Mount Airy Violins & Bows usually hosts 3-4 musical events a year, held in our shop. Space/seating for these events is limited, usually capping at about two dozen attendees.
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Cajun Music with Joel Savoy & Kelli Jones
In this “century overload” world it is a welcome breath of fresh air to discover this honed-down roots duo. Formerly Mr. and Mrs. Savoy, today Joel and Kelli continue playing music and touring together after meeting ten years ago and uniting Joel’s Cajun country with Kelli’s Old-time, country and songwriting background. Recently touring their new single “Toi Tu Joues à L’amour,” on Valcour Records, Joel and Kelli artfully execute a variety of roots music styles harkening back to the days where two fiddles or a fiddle and a guitar was more than enough to make good music and have a good time. Singing songs in Cajun French and English, these two old souls deliver good music, pure and simple.
Son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann, Joel Savoy has been at the forefront of the Louisiana music revival of the last 20 years. As a result, he has become a highly visible figure in the American roots music community and he was recently named the new Artistic Director of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington. The founder of the Louisiana-based label Valcour Records, Joel is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a ten-time GRAMMY nominee, as well as a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award. Having grown up literally at the feet of the Cajun greats, he represents his culture with an authority that few people his age can and his playing leaves no doubt that Cajun music is still very much alive.
Kelli Jones is a Louisiana transplant hailing originally from Raleigh, NC. During her twelve years in the Lafayette area she has quickly become a veritable force in the local music scene and today she is an internationally acclaimed fiddler, singer and songwriter, performing regularly with the Cajun trio T’Monde, and also as the fiddle player and songwriting force in the genre-bending, yet Cajun-rooted band, Feufollet. She has appeared on countless Louisiana recordings, including the 2016 Grammy-nominated I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country, a collection of new versions of songs from the 1934 Alan Lomax recordings in Louisiana. Most recently Kelli has been touring as a a singer and fiddle player with the Alabama-based singer songwriter John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars).
Three Scandinavian Fiddlers In Concert
Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Karl Lundeberg draw on a lifetime of deep engagement with Scandinavian traditional music. Their program includes emotion-rich Swedish polskas (a dance in 3/4 rhythm), fascinating Norwegian Hardanger-fiddle repertoire, lively gammaldans (19th- and 20th-century Scandinavian folk music), original compositions, and the added spice of a few pieces from their musical expertise in American and Balkan folk music, jazz, and new music.
Andrea Hoag is a Grammy nominee, recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and winner of Washington Area Music Awards “Best Traditional Folk Instrumentalist”. She performs and teaches of Swedish folk fiddling among a broad variety of fiddle styles. Her music has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today, at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, among others. The first American to graduate from the Folk Violin Pedagogy program at Malungs Folkhögskola (Sweden), Andrea also studied with elder tradition-bearers Pekkos Gustaf and Nils Agenmark. She was founder and director of Freyda’s Hands, a non-profit organization devoted to collaboration in the performing arts, and member of the cross-cultural Dovetail Ensemble.
Loretta Kelley has been performing on, teaching and writing about the Hardanger fiddle (hardingfele) for more than 30 years. She has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion and American Radio Company, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Performance Today.” She is a regular teacher at the Nordic Fiddles and Feet Scandinavian music and dance camp and at the Annual Workshops of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America, as well as at innumerable local workshops throughout the US. She has performed in five different productions of the “Northlands” Revels show: in Washington DC, New York, Hanover, and Portland. She has made over 30 study trips to Norway and has placed highly in many fiddle competitions there. Her playing has been featured in an hour-long radio program on Norwegian radio. Her recording with Andrea Hoag and Charlie Pilzer, “Hambo in the Snow,” was nominated for a GRAMMY award in the Best Traditional World Music Album category. Loretta is currently the president of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America.
Karl Lundeberg grew up in Washington DC, in England and in Norway. His Norwegian-American family has a century-old family band, The Berntsons, which plays the traditional Norwegian folk music of his heritage. As a young boy Karl learned first-hand from his mother, uncle and other family musicians the importance of music — not only as art and cultural treasure, but as a unique form of communication. This early exposure to authentic roots music was instrumental in forming his eclectic outlook on music as a composer and musician.
Karl’s career as a composer encompasses a wide variety of musical genres and styles, from world music to avant garde classical, jazz to rock, folk to symphonic. Karl has toured as a CBS/Sony recording artist, serving as Composer-in-Residence for the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center, and playing with his family at a Scandinavian folk music festival, Karl Lundeberg has always regarded all music as being connected. His firmly-grounded diversity of interests fuels his passion for finding new and unique ways to express ideas and emotions through music.