NEFFA Preview Show
For the sixth consecutive year, Club Passim will host “NEFFA Night,” a showcase of a few of the excellent performers playing at the New England Folk Festival. Featured perfomers are Wandering Laughter, The Ivy Leaf, & Zornitsa.
The New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) is a non-profit educational and cultural organization. Our 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 at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.
Klezmer trio Wandering Laughter is a lively collaboration between cellist Taiward Wider, fiddler Cecilia Vacanti, and accordionist Alex Lacava. Based in the city of Boston, all three attended Berklee College of Music. There, the three of them were active in the American Roots Music Program playing numerous folk traditions including Old Time and Appalachian fiddle, Celtic, Bluegrass, New England fiddle, ragtime, gypsy jazz and of course, Klezmer.
You may hear instrumentals from a dance music tradition or songs from Yiddish theater or folk songs of Russia and Eastern Europe. Wandering Laughter plays music that is by turns heartfelt, soulful and invigorating. With tight harmonies, warm and inviting vocals, and sharp arrangements, they strike a balance between replicating traditional sounds and adding a modern twist. Just a few Yiddish troubadours spreading mazl (luck), freyd (joy), and of course gelekhter (laughter).
The Ivy Leaf
Comprised of Lindsay Straw (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Dan Accardi (accordion, concertina, fiddle), Armand Aromin (fiddle, English concertina, vocals) and Ben Gagliardi (concertina, harmonica, vocals), The Ivy Leaf sings rich, powerful songs and plays bouncy, danceable tunes, highlighting the best of traditional music from Ireland, England, Scotland, and America.
First formed to explore the interconnected streams of folk music that cross the northern Atlantic, the band interprets a thorough and diverse repertoire – often culled from print collections and field recordings of the 19th and early 20th centuries – through a lens of ringing voices, lyrical strings, and punchy free reeds.
Zornitsa (Morning Star), founded in 1992, is a Bulgarian chorus and orchestra of men from the Boston area, directed by the acclaimed Bulgaria singer Tatiana Sarbinska.
Zornitsa performs traditional and urban Bulgarian songs, accompanied by the traditional Bulgarian instruments gaida (bagpipe), kaval (end-blown flute), gadulka (a bowed stringed instrument with sympathetic strings), tambura (a long-necked fretted stringed instrument), tarabuka (small drum), and tapan (large drum). Zornitsa has performed for many events in the Boston area and has traveled four times to Bulgaria, performing at the Koprivshtitsa Folk Festival, at the State Opera House in Blagoevgrad, and on Bulgarian National Television.