Traditional Irish Music
“…each instrument is aware of its role [and is] played with a gentleness that contrasts with the high paced reels — but still retains the sparkle.” —Irish Music Magazine
A bold new sound has emerged in New England’s traditional music scene: The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The trio blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that these musicians take from playing music with each other shines brightly, both in the recording and on the stage.
The result is a unique sound; at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent. A debut CD, released in the spring of 2010 — generous helping of Irish tunes spiced with Appalachian music and original compositions — allowed the Press Gang to leave their mark on the storied New England Irish music scene. Their new album The Happy Days of Youth promises to pick up where they left off and delve further into this very living and breathing tradition.
“Not unlike new-grass pioneer Nickel Creek’s self-titled debut in that it takes refuge in a tradition, but uses that context to shine.” — The Portland Press Herald
ABOUT THE BAND
“Lyrical, effervescent spontaneity while retaining rhythmical perfection.” — Castlebay Music, Inc.
Christian “Junior” Stevens has become an influential member of the Irish Traditional Music community in America; particularly in New England where his proficiency at such a young age on both concertina and accordion was nothing short of phenomenal. Gracing stages across the country with some of the most talented artists in the world, he is an in-demand performer and teacher with a dedicated following.
Alden Robinson learned the fiddle as a child in coastal Maine, and quickly became recognizable as a new voice in Irish-American fiddle music. He has become a staple of the traditional music scene in New England where he continues to inspire his peers and audiences alike at festivals and sessions. Alden continues to travel throughout the U.S. and Ireland to expand his already impressive repertoire — much to the delight of audiences and students of the craft from coast to coast.
Multi-instrumentalist Owen Marshall is one of the most highly sought-after accompanist in the United States. With his unique sense of harmony and rhythm, he has traveled and performed all over the world with many of the top acts in traditional music. A demanding schedule doesn’t interfere with his pursuit of new and innovative sounds as a bedrock accompanist with a style that never grows stale.
October 29th, 2014, 7pm
Tickets: $20 in advance at www.littlesearecords.com/concerts ;
Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
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