What a wondrous summer that was. We had a riot playing the Edmonton Folk Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Merelfest and more. Highlights include a collaborative set with our dear friends Ranky Tanky at the Vancouver Folk Festival and an illuminating hang with my hero Ry Cooder. Headed into the creative laboratory this fall but will venture out for a Folklife tour of Ontario in November and a sneak preview of my next album on October 19 at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, WA. Hope you’re thriving.
My Folklife album was just nominated for a Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album of the Year! Huge gratitude to Moira Smiley, Sumaia Jackson, Joseph Phillips, Dom Flemons, Nick Fraser, Felicity Williams, Denzal Sinclaire, David Travers-Smith, Borealis Records, and all our Kickstarter backers. Have a listen here if you haven’t yet.
I’m excited to announce that I’m curating a roots music symposium at the University of Colorado Boulder this winter. It’ll feature Dom Flemons, Anna & Elizabeth, and my Folklife Project in collaboration and conversation over two weeks. If a TED-talk and a fiddle camp had a love-child, this would be it. All workshops and concerts are free and open to the public. More news soon!
A Wide Wake
On My Brother’s Passing
My brother, Michael Stone, passed away on July 14th. He shaped my life more than anyone I’ve ever known. My love for him is immense and is only growing stronger through the experience of his passing. I’m writing to share the story of how he died but it’s really the story of how he lived.
Jayme Stone’s Folklife follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. This gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. The album is a musical journey through the Appalachians, the Sea Islands and the Caribbean. With spellbinding singing and virtuosic playing, the repertoire reaches into the arcane corners of American roots music with shape note hymns, Gullah spirituals and Creole calypsos. It features singer extraordinaire Moira Smiley (tune-yArDs), Grammy-winning songster Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), cornetist Ron Miles (Bill Frisell), singer Felicity Williams (Bahamas) and more.
I’m excited to announce that a Kickstarter campaign is underway to support my new album—Jayme Stone’s Folklife—due out in April on Borealis Records. I’m more proud of this album than anything I’ve ever done and can’t wait to share it with you. Here’s a sneak preview.
In this day and age, it’s nearly impossible to make a album of this scope and beauty without community support. Please check it out, pre-order the record, and be a crucial part of bringing this music to life.
I’m stoked to announce that the Lomax Project album was nominated for a 2016 Juno Award for “Traditional Album of the Year.” Huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped create and support the project—especially all you Kickstarter backers! We’ll be back on the road in March, zigzagging the continent with tour dates in New York, Madison, Northampton, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Edmonton.
I had the great honour of teaching at the Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop at DePauw University. The faculty included Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Jarosz (American folk), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), Hanneke Cassel (Scottish fiddle), and Mike Block (multi-style strings). With 85 participants from around the world, we spent a week making music, making friends, reaching across cultures, and celebrating diversity. You can read an in-depth essay about the workshop and check out some great photos here.
The Lomax Project recording has been out a month and getting rave reviews. Highlights below. You can download the album on Bandcamp and iTunes or order the CD from Borealis Records and Amazon. The recording features 20 songs, 15 musicians, and a deluxe 60-page booklet with archival photos and detailed song notes. Have a look at our upcoming tour dates and get your tickets for a show nearby. This is still very much a grassroots effort and your support of this music and your help speading the word makes a tangible and much appreciated difference.
“An essential album.”
“A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.”
“A transatlantic session with blood, guts and grit.”
“An album of beautiful, intriguing, thoughtful music coming from a collaboration of outstanding musicians who apply their talents together. It’s an album with a beginning, a middle, and an end… asking us, as listeners, to immerse ourselves in the idea of it all. It rewards that attention as much as it captures it, leading us to the music, rather than pushing us to it.”
“What results is a marvelous expression of Stone’s collaboratory distillation of the folk process.”
“One of the most compelling and rich roots music recordings of recent years.”
Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project will be out March 3rd on Borealis Records. Musicians include Grammy-winning singer Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molksy, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, Eli West, Mollie O’Brien, and more. Here’s a sneak preview of the first track, “Lazy John.”
Oh my goodness. We did it! All of us, together. 500 people backed the Kickstarter. More than I ever imagined. I feel incredibly moved by your outpouring of support, enthusiasm and belief in this project.
I look forward to sharing the record-making process with you and will be in touch soon with news, updates and sneak previews. In the meantime, I’m going to unplug for a little while, take my kids to the park, have a nap, and savour and celebrate this incredible thing we did. Hope you do too!
With Immense Gratitude,
- © 2018 Jayme Stone
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