Ballad Of Album Release Show!
After two and a half years working on our debut album it's done! At times we didn't think we'd ever finish. Over the course of crafting this batch of songs we've changed jobs, had kids, and experienced the death of loved ones. We're so proud of what we've put together and can't wait to share it all with you! And now we would like to cordially invite each and every one of you to our blowout album release show at Seekers Church in Takoma, DC on May 3. We'll have many special guests who performed on the record in tow as well as our good friend Letitia VanSant kicking off the night with an opening set. Hope you can make it!
DATE: Friday, May 3rd
PLACE: Seekers Church (276 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012)
TIME: doors 7pm, show 7:30pm
TICKETS: $20 pre-sale, $22 at the door, $30 pre-sale +CD!
Drawing from a deep well of both traditional and contemporary musical stylings, DC-based quartet Ballad Of dances gracefully across its wide-ranging influences from Appalachian old-time to early blues to experimental classical to indie pop and beyond. The band is comprised of Margaret Wasaff (vocals, guitar), Anders Fahey (vocals, banjo), Jonathan Een Newton (cello, fiddle), and Manny Arciniega (percussion).
With their new studio record, Ballad Of continues to expand their sonic palate, taking their collective love of American roots music into lush, ethereal realms. Their debut album features mostly original works as well as some shape-note hymnodies an additional nod to the traditions that lay their groundwork. One of the key elements of their sound is the stunning, close vocal harmony that intricately soars above their instrumentation, whether stripped down to sparse acoustic guitar and banjo, or adorned with string arrangements and tasteful percussion. Running the gamut from old-time inspired barn-burners to slow-building, beautifully layered think-pieces, Ballad Of's original music gives tradition an elegant contemporary treatment.
The group pairs the lissome beauty of their songs with a momentous, often literary approach to songwriting. Even their band name itself is an allusion to the long history of storytelling in the folk tradition (and even more specifically to the frequent appearance of songs entitled "The Ballad of..."). Wasaff, one of the bands principal songwriters, seamlessly weaves poetic devices into her lyrics. Yet their work remains accessible, favoring well placed, nimble turns-of-phrase over dense prose.
In addition to the bands studio work, they have performed on stages across the Mid-Atlantic including multiple appearances at The Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage, Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, Black Cat, and more.
Seekers Church (View)
276 Carroll St NW
Washinton, DC 20012
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