Buck Curran, Liam Grant, & E. Jason Gibbs
Acoustic Guitars are the common thread that unites Buck Curran, Liam Grant, and E. Jason Gibbs. Expect a wide range of styles, from traditional folk-americana to experimental-improvisational music.
Buck Curran developed his intense, intimate, and mesmerizing approach to live concerts through two decades of playing and touring extensively throughout the US, UK, and Europe as one-half of the psych-folk duo Arborea. In his solo work, he draws inspiration from the deep well of Folk and Rock of the 1960s (Robbie Basho, Bert Jansch, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Peter Green, Tim Buckley, etc.). In April of 2020 Curran released his third solo album 'No Love Is Sorrow'. In May 2020, Premier Guitar Magazine published a feature article and NPR published a Tiny Desk Concert recorded at Buck's apartment in Bergamo, Italy. Lars Gotrich described the music: "There's a burning darkness to these songs, as Curran's rough-hewn voice and droning psych-folk melodies curl like smoke, but there's also a desperate hope that cracks the surface." No Love is Sorrow was also listed among the 'Best Albums of 2020' by Folk Radio UK and Aquarium Drunkard.
Liam Grant plays in the American Primitive style - mixing the traditional country blues fingerstyle folk idiom with unexpected composition and improvisational methods. This style utilizes the guitar as a narrative vehicle to create short-form symphonies, modal epics, and driving up-tempo rags. Liam's music has been both informed and inspired by traditional American music; including country blues, bluegrass, and old-time music, and personal reflections and relationships with the New England landscape and sense of place.
While E. Jason Gibbs's work for guitar is completely improvised (drawing on minimalism, noise, free jazz, and fingerstyle), his compositions are built from field recordings, and explore the relationship between the built and natural worlds and how humans impose themselves on environments. Inspired by liminal spaces where cities and nature overlap, the latter composed works also include the sounds of people in urban spaces, filtered and captured through resonances on, or in, structures. Gibbs's live work often incorporates improvised solo acoustic guitar alongside pre-recorded constructed soundscapes, and increasingly his live performances combine field recording compositions with live electromagnetic manipulations.
Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 PM (doors 7:00 PM); 120-minutes with an intermission