IRISH MUSIC & DANCE - Corvus & The Stroms
THE CORVUS BAND came to life during sessions at The Mad Raven in Waltham, Mass., hence the name ("Corvus" means Raven in Latin). These three Boston-area musicians play traditional Irish tunes and songs on a somewhat unorthodox but thoroughly pleasing combination of instruments. Jen & Bob Strom will open, and Irish stepdancers are scheduled to join the musicians on a couple of numbers.
Sean Smith: guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, lead vocals
As a teenager, Sean abandoned his rock 'n roll fantasies in favor of playing traditional Irish, Scottish and English music, and during college spent a year in the UK and Ireland frequenting folk clubs, festivals, sessions and any other place that didn't mind him hanging around. Moving to Boston in 1981, he became involved in the area's Celtic music scene and since then has performed solo or in various collaborations at assorted venues around New England. Sean is a co-organizer of BCMFest (Boston's Celtic Music Fest), including its monthly "Celtic Music Monday" series at Club Passim, which he has frequently hosted.
Emily Peterson: concertina, whistle
Emily has been a self-taught (or pub-taught) concertina player since 1996, learning Irish tunes in sessions while moving around the US for school and her day job in optical physics. As well as hosting and haunting Irish sessions, she was part of Michigan trad-rock band Pub Domain and enjoys working with various pick-up bands for contra dances and Scottish dances. She relocated from Chicago to Boston's North Shore in 2008 and is fond of hornpipes.
Steve Levy: tenor banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, lead vocals
A musician from age 11, Steve fell in love with Irish music during the 1970s. He has studied with Peter Maguire, John McGann, Matt Heaton, and the late Tony Cuffe. In addition to performing in clubs and concerts in the Eastern US and Canada, Steve has played guitar for the Orion Longsword folk dance team here and in Britain. Recently, he has been the guitarist for singer/songwriter Abbie Barrett.
OPENERS - The husband & wife team of Bob and Jen Strom play together regularly on the North Shore at sessions, Irish pubs and local festivals. Though Jen began as mainly a contra-dance fiddler, she is now a serious Irish fiddler as well as a singer of traditional songs from the British Isles, American ballads and contemporary folk songs, backed-up by Bob's tasteful guitar work. They are regular collaborators with Sean Smith and the members of Corvus and have recently released their first album, available at http://www.bobandjenstrom.com.
"This is very sweet traditional folk music indeed" says Jim Prendergast of Mill Pond Studios.
IRISH STEP DANCERS: Irish stepdance is a style of dance with its roots in traditional Irish dance. It can be performed solo or by troupes. Two types of shoes are worn; hard shoes, which make sounds similar to tap shoes, and soft shoes, which are similar to ballet slippers. Dancers stiffen their upper bodies while performing quick, intricate footwork. Costumes are considered important for stage presence in competitive Irish stepdance. The success of Riverdance, an Irish stepdancing interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, greatly contributed to its popularity. Local Irish stepdancers are scheduled to perform tonight.
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