$20. The Early Mays
Appalachian-inspired songs with lush vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, cello, guitar and harmonium
The Linden Tree Coffeehouse concludes its thirty-fourth season on Saturday May 4 at 8 pm. The Early Mays is a trio based in Pennsyvania comprised of Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion, with Nicole Myers. They feature water-tight harmonies over fiddle, banjo, cello, guitar, and harmonium. And as a special treat, the group will have crankies, an old storytelling form, sometimes called moving panoramas to complement story songs.
With Appalachian-inspired harmonies, masterful songwriting, and a sweet old-time sound, The Early Mays bring a deep love of community music-making to regional and national stages. Drawing from their roots in Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, they burst on to the folk scene in 2014 with a #2 debut on the National Folk-DJ Charts: an eponymous album born from the ease and joy of singing traditional music together. Most recently, the band appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, took home the blue ribbon in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition at Clifftop (The Appalachian String Band Music Festival), and hit the #1 position on the folk charts with their latest release,“Chase the Sun.”
Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion, and collaborators carry their unique creative voices—and carefully honed craft—with them as they explore American traditional music with the band. Emily weaves folk, classical and world music threads into in her songwriting, and recently released a chamber piece for old-time banjo (Rounder Songs) on New Amsterdam Records. Now on faculty at The College of Saint Rose, she’s delighted to teach songwriting and composition in on of the country’s top Music Industry programs. Ellen is an accomplished ballad singer, accompanist and visual artist; she founded the Pittsburgh Crankie Fest and has taught workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center and throughout the the Mid-Atlantic. Her song, “Narrows of the Year” was an award-winner at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Songwriting contest.
Joining the band this year is Nicole Myers—a genre-crossing cellist and founding member of Cello Fury. With Nicole’s rich and rhythmic playing, The Mays have added lush textures to their favorite songs from “Chase the Sun,” as well as chilling new arrangements of field hollers, North Carolina ballads and Carter Family classics.
In The Early Mays, you won’t find a lead singer. You’ll find a partnership that enjoys lifting up one another’s work, putting the best of themselves into every song. You won’t find harmonies that fall into a clear category—like old-time or bluegrass—but you’ll find yourself transported as you listen. The Early Mays savor the hours spent both on and off stage, and this spirit of warm collaboration shines through all of their performances and recordings.
The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the UU Church, 326 Main St. Wakefield, MA 01880. Doors will open at 7:30. Tickets will be $20, with those under 18, $10. For more information: www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org. For reservations, 781-246-2836.