The Silver City community can get its fill of folk music on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater when two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone will bring his inspired sounds from around the world to the Western New Mexico University campus.
With each of his albums, Stone combines folk, jazz and chamber music. His latest, “Jayme Stone’s Folklife Project,” puts an inventive spin on old tunes. The self-described “banjoist, composer and instigator” cultivated each piece on the album from what he heard on old field recordings. Each track was grown from the seeds of traditional spiritual songs, Creole calypsos, and Appalachian dance tunes.
Joining Stone (banjo, voice) on stage at WNMU are Moira Smiley (voice, accordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice) and Joe Phillips (bass, voice), who also played on the new album.
Released by Borealis Records this past spring, “Jayme Stone’s Folklife Project” also features Grammy-winning songster Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, cornetist Ron Miles, and singer Felicity Williams.
“I have been a fan of Jayme Stone and Moira Smiley for many years and am very excited to present them in Silver City. They honor the old traditions while making the songs feel like they are meant for today. Their great harmonies and wonderful musicianship will make for a very special experience in Light Hall,” Special Assistant to the President for Cultural Affairs Faye McCalmont said.
Preview Stone’s music at jaymestone.com.
There is limited seating for this event, which is co-sponsored by the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL). Tickets cost $15 each. Buy tickets online at wnmu.edu/culture or from the Cultural Affairs Office in Hunter Hall on campus.