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

Avi Salloway is a musician, activist, and educator based in Cambridge, MA. He grew up learning music directly from American folk legends, Pete and John Seeger, and from an early age, was exposed to the power of music to bring people together. This concept resonates deeply with Salloway and has lead him to use music as a kinetic form of expression, connecting people around the globe. He has co-written, produced, and recorded on 12 albums and performed over 1000 concerts in 25 countries around the world, including performances at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Salloway has also collaborated and performed with renowned artists including Jack Johnson, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bombino, David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), The Low Anthem, and Pete Seeger.

 

Salloway is the bandleader and principal songwriter for Billy Wylder. From 2013-16 he worldwide with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar master from Niger. Prior to Billy Wylder and Bombino, he co-lead the band, Hey Mama/Avi & Celia with Celia Woodsmith of Della Mae. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2007, Salloway and Woodsmith released four albums and performed over 400 concerts throughout the US and Canada. Inspired to use music as a medium for conflict transformation, Salloway traveled to Israel and Palestine in 2011 to work with Heartbeat on a musical peace-building project with young Arab and Jewish artists.

Based in Jerusalem, Heartbeat is a non-profit organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them. While working in the Middle East, Salloway facilitated music workshops, writing, and recording projects with the Heartbeat artists. He continues to work with Heartbeat as their Global Ambassador, helping to grow the organization’s impact in the region and around the world. He has produced and performed with Heartbeat on five of their US tours including a pinnacle briefing and concert at the US Congress. In additional to his work with Heartbeat, Salloway has led musically-based conflict transformation workshops at Seeds of Peace, working with youth from Egypt, Israeli, Palestine, Jordan, UK, and the US. He currently teaches at Club Passim’s School of Music and Zumix, and gives private guitar lessons in Cambridge.

In November 2016, Salloway traveled to Standing Rock to join the nonviolent resistance to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. At the Oceti Sakowin camp he supported the native-led movement to protect the primary water source for over 17 million people and fight for indigenous sovereignty.

Salloway is also the founder and producer of the Moonshine Music Series. He curates and hosts the community concert festivities on select farms in New England, bringing people together to celebrate music, culture and local organic food.

Salloway’s passion for music and cross-cultural exploration has taken him all around the globe. He believes in the power of song to inspire people of all backgrounds to be the change we seek.

Emily Haviland Baker

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

Emily graduated 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
  • Trad
  • 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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