Craven, Harris Brothers Perform Sunday
The Rooster’s Wife is bringing warm music to Aberdeen this winter, with the second installment of an all-Sunday January schedule with a special co-bill featuring the Harris Brothers and Joe Craven, Sunday, Jan. 16, at 6:45 p.m.
Doors to the Poplar Knight Spot open at 6 p.m.
Joe Craven is a musical “madman,” who can play anything with strings attached and plenty of things that don’t. His instrumental arsenal includes a cake pan, a trash can, dog toys, jawbones, sea shells, cow bells, fiddle, mandolin and his own face. Festival enthusiasts know him from Live Oak, and Delfest, where he is the emcee and general rabble raiser, sitting in on most every set. The crossover crowd are well aware of his many talents showcased over 17 years with David Grisman, and many performances with Alison Brown, including Merlefest and Emory University’s annual Celtic Christmas. Jazz lovers are waiting for the new record from his trio, to be released this spring.
Craven’s sets with the Harris Brothers at 2010 Hickory Fest brought these three together for the first time with fabulous results.
“The Rooster’s Wife is thrilled to have them together in Aberdeen for a reprise with the certainty of even more tricks up their collective sleeves,” says organizer Janet Kenworthy.
The Harris Brothers are described as “songsters.” They draw from a vast repertoire of American traditional music — “Americana” is often used to describe their style — but the Harris Brothers just call it music. It’s blues mixed with traditional Appalachian music, jazz, country, bluegrass and rock ’n’ roll.
Grammy Award-winner David Holt says, “The Harris Brothers are one of my favorite groups. Great playing, singing and soul. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”
Reggie and Ryan Harris were born into a musical family in Caldwell County in the foothills of western North Carolina and have been picking and singing since they were small children. They most often perform with just an acoustic guitar, a bass, a suitcase used as a kick drum, and their two voices, trading off lead and harmony vocals, but they have been known to throw in a fiddle, banjo or electric guitar now and again.
Poplar Knight Spot is totally accessible with parking adjacent to the building at 114 Knight St. in downtown Aberdeen.
Tickets, which are $12 in advance, may be purchased online through the website www.theroosterswife.org or $15 at the door with cash or check.
“Children under 12 are always free at the Rooster’s Wife events, furthering the mission of building community through the arts,” says Kenworthy.
For more information and the complete schedule of this year’s concerts, visit www.theroosterswife.org or call (910) 944-7502.
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