Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “SPITE-en DIE+vul”) show for the first time is like “throwing a cherry bomb into a lake” (Rich Warren, WFMT). It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Drop them on a large festival stage and they electrify the crowd. Place them in a listening room and their stripped down acoustic sets connect powerfully.
In showcasing the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Woody Guthrie and Big Bill Broonzy here and abroad, the album’s title has become a guiding philosophy. “Social Music” represents Spuyten Duyvil’s commitment to sharing stages, engaging creatively with friends and strangers and taking tradition off the pedestal into the here and now. Reinventing traditional songs, they honor the folk process and transform the audience from listeners to participants and owners.
“Infused in Blues and Smoked with Folk” (No Depression), Spuyten Duyvil are foot stomping’ irresistible “masters of high octane Americana” (John Platt, WFUV). Headed up by husband-wife team Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six piece ensemble charges the air with traditional jug band energy, soaring vocals, high octane fiddle, tenor guitar and Chicago style blues harp. They bring cleverly revamped renditions of well loved traditional tunes along with soon-to-be classic traditionally inspired originals.
Riding high on their International Folk Music Awards Album Of The Year nomination, 2016 was a year of great adventures for Spuyten Duyvil. Their American Embassy backed tour of Israel featured two headlining sets at the Jacob’s Ladder Festival on the Sea of Galilee; they also headlined at the South Florida Folk Festival, Roots On The River (VT) and shared the main stage of Long Island’s Great South Bay Music Festival with Blues Traveler.
Opening for Spuyten Duyvil is Hannah Rose Baker!
Hannah Rose Baker never thought that she would be a musician, at least, not one who loved country music, played in dive bars, and revered Willie Nelson. Nevertheless, that is where she has found herself today. Armed with her father’s guitar, her fiddle and her voice, Baker writes and performs songs of humorous melancholy that pay tribute to the deep and wide traditions of American music.
Tickets: Regular $19 ~ Senior 65+/Student $18 ~ Member $16 ~ Child U12 $9