Sara Grey and Kieron Means in Concert
Sara Grey is a compelling singer with a sensitive accompaniment style on the banjo. She has been a featured performer of traditional song in the US and Britain for more than 40 years. Sara has a rare and extraordinary repertoire of traditional songs, gleaned from a lifetime steeped in traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic. Her son, Kieron Means, shares a deep love and respect for the traditions. He has his own fine repertoire, a striking voice, and a fine style on guitar behind Sara or as a solo artist. They will present an evening of rarely heard gems that is not to be missed.
Sara know just what is right in the interpretation of a traditional song. She is a ballad singer of great strength with a fine understanding of the importance of understatement. Her singing is richly emotional and she is equally at home with a gentle lyric or a harsh account of life on the frontier. It is not Sara's lovely voice alone that makes her one of the most popular singers on the folk scene, on many of her songs Sara accompanies herself by frailing a five string banjo and, when playing dance tunes, it is obvious why she is regarded as one of the foremost exponents of the clawhammer style.
Kieron is a terrific performer on account of a passion that goes to his very core . His voice is especially striking, achieving the rare combination of a high lonesome edge with a warm richness of timbre, and it has a power to move the listener that few of his generation can match. His guitar playing is unconventional, its spareness a mile away from any notion of fancy picking, but it's highly effective, while his stage presence is charismatic, yet laid-back. His songs range from old-time, through the blues - which he sings with startling conviction - to the work of tradition-influenced songwriters, and his own compositions have people, who know a good song when they hear one, nodding in approval.
Sara grew up in New Hampshire but has lived in many parts of the United States as well as Wales, Scotland and England. As a youngster in North Carolina she first heard mountain music and her love for old time banjo music and songs stems from this experience. She has carried this interest into her adult life, studying folklore and collecting and performing traditional tunes and songs from the various areas in which she has lived. She has now been performing professionally for more than 30 years. Kieron was born in the United States and grew up in Britain gaining a great love of the music of both traditions as well as the contemporary scene. He has become a performer of traditional songs from the US and from the UK and many of the contemporary songs he sings he has written himself.
220 E. 23rd Street , #707 (bet 2 & 3 Ave)
New York, NY 10010
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