For the last two weeks of October, Laurel is performing on an album release tour with her instrumental project Premo & Gustavsson. For the past two years, Laurel has been collaborating with Swedish nyckelharpist Anna Gustavsson to create an album featuring traditional music from SWE & US as well as new compositions based on both of those roots. Here’s a link to the concert and workshops details of their US CD-Release tour. You can purchase their brand new release starting October 19th through CDbaby and iTunes.
Here are some thoughtful reviews for ‘Fall Away Blues’ that have been published in the last two months, for your reading pleasure:
Roots Music Opinion
Interview on Michigan Radio
Live Studio Performance on Local Spins
We’re celebrating the release day of the new record by rolling out a new live video of the title track. We filmed this with our friends from Mostly Midwest.If you want to follow the release, we’ll post reviews and news on the twitter feed on the right side of this page. Check out our shop to read more about the album and get your own copy.
Posted: Sept. 2, 2016
Preorder is now open for ‘Fall Away Blues,‘ our upcoming new album – the fourth full length studio album from Red Tail Ring! Tracked by Ian Gorman of Kalamazoo’s beloved La Luna Studio, the album features eight original songs, three traditional interpretations, and one blistering tune. Woven together by RTR’s signature instrumental variety (with guitar, fiddle, and both open-back and gourd banjos) and close harmony singing, the album spins tales of hard times, changing love, and the challenge of finding a place in the world. ‘Fall Away Blues,’ the title track, exemplifies the artistic thrust of the album by functioning both as a declarative command and as a hopeful prayer for better days ahead. Albums will be sent out on or before August 1st. We’re really excited to share all of this new music with you!
We’re happy to announce that we’ll be performing at these fine summer music festivals! From the jamming heaven of Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering in Battle Ground, IN to the cross-cultural exchange of Quebec’s Festival Mémoire et Racines, to reveling in a bevy of Michigan’s marquee festivals – Hiawatha, Wheatland, and the Earthwork Harvest Gathering, we’re excited to explore alongside festival-goers and to perform for new audiences. Get thee to a festival! We’ll see you this summer!
|6/18||Midsummer Feastival||Bangor MI|
|6/24-6/26||Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering||Battle Ground IN|
|7/23||Hiawatha Traditional Music Fest||Marquette MI|
|7/29-7/31||Festival Mémoire et Racines||Joliette QC Canada|
|8/12-8/14||Shawano Folk Music Fest||Shawano WI|
|8/27||Hollerfest||Irish Hills MI|
|9/4-9/5||Fox Valley Folk Music Fest||Geneva IL|
|9/9-9/11||Wheatland Music Festival||Remus MI|
|9/16-9/18||Earthwork Harvest Gathering||Lake City MI|
|9/24||Boats and Bluegrass||Winona MN|
We’re happy to announce an upcoming international tour for Red Tail Ring this January 2016 – SWEDEN. Laurel will be traveling to Uppsala, Sweden for a composition retreat with her new colleague Anna Gustavsson. During their week together they’ll also be visiting the Folk At Heart Music Conference in Örebro, Sweden with their new duo music.
Following that, Michael will fly in for a week of RTR performances in southern Sweden, including playing as the dance band for Sweden’s own “Viking Square Dance.” Check out the shows page more information about the concerts, and keep in touch via our email list or twitter feed for fun updates during the tour. We’re thrilled to start off 2016 with this robust musical journey – please share the news with your Swedish friends.
|1/20||Square Dance Vikings||Uppsala SE|
|1/23||'Rootnites' at Southside Pub||Stockholm SE|
We’ve just returned home from collaborating in the first season of the new cross genre festival – Beethoven & Banjos. Working alongside members of Decoda – Carnegie Hall’s affiliate ensemble, we presented three concerts and three school programs to Upper Peninsula residents. Our week was a completely enriching musical immersion, with daytimes full of rehearsals with our extremely talented cohorts, and evenings scheduled with public concerts and interactive performances at local schools. This year two brand new pieces had their world-premier – a violin/viola duet based on Scandinavian dances by Evan Premo, and a three-part quintet based on Upper Peninsula waters composed by Laurel and Evan Premo. Aside from that, most of the material that we performed had never been heard in it’s current form, from Red Tail Ring songs with new string arrangements, to Beethoven minuets with shimmers of traditional American tunes tucked inside. We’re thrilled to have been part of the first year of this festival, and will continue to support it in future seasons.
We’ll be traveling to Vermont in October for an encore performance of the music prepared for Beethoven & Banjos. Here are the upcoming cross-genre concerts that will be presented by Scrag Mountain Music.
|10/23||Green Mountain Girls Farm||Northfield VT|
|10/24||Capital City Grange||Montpelier VT|
|10/25||Warren United Church||Warren VT|
Posted 10/5/15. Photo credit Zolton Cohen.