The Princeton Folk Music Society will present The Honey Dewdrops, a Virginia-based, Appalachian-inspired folk duo, on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, in Princeton at 8:15 PM.
The Honey Dewdrops, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, are modern day folk singer / song writers who express the tribulations of love and tackle contemporary issues such as the environment. Beat Surrender described their sound as "earthy, economical and earnest back porch Appalachian folk".
Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the duo have had an intense 4 years touring the US. They appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, enjoyed wide exposure on Folk Radio (the result of their #1 album, Silver Lining), and shared the stage with musical greats such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mary Gauthier and the Matt Flinner Trio.
Laura and Kagey met in college where they played in a short-lived rock band, but quickly recognized that they really liked roots and acoustic music and so began playing gigs in a local coffee shop. Their sources of inspiration were the Alan Lomax collections and Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. After honing their skills and developing repertoire, the formed The Honey Dewdrops in 2007.
The idea of a duet seemed like the perfect thing to do because we were listening to many duets already and really digging the way two people can play and sing together. We were obsessed with the raw and minimalist sounds we were listening to and wanted to capture that in our own way. It was a funny thing to be mutually into for young college students.
We both really like harmony singing, especially duets and we like the way our voices sound together. We've both been sharing the lead singing roles recently and it's been fun for us to explore the lead and supporting harmonies.
Kagey's voice is bright and clear while Laura's has a smoky texture. In performance, their voices blend and contrast in gorgeous harmony over banjo, guitar and mandolin. Theirs is a traditional sound, while some of their songs come with a modern-day message. Hills of Home was written to protest mountain top removal mining. Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley, wrote: "[Their music] perfectly captures the spirit of the Blue Ridge foothills, feeling like a collection of tunes delivered late at night on someone's front porch. Through just two voices, a guitar, and a banjo, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish let go some beautiful and heartsick harmonies as they sing about working people's problems "How long can this crop sustain us? In the end, where will we have to turn?" and love songs …"
Admission to this event is $20; $15 for members; $10 for students age 12-22; $5 for children under 12. There is no advance sale and ample free parking is available. For more information about this and other Folk Music Society events, please call 609-799-0944.
View the web page of The Honey Dewdrops
The Princeton Folk Music Society has encouraged the growth of folk music in central New Jersey for 40 years. We sponsor a monthly house sing for members on the first Friday of each month and a monthly concert by visiting folk singers and songwriters, usually on the third Friday of each month. Non-members are welcome to attend our monthly concerts - we hope to see you at the next one!
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Unless otherwise noted, the monthly concerts are held at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ (at Houghton Road & across from Princeton High School - see map).
From Route 1: Take Washington Road (Rte 571) into Princeton and cross Nassau Street. When road ends in a "T" turn right onto Wiggins. At fourth left, turn left onto Walnut Lane (to the right the street name is Chestnut). Proceed about two blocks to the church on the left, and turn left onto Houghton for parking, which is plentiful.
Unless otherwise noted, concerts start at 8:15 pm. Coffee and desserts are served during the intermission. These concerts are a wonderful way to hear your favorite folk musicians or to hear new singer-songwriters and singers of traditional music, all in an intimate, friendly setting. In addition, house concerts are occasionally held in members' homes.
Concert admission for most shows is $20 for non-members, $15 for members, $10 for students aged 12 - 22, and $5 for children eleven years of age and under. Tickets for most shows are not available in advance - they are sold at the door starting about 40 minutes before the performance.
Besides a reduction in concert admission fees, members also receive a monthly newsletter which highlights the performers and area events. Another benefit of membership is that you can attend the monthly sings. You can become a member at any concert or send your membership fees to the address below.
Address, phone number, and email address changes for current members should be sent to Membership