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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Wesley Geiger, Ember Schrag and more…

Wesley Geiger
Wesley Geiger | Photo courtesy of the artist

Wesley Geiger‘s new El Dorado is an impressive debut steeped in the country traditions of Texas and California. Bruce Warren pinpoints moments of Gram Parsons, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt on the record, which features collaborations with Midlake’s McKenzie Smith and The Texas Gentlemen. Download “As The Crow Flies” below.

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Folkadelphia Session: Ember Schrag (with Susan Alcorn)

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

As a few people close to me will tell you, I have an awful capacity for remembering detail, which may be the worst quality of a person interested in the history and traditions of folk music. One way I mitigate my lack of memory is to write everything down on countless legal pads strewn across my room, work spaces, and backpacks. I’m particularly thankful for human achievements like email archives, where, for instance, I’m able to pinpoint the exact moment where I’ve been “e-introduced” to someone. While listening to this week’s Folkadelphia Session featuring now New York-based songwriter Ember Schrag, I was attempting to recall how exactly we first became acquainted. Continue reading →

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Rigby Mansion brings on the warmer weather with another folk-fueled, all-star concert

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Ember Schrag | photo by Jay Schleidt

The lawn of the beautiful Rigby Mansion in Germantown is the setting yet again for a stacked outdoor concert happening May 31, featuring Ember Schrag Band, Ohioan, Debby Schwartz and special guest Susan Alcorn sitting in. The folk-fueled outdoor event is a perfect spring time escape, bringing together an array of artists ranging from the grass-roots folk and ethereal vocal stylings of Schrag, (who just wrapped up a third album), to the gritty country-meets-folk sounds of Ohioan, to Schwartz’s heavier, rock-influenced folk (with a voice as sharp as Stevie Nicks). If that’s not enough, pioneer of pedal-steel guitar musician/composer Alcorn will be joining the fun as well.

In addition to great live music in an enchanting setting, the concert will include food and drink prepared by Schrag herself. Attendees are welcome to provide their own culinary specialties for a pot-luck if they choose. The May 31 spring concert at Rigby Mansion – located at 523 E. Church Lane in Germantown – begins at 8pm, and admission is $8. Check out videos of some of the talent playing the concert below.

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Rigby Mansion presents a midsummer night’s concert with Ex Reverie, Larkin Grimm and Ember Schrag on 7/19

ex reverieGermantown’s Rigby Mansion is opening its doors once again for a summer concert featuring Ex Reverie, Larkin Grimm and Ember Schrag.  These three folk projects are a magical fit for the otherworldly lawn of the historic property, each presenting a different approach to the ethereal and organic nature of the genre.  The sixties-style acid folk / rock of Ex Reverie finds itself charting new territory as the band embarks on its first tour after a live debut this past April.  Both Grimm and Schrag are also celebrating new ventures, having each released a new album recently – Grimm toting Soul Retrieval and Schrag bringing along The Sewing Room.  More information for the BYOB & lawn blanket show can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, watch videos from the evening’s performers.

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