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Jayme Stone’s Folklife
November 4, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Two-time Juno award winner, banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world—bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. He won the 2007 Best Instrumental Juno award for The Utmost, and the 2008 Best World Music Juno award for a collaboration with Malian kora player Mansa Sissoko titled Africa to Appalachia.
Called the "Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo" by The Globe and Mail, he studied banjo with Béla Fleck and Fleck’s teacher, Tony Trishka. Stone has travelled to Africa and around the world studying and absorbing folk and indigenous traditions. When he first took up the banjo more than 20 years ago, he made a point of listening closely to such masters of the instrument as the Seegers (Pete and Mike), Ralph Stanley, Butch Robins and Earl Scruggs.
His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in music, turning historical connections into unique pieces. A consummate collaborator, Stone unearths musical artifacts and compels extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied and overlooked songs.
New album Jayme Stone’s Folklife follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story, featuring singer extraordinaire Moira Smiley (tUnE-yArDs), Grammy-winning songster Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), cornetist Ron Miles (Bill Frisell), singer Felicity Williams (Bahamas) and more. Evolving out of Stone’s previous release Lomax Project, these songs were chosen from the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folklife, all classics that have survived over multiple generations.
Stone and his band blow the dust off old songs and remake them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts are moving, inventive and participatory experiences. Think Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes. Collaborators for November concert include Moira Smiley (voice, accordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice) and Joe Phillips (bass, voice).