Woods Hole Folk Music Society Woods Hole Folk Music Society
2017 - 2018

April 9, 2017: The Press Gang

The Press Gang We close our 45th season with a lively new group performing songs and tunes from Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian "Junior" Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall. This youthful and energetic quartet blends skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with a curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that they pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. The result is a unique sound, at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent. As American performers in the Irish tradition, they also bring a local perspective to the music, interspersing Irish melodies with tunes from Quebec, Scotland, Appalachia, and New England. Their creative arrangements are tempered with a musical sense of adventure, making each appearance spontaneous and fresh. Folkwords praises them for "outstanding musical expertise, blending of contrasting influences, and finely-balanced, integrated style ... pure exhilaration for the ears."
For more info visit: www.pressgangmusic.com/

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