Crooked Still8pm, ThursdayOctober 12th '06St. James Hall3214 West 10th Avenue
at Trutch St. in Kitsilano
Rock energy coexists with old-time mountain soul.
Spooky backwoods melodies combine with hip hard-hitting beats.
Raw, searing blues riffs intermingle with high heavenly vocals.
No electricity. No drums.
Meet Crooked Still, the hot young alternative bluegrass group on a mission to bend the boundaries of traditional music. The unlikely combination of banjo, cello, and double-bass drives this low lonesome band, whose captivating vocals and high-wire solos have enraptured audiences all over North America and Ireland since 2001.
Four very unique musical personalities merge to form Crooked Still. Aoife O'Donovan's refined, sultry vocals float over Rushad Eggleston's rumbling cello riffs, Dr. Gregory Liszt's futuristic four-finger banjo rolls and Corey DiMario's pulsing bass lines. The resulting acoustic fusion can warp a traditional American tune to the brink of unrecognizability without sacrificing the authenticity of the original sources. "It's almost like we're going back and making imaginary history," says Eggleston, whose versatile cello style has already sparked a revolution among young cellists. "What if the 1920s Appalachian musicians could've heard the music we hear now?" If only...
As soon as we heard their music we were captivated! Glorious vocals, scintillating cello and the driving banjo of the guy who plays on the new Springsteen CD combine to make this concert an absolute treat for fans of acoustic music: whether you go for acoustic blues, bluegrass, old time or Celtic, you're going to become a fan of this band as soon as you hear them. We promise you that.