Isaac Alderson (flute and uilleann [illen] pipes), Dylan Foley (fiddle), Dan Gurney (button accordion), and Sean Earnest (guitar & bouzouki) grew up attending the Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, NY. It was only fitting that they should record their first album together in the same place. Namely, in a shack behind the Blackthorne Resort, with one wall consisting of a posterboard sign advertising “Spaghetti Wrestling” and takes laid down during lulls in a raucous motorcycle convention just outside the door. Recorded over three days by intrepid engineer John Walsh, there are no overdubs and minimal digital wizardry. Dublin-based engineer Sean Keegan mixed and mastered the tracks. Live and without a net—what you hear is what you get.
Now recording a brand new album, fan-funded through Kickstarter, The Yanks are keeping the tradition of the Catskills alive, proudly participating in the rich legacy of Irish traditional music in the United States while carrying it into the future.
Jamie Laval is heralded as “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News) and “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Press and Post). The Asheville Citizen-Times writes, “One of the hottest fiddlers out there…this act has been turning heads wherever it plays.”
What sets Jamie’s music in a class by itself is the nuance, virtuosity, and musical craftsmanship he brings to an ancient art form. Simple Celtic folk melodies are transformed into epic tonal narratives which take the listener on an emotional journey from quiet melancholy to wild jubilation.
The show is all-ages, fully-seated, general admission, with Artist's Circle tickets available (reserved seating, plus pre-show Q&A w/ band [7-7:30]).
Come early and enjoy dinner at our award-winning restaurant, Cafe 4.
For information regarding other shows, please visit The Square Room or call 865.544.4144.