Monday, May 17, 2010

Punch Brothers with Chris Thile grace the Iron Horse stage Monday, May 24th at 7PM

Punch Brothers return with their second album, Antifogmatic, June 15 on Nonesuch, the follow-up to the band’s highly praised 2008 debut, Punch, which The New Yorker called “…wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative…”

Punch Brothers’ line-up includes some of the most impressive and widely respected musicians performing today: Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris ThileGabe Witcher (fiddle). The Boston Globe says of the band, “…this top shelf acoustic quintet is a virtuosic revelation,” while the Chicago Tribune says (mandolin and lead vocals), and “their breathtaking virtuosity isn’t about soloing but complex ensemble unity, with a cumulative power that leaves the listener pleasantly rung out.

Antifogmatic is produced by the illustrious Jon Brion (Brad Mehldau, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith, Kanye West). While the album Punch was focused around Thile’s four-movement composition The Blind Leaving the Blind, Antifogmatic’s 10 songs were written collaboratively by the band.

Thile notes, “Antifogmatic is an old term for a bracing beverage, generally rum or whiskey, that a person would have before going out to work in rough weather to stave off any ill effects. This batch of tunes could be used in much the same way, and includes some characters who would probably benefit mightily, if temporarily, from a good antifogmatic.

Tickets are available at the Northampton Box Office, 413-586-8686 and online at

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