Featured Concert
  • Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • May Memorial UU Society
  • Online ordering is no longer available for this event. Tickets are still available for purchase at the door for $15.00 - $18.00.

Unapologetic genre-benders fusing Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique.

Harpeth Rising is three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello, layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.

Harpeth Rising will be performing as part of The Folkus Project on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8 PM. The concert will be held at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13215. Admission is $18.

Each member of Harpeth Rising holds a classical performance degree from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University; Oberlin; Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each member of Harpeth Rising brings different influences to the core sound.

Maria Di Meglio (Brooklyn, NY) began the cello in 4th grade and developed her playing style studying both classical music and traditional songs of her families’ ancestry across Western Europe and the Caucasus.

Michelle Younger (Charlottesville, VA) comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations, and she is a direct descendent of Cole Younger, a member of the James-Younger Gang and the namesake of his very own banjo tune.

Jordana Greenberg grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child. She studied classical violin by day through the pre-college program at Indiana University and spent her nights learning folk tunes and classic rocks songs.

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. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective.

Altogether, they present a picture of determined optimism: Things are not as they should be, but we will push back, against all tides.

Press Quotes

“Don’t you just love it when a band simply gets better and better?”— Tim Carroll, FolkWords

“Taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form, if you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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Show Location: May Memorial UU Society

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