Jayme Stone brings Folklife to The Palms on Saturday, April 13

Jayme Stone’s Folklife – featuring (from left) Stone (banjo and vocals), Moira Smiley (vocals and accordion), Joe Phillips (bass and vocals) and Sumaia Jackson (fiddle and vocals) – will bring contemporary takes on traditional music to The Palms Playhouse in Winters Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 general admission and $12 for students. Alexandra DeFurio/Courtesy photo

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Jayme Stone is a Canadian composer, banjoist, producer and educator. On any given day, you might find him in his studio reworking a little-known hymn learned from a field recording, producing a session with musicians from Bamako or New York, creating experimental soundscapes with electric banjo and pedals, or tucking his kids in on time so he can get back to writing the next verse of a new song. One Saturday, April 13, you’ll find Stone at The Palms Playhouse performing with his most recent project, Folklife. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $23 ($12 with student ID). Stone, called a “consummate team player” by Downbeat and the “The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo” by Toronto’s Globe and Mail, has developed a process of trawling for understudied sounds in the more arcane corners of the world to see how they’ll land in his musical universe. His many collaborators have included Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Julian Lage, Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder Dom Flemons, Brittany Haas, Bassekou Kouyate and more. Guided by his own aesthetic compass and a desire to let his collaborators “make the sounds that only they know how to make,” he has made seven albums since 2007. Stone was inspired to take up the banjo after seeing bluegrass concerts. He went on to study with prominent avant-gard banjoist Béla Fleck and Fleck’s teacher Tony Trishka, and has explored the African roots of the instrument in Mali and the instrument’s jazz possibilities with Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas and pianist Bill Evans. Stone’s most recent project, Folklife, features Moira Smiley (vocals and accordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle and vocals) and Joe Phillips (bass and vocals) in addition to Stone on banjo and vocals. Folklife grew out of Stone’s previous award-winning project working with the extensive John and Alan Lomax music collection in the Library of Congress, and treats old field recordings not as time capsules, but as heirloom seeds passed down from a bygone generation. Planting these sturdy seeds in modern soil, this versatile quartet has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners.  The quartet’s 2017 album, also called “Folklife,” features modern takes on traditional songs, and aims to engage contemporary listeners. It’s for this reason that the Edmonton Journal called Stone “a musical evangelist” who “loves using fresh approaches that get people hooked on wider musical traditions.” Career highlights for Stone include winning two Juno Awards, three Canadian Folk Music Awards; being featured on NPR, BBC and the CBC; and performing thousands of concerts at places like the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, Library of Congress, Bumbershoot, Rockygrass, Celtic Connections, Vancouver Folk Festival, Lotus Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Montréal Jazz Festival and more. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and jaymestone.com.]]>

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