OF A WINTER’S NIGHT
Of a Winter’s Night is Tony Trischka's acoustic celebration of the holiday season. Based on his 2015 CD release of the same name, this show features Trischka’s considerable melodic inventiveness on a wide variety of seasonal tunes. Joined by multi-instrumentalist & shape-note singer Tim Eriksen, Trischka also revels in songs long-forgotten and little-known.
Trischka and Eriksen put a warm spin on a wealth of festive fare. Eriksen, a master of Americana music, has also worked closely with T Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain. Trischka & Eriksen have invited shape note singer and fearless fiddler Zoe Darrow to join them. The stark, haunting sound of shape note music is the perfect complement to the music Trischka recorded on his critically-acclaimed Rounder Records Glory Shone Around and the new music he has arranged for this show. They are joined by vocalist extraordinaire Phoebe Hunt and Dominic Leslie on mandolin.
Performing from the 1844 hymn book Sacred Harp, some of the evening’s songs date back to the Revolutionary era. Other selections range from classics such as “Come All Ye Faithful,” to lesser known tunes like The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles,” Trischka’s “Christmas Morn’,” and a tribute to Prince with the younger Trischka’s “Paisley Park” Christmas song. Old-time holiday fiddle music joins with classically influenced carols. Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie songs are juxtaposed with the hard-driving bluegrass flavor of “Christmas Time’s A’Comin’”.
A “celebration of Americana, sometimes lively, sometimes stately,” (Washington Post), the music of Glory Shone Around is “always excellent, full of fine surprises and memorable moments” (The New York Times).