Rachel Garlin opens
Sunday November 7, 2004
2:00 PM Prompt
Joyce Andersen has made a name for herself as a sought-after fiddler and session player in the Northeast for the last ten years, and has played in bluegrass, country, rock, jazz & celtic groups. During stints of playing and/or recording with The McKrells, John Lincoln Wright and the Sour Mash Boys, Marshall Crenshaw, New England Bluegrass Band, Childsplay Fiddle Orchestra, John Herald, Eric Andersen and Sassygrass among others, her fiery fiddling has run the gamut from Nashville country, alt rock, swing, bluegrass, celtic and folk, to various traditional fiddle styles. Her travels have taken her from Carnegie Hall to the Conan O'Brien show, from the New England coffeehouses to her local pubs, from national folk festivals to houseconcerts, from Sweden to Japan. Now Andersen, a returned native of the Maine/New Hampshire seacoast, is getting attention for her songwriting which Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe said is both "steeped in tradition" and "fresh as tomorrow's newspaper."
The last 3 years Andersen has teamed up with songwriter and acoustic guitar legend Harvey Reid to record the highly-acclaimed"Great Sad River", and to do a lot of concert touring. Reid co-produced her first solo CD "The Girl I Left Behind" in 2000, which sparked the interest in her as a songwriter and singer. Her new release "Right Where I Should Be" is turningthe spotlight even more on her own sound that is at once rooted in traditional styles and contemporary. Her clear and powerful vocal/fiddle duets are a sound that is all her own.
Rachel Garlin, from Berkeley, CA, opens the show. Rachel won the 2004 Apple & Eve New Talent Contest at the Newport Folk Festival, judged by Livingston Taylor, earning her a mainstage appearance at the festival. In addition to strong performance skills, as evidenced by that award, Rachel is a very good songwriter.