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Paul Metzger / Peader MacMahon Trio / John Saint Pelvyn

April 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Deeply idiosyncratic folk music, transcending time and space with visions from every corner fo the world!
Doors at 7:30pm; Music at 8:00pm
$10 supports the artists and the AltLib

PAUL METZGER – A master on a self-built 23 string banjo, Paul Metzger’s idiosyncratic & deeply original long form improvisations bring to mind American primitive guitar, the sarod of Hindustani music, or the Chinese Erhu. Fundamentally, his music grows from a deep commitment to exploring every possible sound that can be extracted from his instrument. His ‘home-made’ aesthetic has drawn comparisons to DIY mavericks like Charlie Nothing and his Dingulators or Eugene Chadbourne with his electric rake, but the depth of Metzger’s explorations led David Keenan to assert in Wire magazine that Metzger’s playing “reveals the true meaning of virtuosity.” A key player in the world of avant-garde & experimental folk, he creates music evocative of some magical forgotten age but that is simultaneously rooted in the eternal present when fingers touch strings.

Peadar MacMahon is an Irish Folk Singer, storyteller and multi instrumentalist, originally from Limerick, Ireland. His strength lies in his unique interpretation of historic songs, and performances that are equal parts charming, heartfelt, engaging and educational. He is joined for this show by Richard Scholtz and Danny Vogel.

Guitarist, thereminist, singer, and player of some species of dismantled electrified folk, John Saint Pelvyn is a musical enigma of the best kind. At the root of his playing is something akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics, or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece. An affinity for the likes of John Fahey and Loren Mazzacane-Connors can be heard, but the comparisons quickly fall away as one takes in this ambidextrous musical sensibility. He sings otherworldly vocal duets with his theremin while simultaneously accompanying himself with fingerpicking or modulated feedback tones across otherwise inviting harmonic landscapes based on blues & folk motifs, overshadowing them with clouds of squelch that loom like an approaching post-noise squall, but that ultimately swell and punctuate more like the tone clusters of Henry Cowell or the lyrical saxophone of Frank Lowe.

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April 19, 2019
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm