Saturday, December 5, 2015
DA & Furies: On A Winter's Night: Music for the Turning of the Year
594 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101 usa
phone: (207) 671-6029
You’re headed to the Acoustic Artistans in Portland, Maine for a night of Holiday music with Emy Phelps. Tell us about the show? What’s it all about? What can folks expect?
Emy & I will be performing somewhat seasonal material, drawing from all traditions hingeing on the turning of the year.
Astronomically, we in the Northern Hemisphere are at the low point of the year, when everything seems dead and we have to trust that every will rise again. For most humans, this seems to be a time for reflection, for spiritual questioning and renewal, and family-oriented thoughts and feelings—and celebration of what we have gained throughout the previous year. We’re going to support that frame of mind in our concert, with some really beautiful songs and the incredible, magisterial playing of our young musical guests: the amazing Ethan Jodziewicz on the string bass, who plays it like a great cellist—something to see!—and the equally wonderful Mairi Chambeul, a native Gaelic speaker from the Isle Of Skye, who plays the Celtic harp like a great jazz pianist.
Of course my partner Emy Phelps, who is a great singer-songwriter with one of those voices that you want to just listen to forever: a grown-up woman’s voice that feels everything and holds back nothing.
I’ll be playing mostly the 5-string violin on this show, though I’ll also pick up a beast called the Octave Mandolin… I didn’t spend 10 years with David Grisman and not learn a thing or two about the mandolin family! I’d just say prepare to hear some really world-class singing and playing from some folks who are going to be doing bigger things very soon!
What are you hoping people take with them when they experience your music?
One of our CDs! … seriously, we are trying to help create a moment when we all together are right in touch with our feelings, right in the moment, and combine that with an awareness of all that we can do as human beings. …Especially for this holiday time, when it’s important to take time to just take a break and feel our humanity. I know that when I go see an artist like Bobby McFerrin or Del McCoury or James Taylor, I get such a charge of inspiration and “can-do-ness” that I feel physically lighter for days and days.