Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Early Mays in Concert April 1

The Early Mays
The highly acclaimed Pittsburgh trio The Early Mays "bring traditional and original material to spectacular life" (Cindy Howes, Folk Alley/WYEP). They will perform at Carnegie Carnegie Hall on Saturday April 1.  

There is no “April Fools!” about how beautifully The Early Mays’ Appalachian-inspired songs combine deep country sensibilities, masterful harmonies and a sweet old-time sound.  The Music Hall’s superb acoustics and lovely historic ambience provide the ideal venue for the ensemble.

Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion and Rachel Eddy came together as a trio in 2014.  All three are celebrated solo artists who bring their rich and carefully honed craft to The Early Mays. Emily weaves folk, classical and world music traditions together in her songwriting. She recently won a 2015 New Music USA grant to compose a song cycle for banjo and chamber ensemble. Ellen is an accomplished ballad singer and visual artist who has taught at the Augusta Heritage Center, and was an American Music Abroad finalist with the US State Department.  Rachel is a prolific performer who has shared the stage with musical legends including Tim O’Brien, Uncle Earl and Bruce Molsky.  

Their first album – simply named The Early Mays – shot to No. 2 on the National Folk-DJ Charts.  WYEP proclaimed the ensemble 2014’s “Artist of the Year.”  And last August, the Mays took home the Blue Ribbon for winning the Neo-Traditional Band competition at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia.  Called “Clifftop” by its followers, the weeklong festival has draws thousands of string band musicians and their admirers to the event that begin in 1990.

The musicians in The Early Mays are singers and multi-instrumentalists who play banjo, fiddle, guitar and foot-percussion. Alongside this traditional instrumentation they place the harmonium, a very small portable organ. An instrument not typically seen in Appalachian string bands, the harmonium is normally used in Indian devotional music, and adds a distinct sonority to The Early Mays’ sound.  But the cornerstone of their music is their heart-melting three-part vocal harmonies

In a program comprised of original and traditional songs, The Early Mays will preview selections from their yet to be released album, Chase the Sun. “This will be Ellen Gozion’s fourth appearance at the Music Hall, Emily Pinkerton’s second, but the full trio will be here for the first time,” says ACFL&MH Executive Director Maggie Forbes. “Based on how fabulous one-third and two-thirds sound of the group sound, I can hardly wait for the full complement of The Early Mays to sing in our Hall.  It will be glorious!”

The Early Mays perform Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.  at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie.  A reception with the performers follows the concert.  Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at  For more information, call 412-276-3456, x. 8.

Staff Sgt. Melissa Lackore witht he US Air Force Jazz Band

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie has a very special relationship with  its ever growing and diversifying community.  Day in and day out staff are conscious of providing the best programming and services possible.   But every once in a while the Carnegie Carnegie pulls out all the stops to say "you're special -we're special."    

Join them on April 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. for a celebratory Open House.
The ACFLand MH will be showcasing all three floors of its beautiful 35,000 sq. ft. historic landmark facility with special programming. 

The event will wrap up with a 3:00 p.m. performance in the Music Hall by Rhythm in Blue, the U.S. Air Force's 18-piece jazz band.
All are welcome and all programming is free.
Phone 412-276-3456, ext.8

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