Jayme Stone will present a combination of songs from his brand new CD “FolkLife,” as well as songs from his very popular “Lomax Project.”
Sea island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes
“Jayme Stone’s Folklife” follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone’s “Lomax Project,” this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences.
Jayme Stone (banjo, voice)
Moira Smiley (voice, accordion)
Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice)
Joe Phillips (bass, voice)
A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes. -GEORGIA STRAIGHT
They’ve put a fresh contemporary sound on musical treasures found in Lomax’s deep and rich archives. -NPR
An album of beautiful, intriguing, thoughtful music coming from a collaboration of outstanding musicians who apply their talents together. It rewards our attention as much as it captures it, leading us to the music, rather than pushing us to it. -SING OUT!
What results is a marvelous expression of Stone’s collaboratory distillation of the folk process. -BOSTON GLOBE
One of the most compelling and rich roots music recordings of recent years. -PEGHEAD NATION
It places new wonders alongside old favorites, for a listening experience that’s fresh and fun no matter how familiar you are with Lomax’s collection. -HUFFINGTON POST
This project is not about the collector — it’s about the songs and the way Stone and his musical team take them to new, often harmonious, heights. -CBC MUSIC
A testament to the endless inspiration the songs Lomax recorded are still able to conjure. -UTNE READER
In every track you’ll hear the utter joy that came from making this record, and that joy is infectious. -PENGUIN EGG
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds.
Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music.
The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners, and homemakers.
Collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, and more.