Muskegon, Michigan February 26, 2018 — Unapologetic genre-benders, the trio Harpeth Rising fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical into a sound that is organically unique. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical aspect. Featuring Maria Di Meglio on cello, Michelle Younger on banjo, and Jordana Greenberg on violin, Harpeth Rising will perform at The Block at 7:30pm Saturday, March 23.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Di Meglio was drawn to the music of her first generation Italian and Balkan roots, and grew up learning Eastern European folk songs alongside classical repertoire. Younger hails from Charlottesville, VA and comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; she is a descendent of Cole Younger, a member of the James-Younger Gang and the namesake of his very own banjo tune. Greenberg grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada. She studied classical violin by day and spent her nights learning the folk tunes and classic rocks songs that her family plays at the annual post-Passover jam session. All three women began singing after they completed their instrumental studies, and found a passionate new musical avenue. They developed their voices and arrangements to bring life to the lyrical expressiveness of their original songs.
Against All Tides, Harpeth Rising’s sophomore album, is proof that authenticity and complexity can live in harmony. It is an exploration of spirituality in place of fundamentalism, uncertainty as philosophy, and an unwavering declaration that human connection is the ultimate force for good in the universe. Altogether, the disc present a picture of determined optimism: things are not as they should be, but we will push back, against all tides.
The Block is located at 360 W. Western Avenue in Muskegon. Single tickets are priced at $25 for regular seats, $35 for table seating. Students with ID will be admitted for $10. To order, call 231.726.3231 or visit www.TheBlockWestMichigan.org.