Lonesome Ace Stringband
- Old Time
Lonesome Ace Stringband
- Old Time
The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. These are songs and tunes for life and all of it’s occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals. The music comes from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. It’s themes – love, loss, hard work and hardship, faith, and everyday life – speak to everyone. The members are Chris Coole on banjo, John Showman on fiddle and Max Heineman on bass. Together they bring a deep respect for the roots of the music, a keen sense of innovation to the performance and material, and a passion for the sound that transcends both. This is old-time music for today’s old soul.
“When The Sun Comes Up” is the third studio record by the Lonesome Ace Stringband. Written and recorded over the summer and fall of 2017, this album of mostly original compositions focuses on the group’s predilection for the spiritual and redemptive side of the music, where characters come to life in song to confront mortality, impossible choices, and the relentless pressures of change.
Like the first two records, what is captured is the energy of three passionate musicians playing their music live together, in a room surrounded by microphones. Engineered by Gavin Gardiner of Wooden Sky, the difference is in the intent of the record: whereas the first two records are collections of American old-time songs and tunes that pay homage to the tradition, this new record is a statement of purpose that focuses on the unique meaning and voice of each original song. From the layering of banjo and fiddle tracks to organic spatial effects, from hummed vocal pads to shifting tape delays and varispeed, the listener will hear the group expand it’s groove and feel in subtle ways that bring the message and emotion of each song to life.
Isa Burke (pronounced like Lisa without the L) is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. She spends most of her time as one-third of the powerhouse indie-roots trio Lula Wiles, but she has also made a name for herself as a side musician, educator, writer, and occasional solo performer.
Her musical life has been a continuous process of finding new modes of expression, from studying Appalachian fiddle with Bruce Molsky to learning all of Lindsey Buckingham’s guitar parts for a Rumours tribute show to starting a group dedicated to writing a song every day for a month. In recent years her songwriting has moved to the forefront of her musical identity, and her songs contain a subtle power, blending the minimalism and grit of traditional folk and country with a modern indie sensibility and an eye for emotive detail. As an instrumentalist, she weaves textural, evocative lines and rhythms that support her assertive, soulful vocals. She is a collaborator at heart, drawing inspiration from the interlocking grooves of the fiddle and banjo or the alchemic harmony of a country duet.
In addition to her recording and touring with Lula Wiles, she has performed and recorded on fiddle, vocals, and acoustic and electric guitars with artists including Session Americana, Corporate Punk, Caitlin Canty, Stash Wyslouch, and many others. Her influences are numerous, beginning with old fiddle tunes and folk ballads and encompassing contemporary artists from Joni Mitchell to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings to Sam Amidon to Courtney Barnett. Driven by a love of good songs above all else, Isa is “as versatile a musician as they come, and a true showwoman who commands the stage and the audience’s attention” (Red Line Roots).