May Showcase: Mile Twelve

When: Sunday, May 22 @ 3:30pm
Where: Unitarian Fellowship – 67 S. Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie
Adults: $15
Students: $5
Children Under 12:     Free

Mile Twelve is an exciting new voice in contemporary bluegrass music from
Boston, MA. Combining a love for traditional bluegrass with songwriting skills
honed at renowned music schools, they present a refined and powerful musical
directive. With influences from folk, jazz, oldtime
and bluegrass music, the band’s
original songs are a timely continuation of the bluegrass string band tradition. Lead
singer Evan Murphy has been singing his whole life, developing a distinctive vocal
sound rooted in bluegrass music. In addition to providing original songs for the
band, he anchors the rhythm section with his deft guitar playing. On fiddle,
Bronwyn KeithHynes
is a seasoned performer, having played with Tony Trischka,
Peter Rowan and The Milk Carton Kids among others. She also won the 2014
Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS. Catherine (BB)
Bowness, a native New Zealander, brings driving and intricate banjo playing into
the fold, along with tasteful jazz sensibilities honed at the New Zealand School of
Music. Bass player and vocalist Nate Sabat is a Berklee College of Music graduate
and one of the primary songwriters. Nate’s knowledge of bluegrass bass playing
has already earned him an invitation to speak at the 2015 International Society of
Bassists Convention.

“Mile Twelve’s instrumental skills reflect natural abilities enhanced by serious study of bluegrass tradition and a fearless desire to create fresh pathways. From the opening number of their new EP, it’s plain that their vocal skills are equal to their picking prowess. Their trio blend is as tight as it gets. Their duo and solo singing is equally praiseworthy. The arrangements often surprise with subtle twists and turns… delicious false endings, dropped beats, arco bass and fiddle duets, and on and on. Mile Twelve is carrying the tradition forward with creativity and integrity.” – Tony Trischka

“Mile Twelve has Bluegrass’ best interests at heart. Really good songs that mean something, picking that makes you grin and twitch, plenty of scalp-zinging moments… what more could you ask for America’s best drivin’ music? I’d be fine sending this to aliens.” – Darol Anger

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