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: muleskinners, roustabouts, sawyers, prisoners, homemakers and schoolchildren. Collaborators include Grammy-winning songwriter Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Eli West, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage and Greg Garrison.

The Lomax Project transforms performing arts centres, theatres and festivals into creative hubs where eminent musicians gather to explore their roots, create new music and celebrate their collective cultural heritage. They offer educational programs, outreach activities and residencies for K-12 schools, universities and the general public and will be at Tufts University, Purdue University, Berklee College of Music and others next season. A full-length album is in the works and will be out in March 2015.

Lomax Project Documentary

Goodbye, Old Paint


One of the best discoveries of Celtic Connections. A transatlantic session with blood, guts and grit.


A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.


Stone is the consummate team player... always right in the middle with his polished, inventive banjo playing.

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