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“Don’t you just love it when a band simply gets better and better? Well, the latest album from Harpeth Rising proves this is a band steadily exploring boundaries and finding there are none unless made by themselves, a band maturing into harpeth rising cd coverits music, making it emphatically their own and continually developing along the way. Following on from ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge’ they release ‘Shifted’ … and quite simply, ‘Shifted’ is unique in every way. There’s the lusciously constructed harmonies, the inventive edge that pulses through every track and the unexpected direction changes that keep you enthralled, combined with an ability to blend folk, bluegrass, classical and rock and leave no visible joins.

“Don’t you just love it when a band simply gets better and better? Well, the latest album from Harpeth Rising proves this is a band steadily exploring boundaries and finding there are none unless made by themselves, a band maturing into its music, making it emphatically their own and continually developing along the way. Following on from ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge’ they release ‘Shifted’ … and quite simply, ‘Shifted’ is unique in every way. There’s the lusciously constructed harmonies, the inventive edge that pulses through every track and the unexpected direction changes that keep you enthralled, combined with an ability to blend folk, bluegrass, classical and rock and leave no visible joins. Tim Carroll, FolkWords

The Earlville Opera House welcomes Americana genre-benders Harpeth Rising as they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique on Friday, March 25th at 8 pm. The band is touring in support of their latest CD, SHIFTED.

Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer from Jordana Greenberg, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria di Meglio. Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.” — Tim Carroll, FolkWords

Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative – they all describe what’s on offer from Jordana Greenberg, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria di Meglio. Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.”
— Tim Carroll, FolkWords

Harpeth Rising is Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). 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.

“In what the group calls “chambergrass,” the musicians blend improvisatory-feeling jazzy sections with newgrass, classical and folk. Varied, alternating blocks fold in syncopated rhythms, simple folk melodies and complex harmonies.

“In the arresting three-part acapella sections, the musicians match declamation, shaping each word carefully from beginning to end. Violinist and lead singer Jordana Greenberg’s voice offers strength tempered by gentleness through poetic lyrics…

“The trio’s career path isn’t the traditional one for gifted classical musicians, who often seek jobs as soloists, orchestral players, chamber players or teachers. Their decision simply reflects a shift in the industry…” (Domenica Bongiovanni)

Join us for a riveting night of Americana music with Harpeth Rising in the Arts Café on March 25th! Seating is limited. Admission is $22 and $20 for EOH members and students are discounted to $11. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.
More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

I AM EVE (I am the Reason)

SHIFTED 

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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.

Version 3The Earlville Opera House welcomes Americana standouts Mike + Ruthy with their new band on Friday, March 11th at 8 pm. Folks may remember their previous band The Mammals! Their concerts dance from Americana ho-downs to sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and infectious, inspired songwriting.

Their debut album, Bright as You Can, was released 9 months ago and top critics had this to say: “One of the year’s standout Americana albums” (Boston Globe), “In the vanguard of today’s vibrant folk revival” (Pop Matters), “honoring the great musical traditions of the past while at the same time welcoming, with open arms, the future of what music can be” (Folk Alley), and much, much more.

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Mike + Ruthy Band with Jacob Silver, Konrad Meissner, Mike Merenda, Ruthy Ungar, and Charlie Rose

The Mike + Ruthy Band are Mike Merenda (vocals, guitar), Ruthy Ungar (vocals, fiddle, banjo), Jacob Silver (bass), Charlie Rose (pedal steel) and Konrad Meissner (drums). “They play with jubilation–as exciting and powerful as any quintet out there, mixing up fiddle and banjo with drums, bass, pedal steel and organ. Besides Ruth Ungar’s amazing voice, the lyrics on this album are incredibly thoughtful — they’re carefully crafted, without a word or phrase out of place. From rollicking good times to more tender reflections, Bright As You Can is a winner.” (Elena See)

Join us for a hot night of Americana with the Mike and Ruthy Band in the Arts Café on March 11th! Seating is limited. Admission is $22 and $20 for EOH members and students are discounted to $11. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.
More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Rock on Little Jane 

Bright As You Can 

Chasin’ Gold 

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.

lauren mettler- cornfieldFresh from last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign and tour, versatile indie songstress Lauren Mettler is breaking new ground with her outreach to kids and families.  On Saturday, December 5th join us for an Afternoon with Lauren for a holiday themed performance at 2 pm.  The concert is part of the Earlville Winter Celebration activities.  Lauren brings all her skills as a singer-songwriter, performer, and arts educator with Folk, Blues, and World influences to this new show for young audiences.

Lauren’s voice, nuanced and beguiling, captivates her listeners as she leads them through beautiful ballads, comedic anecdotes, and holiday tunes on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and penny whistle to celebrate the season.  Her repertoire displays shades of the blues, world music, and is sprinkled with sweet little ditties reminiscent of favorite jazz classics.

Lauren with leggingsThis Afternoon with Lauren will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week with holiday magic! The concert is about an hour in length and will be followed by a brief reception with the artist. This is a “pay what you want” event, our way of saying thanks to our community! The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our Earlville Galleries and the gorgeous 18th Annual Holiday Sale.  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.

Note: This performance is the second of an EOH series of Youth Programs by Young Artists.  EOH put out a call to young artists to create programming for youth and families this past May.  Our goal is to grow interesting work for families on a grassroots level while also making professional opportunities available to young artists.  Please call EOH to find out more.

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

The Honeycutters from Ashville, NC are touring in support of their new CD

The Honeycutters from Ashville, NC are touring in support of their new CD

It’s honest. It’s rockin’. It’s part hope, part chagrin, and it’s coming to the Earlville Opera House Saturday, November 21st at 8pm. The Honeycutters are exactly what their name implies: an act merging the tender edge of country sweetness with boot-scooting honky-tonk swagger, fleshed out with upright bass, mandolin, and Amanda Anne Platt’s incredible vocals. “Their music embodies a very catchy, accessible, optimistic sort of spirit so frequently lacking in folk circles,” offers Folk Music About.com’s Kim Ruehl. “What’s more, they’re a great band replete with tasty harmonies.”

As with the very best in roots music acts, however, it’s more than The Honeycutters’ sound that sets them apart. Platt, who got the band together in 2007 and actually hails from the Saratoga, NY, area, is a talented songwriter whose sweet vocals have been compared to Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Loretta Lynn. In the title track from the band’s latest release, Me Oh My, set free in April of this year, Platt embraces the persona of a broken woman intent on standing on her own two feet: I had a baby but the good lord took her, she was an angel but her wings were crooked, guess he figured he could love her better than me. Now preacher’s talking about the bed I made, says I’m too old to be chasing trains, he says I’ve got to lay it down and let it be.

Calling Asheville, North Carolina home, The Honeycutters have shared the stage with the likes of Guy Clark, Tony Rice, Billy Joe Shaver, and the Steep Canyon Rangers. “Today’s Smoky Mountain area modern folk thing does have a certain vibe, and these guys are among its finest purveyors,” notes Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst. As their fan base continues to grow, Me Oh My serves as a record of a band on the very verge of hitting the big time.

The Honeycutters are touring in support of their new CD.

The Honeycutters are touring in support of their new CD.

Here’s an excerpt from Steve Ramm writing about the band’s newest CD: “Country? Bluegrass? Americana? This group fills all those genres in an album I can’t stop playing...I can’t, for the life of me, understand why I haven’t posted a review of this fabulous new CD from the Asheville, NC-based quintet, The Honeycutters, yet, here on Amazon. I’ve had it for over a month (I received an advance copy from their label) and I must play it a few times a week. It’s that good! But, I’ll rectify my oversight and get this review up now.

“Like another favorite Americana/bluegrass/country band, The Hot Club of Cowtown, the Honeycutters are led by a woman who can write great songs. Guitarist Amanda Anne Platt – a founding member, wrote all 14 songs on this CD and sings lead vocal too. From the first track – “Jukebox” – to the closer (“A Life For You”) this is a perfect album of tunes that – in most cases will have you dancing around the room (or at least tapping yiur toes). There are songs here (“Hearts of Men”) that sound “familiar” (in a good sort of way) but which are newly composed. With pedal steel, dobro and bass, the group is based in country/bluegrass. But they embellish the music with guests playing organ, harmonica, and even trumpet, on some of the tracks…”

Join us for an evening with The Honeycutters this Saturday, November 21st!   Seating is limited. Admission is $20 and $18 for EOH members and students are discounted to $15. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.   Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.

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. If you’re of the social media persuasion, don’t forget to check out the Earlville Opera House on Facebook and Twitter!

More about The Honeycutters:  http://www.honeycutters.com

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Here’s what people are saying…

“I can see a day when her name is mentioned alongside Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, and Gillian Welch.” –The Real Southern

“Platt’s songs are exceptional, with interesting melodies and well-written lyrics sung with a strong and engaging voice that sounds a bit like a blend of Gillian Welch and Loretta Lynn.” -Michael Colby, Review in No Depression/Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA

“Vocalist Amanda Anne Platt has an innate ability to write relatable, straightforward, and authentic lyrics.” – TheDailyCountry.com

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.

Don't miss this virtuoso guitar duo in the exquisite acoustics of the Earlville Opera House!

Don’t miss a chance to work with this virtuoso guitar duo in the EOH Arts Cafe writing songs!

International guitar duo, Loren and Mark, in combination with the Earlville Opera House, are pleased to present a workshop that combines their mastery of Americana music with memorializing how one person can make a difference. Come for our fall Songwriting Workshop on Wednesday, November 4th from 6:30-8:30 pm.

The first portion of the workshop will be full of imaginative wordplay as participants work out lyrics with Morrisville State professor Devon Branca, a published poet who will introduce techniques for writing poetry and lyrics. The second portion of the workshop will combine those lyrics with the acclaimed instrumental abilities of Loren and Mark. Together, participants will work with the personable duo to compose melodies to accompany the lyrics.

From Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to modern-day bands like The Decemberists, songs connect us with a story. Sometimes, the story is a personal drama or a natural disaster. Sometimes, it’s the story of a hero that captures a songwriter’s imagination. It’s hard to imagine the landscape of American music without the story of Casey Jones, for example. Or the Earlville Opera House story without Joey Skaggs! Joey Skaggs is the colorful character that saved the theater from the wrecking ball in 1971 by purchasing the Opera House and donating it to the community.

Any participant in this EOH workshop who finds it fitting to pay tribute to EOH’s benefactor, also known as America’s top prankster, will get $50 for the finished song*, plus an invitation to perform said song at Mark & Loren’s EOH performance, July 9th, 2016. The songs will be used to celebrate the 45th anniversary of this astounding feat and this unusual benefactor. Check out some of his stories at http://joeyskaggs.com/ for inspiration. Over the years he’s convinced journalists that he runs a whorehouse for dogs, a celebrity sperm bank, and other crazy things.

Come to EOH for an evening of wordplay and instrumental experimentation! Admission is just $10 minimum donation, thanks to NYSPN grant support. Note: Village of Earlville teens and adults are free. Please see http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com, or call 315-691-3550 for more information. The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main, Earlville, NY 13332.

This Project is funded in part with an award received from The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

*Note: we can choose up to three songs .

EOH Savior: Joey Skaggs video:
http://artoftheprank.com/

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Dr. Devon Branca is a poet and professor of English at Morrisville State College. His poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.

Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb recorded their first album together the summer of 2011 which won a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album at the Northeast Music Industry Conference, and their second album Onward also won a SAMMY. The title track ‘Onward’ won first place at the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for Best Instrumental. Their most recent album is live from their 2013 tour of Europe. http://www.lorenandmark.com/

These two Americana icons' history dates back to the Greenwich Village folk revival, and encompasses everything from bluegrass to The Lovin' Spoonful to Woodstock to jazz to blues and back again.

These two Americana icons’ history dates back to the Greenwich Village folk revival, and encompasses everything from bluegrass to The Lovin’ Spoonful to Woodstock to jazz to blues and back again.

On Friday, October 2nd, Legendary Lovin’ Spoonful songsmith John Sebastian, who’s famous for songs: Do you Believe in Magic?, Daydream, Summer in the City, Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?, Nashville Cats will perform a sold-out show with virtuoso mandolinist and roots music avant-garde artist David Grisman at the Earlville Opera House. Together the two pros will swap songs, licks, and stories of one of the most happening eras of American popular music. This performance is generously sponsored by WAER 88.3 Syracuse Public Media.

Sebastian and Grisman got their start as part of the Even Dozen Jug Band as part of the 1960s Greenwich Village scene, but soon parted ways. Grisman hooked up with guitarist Peter Rowan, gaining fame as part of the bluegrass jam outfit Old and In the Way before founding the jazzy, forward-thinking David Grisman Quintet (DGQ) in 1977. Meanwhile, Sebastian made rock n’ roll history with The Lovin’ Spoonful, sending seven songs into the Top 10 in just two years. Leaving the band in 1968, Sebastian found success as a Broadway composer, and appeared at Woodstock before releasing three original albums, one of which contained Welcome Back, which became the theme song for the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. Sebastian and the rest of the Spoonful were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

In 2007, Sebastian and Grisman came together to release Satisfied, a stripped-down, one-take affair that sounds very much like two long-time collaborators and old pros sitting on a front porch trading licks. Grisman’s mandolin, and Sebastian’s downright evocative harmonica work twine effortlessly around traditional standards and original compositions alike.

For more information about upcoming EOH events, call 315-691-3550 or go online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Please note if you have your tickets to the show,  the historic theater doesn’t have a heating system so please dress for autumn…even though over time our 300 bodies will definitely create enough heat so that it will be fairly warm.

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.

“One of the top bluegrass singer-songwriters of his generation.” – Terry Gross, NPR's Fresh Air.

“One of the top bluegrass singer-songwriters of his generation.” – Terry Gross, NPR’s Fresh Air.

Peter Rowan may have gotten his start as one of Bill Monroe‘s Bluegrass Boys, in 1965, but in the 50 years since, he’s gone on to forge his own sub-genre of the bluegrass discipline. At a recent show, in between wheeling out the well-known classics “Panama Red” and “Midnight, Moonlight,” he sang tunes from his recent album Dharma Blues. Says Rowan, of his latest project, “These songs…are a place on the spiritual journey where the commitment has been made, the intent established, and the journey begun. The doubts and resolutions of the spiritual journey are what drives Dharma Blues….”  All Music.com opines: “Dharma Blues, for all the wily chances it takes, is a jewel, finding the artist at another creative peak.

Probably best known for founding Old & In the Way alongside David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, Rowan was quick to leave traditional bluegrass subject matter behind (while keeping instrumentation and song structure intact) as he broke ground with the quintet during the 1970s, taking a looser, more jam-based approach to bluegrass.

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Rowan’s unbound talent has allowed him a wide range of exploration in the folk-bluegrass genre.  “Since then he’s done reggae-billy, southwestern yodeling, traditional bluegrass, singer-songwriter material, “flexigrass,” country, Texas swing, a tribute to Gene Autry and extended jam sets with seemingly anyone who would have him,” writes Glen Herbert of radio station KDHX. And yet his picking, and his clear high, lonesome singing voice remains as unimpeachable as ever.

“…The doubts and resolutions of the spiritual journey are what drives Dharma Blues….” That’s dead on, but it doesn’t touch the musical reach on this fine album. Some of these tunes have been part of Rowan’s live repertoire for years. In his painting studio in 2006, he played them for producer John Chelew and the pair began to conceive a recording.” AllMusic.com

Don’t miss an evening with a true legend on Saturday, September 19th, at 8pm. Admission is $35 for nonmembers, $33 for members, and students are discounted to $30. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three new exhibits opening at 6 pm by Andrea Porter, Vartan Poghosian and Rebecca Murtaugh. The Artisans’ Gift Shop features over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

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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