April 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Private home
Newton Corner
Newton, MA
Program Committee

Reservations are required: send email to houseconcerts@fssgb.org.
Admission is $20 at the door ($5 for students).
Address will be given out when you make reservations.

Sara and Brian present songs From the logging camps of Northern New England, New Brunswick Ontario, Minnesota and Wisconsin that migrated from Ireland.

Sara Grey is an American singer, banjo player and song collector, who is immersed in the song traditions of both sides of the Atlantic. She now lives in Rockland, ME. Her passionate interest is to maintain and strengthen the links between Celtic and American culture. A featured performer of traditional song in the US and Britain for more than 40 years, Grey is a celebrated singer and player o f the five-string banjo. She has appeared on the BBC and performed at hundreds of venues and festivals in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Australia.

Equally at home with a gentle lyric or a harsh account of life on the frontier, she is also a fine storyteller specializing in stories from New England where she learned many from her father, many of which she passed on to Maine’s own celebrated storyteller, Kendall Morse.

Grey’s rare and extraordinary trove of traditional songs were gleaned from a lifetime steeped in traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic. Now living in Maine, she grew up in New Hampshire but has lived in many parts of the U.S. and the U.K. As a child in North Carolina she first heard mountain music and her love for old time banjo music and songs was born. In a rich musical career now spanning four decades she has continued to study folklore, collecting and performing traditional tunes and songs from the various areas in which she has lived.

Brian Miller, born in Bemidji, MN is one of the most sought-after musicians in the North American Irish music scene. He has devoted much time to the research and revival of Irish-influenced music collected in the north woods regions of the US and Canada. Brian Miller joins Grey in reviving the Irish-influenced songs of men who roamed the Great Lakes region in the days “when pine was king.” As a member of the acclaimed Irish traditional group Bua, Miller has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada. His love of his home state of Minnesota led him to the rich but under-explored musical traditions that were once shared by “woods” singers throughout North America’s historic pine forests.

Miller also performs with his duo The Lost Forty. Their 2013 album “The Falling of the Pine” was a follow-up to Miller’s “Minnesota Lumberjack Songs.” In 2016, Miller launched The Lost Forty Project to celebrate and make accessible long lost “old growth” songs found on a set of forgotten field recordings from his home state. The songs included ones about logging, railroading, deer hunting, and Great Lakes shipwrecks, as well as old Irish ballads and even older English ballads dating as far back as the 1680s.

In the Phippsburg concert with Grey, Miller will perform songs from the Lost Forty Project and from his other forays into the rich singing traditions of the pine woods.