Brooklyn Band Comes to Aberdeen
By Leigh Pember
This band is "sew" good.
All joking aside, Yarn, an Americana band from Brooklyn, N.Y., will perform Sunday, June 26, at 6:45 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
The concert will be hosted by The Rooster's Wife, a private, nonprofit association organized to promote the arts in Aberdeen.
The show's location is Poplar Knight Spot, located at 114 Knight St., in Aberdeen.
Tiller's Folly will also be performing
Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 the day of the show. Children under 12 get in free as part of the association's effort to further the mission of building community through the arts.
The band consists of Blake Christiana on vocals and guitar, Trevor MacArthur on guitar and vocals, Andrew Hendryx on mandolin and harmonica, Rod Hohl on electric guitar, bassist Rick Bugel, and Robert Bonhomme, who is new to the band, on "the kit."
Yarn plays music in the Americana, or alternative country, genre. The Americana Music Association defines the genre as "American roots music based on the traditions of country."
The other band that will perform, Tiller's Folly, plays a "potent mix of Celtic-influenced Canadiana, Americana and 'beyond.'" Canadiana is similar to Americana in that it is based on the roots music of the country contained in its name.
"Americana is a pretty broad term these days, but we get thrown into that," Christiana says in a telephone interview. "Our songs get played a lot on Americana radio."
While there is not an Americana radio station in the Sandhills area, several Americana stations are available for online listening. Some contemporary Americana artists include Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Sarah Jarosz.
Yarn has been together more than five years and has been touring for three. Christiana has been playing music for most of his life, and was a member of Blake and the Family Dogs before starting Yarn with MacArthur. Yarn has released three albums: "Yarn," "Come On In" and "Empty Pockets."
The latest album, "Come On In," peaked at number seven on the AMA's radio airplay chart. The AMA ranked the album as the 25th best album of 2010, ahead of albums by artists Willie Nelson, Robert Plant and Merle Haggard.
Although the band has performed all across the country and Christiana has a girlfriend in Raleigh, this will be the first time the group will have performed in Moore County.
"I don't think I've been over there," Christiana says of Aberdeen, "but I look forward to putting on a good show."
Leigh Pember is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and is a summer intern at The Pilot.
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