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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 

WHEELHOUSE 

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

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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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.

Claire Lynch has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass today.

Claire Lynch has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass today.

In her twenty-two years of fronting bluegrass bands with her distinctive voice, Claire Lynch has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Female Vocalist of the Year three times, in 1997, 2010, and 2013.That kind of enduring popularity and reputation is rare, even in bluegrass, but Lynch’s voice is so sweet, and her songs are so beautifully written and compelling, that she rose rather quickly to prominence, and has stayed there, even as the genre has changed around her. You’ll have a chance to see this amazing artist with her red hot band at the Catherine Cummings Theater in Cazenovia, presented by The Earlville Opera House, at 8pm on Saturday, December 12th. This show is generously sponsored by Stickley Audi & Co.

Lynch’s band features a mix of acclaimed talent and “hot young guns;” together they rise from a reverent hush in quieter moments to a pounding no-holds-barred stampede when it’s called for. “Backed by the members of her white-hot Claire Lynch Band…Lynch is the definition of a multi-talented artist,” writes The Chicago Tribune. Lynch’s most recent label release, Dear Sister, earned her a nomination for the IBMA Album of the Year, as well as a win for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Band member Mark Schatz has been twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year, and nominated every year since.  Bryan McDowell at 24 has already compiled an extraordinary resume that far exceeds his years as a vocalist and gifted multi-instrumentalist. In competitions, he has amassed twenty-one first place wins including such notables as Merlefest (mandolin ’09 & guitar ’10), Galax Virginia’s Old Time Fiddler’s Convention (fiddle ’09 and guitar ’10).  He placed first in the Walnut Valley National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and the Walnut Valley Mandolin and Fiddle Championships… a feat unparalleled in the festival’s storied 40 year running.  Jarrod Walker on mandolin and guitar has been recognized as a standout player ever since age twelve when he and brother-picker Cory Walker found themselves featured on a segment of ABC Country’s CMA Awards Special with Keith Urban as 2004’s winners of a “Young Musicians’” search.

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The first set of the concert will feature tunes from Holiday!

In 2014, she took a break from touring to record a seasonal project, entitled Holiday!, which was released on Lynch’s own Thrill Hill Records. On it, the band makes an inspired exploration of holiday songs old and new. The album includes two original compositions, soulful interpretations of “Scarlet Ribbons” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, and fun retro-style takes on “Home for the Holidays” and “White Christmas.”

In 2016, Lynch will wrap up full-time touring with The Claire Lynch Band – a much-adored staple of the bluegrass community – and focus on the next iteration of her music and creativity, according to the Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News Network. So, this could be your last best chance to catch Claire and the band in action! Join us on December 12th at 8pm! Seating is limited. Tickets for this show are $25 for adults, $15 for youth. Add $2 on the Day of Show.

The show will be general admission, and doors will open at 7:30 pm. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Catherine Cummings Theatre is located at 8 Lincklaen St, Cazenovia, NY 13035.

left to right: Claire Lynch, Jarrod Walker, Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell

The Claire Lynce Band, left to right: Claire Lynch, Jarrod Walker, Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell

WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING…

“Claire Lynch is a rare talent indeed. She has a beautiful, effervescent voicewhich can handle both
contemporary and traditional musics with complete authenticity. I love to listen to her and I love to
sing with her.”
–Linda Ronstadt

“I’ve always thought Claire Lynch has the voice of an angel. I’m a fan!”
–Emmylou Harris

“…a sterling, silvery vocal presence and a gift for supple, emotional ornamentation….Lynch’s talent
is a diamond…gorgeous voice and sense of purpose, supported by (a) superb ensemble…”
–The Washington Post

“…backed by the members of her white-hot Claire Lynch Band…Lynch is the definition of a multitalented
artist.”
–The Chicago Tribune

“…one of my very favorite singers in all of acoustic, country and bluegrass music. She is a jewel. ”
–Mary Chapin Carpenter

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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.

 

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.

“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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Blues singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell fronting her red hot Americana band returns this September to the amazing acoustics of the Earlville Opera House.

Boston-based Eilen Jewell and her red-hot Americana band make their way to the historic Earlville Opera House main stage on Saturday, September 12th at 8pm. Best known as an alt-country artist, Jewell channels a presence between the sultry soul of jazz siren Billie Holiday and the “sneering edge of danger” of a pistol-packing mama. This performance is generously sponsored by Stickley Audi & Co. and WAER 88.3 Syracuse Public Media.

“She employs musical styles rooted in ‘50s America, but this isn’t some retro trip down nostalgia lane,” opines PopMatters.com. It’s where the hillbilly south, urban ethnic working class, and Southwestern badass meet.”

Jewell’s fifth studio album, Sundown Over Ghost Town will be released May 26th (Signature Sounds). The album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band and special guests in her hometown of Boise, and is composed of twelve stunning, original compositions that feature some of her most personal stories yet.

The band is touring in support of Jewell’s fifth studio album, Sundown Over Ghost Town that was released this May on Signature Sounds. The album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band and special guests in her hometown of Boise, and is composed of twelve stunning, original compositions that feature some of her most personal stories yet.

Jewell’s band is on fire. According to Pop Matters, “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.”

And don’t overlook Jewell’s considerable vocal prowess. According to My Old Kentucky Blog, “With a burnished voice lingering somewhere between Billie Holiday and Neko Case, Eilen Jewell’s aching vocals are pure, country-gospel, boxcar soul.”

Take a listen to the Eilen Jewell Band on You Tube below.     “Packed with vivid lyrics, steel guitars, and hot licks, Jewell’s Americana-driven brand of country music sounds tailor-made for sweltering, stagnant summer nights.”   – Eric Renner Brown, Entertainment Weekly

Don’t miss an evening with one of Americana’s hottest bands on Saturday, September 12th, at 8pm. Admission is $20 for the public, $18 for members, and students are discounted to $15. 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 new exhibits opening that evening and the Artisans’ Gift Shop featuring 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.

More about this artist   http://www.eilenjewell.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.

Catch them live in the amazing acoustics of the 1892 Earlville Opera House!

Catch them live in the amazing acoustics of the 1892 Earlville Opera House!

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