Thursday, May 30, 2013

Della Mae, Gary from the Jayhawks, Aoife from Crooked Still, David Ford, Over The Rhine this week and next at the Iron Horse

Della Mae
Dietrich Strause
Friday, May 31st 7PM
With energetic live performances and award-winning instrumental abilities, the five women of Della Mae are turning heads and winning hearts.

Della Mae features 2-time National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker, impeccable mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, seasoned bassist Amanda Jean Kowalski, innovative guitarist Courtney Hartman and soulful singer and guitarist Celia Woodsmith. Della Mae brings acoustic grit and twang to town with no apologies... and taking no prisoners. Music that tells a story while delivering a punch. With energetic live performances and award-winning instrumental abilities, the five women of Della Mae are turning heads, winning hearts, and quickly becoming a household name in bluegrass music.

From The Jayhawks, An Evening with Gary Louris
Sunday, June 2nd 7PM

Gary Louris of the Jayhawks (Click Image for High Res)

Over the last three decades, singer, songwriter and guitarist Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, Louris is one of the most acclaimed and popular musicians to come out of Minnesota during the rock era – and given Minnesota’s rich musical history, that’s an honor of the highest order.

Aoife O'Donovan
Thursday, June 6th 7PM

Crooked Still singer steps out with solo debut "Fossils"

Aoife O'Donovan (Click Image for High Res)

Aoife O’Donovan is “a vocalist of unerring instinct” according to the New York Times, Aoife is one of the most sought after singers in the roots music field. Her work as the lead singer and co-founder of stringband Crooked Still put her on the map in 2001, and she has collaborated with a variety of musicians across genres since. Aoife’s crystalline voice can be heard on the Grammy Award winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions, alongside icons such as Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Chris Thile. She’s also appeared as a guest vocalist with folks such as Ollabelle, Dave Douglas, Solas, Noam Pikelny, Joshua Radin, and Kate Rusby, among others. Fans of Alison Krauss may be familiar with Aoife’s unique songwriting–Krauss recorded Aoife’s song “Lay My Burden Down” on her 2011 album Paper Airplane. Aoife recently signed to Yep-Roc Records and will release her debut solo album Fossils in June 2013.

David Ford
plus Rebecca Perl
Friday, June 7th 7PM

New album CHARGE out now from this passionate UK singer/songwriter

David Ford (Click Image for High Res)

As the former frontman of Easyworld, a British indie rock outfit that disbanded in 2004, David Ford established a reputation as a talented singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. He then parlayed those skills into a solo career, releasing the debut album I Sincerely Apologise for All the Trouble I've Caused in 2005. After gaining an audience in his native England, Ford traveled to Texas to play at the 2006 SXSW festival, where a particularly strong performance led him to a deal with Columbia Records. Any attempts at modern comparisons don't quite get to the heart of David Ford. To find his actual peers you have to go back to some of the great curveball mavericks of melody, romance and inventiveness. Artists such as Tom Waits, Neil Young, Randy Newman and (early) Elton John, whose memorable melodies are frequently offset by powerful and poignant lyrics. David's new album Charge was released this April.

Over The Rhine
plus Seth Glier
Saturday, June 8th 7PM

New album The Long Surrender (with Joe Henry) marks 20 years of evocative, earthy songs with a torchy, devil-may-care beauty from this husband-wife duo

Over the Rhine (Click Image for High Res)
For more than twenty years husband and wife duo Over The Rhine have been crafting evocative, earthy songs and delivering them to their intensely loyal fans with a torchy, devil-may-care beauty. With Linford Detweiler’s deeply literary songwriting and Karin Bergquist’s unmatched vocals, the pair have found themselves royalty in an underground world of artist's artists. Pulling from a heritage of folk, jazz, ragtime, and classical music, Over The Rhine will draw you in for an evening you'll never forget. Their new fan-funded record The Long Surrender on their own Great Speckled Dog label (named for the couple’s Great Dane, Elroy), marks 20 years since their 1991 debut. It’s the bountiful result of a collaboration between the couple and Joe Henry, whose songs they’ve long admired.

Tickets are on sale now at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413 586 8686 and online at

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