L to R: Tim Eriksen (“Tip”), Zoë Darrow (“Zip”), Peter Irvine (“Potter”)
Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and the Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on his latest album "Josh Billings Voyage" (timeriksenmusic 2012).
Eriksen's new project The Trio de Pumpkintown (Tip, Zip and Potter) celebrates the multicultural folksong of a fictional New England village in fresh, acoustic arrangements. Much of the Trio's music comes from the 18th and 19th centuries: love songs, murder ballads, songs of travel on the high seas, rollicking Afro-Celtic sing-alongs, music of local francophone and Scottish communities and shape-note harmony including that of 18th century Native American composer Metacomet Samson. In addition to their Traditional New England Repertoire, the Trio also plays their own original music and, occasionally, songs by local P’town bands and music drawn from their contact with more recent immigrants to the area.
While The Trio de Pumpkintown’s own compositions have been praised as “strange and original works” (NetRhythmsUK) and “wicked awesome” (The Pumpkinville Daily Sewer), the band is also devoted to preserving other local music of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, and their performances sometimes include an acoustic cover version or two of songs by P’town bands like Weasel Stain (copcore), Crucifer (vegan doom) and Vaginasaur (anarcho-feminist postpop). Adding to their historical and original repertoire, The Trio de Pumpkintown sometimes draws on material gathered during the course of their collaborative research into minority musics in the region.
Tim Eriksen (“Tip”): voice, bajo sexto, fiddle, bowed banjo, guitarZoë Darrow (“Zip”): fiddle, voice, morin khuur
Peter Irvine (“Potter”): glockenspiel, frame drum, voice
Josh Billings Voyage streaming: http://timeriksen.bandcamp.com/releasesJosh Billings Voyage reviews and articles: http://bit.ly/Q4C2Sm
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