836 N. Russell St. Portland, OR, 97227
Thursday, January 23, 2020
White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon
$10 advance, $10 day of show
21 and over
8 pm$10 advance, $10 day of show21 and over
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.” This two-way connection between old and new takes center stage in Red Tail Ring’s studio recordings, which released in 2011. Two albums featuring Premo and Beauchamp’s original songs as well as their interpretations of Appalachian and folk tunes are in the works. As Premo explains, “We want to show references of the traditional forms that have inspired us in our new writing.”
Beauchamp, an Earthwork Music artist who holds a joint degree in Ethnomusicology and English Literature from the University of Michigan (2005), melded his whimsical lyricism with "Breathe Owl Breathe" for his solo debut My Northern Voices (2008). Premo, who was raised on traditional music in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, pursued art and music at U of M earning a degree in Performing Arts Technology (2010). She also studied traditional Finnish music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland (2008). Premo has lent her talents to more than a dozen recordings in addition to her own albums, Innertwine (2008) and Stung by the Nettle (2009). On stage together, Premo and Beauchamp create something rare as they use every facet of their voices and instruments – including guitar, fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin, mandolin and jaw harp – to connect with audiences.
Beauchamp and Premo formed Red Tail Ring in 2009. During 2010, the duo played more than 100 shows in 11 different states, including festivals and venues in the Midwest, the South and the East coast. Highlights included opening the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Wellston, Mich., which featured Justin Townes Earle, Todd Snider and Greensky Bluegrass; playing twice to enthusiastic crowds at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Mich; and bringing their old-time hybrid back to its roots in the Appalachian Mountains by playing the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, W. Va. Along the way, Red Tail Ring turned even raucous barroom listeners into fans of their fiddle, banjo and guitar tunes. At festivals, seasoned grassroots audiences greeted their fresh blend of old and new with surprise and delight. Red Tail Ring is looking to reach wider audiences and is excited at the prospect of connecting with new listeners and greeting friends made in 2019. For Premo and Beauchamp, Red Tail Ring encircles their present and future – a place where expansion and creativity meet tradition, and thrive.
Elisabeth Pixley-Fink is a Portland-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and band leader, born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mich. With strong ties to the Michigan folk scene and Mexico City’s indie folk-rock community, she has toured throughout the US and Mexico. She released her full-length album Bloodroot and EP Heartwood through Earthwork Music, and albums Neighborhood Kid and voodoolanda ii as garage rock trio A Brother and A Sister Band. She forms half of the minimalist folk-kitchen music duo, Hearth & Hymn. Elisabeth’s songs are heartbreaking and heart-making, wearing you down and working you over. Her blend of delicious folk and bratty garage rock hits you in the chest and mouth with guts, trust and hunger.
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