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I pretty much love anything with ‘early’ in front of it; early rock, early country, early blues, I love it,” said the 32-year-old who grew up in Boise, Idaho.* Eilen Jewell “bridges many elements of American music: country, swing, jazz, rockabilly… traveling back to a time when all these specifics genres were still forming, and the differences between them were still relatively obscure.”

Eilen JewellBoston-based Eilen Jewell and her red-hot Americana band make their way to the historic Earlville Opera House main stage on Saturday, August 31st at 8pm.

Where is Eilen Jewell in the fast growing Americana realm?  SavingCountryMusic.com says it best: “…she bridges many elements of American music: country, swing, jazz, rockabilly, by not taking those older art forms and melding them together, but traveling back to a time when all these specifics genres were still forming, and the differences between them were still relatively obscure.” Eilen Jewell is generously sponsored by Stickley, Audi & Co. and by media sponsor WAER FM 88.3.

Best known as an alt-country artist, Eilen Jewell channels a presence between the sultry soul of jazz siren Billie Holiday and the “sneering edge of danger” of a ‘pistol packing mama’.  “She employs musical styles rooted in ‘50s America, but this isn’t some retro trip down nostalgia lane.  It’s where the hillbilly south, urban ethnic working class, and Southwestern badass meet.”  (PopMatters.com)

Her band is burning.  “Much of the credit belongs to the band. Johnny Sciasa’s throbbing upright bass and Jason Beek’s skittish drums could make Tiny Tim sound like Johnny Cash.  Jerry Miller’s command of electric, acoustic, and steel guitars allows him to rock out or create spectral atmospherics as needed.” (PopMatters.com)

Take a listen: YOU TUBES    EJ: Sea of Tears      EJWarning Signs     EJ: Bang Bang Bang (Cupid’s song)

FolkMusic.About.com declared: “Eilen Jewell’s 2007 breakthrough album, Letters from Sinners and Strangers (2nd album)introduced an incredible songwriting talent to the world. Martin Longley reviewing Eilen Jewell for the BBC: “Jewell’s words are substantial and loaded with archetypal imagery. Every song is a micro-tale.”

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“She’s refining her songwriting into an individualist composite of myriad genres, crafting works which resonate with her own personality. It’s clear that she’s no dilettante, and that her understanding of rock’n’roll, gospel, folk, country and rockabilly has a profound depth.” Martin Longley, BBC

“The buzz around her third effort has been long and loud, and Sea of Tears easily meets those expectations. While so many of these songs are incredibly sad and dark, Jewell manages to deliver them with a certain smooth defiance. The guitar tracks rock, her vocals are deep and strong… ” (FolkMusic.About.com)

“Her latest album, Queen of the Minor Key, draws on everything from classic country to early R&B, with an emphasis on sounds from the seamier side of the tracks. With dirty sax riffs and low-slung guitars, the instrumentals that bookend the album evoke the bump-and-grind exotica of vintage Southern California suburban saloons. Yet on the flipside, Jewell imbues slow, jazzy numbers like “I Remember You” and “Only One” with torch and tenacity that linger long past last call. Eilen Jewell is the Queen of the Minor Key. Sad songs are her wealth and finery.Signature Sounds

“With a burnished voice lingering somewhere between Billie Holiday and Neko Case, Eilen Jewell’s aching vocals are pure, country-gospel, box-car soul.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

Don’t miss the smoky vocals and swinging rhythms of Eilen Jewell with her red-hot honky-tonk band on Saturday, August 31st at 8pm. 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.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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*Quote from interview with Bonnie Toomey

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“Much of the credit belongs to the band. Johnny Sciasa’s throbbing upright bass and Jason Beek’s skittish drums could make Tiny Tim sound like Johnny Cash. Jerry Miller’s command of electric, acoustic, and steel guitars allows him to rock out or create spectral atmospherics as needed. Jewell plays acoustic guitar and harmonica…” Steve Horowitz, Pop Matters

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Cincinnati Creek in concert

Cincinnati Creek will share their deep tradition of bluegrass music for the last of the summer concerts on the Hamilton Village green this Thursday, August 15th at 7 pm. Liz Friedel will open the evening with a Fiddle Styles: From Louisiana to Nova Scotia performance/demonstration that will include brief historical notes between the songs.  Steve Blais’ll accompany her on accordion.  You Tube of Cincinnati Creek!

Cincinnati Creek is a bluegrass band featuring musicians who have performed in New York State for many years. Based in the Adirondack foothills, they took their name from the creek that runs nearby. Lori Thompson, Chris Pepe, and Gary Dygert performed with the band Stump Hollow up until the retirement of Carl Stump and Suzanne Privet in 2008. Since then, the performers have regrouped to carry on their nearly two-decade tradition of great bluegrass music.

Cincinnati Creek plays a mix of bluegrass traditionals, original compositions, and gospel. Band members have performed at venues including Utica Monday Night, The Fox Family Festival, The Adirondack Railroad, The Remsen Barn Festival, numerous coffee houses and outdoor festivals.

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The band has a new CD out this August! Cincinnati Creek: Doing As We Please

Lori Thompson writes much of the new material played by the band.  She began playing mandolin in her family band at age 16. She has been writing songs ever since. Lori now plays mandolin, guitar and sings both lead and harmony vocals for Cincinnati Creek. Her songs are inspired by her family, friends, and even local folklore. For example, “The Ghost of Wash Loomis” is about the memorable Loomis Gang from the Sangerfield area. Their newest CD, “Lori Thompson and Cincinnati Creek – Doing As We Please,” has just been released in August. Both CD’s will be available on cdbaby.com and tallcottonmusic.com.

Other band members include Chris Pepe on the banjo and he sings harmony on a few tunes too. His fancy picking and good humor are a great addition to the band. Gary Dygert plays the guitar, dobro, and mandolin occasionally. He also sings lead and harmony vocals. As the group’s official “musicologist,” Gary adds many traditional tunes to the group’s repertoire. Cathy Martin plays the upright bass and sings harmony as well. Although relatively new to bluegrass, Cathy has been a performer for many years with the Remsen Community Choir and the Steuben Players.

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Liz Friedel teaches fiddle and plays in several bands: Tumbleweed Gumbo, Hot Club of Hamilton, and more.

Fiddle Styles from Louisiana to Nova Scotia Workshop
Liz Friedel is a private music instructor from Oneida Music Company as well as a fiddler in a number of bands including Tumbleweed Gumbo, Fish Creek Rodeo and Hot Club of Hamilton. She has studied violin with: Joan Batson VVS, Kit Dodd OCC, Joe Davoli Syracuse, and Andrew Zaplatynski (classical). Liz will be accompanied by Steve Blais on guitar, bodhran and accordion.  The presentation will include brief historical notes between the songs of the musical migrations  leading to the development of these various fiddle styles.

FREE CONCERT AND WORKSHOP:  Rain Location is the Barge Canal Coffee House. No tickets necessary for this free event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!

Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton with the help of the Earlville Opera House. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Cincinnati Creek - will perform the last summer concert on the Hamilton Village Green August 15, 2013

Cincinnati Creek – will perform the last summer concert on the Hamilton Village Green August 15, 2013

GOLDEN ARTIST COLORS SERIES WORKSHOPS:

The Earlville Opera House presents the GOLDEN ARTIST COLORS SERIES WORKSHOPS. These classes are taught with Golden Artist Colors paints and expertise!  Sam Golden started the local company in 1980. Their mission has been “To grow a sustainable company dedicated to creating and sharing the most imaginative and innovative tools of color, line and texture for inspiring those who turn their vision into reality”. Golden continually launches exciting new product lines and is well known for working with artists to produce excellent high quality acrylics and art materials that meet developing needs in the field.

Sunday, August 25, 10am – 3 pm – Creating a Painted Floor Cloth with Mike Townsend of Golden Artist Colors

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Sample of a contemporary version of early American floor cloth.

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Any patterning can be applied to the floor cloth to match the decor of the room.

Hand-painted floor cloths were one of the earliest forms of floor coverings, originating in England in the 1700s and eventually imported to America.  With the development of linoleum in the early 1900s, their use and manufacture declined, but lately there has been a resurgence of floor cloths as a revived folk art.  This workshop will teach how to prime a canvas, fold and glue the edges, paint it with acrylics using historical designs or geometric patterns, and apply a sealer coat for protection.  $75, includes $30 materials fee – all materials provided.

Advance registration is required for all workshops; call 315-691-3550 to register. The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville.  For more information, visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.

Michael Townsend – Teaching Artist for EOH

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Mike at Golden Artist Colors…is teaching at EOH this summer and fall.  His Fall classes include Marbleizing Paper and Fabric in Tues-Wed, 10/1 and 10/2 and Discovering Digital Mixed Media Tues-Wed, 11/5 and 11/6.

Michael Townsend is an artist and employee of Golden Artist Colors, Inc. He has been with Golden nearly 20 years, working in the Quality Control, Research & Development, Custom Product Development, and Technical Support Departments. Michael has a BA of Studio Arts from Mansfield University, where he studied printmaking, silk-screening, sculpture and painting.

Michael has experience in mural painting, spraying, marbling, substrate preparation, varnishing and many other artist applications. In his own work he enjoys painting everything from abstracts to landscapes, using everything from paint and brushes, to airbrushes and digital tools. Michael enjoys demonstrating and teaching other artists how to use methods and materials in their own artwork.

Todd Rogers unleashes the joy of play.

Todd Rogers unleashes the joy of play.

Todd Rogers is a violinist who gigs locally and is training under Grammy Award-winning cellist David Darling.*  He teaches “Expressing Your Inner Music” at the Earlville Opera House on Sunday August 18th from 1 to 3 pm.  The goal of the workshop is to become more comfortable with your playing and free yourself to enjoy a more relaxed quality to your playing.  Uniquely suited to all levels of musical ability, the workshop consists of structured activities that allow musicians to improvise music and sound that comes from the heart.

The workshop builds a connection with the body, incorporating movement and breathing.  According to Rogers,”New musicians will learn ways to express yourself musically in a fun, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere.  Experienced musicians will come away with new tools to increase the breadth of your expression and deepen your musical connection to yourself, your audience, and those you play with.”

$20 fee ($18 for EOH members), scholarship help available, suitable for ages 16 and up.  To sign up or for more info contact EOH at 315-691-3550 or click www.earlvilleoperahouse.com

* Wiki notes on the founder of this musical movement:

“David Darling (born March 3, 1941) is an American cellist and composer. He won the Grammy award for Best New Age Album in 2010….Darling is a teacher of music improvisation and is a believer in the ability of every human to learn to express themselves musically. He co-founded Music for People, an organization which runs “music for everyone” workshops that are inspiring everyone from musical novices to professionals. All musical styles are honored, from Bach to boogie woogie. In 2007 he recorded The Darling Conversations, a 3-CD set with Julie Weber discussing his music philosophy. It was issued on the Manifest Spirit Records label. His teaching methods are the subject of a book, Return to Child (2008).

“In May 2008, he became part of a collaboration of music teachers, healers, and performers offering a training program in holistic and intercultural approaches to healing with sound and music at the New York Open Center Sound and Music School.”

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Tom Townsley on harmonica!

The Hamilton Concerts in the Park continue this Thursday, August 8th at 7 pm with the blues of Tom Townsley and the Backsliders!  Opening at 6:30 pm is our featured youth artist Mike Dufresne, who won the KJ James Blues Award and just graduated from high school..  The evening will feature sign language interpretation by Aurora of Central New York. (We’ll be doing some “sign alongs” tonight!)

Townsley’s harmonica blasts the blues with “that big fat tone, that gorgeous vibrato, that combination of sinew and subtlety,” says Blues Revue.  In the 90s, Townsley formed Tom Townsley & The Backsliders. This successful group recorded two CD’s on Poverty Records, which garnered rave reviews locally and nationally. “Moonlight Worker” was a top selling blues disc in Central New York, going through two pressings, receiving worldwide airplay and being picked up by Crosscut Records in Germany. “Twice Too Much” followed with more accolades.

Living Blues: “Parts of this set jump so fine you’d think the songs were Louis Prima covers. But Tom Townsley wrote almost all of the tunes, and his tasteful harmonica playing sets the tone for the entire album.”

Tom Townsley & The Backsliders video:  Hot Tempered Woman or Bullfrog Blues

The Hamilton Concerts in the Park will continue on August 15th; Cincinnati Creek will share their deep tradition of bluegrass music. Liz Friedel will open the evening with a Fiddle Styles: From Louisiana to Nova Scotia workshop.  Steve Blais’ll accompany her on accordion.

Cincinnati Creek is a bluegrass band featuring musicians who have performed in New York State for many years. Based in the Adirondack foothills, they took their name from the creek that runs nearby. Lori Thompson, Chris Pepe, and Gary Dygert performed with Stump Hollow up until the retirement of Carl Stump and Suzanne Privet in 2008. Since then, the performers have regrouped to carry on their nearly two-decade tradition of great bluegrass music.

Cincinnati Creek plays a mix of bluegrass, original compositions, and gospel. Band members have performed at venues including Utica Monday Night, The Fox Family Festival, The Adirondack Railroad, The Remsen Barn Festival, numerous coffee houses and outdoor festivals.The concerts in the series begin at 6:30 pm on the Hamilton Village Green. Rain Location is the Barge Canal Coffee House. No tickets necessary for this free event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!

Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.  For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

My latest work is a series of large, densely hued paintings that are cut out and glued together to create various visual planes.  The paintings are composed of a number of layers of watercolors mounted on other watercolors.  The resulting enlarged images and moody atmoshpheres are an attempt to create an eerie, disquieting transcendence, drawing the viewer into an inner world of emotional and sensual conflict.

“My latest work is a series of large, densely hued paintings that are cut out and glued together to create various visual planes. The paintings are composed of a number of layers of watercolors mounted on other watercolors.”

The works of two amazing New York artists will be at the Opera House starting August 10. Robert Morgan is from Petersburgh, NY (just east of Troy/Albany), and Robbii Wessen is from Fresh Meadows, Queens, NYC. 

Robert Morgan’s large watercolor paintings use collage techniques to create various visual planes. The result is an enlarged image and moody atmosphere that create an eerie, disquieting transcendence, drawing the viewer into an inner world of emotional and sensual conflict. Morgan’s paintings are about conflicting emotions and the necessity to produce one’s own metaphysical symbols, myths, and spirituality. With dense watercolor pigment, textured treatment of the surfaces, and offbeat compositional schemes, Morgan stretches the watercolor medium – as well as the viewer’s imagination – with respect to content, technique, and scale.
Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Morgan’s early interest in art was fueled by the rich traditions of the Berkshires and Hudson Valley. He has lived in Buenos Aires, London, and San Francisco, but recently returned to the Taconic Mountains of Petersburgh, NY. After exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries on both US coasts, he was featured in a major retrospective at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was also honored with a prestigious MacDowell Colony Fellowship.  Robert Morgan’s website

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“I take a very methodical approach to creating my assemblages. … Balance, composition, and texture are integral elements of my work that act as a means to explore the redemptive qualities of discarded materal. Ultimately, in contrast to their humble origins, these assemblages transcend the found quality of their individual parts to become shrine-like objects of beauty.”

For years, sculptor Robbii Wessen has been collecting stray bits and interesting pieces that just lived with him, with no particular purpose. He has now begun to give them a home, and he calls them “Foundlings.” “With artificial mechanisms, parts of unknown objects and natural elements, they speak of some unknown purpose or history, each with its own kind of suggestive dialog,” says Wessen. Found objects are arranged in a formal style following in the tradition of such artists as Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson. In contrast to their humble origins, the finished pieces transcend the found quality of their individual parts and become shrine-like objects of beauty.

Wessen has a BFA from the Parsons School of Design, and is now represented by the Gallery Orange in New Orleans. His work has won several National Art League awards, and he has exhibited throughout New York as well as in Maryland and Louisiana. Robbii Wessen’s website

A reception for the artists with light refreshments will be held on Saturday, August 10, from 12-2 pm.

These two exhibits and the “Kim Simmonds on Canvas” exhibit will run through September 21. Kim Simmonds has generously donated a painting in support of the EOH Galleries.  To purchase a raffle ticket, please contact EOH: 315-691-3550 or email the office.  Raffle tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10 and 7 for $20.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday 12-3 pm. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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Earlville Opera House Arts Center
PO Box 111, 18 East Main Street
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Music & Art for the Joy of it!  EOH Hours: 10-5 Tuesday-Friday, 12-3 Saturday
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