|Saturday 15 March 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
Rayna Gellert, Lea Abramson & Patrick Metzger
THREE CLOSE FRIENDS SHARING THE STAGE AND EACH OTHERS'' MUSIC IN A PRECIOUS AND RARE UK APPEARANCE.
Rayna Gellert grew up in a musical family, and has spent most of her life immersed in the sounds of rural stringband music, heartfelt gospel songs, and old ballads. After honing her fiddle skills playing at jam sessions and square dances, Rayna fell into a life of traveling and performing. Her fiddle albums are widely celebrated in the old-time music community, and she has recorded with a host of musicians in a variety of styles – including Robyn Hitchcock, Tyler Ramsey, Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright III, John Paul Jones, and Abigail Washburn. From 2003 through 2008, Rayna was a member of the acclaimed stringband Uncle Earl, with whom she released two albums on Rounder Records and toured like mad. In 2010, she met songwriter Scott Miller, and they began performing and recording together. In 2012, Rayna released her first vocal album, Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds, on StorySound Records. She lives in Swannanoa, North Carolina.
Vancouver singer-songwriter Leah Abramson and her band The Abramson Singers released their sophomore album, Late Riser on May 14th, 2013. Produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Brasstronaut), this album finds the Singers with lush band arrangements, relatively upbeat tempos, retro organs and catchy melodies. Begun at the Banff Centre Indie Band Residency with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire), Tony Berg (Jakob Dylan) and Shawn Everett (Weezer), "Late Riser" explores new pop and indie rock sensibilities, but not without a firm grounding in folk songwriting.
Thematically Late Riser is a continuation on the subject matter of their previous self-titled album (2010), with songs of longing, loss and heartbreak alongside historically inspired songs about the Métis rebel Louis Riel (the French-English hybrid, “Marguerite,” and beautifully somber “Red River Valley”). Along with her talented band (including members of Dan Mangan’s band, Petunia & The Vipers and Snowblink), and special guests (Sam Parton of The Be Good Tanyas, Old-time fiddler/singer-songwriter Rayna Gellert, Jesse Zubot, and Josh Grange of KD Lang’s band), The Abramson Singers have put together an album of extraordinary beauty not soon to be forgotten.
“Leah Abramson is one of the most eclectic and visioned artists in West Coast roots music and a name you should know." ~ No Depression Magazine
“Vancouver’s the Abramson Singers are a throwback to a different time, like a tucked-away pocket of the late ''60s or ''70s at the height of the singer-songwriter popularity. But that’s not to say the band sounds dated. In these days of AutoTune, the freshness of their harmonies is a welcome slap in the face. It’s there in the title: this is a band that values vocals and the sound and textures of those vocals above everything else." ~ Andrea Warner, CBC