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Avi Salloway, Lindsay Straw, Cara Frankowicz, Emily Baker & Janet Feld

Avi Salloway, Lindsay Straw, Cara Frankowicz, Emily Baker & Janet Feld

  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Trad Celtic

Featuring:

Avi Salloway (Trad. Folk & Rad Americana Ensemble, The Side Musician)

Emily Baker (Vocal Harmony Ensemble)

Lindsay Straw & Cara Frankowicz (Celtic Ensemble)

Janet Feld (Guitar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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Avi Salloway

  • Acoustic
  • Americana
  • Blues
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Indie
  • International
  • Rock
  • Roots
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Vocal
  • World

From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem to the dunes of the Sahel Desert all the way to Carnegie Hall, music has been the thread and source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway from Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia joined by an inspired cast of top-notch musicians who have performed in over twenty five countries. Over the last three years, Salloway has toured the globe, performing with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar virtuoso from Niger, Africa and is now bringing new and old songs to life with the Wylder family.

Billy Wylder, like their peers, the David Wax Museum and Rubblebucket, bring sounds from around the globe to meld with their American roots, taking the listener on a journey from bayou to borough, desert to dreamland. Wylder’s on a soul journey, singing songs with the people he meets, songs of love and adventure, filled by the color of his footsteps.

In the heat of the Arab Spring, Avi traveled to Israel and Palestine to work on an ethnographic music and dialogue project with young Arab and Jewish artists. Through his inspiration from the experience, new songs began to take form and the idea of Billy Wylder was born. The band recorded Sand & Gold with the help of The Low Anthem and Dan Cardinal in Providence, RI and is now on the road in America, building the “Wylder family” of fans from town to town.

Billy Wylder includes Rob Flax (fiddle, synthesizer, vocals), Lucy Clifford (bass), Zamar Odongo (drums, vocals), and Avi Salloway (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica).

 

Emily Baker

  • Acoustic
  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Emily will be graduating from Berklee College of Music in May of 2018, dual-majoring in Music Therapy & Violin Performance with a Minor in American Roots Studies.

There she has studied with famous performers like Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, Joe Walsh, Dr. David Wallace, Dave Hollander, Tony Trischka, Jason Anick, and Casey Driessen. Emily has performed at an array of different venues, ranging from halls such as New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and Boston’s infamous Symphony Hall, to venues like the Cantab Lounge & Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and The Red Room in Boston, as well as Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, & Newport Folk Festival. She performed at the Newport Folk Festival 2016, backing up Margo Price & Aoife O’Donovan as well as performing with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings. She has shared the stage with great performers like Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Joe Walsh, Brittany Haas, Tristan Clarridge, & Emy Phelps.

Lindsay Straw

  • Acoustic
  • Celtic
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Traditional
  • Vocal
  • World

Traditional ballads have been a source of inspiration for Lindsay Straw since her childhood in Montana, but she truly grew into the art when she became immersed in Boston’s Irish and folk music scenes.

There she began to tie together the threads of the traditions she was most passionate about: English, Scottish, Irish and American songcraft. While in college, she founded a young Celtic trad band, The Ivy Leaf, which she draws from to fill out the music on her new second album, The Fairest Flower of Womankind. In addition to her own sensitive, agile accompaniment on guitar and bouzouki, Straw is joined by members of The Ivy Leaf, Daniel Accardi (fiddle), Armand Aromin (fiddle), and Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, harmonica), plus renowned Maine guitarist Owen Marshall (The Press Gang). Throughout, Straw’s tender vocals and careful arrangements draw out the inner depths of these old songs, telling tales of women from beyond the ages. A ballad needs commitment to be told, a belief in the importance of its story.

Bright Young Folk said of her 2015 debut solo album, “My Mind From Love Being Free has finally announced Lindsay Straw onto the folk scene in magnificent style”.  A generous grant from Club Passim’s Iguana Music Fund and a successful Kickstarter campaign allowed her to record and release her second album, The Fairest Flower of Womankind, in April 2017.

Janet Feld

  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Singer/Songwriter

Award winning singer-songwriter, Janet Feld, captivates audiences across the nation and listeners across the globe with engaging performances filled with her wry sense of humor and sassy playfulness.

Audiences find themselves moved as the music shifts from the engrossing true story, Rosalie’s Diamonds, that describes how Feld’s grandmother rescued her family from Nazi-occupied Austria in the late 1930’s to her deeply introspective work in I Met Myself to her description of love’s unpredictable journey in Waiting for Love.

Janet’s recordings range from productions with a host of studio musicians to the simple clarity of a voice and guitar, with a touch of piano.  I Met Myself is her newest release which Janet feels is her most authentic work to date.

In addition to performing, Janet teaches guitar and songwriting at The Passim School of Music.  She is also the Founder and Chief Music Officer of Janet’s Planet: Music Lessons For Humanoids, Inc., offering private lessons and video lesson programs to people of all ages.  Her goal is to help people experience the fact that you don’t have to be from the “special talented people” planet in order to play music.

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