OutFunked and Simple Gifts 'Tangled Up In Wires' at the Oxford Grange.
Simple Gifts (from PA)
Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style.
Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today: swing fiddle creeps into a Romanian dance, spoons show up in an Irish reel, and a blues lick introduces a Klezmer melody. Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, these women play an amazing array of instruments. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon switch with ease among fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, guitjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion.
Simple Gifts is frequently complimented on their stage presence, which is warm, personal, and accented with humor. These women deliver their music with rare intensity and contagious enthusiasm. It’s obvious that Simple Gifts loves the music they play and knows how to share their excitement with the audience. This is an act not to be missed!
Break with a few acoustic acts.
Vance Provey: Trumpet, Conceptualizing
Robert Rabinowitz: Bass, Flute, Anti-Conceptualizing
Martin Ear: Guitars: Percussion, Noise, De-Conceptualizing
Jeff Cedrone: Electric guitar, Electronics De-Constructing
Matt Spencer: Drums, De-Drummer
"If you can imagine Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, and electric Miles Davis meeting James Brown at a Stockhausen concert you would be somewhere in the ballpark." - Jeff Cedrone
OutFunked features a who’s who of New York and Connecticut rock and jazz musicians. The members of OutFunked have played with NRBQ, Little Feat, Dewey Redman, The Styrenes, Bill Frisell, Bill Dixon, Red Rodney, The Editors, The Shirelles, The Norm Hathaway Big Band, Jake & The Family Jewels, The Artie Barsamian Big Band, Ed Blackwell, New Haven Improviser’s Collective, Greylyng, Floating Lanterns, Bill Crow, Deep Singh, Val Ramos, Rusted Root, and more.
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