Tony Furtado, the acclaimed and award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is an acknowledged master of many different styles and sounds. Relix Magazine put it best when writing of Tony’s music, “True talent doesn’t need categories.” From bluegrass to blues, from folk to rock, from banjo to slide guitar, the music of Tony Furtado knows no boundaries. His versatility and wide-ranging imagination are on full, vivid display on Cider House Sessions - Live at Reverend Nat’s, Tony’s highly anticipated live acoustic release that draws from all phases and periods of his career.
The idea for recording a live album has been with Tony for a while now. “For years I’ve wanted to have an album in my catalog,” he says, “that has the feel and ease of a show played in my living room with a few friends I love to share tunes and songs with, surrounded by more friends who just want to hear us play and laugh, lights dimmed, and a few 3,000 gallon tanks of cider brewing behind me!” The cuts on Cider House Sessions - Live at Reverend Nat’s are taken from a series of six performances at Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, a cider brewery and taproom in his hometown of Portland, Oregon.
“I wanted a live album for my own label, YousayFurtado Records,” Tony continues, “a CD that grabs some songs from my earlier, more bluegrass albums, so I could incorporate the banjo a little more, as well as from the newer songs, which have more of an Americana, singersongwriter feel. I was after a more stripped-down sound.”
The follow-up to The Bell—winner of both the Album of the Year and Acoustic Rock Album of the Year awards in 2015 from the Indie Acoustic Project Awards—Cider House Sessions taps into a three-decade-deep reservoir of original and traditional songs and tunes from Tony’s extensive discography. Performed in an intimate setting before a rapt audience, the thirteen cuts on Cider House Sessions provide a rich and soulful sonic overview of Tony’s musical journey to date. It’s a superb album from a fearless musician, an Americana master hailed as “a major musical force” by David Lindley.
Tony was joined on Cider House Sessions by a stellar group of musicians and frequent collaborators, including his old friend and partner in Sugarbeat, renowned mandolinist Matt Flinner (Phillips, Grier and Flinner, the Modern Mandolin Quartet); fiddler Luke Price (a twotime National Old-Time Fiddling Grand Champion); and Rob Burger (Tin Hat Trio, Iron and Wine, John Zorn, Bill Frisell Band) on accordion. Exceptional vocalist Stephanie Schneiderman (Swan Sovereign, Dirty Martini) contributes gorgeous harmonies throughout.
As a duo Darlin' Corey feature a delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars. From thoughtful original and traditional songs as well as carefully chosen covers, traditional instrumentals from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland they play a diverse and unique Americana mix of bluegrass, old time and folk.
Erica developed an interest in music at an early age. At the age of seven, she was competing in fiddle contests with kids twice her age. At age nine, she was traveling throughout New England, Canada, and even Louisiana with the Maine French Fiddlers. Erica also performed as a special guest with Mac McHale And The Old-Time Radio Gang for five years.
As well as performing with Darlin’ Corey, she also has her own bluegrass band, Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, which performs all over New England. Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a fun-filled performance every time she plays.
Calling Maine his home for many years, Matt is no stranger to the performance circuit throughout New England and afar. Having studied and played traditional music for many years, Matt is also a songwriter. His main instruments are guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and clawhammer banjo. Matt can be heard playing with Darlin’ Corey, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, High Range, and in various Irish music ensembles and sessions. Matt has put out 2 of his own recordings as well as with High Range and Erica Brown and most recently “When Evening Falls” with Erica and Matt’s duo Darlin’ Corey.
7pm doors | 8pm show | $12 adv. | $15 day of