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Folk's rising stars

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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SINCE their formation in 2009, Harpeth Rising has been building a reputation by breaking down musical boundaries.

Their virtuosic instrumentals of banjo and fiddle mixed with cello and foot percussion create an exciting and unique blend of musical genres. Their vocals, soaring and intimate, convey powerful lyrics that are both personal and topical.

The all-female group met while studying classical music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and were united – and continue to be driven by – their eclectic musical interests.

Within one year of their formation and their move to Music City, they were voted Best Local Band in Nashville by The Tennessean newspaper.

Harpeth Rising have been touring both nationally and internationally for four years with performances that include the Cambridge Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, The Purbeck Folk Festival, Fylde Folk Festival, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Music City Roots, The Bluebird, Frome Festival and ROMP Music Festival.

A little bit bluegrass, a little bit classical, a little bit roots and a whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch.

Latest album Tales From Jackson Bridge remains true to Harpeth Rising's folk and classical roots throughout; it expands on their blues, Latin and rock influences, and adds in some new flavours such as Texas Swing and Gypsy Jazz.

This constant innovation combining old and new genres of music, technical mastery, and heartfelt sensibility has earned Harpeth Rising the distinction of one of the most engaging and dynamic new groups in folk music today.

The trio will be performing in Penzance at The Acorn on Friday, May 2. The concert begins at 8pm and tickets are £12 at the door or £10 in advance at 01726 879500 or www.crbo.co.uk

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