featuring Eli West with Fish & Bird
Thursday, May 30
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle WA
Show at 8pm, Tickets $8 adv/$10 door
came from the Scottish fiddle tradition, but has branched out in really
interesting new ways. Including some really cool old-time and bluegrass fiddle ideas.
Check out her raged-out cover of Greasy Coat.
Laura Cortese - Greasy Coat
I'm utterly and totally in love with Heel to Toe, a new song from an
East Coast songwriter but it sounds like it would fit so well into the bluegrass canon.
Laura Cortese - Heel to Toe
Have A Listen:
could learn a lot from how Boston fiddler and songwriter Laura Cortese
(cor-TAY-zee) approaches her music. On her new album, Into the Dark,
she's taken the humblest sounds and ideas from American roots music and
blown them up into a gloriously ambitious musical project. She does
everything large here, flying in friends from afar, arranging wickedly
complex, border-line-classical string movements, singing with a power
bordering on triumphant, writing powerful original songs, fiddling like a
woman possessed, and drawing back into her creative muse to pull forth
entrancingly beautiful ballads. Into the Dark â¨is a look at the kind of
focus â¨Laura Cortese brings to herâ¨ music. She's not content to restâ¨on
her laurels as one of theâ¨best young traditional fiddlers (originally
inspired by the Scottish fiddling of Alasdair Fraser), or as a lion of
Boston's creatively-electric roots music scene. She plays every song on
this album (and every show) with an enthusiasm as fresh as her inventive
fiddle lines and vocal interpretations. Behind the boldness and
passion, Laura's music shows at its root a deep confidence in the power
of music played without artifice of any kind.
Eli West is a
Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist and interactive graphic designer.
With an interest in angular phrasing and non-tradional improvisation
within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old time music, his
guitar playing has been called both strange and strong in the same
breath. He has released two records as half of the new/old-time duo
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, which tours regularly throughout the US
and Europe, and enjoys the collaborative process with other musician
Fish & Bird's latest album, Every Whisper is a Shout
Across the Void, marks a major step forward for the young band. The
project began in Victoria, BC in 2006 as an acoustic duo, comprised of
Taylor Ashton (banjo, guitar, vocals) and Adam Iredale-Gray (fiddle).
They have weird vocal improv sections, they rock out in 11/8, sometimes
it seems like they're playing bluegrass, and they might make you cry.
Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void features the full ensemble and
some of their strongest material yet. The arrangements are cleaner, the
playing is stronger, and Ashton's singing is at its best. Every Whisper
explores the relationship between reality and perception, the fragility
of human interactions, and the fictions we all weave about our own
worlds whether we acknowledge them or not.