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 re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acappella 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 songwriter Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Eli West, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, Greg Garrison, and more.
The project has transformed performing arts centers (Colorado Chautauqua, The Strathmore), universities (Tufts, East Tennessee State), and festivals (Vancouver Folk, Rockygrass, Celtic Connections) into creative hubs where eminent musicians gather to reimagine their roots, create new music, and share their collective cultural heritage with diverse audiences. Out March 3, 2015 on Borealis Records, a new recording of nineteen songs will include a 54-page booklet with extensive song notes, a foreword by Grammy-winning scholar Stephen Wade, and photo essay by longtime Nonesuch photographer Michael Wilson.
Lomax Project Documentary
Susan Anna Gal
Goodbye, Old Paint
Before This Time Another Year
Maids When You’re Young
One of the best discoveries of Celtic Connections. A transatlantic session with blood, guts and grit.
- THE HERALD
A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.
- GEORGIA STRAIGHT
Stone is the consummate team player... always right in the middle with his polished, inventive banjo playing.
The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo.
- THE GLOBE AND MAIL