We’re keeping the summer’s Feast + Field spirit alive through the fall and into the winter in our barn with the Rumney Sessions. Click on the Tickets link to see who’s playing this week. Music starts at 6pm.
Salloway reunites with his former Bombino bandmate, Corey Wilhelm on drums and ace bassist, Rob Morse for a spirited night of music and good cheer. Salloway and Wilhem have toured worldwide with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar master from Niger. Morse is a humble Vermont legend from the band, Vorcza and Hadestown Broadway musical. Together, their music travels through rock, folk, and global sounds and stories.
Salloway is a musician, activist, and educator based in Hancock, VT. He is the bandleader and songwriter for Billy Wylder. Salloway has co-written, produced, and recorded on 15 albums and performed over 1500 concerts across five continents, many with Bombino and Wilhelm. Highlight performances include Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. They have collaborated and performed with renowned artists including Jack Johnson, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tinariwen, David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), The Low Anthem, and Pete Seeger.
Mandolin Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Whether it’s with his own Matt Flinner Trio or with Phillips, Grier and Flinner, the Frank Vignola Quartet, Darrell Scott, Steve Martin, the Ying Quartet, Tim O’Brien, Leftover Salmon or the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Flinner’s style and compositional ability have established him as one of the most accomplished and musically diverse mandolinists in the world. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Competition in Winfield, KS in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year.
Doug Perkins won the Tammy award for best CD in 2012 for his release Music for Flat-top Guitar showcasing the versatility and beauty of the dreadnought guitar.He plays frequently with Hot flannel, Jamie Masefield and Hot Pickn’ Party.
Thursday, March 7th
Randy Leavitt + Friends
Thursday, March 14th
Bow Thayer + Krishna Guthrie
As Seven Days puts it, “Bow Thayer has been kicking up a beautiful racket in Vermont for many years now.” Indeed, Bow has been making a racket for as long as he can remember. Making music is who he is. Bow made a name for himself in Boston with 7 League Boots, a rock/reggae band that shared the stage with the likes of Fugazi, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Pearl Jam. 25 years ago he made a life-altering decision to leave the city for the Green Mountains of Vermont. It was there that he explored the Delta blues playing slide guitar for the original Elbow and began a relationship with the banjo – both in the bluegrass group, The Benders, and on his own — that continues to this day. Bow combined these instruments into the Bojotar, a hybrid he designed that incorporates elements of the banjo, resonator guitar, and conventional guitar and was sold in a limited run by Eastwood/Airline Guitar Company. As No Depression put it, “You want inventiveness….I offer Bow Thayer.”
Bow’s music is always evolving and unpredictable. After recording his classic Americana album, Spend it All, with Levon Helm on drums, Bow forged a daring music path that has explored folk, prog, blues, world music, improv and psychedelia on his journey to bring backwoods music into the present. His new album, The Book of Moss, was born from an acoustic weekly gig that Bow played with his bassist, Alex “Al” Abraham, and they were soon joined by local percussionist, Steve Ferraris. But after recording a demo, everything changed. Al took his own life. Once Bow could listen to what they had from that session, he realized he could finish the album. But it was not an easy album to make. Unable to use the conventional approach, this album had to be built from Al’s upright bass lines. Bow brought on his longtime musical partners, Jeff Berlin, to add drums, and three-time Grammy winning engineer, Justin Guip (Levon Helm), to do his magic.
As for the songs themselves, Bow acknowledges “they are about as ‘Vermont’ as I can get. They sound to me like they literally grew up out of the rocky soil of the Green Mountains. They contain all the trials and tribulations you find living here, as well as some global perspective from our little weird bubble of a state.” The Book of Moss, just like A Better Version of the Truth that was also released after Al’s death, is a testament to a talented and kind artist who suffered silently, and showcases the extraordinary bass tracks he left behind.
Thursday, March 21st
Julia + Will Wright
Thursday, March 28th
Jeremiah McLane & Eric Boodman
Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano, vocals) and Eric Boodman (fiddle, feet, vocals) present an evening of traditional songs and tunes from North America and the British isles as well as original compositions. Eric’s intricate fiddling, singing, and foot percussion has been a joyful presence on the New England traditional music scene since 2015. In 2016, Montpelier Times-Argus music critic Art Edelstein named Jeremiah Vermont’s musician of the year, citing his contributions in teaching, recording and performing in his various configurations.
Eric Boodman fell in love with Québécois fiddle music while growing up in Montreal. He’s delved into its history as a journalist and essayist for publications like The New York Times Magazine, and has brought his intricate fiddling, singing, and foot percussion to concert halls and dances on both sides of the Atlantic. Since 2015, he’s been a joyful presence on the New England traditional music scene, playing with the party-band Calico and the Scandinavian-influenced trio Triga, among others. His energy is infectious: in his interpretation, you can’t help but feel the beauty of these old songs and crooked tunes.
Accordionist/pianist Jeremiah McLane has a diverse musical background including blues, jazz, Celtic, Québécois, French, Scandinavian and other roots influenced music. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY, the Summit School for Traditional Music in Montpelier, VT, and currently teaches at the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon, NH. He teaches regularly at summer music programs throughout the United States including Ashokan, Centrum’s American Festival of Fiddle Tunes, Swananoah, Maine Fiddle Camp, Lark in the Morning, John C. Campbell Folk School, and the Pinewoods Camp. He is the founder and director of the Floating Bridge Music School, and since 1990 he has released over thirty-five recordings. In 2016, Montpelier Times-Argus music critic Art Edelstein named Jeremiah Vermont’s musician of the year, citing his contributions in teaching, recording and performing is his various configurations. Jeremiah tours regularly with Kalos and Triton as well as performing with his wife Annemieke McLane, in Cassotto Duo.
The Barn is available to Rent for Private Parties throughout the week.