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16 February 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm
The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back nearly a decade, and all the way from New England to Mexico. As a student at Harvard, Wax began traveling south of the border to study and immerse himself in the country’s traditional music and culture. Back in Boston, he met fiddler/singer Suz Slezak, whose love of traditional American and Irish folk music fused with Wax’s Mexo-Americana into a singular, energetic blend that captivated audiences and critics alike. Their 2010 breakout performance at the Newport Folk Festival made them the most talked-about band of the weekend, with NPR hailing them as “pure, irresistible joy.” They released a trio of albums that earned escalating raves everywhere from SPIN and Entertainment Weekly (who described them as sounding “like Andrew Bird with a Mexican folk bent”) to the New York Times and The Guardian (which dubbed the music “global crossover at its best”). They earned an invitation to return to Newport, this time on the main stage, as well as dates supporting The Avett Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buena Vista Social Club, and more.
Carling Berkhout and William Seeders Mosheim were playing old songs together on back porches before forming officially as a duo in 2016. Both multi-instrumentalists, Carling & Will combine elements of traditional music with contemporary melodic instrumentation. Their self-titled EP is a collection of American tunes and folksongs.
Carling & Will’s forthcoming album expands beyond the confines of old-time, with a modern sound deeply rooted in the style and history of traditional music. These new songs feel timeless, built on the rich drone of an electric guitar and the warm and lyrical open-back banjo.
Walker Farm Music presents a wide variety of music at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. Walker Farm Music is curated by Jed Hughes