ED TRICKETT & SARA GREY
Sunday, November 3 3:00
Acclaimed folk singers Ed Trickett and Sara Grey will perform in concert at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Sunday, November 3, at 3:00 p.m. Having collaborated at the start of their long musical careers, the two performers - each now in their fifth decade of performing - will reunite for a program of ballads, sea songs, songs of love, and "an occasional song of no consequence whatsoever."
Trickett, a collector and interpreter of traditional and tradition-based folk songs, has appeared on over 40 recordings and as a featured guest on Garrison Keillor's NPR radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.” He is well-known to New England audiences for having been a member of the celebrated trio Bok, Muir and Trickett, with whom he recorded ten albums and performed for 26 years.
A featured performer of traditional song in the U.S. and Britain, Grey is a celebrated singer and instrumentalist who has appeared on the BBC and performed at hundreds of venues and festivals in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Australia. Equally at home with a gentle lyric or a harsh account of life on the frontier, she is also a fine storyteller specializing in stories from New England where she learned many of her stories from her father, many of which she passed on to Maine’s own celebrated storyteller, Kendall Morse.
Grey collaborated with Trickett on her first album and on albums where they sang together as members of The Golden Ring, a loose collection of friends who used to gather and sing through a weekend, resulting in a series of records that became legendary on the folk music scene. In addition to his four solo albums and the recordings born of his nearly three decade collaboration with Gordon Bok and Ann Mayo Muir, Trickett has played on recordings with many other artists including Don McLean, Rosalie Sorrels, and Cathy Barton.
Not a songwriter, Trickett calls himself a "song finder and a song crafter," one who gravitates toward "beautiful melodies and good stories." Having a repertoire that pulls from hundreds of songs, he says that he's probably forgotten as many as he now knows. With his unaffected tenor voice, he enjoys creating a musical and storytelling experience that makes listeners feel as though they're joining him in his living room.
Trickett accompanies himself on six and twelve string guitars and a hammered dulcimer, an instrument that he helped to popularize. His career has seen him perform at hundreds of clubs, theaters, colleges and folk music festivals throughout the United States, Canada and the British Isles. He cites his greatest musical disappointment as "going to Woodstock in 1969 with (fellow performers) Dave Bromberg and Rosalie Sorrels, getting flown in by helicopter at dawn and seeing all those people, but, in the final analysis, not getting to play on what admittedly was one of the more minor stages."
Don Stevens, writing in the All Music Guide, says of Trickett: "The songs he has recorded alone, with Ann Mayo Muir and Gordon Bok, and with other artists are some of the most beautiful ever recorded.”
Grey's rare and extraordinary trove of traditional songs were gleaned from a lifetime steeped in traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic. Now living in Maine, she grew up in New Hampshire but has lived in many parts of the U.S. as well as the U.K. As a child in North Carolina she first heard mountain music and her love for old time banjo music and songs was born. Throughout her rich musical career she has continued to study folklore, collecting and performing traditional tunes and songs from the various areas in which she has lived.
$15 at the door; students $8. $12 advance tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com. Children under eight admitted free. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. For more information call 389-1770.