Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 3:30pm
Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, John and Dede Howard Recital Hall
221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Jay Lapp of The Steel Wheels has praised Red Tail Ring, saying, “Red Tail Ring is re-imagining Americana music with pure soul and without pretension.” American Roots UK has said that Red Tail Ring is “The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music … a peerless duo,” and Rob Cole of the Grand Rapids Press has said, “Red Tail Ring brings to the stage a lively and commanding fusion of string and vocal harmonies. The pair delivers both established ballads and original compositions with a clear, authentic ease that manages to transcend traditional form while honoring its legacy.”
The Michigander duo that makes up Red Tail Ring, Michael Beauchamp-Cohen and Laurel Premo, is known to infuse each of the pair’s songs with musical imagination and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jaw harp and plain-old foot stomping. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp-Cohen. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.”
During the workshop at 3:30 p.m., Premo and Beauchamp-Cohen will perform selections from their original and traditional repertoire, and discuss their artistic choices and inspiration for the music. Audience and performer discussion will explore sources, arrangements, challenges and new composition choices within “roots music.”
Red Tail Ring’s concert at 8 p.m. will include the duo’s renderings of traditional tunes, along with many original compositions.