'The driving force behind this band is – and has always been – the commitment to challenge borders between people, places, and traditions; while encouraging freedom of expression and community through music'. Looking forward to this!
Saturday, July 2, 2022
With Potluck Dinner on the Grounds.
See you there!
On June 19, 2022, Historic Deerfield will present an evening of music and history titled “Songs of Abolition: A Juneteenth Concert Celebration at Historic Deerfield.”
The concert will include early gospel tunes, music from a new documentary film titled "Songs of Slavery and Emancipation", songs of the Hutchinson Family (19th century abolitionists who performed locally), and Pioneer Valley shapenote music. Performer and musicologist Tim Eriksen will be the emcee for the evening.
Juneteenth celebrates the day in 1865 when the last enslaved Americans in Texas learned of their emancipation under the law, if not always in practice. Over time it has become a national, even international, celebration of African American culture and history, and the drive to freedom.
In its first public celebration of the holiday, Historic Deerfield presents a program rooted in local history, the lost soundtrack of 19th-century abolitionism, and the joy and determination expressed in a wide range of music appropriate to the occasion.
Folking is a podcast series examining modern & historical issues through the lens of folklore, music and dance traditions, featuring the music and words of independent global musicians and contemporary tradition bearers, everywhere.
"Genevieve's great spirit, curatorial listening and curiosity helpd me articulate a number of things I've wanted to say but couldn't quite formulate. There's also some music to break up the monologue. I hope you enjoy it." T.E.
A musical postcard featuring a hardcore Americana sound
"Tim Eriksen presents two hymns in the Sacred Harp singing tradition against a wintry backdrop of the pastoral Western Massachusetts, United States, in response to Esplanade’s festival, A Tapestry of Sacred Music. In the theme of deliverance, especially in this period of a pandemic, both songs are about experiencing hardship and overcoming it through faith".
Solitude in the Grove
Written by Isaac Watts, 1719
Music by Ananias Davisson, 1817
Lyrics by Anne Steele, 1760
Tune in Southern Harmony, 1835
Esplanade Festival is a charity and not-for-profit organisation, and free programmes such as A Tapestry of Sacred Music are made possible by our funders and donors. The performances at this festival celebrate what we all experience as humans, bringing to the fore our commonality as opposed to differences.
Shea Presents Presents: Tim Eriksen for Quarantunes
In the wake of Covid-19 show cancellations, your favorite venues and arts hubs in the 413 have come together to create an online concert series because now the show must go on…line.
** Please consider supporting the artists by donating a tip on Venmo to program coordinator @emmaayres or PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Funds will be dispersed to performer with a minute portion of proceeds going to the Shea Theater Arts Center.
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Behold the Earth is a music-rich documentary film that explores America’s divorce from the outdoors through conversations with legendary scientists E.O. Wilson, Cal DeWitt, and Theo Colborn, as well as a new generation of creation-care activists within America’s Christian communities. Katharine Hayhoe, Ben Lowe, and Corina Newsome are close observers of nature, bearing witness to creation, asking tough questions about church engagement with environmental issues. Can these emerging leaders reduce the human degradations of our earth? Can they revive the reach and relevance of America’s Christian and environmental movements? Film director and conservationist David Conover boldly began this film 12 years ago as an inquiry into America’s separation from the outdoors, before and after the arrival of those known as the digital natives. Four time Grammy-award winning musician Dirk Powell leads arrangements of traditional American tunes and hymns with Rhiannon Giddens, Tim Eriksen, and Dirk’s daughters Sophie and Amelia.
Sudbina Theater Company's International Debut
Sudbina Theater Company is an up-and-coming theater company based out of the Pioneer Valley, in Massachusetts. Under the direction of theater scholar and playwright, Milan Dragicevich, STC recently completed their successful run of the world premiere of "Refugee" at the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls, MA. STC aims to engage with shared historical narratives such as displacement, cultural identity, family, and destiny. With collaborators like Grammy-nominated musician, Tim Eriksen, and renowned Serbian theater director, Nikita Milivojević, STC actively engages in current and past world politics in order to entertain, enlighten, and challenge ourselves and audiences.
“Creating the music for Refugee has been kind of a dream job for me, in which I have had the rare opportunity to make use of my interest and experience in a wide range of music. The score includes bits of Balkan traditional and popular music, American folk, shape-note singing (by the whole cast!), experimental electric guitar, rock and improvisation on acoustic instruments including porto guitarra, fretless banjo, mbira and flute. I’ve even had a chance to pick up a little kaval, an end blown flute popular in the Middle East and Balkans.
It has been especially exciting to collaborate with cast members and to be in on the production from the beginning, finding ways to make music almost a character in its own right rather than something tacked on after the fact.” T.E.
New Hampshire Gazette
Whether teaching shape-note singing, exploring folk music traditions from Appalachia, the Balkans and India, or blending punk and folk music sounds on his guitar, fiddle and banjo, Tim Eriksen has carved out a unique niche for himself as a musician, composer and ethnomusicologist.
Eriksen, of Amherst, has contributed music to the 2003 film “Cold Mountain” as well as theatrical productions and orchestral settings. Most recently he composed and performed the music for Milan Dragicevich’s play “Refugee,” which after debuting in the Valley a few years go will be staged at a theater festival in Serbia in October.
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Tim's song Chosen by Joan Baez to be her last recorded musical statement-the last song on her farewell album "Whistle Down The Wind."
We are entering the end times for some of the biggest touring acts of the last several decades. Elton John, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne and Kiss have made their respective “end of the road” announcements over the past few months, which are devastating enough, but one of the more tragic goodbyes is from folk legend Joan Baez. A forerunner of protest music and patron saint of social activism, who found her footing in the political hotbed of the 1960s, is in the midst of her “Fare Thee Well Tour” at a time when America needs her most.
Her stark sentiments about the state of the world are reflected in her latest album, “Whistle Down The Wind,” featuring beatific covers of contemporary artists including the pensive acoustic strummer “I Wish The Wars Were All Over” (Tim Eriksen) read whole article here