Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tim Eriksen & The Trio de Pumpkintown, Saturday, December 6

Tonight's concert is sold out

Tim Eriksen is "widely regarded as the best ballad singer of his generation" (BBC Radio). He combines hair-raising vocals with savvy arrangements for fiddle, banjo, guitar and bajo sexto, transforming American tradition with a "northern roots" Americana sound that embraces old New England murder ballads,“shape-note” gospel and haunted originals alongside Southern Appalachian and Irish songs. Tim is also known for his own compositions - “strange and original works” (NetRhythmsUK) with a“rare sense of purpose” (Q Magazine) that have been included in the upcoming feature documentary Behold the Earth. Eriksen's other notable work has included extensive contributions to Anthony Minghella’s 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain as well as collaborations ranging from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra.

On Saturday, December 6, Tim will join fellow musicians Zoe Darrow and Peter Irvine to present
The Trio de Pumpkintown, which celebrates the songs of a fictional New England village in fresh, acoustic arrangements. Much of their music comes from the 18th and 19th centuries: love songs, murder ballads, songs of travel on the high seas, rollicking Afro-Celtic sing-alongs, music of local francophone and Scottish communities and shape-note harmony including that of 18th century Native American composer Metacomet Samson. In addition to their traditional New England repertoire, the Trio also plays their own original music and, occasionally, songs by local P’town bands and music drawn from their contact with more recent immigrants to the area.

While The Trio’s own compositions have been praised as “strange and original works” (NetRhythmsUK) and “wicked awesome” (The Pumpkinville Daily Sewer), the band is also devoted to preserving other local music of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, and their performances sometimes include an acoustic cover version or two of songs by P’town bands like Weasel Stain (copcore), Crucifer (vegan doom) and Vaginasaur (anarcho-feminist postpop). Adding to their historical and original repertoire, The Trio de Pumpkintown sometimes draws on material gathered during the course of their collaborative research into minority musics in the region.

If you are interested in reserving a seat for this concert, please contact Sandy, at: From there you will receive a reply and details of location and available seating. For first time visitors to this blog, the Jenkins House Concert series is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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