Evie Ladin Band
with Keith Terry & Erik Pearson
neo-trad kinetic roots trio
Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad heart, the ELB throws down soulful folk songs with an unusual live show. While their third release, the 2016 Jump the Fire brought a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle, it’s the effusive audience response that keeps them touring around the world. The intermingling of music and dance, clever lyrics and mature arrangements, firmly grounded in deep traditions, make the ELB so potent, the performance experience a stand-out.
A prolific singer-songwriter, dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. “She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence.” – Grant Alden, No Depression
Keith Terry (bass, percussion, body music, vocals) is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. A pioneer in contemporary Body Music, Keith produces large-scale intercultural collaborations and educational outreach. Keith brings a cinematic ear to playing bass as tonal percussion, with bells, box, body and toys.
Erik Pearson (guitar, banjo, bass, vocals) is a musician’s musician with the Crooked Jades, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, and his solo projects. His original banjo tune “Fork & File” was the soundtrack for a rapids rafting scene in Sean Penn’s movie “Into the Wild.”
“Think Rhiannon Giddens with less publicity and you will not be far wrong.” – fRoots
“It’s no easy task to be original within the confines of the Appalachian mindset, but these guys just broke down the walls….One gem just follows another.” – Acoustic Magazine
“The best example I have seen of a Neo-Trad band’s sound being authentically anchored in old time music but extending it into new and entertaining directions.” – Judge, Clifftop Stringband Contest, on us winning Second Place 2017