Bill Harley (with special guests Rachel Panich (fiddle) and Kirsten Lamb (bass)
Bill Harley is a songwriter, storyteller, performing and recording artist. Recipient of two Grammy® awards, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life. With over 35 award-winning recordings and a dozen books to his credit, Bills work honors the universal, the joys and hardships we all share. In slice of life vignettes that exude warmth, wit and wisdom Harley uses a consummate storytellers toolbox of tone, voice, delivery, and pace, creating something palpable between himself and his listeners. His work is polished, knowing and witty and, as the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange describes - "Harley's voice carries a positivistic tone, an attitude of hope even amidst the chaos and melancholy." Awarded the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities, an honorary degree from Hamilton College and a member of the RI Music Hall of Fame, Bill tours nationwide from his home in Seekonk, Massachusetts. www.billharley.com <http://www.billharley.com>
Singer-songwriter-storyteller BIll Harley spins verses that tell stories of American life, but in a way that goes right to your funny bones. New York Magazine
Bill Harley takes his life and turns it into art. Sounds simple until you actually try to do it. That Harleys art seems so effortless only underscore his mastery. Nuvo Newsweekly.
Also appearing with Bill: Rachel Panitch and Marty Ballou
Rachel Panitch is a Boston-based violinist, improviser, composer, and teaching artist. She has been an artist-in-residence in neighborhoods, in schools, and in Zion National Park. Rachel uses her violin and voice to tell and translate stories. Her playing has been called fearless and brings together aural and written musical traditions.
Rachel performs Classical music with the Cardamom Quartet, is a dance fiddler with French Roast, and weaves new melodies with Thread Ensemble (an improvisatory trio of violins, voices and vibraphone). Rachels fiddling can be heard on a PBS Utah Bucket List episode, and The Mosque in Morgantown, an Emmy-nominated PBS documentary soundtrack.
Rachel specializes in teaching improvisation and fiddling, and works regularly with a number of music education organizations and schools around Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2009, Rachel founded Rhode Island Fiddle Project, a free music program teaching traditional fiddle and dance music to students ages 7-17. Rachel continues to work with nationally-recognized Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, and she was chosen as a 2015-2017 Jubilation Fellow, a national award recognizing individuals with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm."
Rachel received her Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, and holds a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College.
Marty Ballou is a New England based recording and performing bassist. For over 35 years, Marty has performed with and been inspired by the areas finest artists. Marty has devoted his creative energy to understanding and performing all styles of American music. Born in South Kingstown, RI and educated at Northeastern University and University of Rhode Island, Marty studied theory and improvisation with Hal Crook, jazz guitar with Leo Amitrano, classical guitar with Vincent Fraioli and acoustic bass with John Lockwood.
Touring worldwide and recording with a number of high-profile musicians including the vocal jazz group "The Ritz, Duke Robillard's Band, Peter Wolfs Midnight Travelers and, blues great John Hammonds Wicked Grin Band - Martys credits are long and varied. A sought-after studio and performing bassist, Marty's talent shines as brightly on stage as it does on the many recordings hes been a part of.
When asked about his long-standing career Marty said I have been a working musician for the last 35 years - everyday I learn something new and I am blessed with the privilege of sharing it.
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