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Program News : "NEFFA Preview, Part 1 & Kristin Andreassen", In the Tradition, 3/20
Posted by Notlob on 2012/3/14 11:30:00 (692 reads)

Kristin - - joined the old-time band UNCLE EARL - - in 2003, "...contributing her perceptive original songs in addition to vocals, rhythm guitar, fiddle, ukulele, and clog dancing. Two self-released EPs lead to a contract with venerable folk label Rounder Records, for whom they recorded She Waits For Night with producer Dirk Powell and Waterloo, Tennessee, produced by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who called the album “definitely one of the most enjoyable productions that I have ever been involved with.” Their albums, combined with the group’s infectious live shows, garnered rave reviews from such influential media outlets as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mojo, No Depression, The New Yorker, and Relix. Waterloo, Tenessee was named Folk Alliance Album of the Year in 2007.

Able to draw from a vast range of experiences, talents, and perspectives, the newest edition of Uncle Earl is versatile and powerful. Andreassen says "Everyone who plays with Uncle Earl has an exciting career in music outside the band as well. We come together to play because it's fun to keep this connection with friends and with the traditional music that's inspired us."

In the fall of 2009, Uncle Earl was selected by the prestigious Columbia Artist Management Inc. agency as the headlining band for their month-long American Revival tour. In 2010, the g'Earls toured Australia (March), Germany (May), and makes limited summer festival appearances in the United States.

With Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still) and Ruthy Merenda (Mammals, Mike and Ruthy), Kristin is a member of SOMETYMES WHY -

Kristin's latest project is THE JOLLY BANKERS, where she collaborates with Laura Cortese & Pierce Woodward on two EPs: Death & Taxes and Tax Return. This band is a labor of love for three musicians who are very busy with other projects. Their thing is playing solid old-time-inspired stringband chops framed by original lyrics, lo-tech/sound-great recording strategies, psychedelic arrangement experiences & political sense-of-purpose.


Lindsay Straw from "The Ivy Leaf" will be calling about 7:45pm; their brand new "The Ivy Leaf, Traditional Irish Music" (to be released March 29) album will be featured.

The Ivy Leaf is a young traditional Irish quartet that came together through the Boston session scene. Featuring fiddles, flute & whistle, concertina, vocals and bouzouki and guitar accompaniment, the group’s influences are a blend of the old and new, taking on centuries old dance music and giving it a modern vigor. Among those influences are many of the local musicians who define the sound of Irish music in Boston and Providence. Enriching that tradition is an intense curiosity for old, isolated, or obscure forms of music, arming the group with an array of tunes from jigs to polkas to hornpipes, along with songs of both Irish and American origin.

After a five-month hiatus, which saw half of the group studying and playing in Ireland, the Ivy Leaf has returned with renewed energy and focus, now intent on connecting with friends and fans on the West Coast of America. Following a short tour and recording session in California, the Ivy Leaf’s first EP is due out this fall.


The last part of the program will focus of the New England Folk Festival showcase concert, Friday, March 23 at Unity in Somerville. NEFFA's statement of purpose: "a non-profit educational and cultural organization, incorporated under the General Laws of Massachusetts to encourage, sponsor, and preserve high standards of performance of the folk arts and traditions in New England and elsewhere."

Artists booked for the showcase who will be calling in:
Corvus (Celtic) -
Wear My Letter (old-time) -
Marylou Ferrante (pre-war blues) -
Lynn Noel - Voice - English traditional, Scottish, Irish, Canadian, French-Canadian, Quebecois, Icelandic, Scandinavian, world music -
More info is available at

Call-in schedule
8:00 Marylou Ferrante
8:15pm Lynn Noel
8:30pm Wear My Letter
8:45pm Corvus

The 68th annual all-volunteer New England Folk Festival will be presented in Mansfield, MA April 20-22.
NEFFA website at
Festival schedule at

Tune in to part 2 in two weeks.

Best Regards,
Jeff Boudreau
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