Multi-instrumentalist, singer, song-writer, Emerald Rae has played the series before, riveting audiences with her range. This concert will celebrate her new CD, and as such, will feature many guests.
Devon Heath, writes glowingly of the CD below.
There are a lot of new sounds on the debut album, If Only I Could Fly, from Boston roots musician Emerald Rae. The first sound you hear is the deep buzzing drones of the ancient medieval Welsh fiddle the crwth (pronounced krooth). An unusual instrument playing by only a small number of people today, Emerald came upon the instrument during her studies of early Scottish traditional music. Another new sound found on the album is Emeralds active blending of new world Americana with old word Celtic influences. This starts with the drones of the crwth, which helped her bring her music full circle back home to Americas Southern mountains. This could be a new iteration of the old path that brought Scots-Irish music to Appalachia in the first place, or it could be that some trace of that path still remains, inspiring young musicians even today. If Only I Could Fly also introduces a new identity for this young artist whos known as a masterful fiddler singer/songwriter. On this album, Emerald Rae debuts her singing and songwriting, with original songs like the rough-and-tumble Sweet Arrest and the percussive, fiddle-driven Summer Time Will Come. The new album is a big identity shift for Emerald, but she feels its liberating. Its a chance for her to bring her eclectic tastes in other music into her traditional background. Her inspiration for the creation of this album included such wide-ranging artists as Scottish singer Karine Polwart, Americana master Gillian Welch and even early Willie Nelson!
The Burren Backroom series is now well established as one of the most sought-after boutique series of trad presentation in the world. It has already created already dozens of memorable, intimate, informal presentations held in a truly atmospheric space which was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.
Hosted by Brian O'Donovan of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH radio, these gatherings feature core performers from many aspects of traditional music as well as special guests, and conversations around the music. As is the custom of the Burren, it is anticipated informal and dynamic post concert sessions will be a feature.
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The Burren Backroom (View)
247 Elm Street, Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144