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Saturday, August 21 @ 7:00 pm

Lula Wiles & Twisted Pine

Presented by the River House Restaurant

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PLEASE NOTE:

Sadly, due to an urgent family matter, Pokey LaFarge will be canceling all of his August touring dates, including the Festival’s performance on Saturday, August 21st. He is sad to miss performing for his fans in Portsmouth again, and he hopes to make it back next summer.

The show will go in with Lula Wiles and Twisted Pine. Please join us on Saturday and in sending Pokey and his family our best wishes.

 

What will we do? For Lula Wiles, the trio made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin, the question is central to the creation of their music—and it’s the title of their sophomore album, out in 2019 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. “We wanted to make an album that reflected, in a current way, what we are all staying up late thinking about and talking about over drinks at the dinner table,” says Obomsawin. “What is everyone worried about, confiding in their friends about, losing sleep about?” Anchoring the band’s sharp, provocative songcraft is a mastery of folk music, and a willingness to subvert its hallowed conventions. They infuse their songs with distinctly modern sounds: pop hooks, distorted electric guitars, and dissonant multi-layered vocals, all employed in the service of songs that reclaim folk music in their own voice. The musicians take turns in different roles––Burke and Buckland on guitar and fiddle, Obomsawin on bass, all three singing and writing—but no matter who’s playing what, they operate in close tandem, with drummer Sean Trishscka adding his rhythmic sensibilities underneath. All three members grew up in small-town Maine, and the band came of age in Boston’s lively roots scene. Since then, they have toured internationally, winning fans at the Newport Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, garnering acclaim from NPR, Rolling Stone Country, Paste Magazine and more. “What Will We Do” remained in the top 10 of the Americana Music radio charts for 13 weeks, and has charted with Billboard, as well as been spun on SiriusXm, numerous Spotify playlists, World Cafe, and more. Lula Wiles exists in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music.

“An upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos; tight harmonies. This is definitely a band to watch.” — National Public Radio
“There’s pop, there’s funk, there are fiddle tunes, and there’s some very personal and heartfelt songwriting.” — The Bluegrass Situation
“All told, this is far and away one of the best releases you’ll hear this year. (He says, trying to sound restrained when he really wants to say “Good Christ, this is fantastic!”) Is it folk? Is it jazz? Who cares. It’s exceptional. (You can hear the mothership land at the very end, too. Seriously.)” — Penguin Eggs Magazine
Released in the Summer of 2020, Right Now is a cosmic map of the new and glistening journeys of Twisted Pine, the Boston-based spacecraft of a band that was once bluegrass but is now “something else, a wider version of a stringband, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still [The Boston Globe].”
The soundscape for this full-length sophomore release has all the sass of zero-gravity pop; the grooves of 2 a.m. funk jams; the astral flute and shoobedoos of 70s radio. “Punch Brothers meets Jean-Luc Ponty and Ian Anderson [Jethro Tull],” writes Folk Alley of the instrumental track “Amadeus Party” — and yet the lyric narratives are packed with the elements of earthling mountain music. “Right Now” aims to shut the careless mouth of an ex. “Papaya” whispers, “Don’t just pass me right by.”  “Dreamaway” describes a faith that comes and goes. “Don’t Come Over Tonight” demands a night off from a guy’s opinions. The covers pay homage to Father John Misty and Tex Logan — two points that intersect the plane of this exquisite world.
Twisted Pine is Kathleen Parks (Newburgh, NY) on fiddle and lead vox; Dan Bui (Houston, TX) on mandolin; Chris Sartori (Concord, MA) on bass; and Twisted Pine’s newest addition, Anh Phung (Chilliwack, BC) on flute. Everybody sings. Twisted Pine plays under the influence of explorers Jerry Douglas (with whom the band occasionally tours), Bela Fleck, Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, The Wood Brothers, and Lake Street Dive and Crooked Still (label mates at Signature Sounds Recordings). Right Now was produced by Twisted Pine and by Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound in Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA.

Reservations

Table and blanket reservations are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another date in the 2021 season. General Admission Donations do not include reserved seating; they are a means to making a gate donation in advance. Table reservations seat four. Blanket reservations are placed in the blankets-only area of lawn and do not allow for chair placement. 

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