Every year since December, 2004, Jake Armerding, Mark Erelli & Lori McKenna have performed a special annual concert, “Under The Covers,” at Club Passim in Harvard Square. As they’ve done only a few times before, the trio will take their show on the road to play at 7PM on Friday, December 10th at the Iron Horse in Northampton. Doors will open at 5:30 PM. Tickets to the All Ages show are $15 and are available at the Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 or buy online at IHEG.com.
“Under The Covers” brings this trio of artists – most widely known as original songwriters – together to perform and evening of other people's songs. "We try to spice it up a bit and choose songs that folks might not associate with 'singer/songwriters,'" says Mark. You're just as likely to hear an interpretation of Michael Jackson as they are Jackson Browne, and don't be surprised if you hear Howard Jones's 80's classic "No One Is To Blame" rubbing shoulders with Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo.” Anything goes, and the spontaneity is enhanced by us all being onstage the whole time, chiming in on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, or harmonies. Watch “Under The Covers” live in concert.
JAKE ARMERDING: Jake Armerding grew up playing classical violin and listening to 80's pop radio. He developed these influences into a roots/neo-folk style he calls "organic music," which he composes and performs across the country with the assistance of insanely talented friends. He has released five albums of original material, along with a new EP, Cellar Sessions, with his instrumental side project, The Fretful Porcupine. Armerding recently logged his thousandth performance, and has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox and Toad the Wet Sprocket.
MARK ERELLI : For the past 10 years, Mark Erelli has maintained a rigorous, international touring schedule, sharing the stage with Dave Alvin, Gillian Welch, John Hiatt and others, as well appearing at many major folk festivals, including Newport, Philadelphia and Shrewsbury (UK). In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall. Erelli has seven records to his name, including collections of western swing, lullabies and songs of stirring social conscience. In 2009, he was one of eight artists invited to the UK to take part in the Darwin Song Project, a collaborative release featuring songs inspired by the life and work of Charles Darwin. Mark Erelli is currently celebrating the release of two new CDs in 2010, a collection of murder ballads recorded with Jeffrey Foucault called Seven Curses, and Little Vigils, his ninth full-length studio record.
LORI McKENNA: Lori is an exceptional example of how some songwriters just naturally seem to find their way to the homespun sound of a strummed acoustic guitar, an honest voice and a touch of twang. Now with thousands of miles and gigs behind her, Lori has garnered comparisons to artists ranging from Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) and Patty Griffin to Nanci Griffith and Alanis Morissette. Many reviews of Faith Hill's Fireflies agree that the three best tracks ("Stealing Kisses," "If You Ask," and the title cut) came from one songwriter: Lori McKenna. Lori’s new CD, Lorraine, will be in stores in early 2011.
Tickets for Jake Amerding, Mark Erelli, & Lori McKenna performing “Under The Covers,” at 7PM on Friday, December 10th at the Iron Horse in Northampton are $15 and are available at the Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 or buy online at IHEG.com. Doors and dinner from 5:30. Show starts at 7PM.