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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.

This singalong event will include lyric sheets to take home and keep on singing.  Be the only one around the campfire this summer that knows all the words!

This singalong event will include the lyric sheets to take home and keep on singing. Be the only one around the campfire this summer that knows all the words!

Get ready to enjoy a campfire-style hootenanny with your friends and family on Saturday, August 15th, at 7 pm. Join guitar wizard and Hamilton native Chris White for a sing-along for all ages, drawing on over 200 years of classic American songs, from Oh! Susanna to Think of All the Things You Can Do With a Chair! White will explain the stories behind the songs, and packets will be handed out with lyrics. This promises to be a night to remember, with as many sing-along moments as possible.

White is a regular performer at the Roots and Ruckus showcase at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn and has taught numerous children and adults to play the guitar and the ukulele. Although he has written hundreds of songs and plays in a large variety of different styles, he is most well known for his interpretations of jazz and pop standards and for his silly original songs. It is not uncommon for him to interpret a work in wild and wonderful voices. Chris notes, “Kids today don’t seem to be familiar with Stephen Foster, or other classic, old American songs.” He will mix some history and mythology in with the performance as well as a couple of his goofy originals.

Learn these songs:

Aloha ‘Oe
Blue Skies
Slue Suede Shoes
Yankee Doodle
Home on the range
Working on the Railroad
When you Wish Upon a Star
Wonderful World
Erie Canal
When the Saints Go marching In
Stand by Me
Think of all the things you can do with a chair
Keep on the Sunny Side
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Oh! Susannah

This evening with Chris White will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week! 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 three Earlville Galleries with three new quilt exhibits.
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.

Note: This performance is the first 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.

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.

Spain02 smallStunning original compositions. Musical stylings fearlessly mixing troubadour folk traditions with the energy of rock and roll. An engaging and humorous stage presence. Jamie Notarthomas brings all that and more to Hamilton to the 2015 Arts in the Park summer concert series on Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm.

Since the late 1980s, Notarthomas has been an integral part of the independent underground music scene, performing an average of 200 shows. He seamlessly merges the influences of what he calls the “twelve apostles of rock and roll,” including Lennon, Morrison, Dylan, and Springsteen, with folk traditions, penning original songs tackling themes of love, the environment, socio-political issues, and more. “…his solo act often rivals full rock bands in terms of volume & intensity,” offers the Syracuse NewTimes. “… Notarthomas’s energized performances separate him from the rank and file of acoustic singer-songwriters.”

For more than a decade, Arts in the Park has provided area residents with an opportunity to enjoy free live music and participate in the arts community in the heart of downtown Hamilton. This season’s offerings range from Notarthomas’s folk to rock, to bluegrass, and bluesy Americana to concert band music. Coming Thursday, July 23rd, the 40-piece Cazenovia Community Band brings a range of wind ensemble adaptations of marches, show tunes, and both contemporary and classical compositions. On Thursday, July 30th, the locally known bluegrass foursome Cincinnati Creek will bring their soaring harmonies and sweet front-porch picking to the village green.

Continuing into August, Arts in the Park will bring the Monk Rowe Trio with the Roots of Rock & Roll, covering the 25 years of early rock and roll, from Chuck Berry to Carl Perkins, In the Mood to Great Balls of Fire, on August 6th. Closing out the summer concert series, fast-emerging indie trio Shivering Timbers from Akron, Ohio will travel through with their ethereal Americana harmonies and bluesy punk sensibilities to the green on Thursday, August 13th.

Enjoy an evening of music in a beautiful park setting! Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE! Our rain location is the Colgate Inn on the village green for all shows –except July 23 Cazenovia Community Band, because the band is so large they will need a rain date (TBA).

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 http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

duhks009_editThe Duhks (rhymes with shucks) make a splash landing at the Opera House this July. The Boston Globe is calling them “Canada’s premier neo-tradsters” because they borrow from multiple traditions to create their hypnotic sound. The Duhks are one of the Canadian neo-folk scene’s most influential roots acts, earning the band a Juno Award and Grammy nomination for their brand of neo-Celtic-Cajun-Folk fusion that merges world-beat, blues, urban-pop and old-time with “wild-eyed invention and spine-rattling groove.” They play at the Earlville Opera House on Sunday, July 12th at 8 pm.

Hailing from Winnipeg, the Duhks feature virtuoso fiddle and banjo licks apt to resonate with all fans of traditional music. Len Podolak, one of the band’s founders, leads with Appalachian-influenced clawhammer banjo. “Known for his charisma and giant smile, Leonard Podolak’s specialty is the 5-String, open back clawhammer banjo, the instrument he learned from his father Mitch, founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival…Leonard plays old time music on the banjo, but with so many influences in his playing that include Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois, Cajun, Zydeco, Old-Time Appalachian, Bluegrass and beyond. He clogs, hambones, sings, tells stories and nurtures a great time in whatever room (or field) he plays.” CKUA Radio

He is backed by innovative percussion from drummer Kevin Garcia, whose kit looks like something out of Dr. Seuss. Meanwhile, songbird Jessee Havey’s register dips and soars with gospel-tinged grace and soul. The band’s permanent new lineup now also includes Québécois multi-instrumentalist Colin Savoie-Levac on guitar and the Swedish fiddling phenom Anna Lindblad on violin.

Themes of lost love, trials and tribulations, and sweet salvation are all tackled. Last year, The Duhks released their first studio album since 2008, entitled Beyond the Blue. On it, “the band’s dynamic genre-in-a-blender approach feels as fresh as ever,” according to New Canadian Music’s Noah Siegel.

“A tasty blend of..folk traditions with hard-grooving world beats, country, bluegrass, jazz, and a healthy injection of catchy, soulful pop.” —Paste

“A tasty blend of..folk traditions with hard-grooving world beats, country, bluegrass, jazz, and a healthy injection of catchy, soulful pop.” —Paste

On stage, a compelling spirit of playfulness infuses their performance reflecting the Duhks’ spirit, energy and complete fearlessness to try new things. The Duhks received a Juno Nomination for their first CD, won a Juno for their second recording, and won a Grammy for their part in a Stephen Foster Compilation, all the while becoming darlings of the US acoustic music scene.

Don’t miss an evening with these exciting and virtuosic players on Sunday, July 12th, at 8pm. Admission is $25 for nonmembers, $23 for members, and students are discounted to $20. 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 quilt exhibits and the Artisan’s 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 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.

Never heard the Duhks’ music?  Go to the Listening Party at Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton on Sunday July 12 before the show!  From 5-7pm on Sunday evening prior to the show, Brandon “Freddie” Frederick and folks at GNB will be playing the The Duhks on their stereo and offering $1 off year-round drafts to ticket holders and EOH members. More Listening Parties are planned all summer!

 

July 11th – August 29th, 2015

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Regional Quilt Artist Norma Lamb’s The Road Less Traveled. Her quilts were featured last summer. All quilts are welcome for the show whether contemporary or traditional.

Local quilters please drop off your quilts to exhibit at the upcoming Regional Quilt Celebration show at the Earlville Opera from July 11th – August 29th. Last year’s quilt show at the EOH galleries had over 700 visitors!

The Regional Quilt Celebration show will be in the EOH West Gallery at the same time that the annual “Contemporary Art Quilts” exhibition runs in the East Gallery. The dates for all three exhibits are from July 11 – August 29 with Openings on SATURDAY, JULY 18th from Noon to 3 pm to coincide with the Earlville Community Days Celebration.

All quilts must be received on or by July 3rd for hanging. Please bring them in a protective bag with a label on your quilt and bag to keep them safe in the drop off and return process.

Please call if you have any questions. Quilts should be labeled and an exhibition form should accompany your quilt so that it can be safely returned to you. The forms may be filled in at the EOH gallery office at the time of drop off or downloaded from www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or if you would like one to be mailed, call the EOH at 315-691-3550.

Current EOH hours for dropping off quilts are Tuesdays – Fridays 10-5, and Saturdays 12-3. The Earlville Opera House Art Center is located at 18 East Main Street at the intersection with NYS Route 12B

Quilt loan form: direct link

http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com/PubData/EOH.001/PDFs/regional%20quilt%20loan%2015.pdf

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Kathie Webster’s Adirondack Chairs

Led by the writing talents of Graham Sharp and Charles Humphrey, the Rangers produce songs that remain bluegrass in feel and execution, but tackle a wide range of themes and cultural side roads...AllMusic Review

Led by the writing talents of Graham Sharp and Charles Humphrey, the Rangers produce songs that remain bluegrass in feel and execution, but tackle a wide range of themes and cultural side roads…AllMusic Review

When it comes to bluegrass, few acts can seamlessly merge old-timey instrumentation and soaring harmonies with modern sensibilities like the Steep Canyon Rangers. Though the devilishly talented sextet rose to prominence thanks in part to its affiliation with actor and comedian Steve Martin, these days the Steeps are widely known for fearlessly setting the vanguard for what bluegrass should be in modern times. Join them at the Earlville Opera House on Sunday, June 28th at 8pm.

Since setting the music world ablaze with 2011’s Rare Bird Alert, the Rangers have played A Prairie Home Companion, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and Carnegie Hall. They netted the International Bluegrass Association’s award for Entertainer of the Year (in 2011, with Steve Martin), and even a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, for 2012’s Nobody Knows You. Their 2011 collaboration with Martin was nominated for the same award.

The band releases their upcoming new album “Radio” in August.  They are releasing the title track now in a premiere on Speakeasy. Link to preview it at Radio by Steeps.  “Led by bright fiddle and tight, interlocking harmony vocals, the track is a wide-eyed tribute to the magic of discovering music over the airwaves, with sly references to other songs salted into the lyrics.”

“Though the tune is steeped in the bluegrass that has made the sextet an in-demand live draw, banjo player and singer Sharp says the album has a wider range. “‘Radio’ travels the dial from top to bottom,” he says “The album tunes into the rock channel for a little while, then the blues, then country, pop and, of course, bluegrass.”

Produced by Jerry Douglas, “Radio” is the band’s ninth studio album and the follow-up to the Steep Canyon Rangers’ 2013 release “Tell the Ones I Love.” Wall Street Journal

The Steeps:  Woody Platt – Guitar, Lead Vocals;  Mike Guggino – Mandolin, Vocals; Charles Humphrey – Bass, Vocals; Graham Sharp – Banjo, Vocals; Nicky Sanders – Fiddle, Vocals and Michael Ashworth – Percussion

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The band is known for their "“Hunger” showcases those famous, tight bluegrass three-part harmonies, and “Graveyard Fields,” an instrumental whirlwind of speed and technique, explodes with sawing strings and precise finger-picking." Emma Schkloven

The band is known for “tight bluegrass three-part harmonies, and  instrumental whirlwinds of speed and technique” that “explodes with sawing strings and precise finger-picking.”

Their latest project, released in March of this year, is the single Test of Time, featuring both Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. All proceeds from Test of Time will benefit the CAN’d Aid Foundation.

Join us for an evening with these exciting and virtuosic players on Sunday, June 28th, 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 the Earlville Galleries and our Artisan’s 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 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 NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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1422616_470592986408149_3173321566380278648_nFresh from a successful Kickstarter campaign in June, Indie songstress Lauren Mettler is finishing up two new releases. She’ll be featuring much of this new material at the Hamilton Arts in the Park concert on Thursday’s August 7th at 7 pm.

Her double release this August will feature “Patchwork,” a studio recording with guest musicians and what she calls her own “bedroom” recordings in “A Handful of Soil.” Of the two projects, Mettler says, ” I have sewn, I have sown, two very different albums. Both songs of drought and plenty. One crafted in the studio, one home spun.”

What’s making Lauren so excited about the project? This first release by the Sherburne native is “a big milestone. I’ll be going out on tour for three months to promote it!” says Mettler. She’s excited to have worked with so many great musicians in the studio. “Patchwork” was tracked at Zach Collins’ Hamilton Music Studio, in collaboration with Rabbit in the Rye- Joe Mettler, Brendan O’Connor, and Alex Lavon. A couple of other Hamilton area musicians, Mason McDowell and Taiward Wider, are also featured on the album. This one is relatively highly produced and multi-layered…We experimented as we went along to hone in on what would best adorn each song.”

“A Handful of Soil” is a solo album I recorded in my own childhood bedroom, which I converted for a few months, into a studio. It was tracked entirely by myself. This one, in production, is more bare-bones and raw. There is more of a focus on the lyrics, with only basic instrumentation, but the songs are more elaborate in content and mature in musical composition.”

Lauren Mettler_nOn the whole Kidkstarter process, Mettler says that it was a bit nerve-wracking and full of human drama. Funding came together on the last day within hours of the deadline. .She commented that her conversations with her brother Joe about his own Kickstarter campaign (with Basement Theater Company) were helpful in keeping positive from the start to finish.

For those wishing to get the new releases, it will be downloadable from http://laurenmettler.bandcamp.com/ . Hard copies will be available at a later date.

The concerts in the series begin at 7 pm on the Hamilton Village Green. Enjoy an evening of music and creativity in a beautiful park setting! Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE! Our rain location is the Colgate Inn on the village green. For more information about the location if it is raining on the day of the show call (315) 691- 3550.

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 http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

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