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June 29, 2019|8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Americana Music Duo Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert

Spencertown Academy Arts Center

790 State Rte. 203, Spencertown, New York

Spencertown, New York– Spencertown Academy Roots & Shoots Concerts Series presents Americana duo Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert on Saturday, June 29 at 8:00pm. General admission tickets ($20 public, $15 Academy members, $10 students) may be purchased in advance viawww.spencertownacademy.organd will be available at the door.

“These two renowned solo artists have joined forces to create a major new voice in American music. The songs are their own, the harmoniesfinely tuned, and the playing—on guitars, fiddle, banjo, and more—glances back to early American forms even as it peers forward with freshly contemporary ideas,” says Gerald Seligman, member of the Academy’s Music Committee. “Americana is the currentname for such music, but Kane andGellert have the deepest roots in folk, singer-songwriter, country, and old timey traditions.”

Kieran Kane has been referred to as “the godfather of Americana music” for good reason. His seminal work in The O’Kanes and Kane Welch Kaplin, as well as co-founding the independent label Dead Reckoning Records, laid the foundation for the contemporary world of Americana music. A successful solo artist, collaborator, and songwriter (with songs recorded by Alan Jackson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and many more), Kane is a musician’s musician: his playing is always understated, always groove-oriented, and always serving the song.

If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it’s because she’s seen farther into the old songs than most. Growing up in a musical family, she turned to Appalachian old-time music at a young age, becoming a prodigious fiddler and leading a new revival of American stringband music through her work with the acclaimed roots band Uncle Earl. An in-demand collaborator, she has toured and recorded with artists such as Scott Miller, Abigail Washburn, Toubab Krewe, and Robyn Hitchcock.

Kane and Gellert first met, fittingly, at San Francisco’s celebrated Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which led to their co-writing songs for Kane’s recent album, Unguarded Moments (Dead Reckoning). They joined forces again for Gellert’s 2017 release, Workin’s Too Hard (StorySound Records), which they also co-produced. Their first duo album, The Ledges, was released in 2018 on Dead Reckoning Records. Their second album together, When the Sun Goes Down, will be out March 20, 2019. Fans of either artist will recognize the musical kindred-spiritedness in their restrained and roots-oriented approach to both songs and arrangements.

Spencertown Academy Roots & Shoots Concerts Series features artists who reach back to earlier traditions in music (Americana, jazz, blues, rock, and world music) for inspiration, while incorporating more recent trends, forms, and influences. Other upcoming concerts in the series include folk singer-songwriter Ana Egge, backed by Alec Spiegelman, on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm, rockabilly swing dance band Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00pm, and folk-pop duo The Chapin Sisters on Saturday, May 4 at 8:00pm.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.orgor call 518-392-3693.

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