NEFFA Preview Show
- Old Time
For the fifth consecutive year, Club Passim will host “NEFFA Night,” a showcase of a few of the excellent performers playing at the New England Folk Festival. The night will feature The King’s Busketeers, Zdravets, and The Vinegar Flies.
The New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) is a non-profit educational and cultural organization. Their mission is to encourage, sponsor, and preserve the traditional folk arts in New England and beyond. NEFFA produces the annual New England Folk Festival every April. It is currently held in Mansfield, MA.
The King’s Busketeers
The King’s Busketeers are a high-octane folk & traditional band that began in the shady forest of King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA sometime in Fall of 2012. Sam and Andy met there and began playing together and amusing the patrons, and the following year Josh was inducted. The trio roamed the groves and shopfronts for a time, and grew to some popularity.
Since then, TKB have been rousing and entertaining the kindly citizens of Massachusetts and Rhode Island with hearty, soulful, traditional tunes alongside wistful ballads, whimsical ditties about double homicides, and a sprinkling of rollicking originals. Always energetic and full of equal parts talent and sparking chemistry, there’s never a dull moment when the Busketeers are out in force.
ZDRAVETS is a Boston-based ensemble which has been performing traditional music from Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia since 1989. This village music is the wild ancestor of the music that modern composers have tamed and adapted for large choral ensembles.
Bulgarian music is characterized by highly resonant, close harmonies and energetic asymmetric rhythms. The vocal styles are free, full, and thrilling, while the instrumental music makes your feet itch to dance. ZDRAVETS brings you the whole gamut – instrumental music, unaccompanied voices, and the full ensemble combining instruments with voices.
ZDRAVETS’s instrumentalists usually play the old-style Bulgarian village instruments – kaval (end-blown flute), gadulka (bowed lute), tambura (mandolin-like instrument), tapan (large double-headed drum), tarabuka (hourglass shaped drum), and gaida (goatskin bagpipe); occasionally they play newer folk instruments (clarinet, violin, saxophone) as well.
About the group’s name: zdravets is a wild mountain geranium (Geranium Macrorrhizum) whose aromatic leaves stay fresh and green all winter. Zdravets is beloved by Bulgarians, to whom it symbolizes all that is healthy and longlasting.
The currently active members of ZDRAVETS are Chaya Bromberg, Dean Brown, Dick Forsyth (in spirit), Martha Forsyth, Ralph Iverson, David Skidmore, Dana Sussman, Patrick Yacono, and Janet Yeracaris.
The Vinegar Flies
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Taking a modern twist on American roots music, the Vinegar Flies blend traditional blues, country, old time, originals, and bluegrass into a snafu of contemporary music.
- Jess “Cider” Fox – Fiddle
- Ben “Balsamic” Truboff – Guitar
- Dan “Malt” Africk – Bass
- Ben “French Fry” Leddy – Banjo