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Jayme Stone’s Folklife

  • Sun Mar 26 2017 - 7:00 pm • CSPS Hall
  • $18 advance | $22 door

He’s been called “the Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo,” “a musical evangelist” and “the consummate team player.”

He’s Jayme Stone, two-time Juno Award-winning banjoist, composer and instigator. Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, in the process bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums and stunning live performances both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds.

Stone is also a dedicated collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and then magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. His recent collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas and Julian Lage.

His newest project, Jayme Stone’s Folklife, follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone’s acclaimed Lomax Project, this gathering of versatile musicians ― joining Stone onstage at CSPS are Moira Smiley (voice, accordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice), and Tristan Clarridge (bass, voice) ― blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing, and captivating storytelling, their concerts are moving, inventive and participatory experiences. Think Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes, and much, much more. The evening promises to provide what Sing Out! magazine has called “beautiful, intriguing, thoughtful music from a collaboration of outstanding musicians.”

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