Chamberfolk. Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer-songwriter tradition and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe.
Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical into something organically unique.
The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world - Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective.
Touring internationally, their previous performances include the Kerrville Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Blissfest, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, and The Bluebird.
Harpeth Rising’s album Shifted debuted at number one on the Folk-DJ Charts for August of 2015. The opening track, “I Am Eve (I Am the Reason)," also debuted as the top song on the same chart. FATEA magazine has called the album “truly resplendent” and Midwest Record said that it is “taking back lyric writing as a form... this set is going to blow your mind.”
This constant innovation - combining old and new genres of music, technical mastery, thought provoking lyrics, and heartfelt sensibility - has earned Harpeth Rising the distinction as one of the most engaging and dynamic new groups in folk music today. Harpeth Rising's latest album, Against All Tides, features 11 tracks - eight new original songs, two David Greenberg originals, and one song by civil rights activist, folk music icon and lifetime inspiration Joan Baez.
Harpeth Rising performs at The REP Theatre in Seaside Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 850-231-0733 or online at LoveTheREP.com.