The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre

Friday, October 4th 2019:


Session Americana
Featuring: Ry Cavanaugh, Billy Beard, Jim Fitting, Dinty Child, Kimon Kirk and Jefferson Hamer.

Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag”.

Session Americana’s new album is an exploration of popular and folk music from the Northeastern United States as filtered through the many tastes and voices of the Session Americana community. "For this project, we asked friends and collaborators from our home region to bring in great songs with New England roots, without guidelines as to era or genre. The musicians who joined us for this project are John Powhida, Rose Polenzani, Kris Delmhorst, Isa Burke, Duke Levine, Merrie Amsterberg, Peter Linton, Jason Anick, Dietrich Strause, Zak Trojano, Jennifer Kimball, Ali McGuirk, Billy Beard, Jon Bistline, Dinty Child, Jim Fitting, Jeffrey Foucault, and Ry Cavanaugh".
Included are songs by Patty Griffin, Donna Summer, James Taylor, Jonathan Richman, Tom Rush, Carly Simon, Al Anderson, Amy Correia, Pixies, Chris Pappas, Bill Morrissey, Chandler Travis, and Mark Sandman.

"It's right there in the name for this ultra-gifted, rotating collective of singers and multi-instrumentalists. And sprawl is a good word when it comes to the Boston-based group's raucous live shows, which were initially built around the community concept of traditional Irish seisiúns. The group, whose members have played with a variety of acts including Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter and the J. Geils Band, expertly blends vintage American roots music styles — from country to jazz to rock — in a rowdy but deft fashion." - Rolling Stone

"Session Americana has developed into a travelling medicine show which eschews snake oil in favour of an ongoing grail quest for the perfect collaborative experience." - Hot Press

Doors Open: 8:00pm
Commences At: 8:30pm
In advance: €18 / €14
At the door: €20 / €16

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