The Inyo Council for the Arts, organizer of the Millpond Music Festival, has announced an initial list of artists who will take the stage at this year’s event.
The 2022 Millpound Music Festival is scheduled for September 16-18 at Inyo Millpond County Recreation Area.
The three-day event features eclectic musical acts as well as children’s activities, arts and crafts stalls and food vendors.
Samantha Harvey and Ashley Hoyer
Accordionist Samantha Harvey and mandolinist Ashley Hoyer breathe new life into their traditional folk instruments. The duo met in Ventura, California, where they formed their distinct style performing at festivals, concerts and pubs.
An accessible and sought-after mix of genres, their music has been featured on the hugely popular “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast. Their first full album “Echo Summit” explores the farthest reaches of the duo’s sonic possibilities. Although they can bring classic melodies to the table, their treatment is anything but traditional.
Where this duo really shines is in their original writing. Both Sam and Ash come from backgrounds of age-old folk styles; however, their original work is an amalgamation of their influences as 21st century folk musicians.
Harvey is a prominent performer of traditional music and dance. She has performed worldwide with bands such as Téada, Ireland The Show, Irish Christmas in America and Celtic Journey. Her performance work has involved concerts, festivals and teachings in Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Europe and the United States. Samantha had the privilege of performing in RTÉ’s Centenary 2016, broadcast live on television from the Bord Gáis Energy Theater in Dublin.
Hoyer is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Southern California. She tours with The Syncopaths (a folk dance group), Long Story Short (a string trio performing her original works) and Fire, Grace & Ash (a classical/folk trio of fiddle, guitar and mandolin). More recently, Hoyer has spent his time writing chamber and orchestral pieces, expanding his compositional palette of tools and colors.
Nina Gerber and Chris Webster
Nina Gerber and Chris Webster didn’t rush into this album – it wasn’t until after 25 years of playing together that they released a gorgeous duet album, ‘Apple Blossom Lane’, featuring the bluesy vocals, jazzy and soulful from Webster and the incomparable Gerber guitar accompaniment, always surprising, but always just as right.
They take their time with each song, playing with the possibilities, exploring the depths, arriving at moments of rare beauty and transcendence. If you’ve heard Nina before, you know she always brings out the best in the musicians around her, and the best in Chris is spectacularly good – her “magic stems from those ineffable qualities of vocal grit, emotional nuance, of timing and phrasing possessed by truly great and soulful singers of all styles,” says the Oakland Tribune.
Laura Love retired from live musical performance at the height of the pandemic in 2020, feeling content to have said all she needed to say, sung all she needed to sing and done. everything she needed to do in a life of touring and performing.
Love, who is a fair-skinned African-American woman, felt ready to put aside writing topical songs to settle into a rocking chair after long days of organic gardening and playing with his legion of cats. Yet after the recent frightening escalations in hate crimes, racism, sexism, anti-environmentalism and all other “isms”, she again feels the need to raise her head and come out of retirement, even briefly, to sing and say just a little Suite.
Over the decades Love has performed at venues around the world including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Merlefest, Carnegie Hall, Club Passim, The Ark, City Winery NYC, The Freight & Salvage, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Fest , Millpond and Kate. Wolf Music Festivals, as well as Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver, Canadian festivals, to name a few.
Clinton Davis is a San Diego-based veteran folk musician. He currently performs on guitar, banjo, violin, harmonica, mandolin and piano.
A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up in Carroll County and gained national acclaim for his instrumental and genre work. Renowned authority on American roots guitar, Stefan Grossman, called him “a master…carrying the torch of Mike Seeger’s traditional music.” No Depression calls his work “a joyous and moving restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition”. Deering Banjos called his playing “simply sublime.” In 2022, in recognition of his work as a performer and educator, Davis was made a Colonel of Kentucky, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the State of Kentucky.
Masanga Marimba plays traditional and popular music from Africa and Latin America. The instruments used in this ensemble consist of seven Zimbabwean marimbas of varying sizes as well as vocals, drums, percussion, saxophone and trumpet. The word “Masanga” comes from an African word meaning the coming together of rivers or roads representing the meeting of African, Latin and American traditions in this group. Masanga Marimba formed in 2000 and has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Grand Performances, Skirball Cultural Center, Madrid Theater and John Anson Ford Amphitheater.
Their music is catchy, danceable and family-friendly. The sight and sound of Masanga’s giant marimbas is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard before.
The sound of the Shakedown String Band can be described as a mix between Americana, soul and bluegrass. A traditional interpretation of “string band” may mislead you; while the heart of the sound relies heavily on vocal harmonies and soaring melodies, the momentum is fueled by tight drumming and percussion that leaves no error in the groove.
Shakedown have been focused on building a strong local following in San Diego and are in the studio recording their second full album. The band includes drums, percussion, bass, guitar, mandolin, violin and vocalist.
Millpond Music Festival tickets and more information are available at the Inyo Council for the Arts, (760) 873-8014, www.inyo.org/millpond150 Willow Street in Bishop.
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