Pumpkintown; A Magic Lantern Musical featuring Tim Eriksen, Zoë Darrow, Peter Irvine

March 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
AS220's Blackbox
95 Empire Street
Pumpkintown; A Magic Lantern Musical featuring Tim Eriksen, Zoë Darrow, Peter Irvine @ AS220's Blackbox
Stories, Songs and Magic Lantern Projections From An Imaginary New England VillageTim Eriksen (voice/guitar), Zoë Darrow (fiddle/voice) and Peter Irvine (percussion/voice) perform old and new Yankee hymns, tunes and ballads from the region’s often forgotten multicultural history, accompanied by original and historical magic lantern projections by painter Susan Brearey. Join the Trio de Pumpkintown as they untangle through songs and stories the curious history of an imaginary New England Village.

Tim Eriksen
“Widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation”Kit Bailey, BBC Radio”Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble”Pulse of the Twin CitiesA founding member of Cordelia’s Dad and Zabe i Babe, an ethnomusicologist who’s done extensive research in Bosnia, and a visiting professor of American music at Dartmouth College, Eriksen’s credentials are impeccable, though only the tip of his musical iceberg.

Tim Eriksen, PhD “the best unaccompanied ballad singer in the United States” is an award losing singer, multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist known for his work with the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, on films including Cold Mountain, a doubly Grammy nominated collaboration with world-jazz impresario Omar Sosa and a nearly 400 page dissertation on music in fictional New England villages.

Peter Irvine, Esq. is an attorney by day, Sacred Harp singer by night and accomplished percussionist who has performed and recorded with Tim Eriksen on projects ranging from the 1990s Balkan band Žabe I Babe, the world’s first Oromo gospel CD and Cordelia’s Dad, the only band to have performed with both Doc Watson and Nirvana.

Zoë Darrow, FMF is a frequent fiddle contest winner and leader of the Valley Advocate’s 2013…(?) “Best Celtic band,” as well as a remarkable singer and songwriter. Deeply rooted in Cape Breton and Scottish music, she began her recording career at the age of 12 and earned a degree in music and anthropology from Mt. Holyoke College in 2012.

Susan Brearey, MFA is an internationally acclaimed artist who earned her degree in painting and print making from the Rhode Island School of Design. A teacher at the Putney School, her nature-inspired work has appeared in galleries abroad and throughout the United States.