EPK: Evie Ladin & Keith Terry Duo

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

neo-trad kinetic folk duo

Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad heart, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw 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, and 2017 brought a second place ribbon at the Appalachian Stringband Festival Clifftop, it’s the effusive audience response that keeps them touring around the world. It’s the intermingling of music and dance, adventurous visual rhythms, always tied to deep traditional roots, that make the DUO show so potent, the performance experience a stand-out. From a fan email: “Your performance Friday night was by turns uplifting, jaw-droppingly brilliant, hilarious, deeply moving.”

Evie & Keith are also seasoned educators, leading workshops, school assemblies and residencies:

A prolific singer-songwriter, dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from “A Prairie Home Companion” to “Celtic Connections,” Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. “Evie Ladin’s music is defined, if nothing else, by the sheer joy with which she approaches her craft. In witnessing her perform live, you will catch a glimpse of how truly deep and beautiful music can be.”SFBOT

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 with deep ties to traditional forms, 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.

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“Think Rhiannon Giddens with less publicity and you will not be far wrong.” – fRoots

“This particular Fire emits plenty of down home heat.”– No Depression

“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

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