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Saturday, October 28, 7:00 pm

Presented By: KCP Presents

Powerhouse acoustic music double bill
Saturday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Fuller Hall
St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT

Tickets” $51, $41, $30, $16, Students tickets are free
Ticket prices include sales tax but do not include any applicable fees.

Save 20% when you buy by September 28. Discount is automatically reflected when you choose your seats.

Seniors and Catamount Arts members save $3.00 when ordering in person with ID at the box office.

Season Passes are available by calling the box office at 802-748-2600.

This is not hyperbole: four of the best acoustic musicians in America have joined together to form Hawktail. We hesitate to call them a bluegrass or even a newgrass band because their virtuosity can’t be bound by one genre.

Just take in the collective power of these four: fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still, Live From Here, Dave Rawlings Machine), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka, Dave Rawlings, the Duhks) and mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Noam Pikelny, The Deadly Gentlemen, Sam Reider and the Human Hands). This is something very special because not only are these four great collaborators and improvisors; they are all virtuosic soloists and songwriters.

Though at first glance Hawktail looks like a super-picker side-project, their all-original music is cohesive and unique, distinguishing them as an ensemble with a sound built from the ground up. Flush with orchestral sweeps and sparse vigils, with strains of the American South and the North Atlantic, this cosmopolitan sound is not what you’d expect from a string band.
Prepare to have your mind blown.

“We simply haven’t seen these instruments played this way and with this exuberance…except by Hawktail.” — Kelly McCartney, Folk Alley

The Swedish acoustic duo Väsen has a singular sound—a playful, yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. After almost 40 years of interaction and touring, Väsen has refined its sound and stage presence – today, they are unique in their kind.

The music is intense and full of humor. They create their very own musical language which in its appeal is as modern as it is ancient. With the foundation firmly rooted in the traditional music of Uppland, they have always looked curiously at new musical goals. Now they go on adventures among old fine musicians, stories, and traditional tunes, and at the same time they continue to break new ground. They perform on a variety of stringed instruments, including kontrabasharpa, oktavharpa, three-rowed nyckelharpa, violoncello da spalla and a blue electric bass-viola.

“With near-telepathic levels of interaction honed by 26 years on the road, Väsen generate a wonderful melding of timbres. They can switch with split-second timing between all-out dance-hall stomp to Baroque intricacy and flamboyance, often within the same tune, and at one point discharge a barrage of dissonances that suggested they were about to break into the shower scene score from Psycho. We were left shouting for more.”
— Pleasance Theater, Edinburgh

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Väsen video 1

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