EARLVILLE – The Earlville Opera House announced today that it is the recipient of a grant from The New York State Music Fund for its 2007 Concert Series. Two themes inspire the EOH Project for 2007: outreach and living traditions.
Outreach means bringing vital musical traditions, evolving outside the realm of mass marketing driven delivery channels, affordably, to a broader audience in our region. The NYSMF can make this outreach possible in two ways: by supporting the additional costs of presented programs at off-site venues, and by underwriting artist fees so that the highest quality performances can be presented at ticket prices that almost any family can afford. Off-site performances in Central New York will be: Beňlach in Norwich at a low-ticket price; Taiko Masala (free performance and children’s workshop) in Hamilton; and Grada Christmas in Cazenovia at a low-ticket price.
Living traditions means presenting artists creating new music out of distinctively regional genres. Cape Breton Island musicians are bold in constantly creating new tunes, and Beňlach takes this tradition and fuses it into a dynamic band format. Le Vent du Nord brings their fiery Quebecois traditional music. Creole Cowboys inject new vitality into the rarely heard pre-zydeco fiddle and accordion music of Black Creole Louisiana. American Liz Carroll has composed many a distinctive tune in the Irish style, and partners with Irish guitar technique innovator John Doyle. Canadian band Gaelic Storm broadens Celtic music with compelling originals and fresh arrangements steeped in Irish traditional melody and acoustic instrumentation combined with their unique blend of world rhythms. Ruthie Foster delivers the flavor of Texas in her gospel, blues and folk. Guy Davis creates songs that are unique to his life experience and vision of our times. Dougie MacLean is one of the most gifted of Scotland’s contemporary singer songwriters. Nashville songwriter Shawn Camp will explore his bluegrass roots. Innovator, John Cowan takes bluegrass in new directions. With his sardonic wit, Dan Hicks pioneered the Americana music of the swing band/string band of contemporary artists like Asylum Street Spankers that played EOH in 2006.