grace Van’t Hof, and session player and Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin, each of whom could go toe-to-toe with just about anyone (especially Smith and Gardner) as players or singers.”  (From Vintageguitar.com)

Glen Herbert writing for the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Society shared his impressions from their May release of This World Oft Can Be:  “Well, if you want to get on my good side, cover a song from Laura Boosinger, and indeed that’s how Della Mae starts this collection…and the version included here is a very faithful romp through a delightful piece. From there, Della Mae keeps the energy up on what is easily the best release from them to date.

In a relatively short period of time, Della Mae has become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create music that's unmistakably fresh and contemporary.

In a relatively short period of time, Della Mae has become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create music that’s unmistakably fresh and contemporary.

“The members of Della Mae clearly know the tradition…and choose to shine a light on it. The last song on the album, “Some Roads Lead On” (one of the few songs that wasn’t written by members of the band) is gorgeously played on June Carter Cash’s 1933 Gibson L5. They recorded the album in Johnny Cash’s studio, and they borrowed John Hartford’s fiddle for “Letter from Down the Road.” …With so many young bands trying to race out as fast as possible from the traditions, this is a band that is trying to take some of them with them.

Don’t miss the world-class bluegrass of Della Mae on Friday, July 12th. General admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13.  Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café!  Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

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