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KFP and Department of Folk Studies Announce Spring 2013 Pioneer Cabin Concert Series

February 1, 2013

Kentucky Folklife Program and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology are pleased to announce the Spring 2013 Pioneer Cabin Concert Series. This series will kick-off with two Old-Time Music Concerts featuring Tom Carter and Tom Sauber on February 27th and Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman on March 3rd followed by a free lecture on old-time music by Alan and Ken, Monday, March 4th.

The Pioneer Cabin Concert Series is an ongoing series, which provides a venue for the university and Bowling Green community to enjoy traditional and roots music in the intimate atmosphere of the Pioneer Log Cabin on campus. Both Alan Jabbour and Tom Carter are prominent academic folklorist as well as notable old-time music performers active in the old-time music revival of the 1960s and 70s.

Banjo player, Tom Carter will team up with fiddle player and singer, Tom Sauber to perform in the Pioneer Cabin Concert on Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm. The two have been playing old time music together since the 1970s and are featured musicians in this year's Nashville Old Time Stringband Associations' Breaking Up Winter Gathering.

Fiddler Alan Jabbour and banjoist Ken Perlman present a program of Appalachian tunes, in a Pioneer Cabin Concert on Sunday, March 3rd at 3pm. Alan and Ken have redefined that great American invention, the fiddle-banjo duet, and brought it to new heights of complexity. Alan's powerful fiddling style, with its syncopated bowing patterns and lyrical texture, is offset perfectly by Ken's inspired approach to clawhammer banjo, which explores chord inversions, harmony lines, voice leading, note-for-note playing, and counter-melody. Their performances testify to the grace, beauty, and power of Appalachian music, and their joint CD, Southern Summits: 21 Duets for Fiddle and Banjo, has been widely reviewed as a benchmark old-time music recording.

Alan and Ken will also be giving a free lecture on old-time music on Monday, March 4th, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, Rm. 249, at 4:00 pm.

Seating in the Pioneer Cabin is limited, reservations are required.
For concert details and reservation information please visit: http://www.wku.edu/folkstudies/cabin_concert_schedule.php



Artist Bios 

Tom Sauber and Tom Carter have been playing old-time southern fiddle and banjo together since the early 1970s. Both first learned of the music from the New Lost City Ramblers, but each in their own way pushed further into the music.

Tom Sauber

Sauber grew up and lives in Los Angeles. In addition to playing in numerous bluegrass and old-time bands--current bands include Loafer's Glory with Herb Pedersen and his son, Patrick, and Tom, Brad, and Alice, with Brad Leftwich and Alice Gerrard--he received an MA in folklore from UCLA where he researched and recorded the fiddle and banjo music of southern transplants like Earl Collins and Eddie Lowe.

Tom Carter

Tom is an excellent fiddler and singer, and teams here with his banjo playing friend, Tom Carter. Carter took more of an academic route through the music. After leaving his native Salt Lake City for college in the East, he ended up studying the traditional string band music of the southern Blue Ridge while a graduate student in folklore, first at the University of North Carolina and then Indiana University. He produced a number of field recording LPs in the 1970s. Carter now lives back in Salt Lake City, but the two Toms get together and make music whenever possible.



Alan Jabbour and Ken PerlmanFiddler Alan Jabbour's collecting and performing have had a powerful impact on the revival of oldtime instrumental music over the past half century. Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, he played violin classical style. As a graduate student at Duke University in the 1960s, he began collecting oldtime fiddle

tunes from elderly musicians in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Documentation quickly turned to apprenticeship, and he began playing the tunes of his new mentors in their style. His repertory of oldtime tunes -- particularly the beautiful old tunes of Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia -- was adopted by his band in Durham, the Hollow Rock String Band. The band's repertory and style became a shaping influence on the burgeoning instrumental folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s. The influence continues today, and Alan has helped it along by returning to an active schedule of performance and teaching since his retirement from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress at the end of 1999. His performance style features complex bowing patterns and a high-energy but graceful elaboration of the oldtime repertory, and the tunes are always accompanied by lively story-telling that illuminates the sources and significance of the tunes.

Ken Perlman is a consummate banjo player who grew up in New York City and in the 1970s became an architect and exponent of what has come to be known as the melodic clawhammer banjo style. His early career focused on the Southern instrumental repertory, but his travels in the Northeast, Canada, and the British Isles led him to begin exploring and applying to five-string banjo and guitar the rich instrumental traditions of those regions. In particular, he has become the leading documentarian of the fiddle music of the Canadian Maritime province of Prince Edward Island, and he has brilliantly adapted that repertory to his melodic clawhammer style on the banjo. In the past decade, after Ken and Alan began performing together, Ken has again turned his attention to the Southern American fiddle repertory, and his 2005 CD of fiddle-and-banjo duets with Alan, SOUTHERN SUMMITS, is a new benchmark in oldtime fiddle and banjo performance. The duet style he has developed with Alan, though featuring the melodic clawhammer banjo style, is actually a complex style marked not only by note-for-note melodic performance but by a variety of accompaniment styles succeeding one another as the tune repeats itself in performance.

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