Harpeth Rising Performance is Feb. 17 at The Strand

Feb 03, 2017
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Imagine three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.

Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective. Touring internationally, their previous performances include the Kerrville Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Blissfest, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, and The Bluebird.

Harpeth Rising’s latest release, ‘Shifted’, debuted at No. 1 on the Folk-DJ Charts for August of 2015. The opening track, “I Am Eve (I Am the Reason), also debuted as the No. 1 song on the same chart. This constant innovation combining old and new genres of music, technical mastery, thought-provoking lyrics, and heartfelt sensibility has earned Harpeth Rising the distinction of one of the most engaging and dynamic new groups in folk music today.

Harpeth Rising will perform in Waynesville at the Strand Theatre on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.38main.com For more information, call 828-283-0079. The Strand Theatre is located at 38 N Main St, Waynesville, NC 28786.