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Jayme Stone’s Folklife

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Sea island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes.

“Jayme Stone’s Folklife” follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone’s “Lomax Project,” this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences. The new album will be out on Borealis Records April 7.

A fresh contemporary take on musical treasures.

  • NPR

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

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Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners, and homemakers. Collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, and more.

A groundbreaking piece of work.

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Jayme Stone & The Other Side of the Air

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Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz, and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. The Other Side of the Air is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traverses the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies Stone collected in West Africa, and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony. In concert, you’ll catch his quartet playing a Bach fugue, Trinidadian Calypso, Bulgarian mountain dance, and selections from his award-winning albums.

The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo.

  • Globe and Mail