Erica and Friends: Songs of the British Isles and Ireland

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Erica and Friends: Songs of the British Isles and Ireland

Traditional and modern folk music of the British Isles and Ireland

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St Alban's Episcopal Church 1501 Washington Avenue Albany, CA 94706

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  • 3 hours
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Erica and Friends are Berkeley-based performers of traditional and modern folk music of the British Isles and Ireland - beautiful ballads and pub songs intermingled with jigs, reels and traditional tunes performed by seasoned players on exquisite folk instruments with gorgeous vocal harmonies. They are fronted by English singer, Erica Hockett, whose clear, bell-like voice stops people in their tracks and draws them in to listen to the timeless stories of the British folk tradition. They perform at venues around the Bay Area, including a recent appearance at the Freight & Salvage, as well as at folk festivals, pubs, wineries, listening rooms and house parties.

Your safe enjoyment of this wonderful music is our first priority! All artists, guests, and staff must be fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid 19 in order to attend; we will ask for proof of vaccination at the door. At this time, we are also requiring an N95, KN95, or double mask be worn, properly covering nose and mouth, throughout the performance.

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Artist Profiles:

Erica Hockett : Vocals/Bodhrán Erica grew up in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, in the English Cotswolds. She has been singing her whole life and has been involved in many bands and genres of music. Growing up singing in the local pubs, Erica came to love folk music from the British Isles and Ireland, especially the tales of woe and the history embedded in the old ballads.

Chris Hammond: Guitar/Vocals Chris's first musical love is Bluegrass and Appalachian music. He plays several acoustic guitars, including a beloved model made in the 1930s - and he loves to sing those high lonesome harmonies.

Anne Bingham Goess: Violin/Viola/Vocals Anne and Erica met when they were both performing with California Revels in Oakland, where she is the Associate Musical Director. An alumna of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Anne loves accompanying singers and fiddling for dancing (Irish, contra, and English Country). Her CD with Thomas Lindemuth, Letters from Abroad, features original compositions inspired by a year in Poland in 2011.

Jason Courtney: Bouzouki Many years back, Jason threw himself into learning Irish session tunes on the bouzouki, and went on to play in The Elderberries until they disbanded in 2016. He's now a seasoned player at Bay Area sessions, a regular supporting musician for the Starry Plough's weekly ceili dance, and was happy to join Erica & Friends in 2018.

Charlie Hancock: Accordion Charlie has been playing accordion and piano for contra and English country dancers for the past 25 years, as well as for folk-based concert ensembles. In addition to Erica & Friends, he currently plays with French trio Bistro Moustache and Pogues tribute band The Bogues.

Tom Lindemuth: Vocals/Winds/Percussion: Family lore claims Tom sang before he talked. He draws inspiration from various traditional sources from Celtic to Dixieland, playing a gamut of wind instruments from pennywhistle to tuba. Tom performed with California Revels, and currently plays for the Bay Area English dance community. Tom enjoys composition, arranging, and music production.

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