Twisted Pine w. Evan Murphy & Danny Erker

Fri Dec 14 2018 8:00pm to 11:00pm
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Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine /// Heart of Glass /// Official Music Video

Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms” and “virtuosic solos,” TWISTED PINE has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and charismatic appeal.

Steeped in traditional music, these musicians are also fearless, tuneful improvisers and passionate lovers of pop. Fiddler Kathleen Parks’ command of the vocal mic is as charming as it is gutsy. On her instrument, Parks is an insatiable risk-taker, seeking out exciting new musical territories. Mandolinist Dan Bui is a master of melody and drive, celebrated widely for his dexterous, tasteful picking. And bassist Chris Sartori holds down the low end and a lot more, introducing creative, funk-inflected cadences that never overwhelm the beat.

While it’s easy to celebrate each of the band members individually, Twisted Pine is more than a collection of talented musicians – it’s a unit that grooves together. Their intricate arrangements of swelling, syncopated rhythm and precise, instrumental interplay bring the enveloping sound and hooks of indie pop to an acoustic instrumental setting.

You’ll find Twisted Pine on stages large and small, entertaining festivals of thousands and intimate rooms alike. Winners of the 2018 Boston Music Award’s Americana Artist of the Year and selected as one of Improper Bostonian’s 2018 “Top 10 Local Acts on the Rise,” Twisted Pine has played major events from Grey Fox to DelFest to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections and beyond. “They absolutely rule their musical world with humor and relish,” says legendary fiddler Darol Anger.

Twisted Pine released its debut, self-titled album of original music in 2017, followed in 2018 by Dreams, an EP of “wildly innovative covers… full of spark, light, and irresistible force” according to PopMatters. Check out Twisted Pine on tour and see why The Boston Globe calls them “a wider version of stringband, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still.”

Evan Murphy and Danny Erker

Eight More Miles to Louisville

Evan Murphy and Danny Erker are a roots duo based in Boston, MA. They met downstairs at the Cantab Lounge, where bluegrass fills every corner on Tuesday nights. Evan and Danny began the project as a makeshift music school for themselves, finding challenges such as learning iconic duo albums note for note, pushing the tempo on classic fiddle tunes or exploring improvisation over jazz standards. Ultimately, songwriting has become their main focus. Inspired by legends like Bruce Springsteen, Gillian Welch and John Prine, as well as modern masters like Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton, they ask of everything they create the simple question, "does this deserve to be played?" The two musicians are constantly challenging and supporting each other as they grow creatively, and nothing is more fun than showing that work on stage.