An Evening of Roots Americana with Annalivia and Ari and Mia at the Shalin Liu – Sunday April 6
Come hear an amazing double bill featuring two of New England’s most buzzed about acoustic folk/Americana acts: Annalivia and Ari & Mia. It will be an evening of inventive and dynamic music for all ages: fiddles, mandolins, banjos, warm harmonies and spirited songs, drawing from traditional and original repertoire. The members of Annalivia includes Gloucester locals Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen with the newest member Emarald Rae. Get your tickets now to see them at Shalin Liu. Buy Tickets
Dubbed “equally as slick as Alison Krauss and Union Station” (Northern Sky Radio, UK), Annalivia draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The trio– Liz Simmons on vocals and guitar, Flynn Cohen on vocals, mandolin and guitar, and Emerald Rae on fiddle and backing vocals– are masterful players and each have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with their stellar compositional skills and arranging chops makes for rich and dynamic music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. The trio are seasoned musicians and have toured individually with such luminaries as Cathie Ryan, Ruth Moody, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy and Adrienne Young, among others. Annalivia’s latest release “The Same Way Down” debuted at #7 on the international folk DJ charts, with False Sir John reaching the #1 played song on folk radio worldwide.
Ari & Mia, Boston’s Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American Songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. They “blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles,’ says SingOut! Magazine. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors and urban concert halls. Both sisters studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department, where they learned to blend classical and folk traditions with their own compositions. Their newest album, Land on Shore, was released to critical acclaim in May 2013. Their debut, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011 and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category.