https://grotonhill.org/concerts/maeve-gilchrist-kittel-co/ Groton Hill Music Center
122 Old Ayer Road
Groton, MA 01450
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A double bill, featuring sets by two trad luminaries who traverse the spheres of Scottish and Irish folk, Americana, and bluegrass.
“No, you haven’t landed in heaven. You’re listening to the Celtic harp of Maeve Gilchrist.” – NPR
“(Jeremy Kittel is) one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation…” – WGBH
Described as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity,” Silk Road Ensemble member and Scottish native Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic (lever) harp to new levels of performance and visibility. She has released five critically-acclaimed albums and has appeared with such celebrities as Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Trischka, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darol Anger, and Kathy Mattea. Maeve is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting. Her recent albums have illuminated her roots as a traditional folk musician through the prism of luscious string parts, electronic manipulation, and an archived recitation of The Ballad of the Harpweaver, by the poet who became a celebrity of Jazz-Age America, Edna St Vincent Millay.
Grammy®-nominated violinist and composer Jeremy Kittel’s music inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, and folk and jazz sensibilities. He has worked with Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, My Morning Jacket, Aoife O’Donovan, Theo Katzman, Jars of Clay, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, Sara Watkins, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Fleet Foxes, and Esperanza Spalding. Jeremy and his group Kittel & Co. have performed at venues such as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Celtic Connections, and A Prairie Home Companion. The ensemble features mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham (named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine), genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand (a former presidential scholar at Berklee College of Music), transcendent bassist Ethan Jodziewicz (as heard with Sierra Hull), and hammer-dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman (acclaimed for bringing a new tonal flexibility to the instrument).