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. In addition to concerts, they offer educational programs and outreach activities for K-12 schools, universities and the general public. 2015-16 residencies include Tufts University, Purdue University, Berklee College of Music, University of Arkansas and East Tennessee State University. The new album will be out on Borealis Records in March 2015.
Lomax Project Documentary
Susan Ana Gal
Goodbye, Old Paint
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