Starry Mountain Singers at the Great Hall of Halliehurst at Davis & Elkins College. Donations for Starry Mountain Singers will be accepted at the door in lieu of tickets.
The Starry Mountain Singers will perform in the Great Hall of Halliehurst at Davis & Elkins College on Thursday, March 9th. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the community. (http://
The Starry Mountain Singers are an ensemble of eight vocalists who perform a wide range of traditional music from around the United States and abroad. The group’s members are all lifelong musicians who share a deep love of traditional vocal styles and a dedication to studying and performing them.
All the members of the Starry Mountain Singers have toured extensively with the Vermont-based world-music ensembles Northern Harmony and Village Harmony, where they received an introduction to traditional songs and singing styles from around the world. In addition, members of the ensemble have worked with Meredith Monk and the Revels International, have performed on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage, and include three members of the Brooklyn-based country band, The Sweetback Sisters.
“This is the Starry Mountain Singers’ fourth concert in Elkins and they are always a favorite for the community,” according to Beth King, director of the Augusta Heritage Center. “Each of the singers is incredibly talented and their dedication to the traditional vocal styles makes each performance amazing. Both Emily Miller and Suzannah Park were Augusta students as young children and then returned as Vocal Week teachers.
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The Starry Mountain Singers include:
Stefan Amidon grew up singing in his own family band, The Amidons, and with Village and Northern Harmony (VH & NH). Since graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in Jazz Performance, he has enjoyed playing drums in jazz bands big and small, with his older brother, avant/folk artist Sam Amidon and as the percussionist and at times harmony vocalist with The Sweetback Sisters. He is also the percussionist of choice for several of America’s favorite contra dance bands. Stefan has performed and taught at music and dance festivals across the country.
Zara Bode has the sound and spirit of an old school starlet. Through attending performance art high school and university, VH & NH, and now years on the road, she has gained a wealth of knowledge in a variety of musical styles including: jazz, gospel, world music, and has played the lead in many musicals. As a lead singer in acclaimed country/honky tonk group, The Sweetback Sisters, Zara brings folks to their feet at music festivals and performance venues around the world. She spends her down time as a hired gun arranging and recording background vocals.
Avery Book has been singing for most of his life. Over the years he has sung in and led ensembles focused on early music, contemporary a cappella, and traditional American, Balkan, Georgian, and Corsican songs. Avery’s focus these days is traditional Georgian music. He’s visited Caucasus Georgia four times recently to study with Georgian songmasters. He is a co-founder and co-coordinator of the Svan Recording Project, which will eventually publish a set of educational recordings and transcriptions of traditional Georgian music from the province of Svaneti.
As the story goes, Gideon Crevoshay has been singing since he could make sound. He grew up singing shape-note music with Bread and Puppet Theater and Village Harmony, and later, at Oberlin College, spent several years singing early music with Collegium Musicum. Since moving to NYC area in 2005, he has been able to expand his musical experiences into more experimental realms and has been writing and performing with several groups, including the Briars of North America and the Meredith Monk Ensemble, and works with One Beat, a world-music fellowship program run through the US State Department.
Jeff Fellinger has long found himself in a rich community of singing, both at home in Vermont and beyond. With family influence, his singing endeavors have included: musicals, choirs, and a cappella groups throughout all levels of schooling; long-time membership in the Burlington ensemble Social Band; shape-note singing; touring with NH; cowboy crooning in the trio Soaked Oats; half a dozen years of teaching at Ooolation, a singing camp for teenagers.
Emily Miller is rapidly becoming known around the United States and Europe as a country singer, fiddler and workshop leader. Raised in a family of old-time musicians, she received an early education in traditional American musical styles and also inherited a love of good old country music. She has performed on festival and concert stages around the world with her country band, The Sweetback Sisters as well as Northern Harmony. When not on the road, she leads a string band program for students atDavis & Elkins College in her hometown of Elkins, WV.
Nathan Morrison grew up in Vermont hearing shape-Note and Balkan music sung by his parents in the group Baley-Hazen Singers and in high school he joined Village Harmony, which is lead my his childhood neighbor, Larry Gordon. At Hampshire College he explored jazz as a religious experience, composing and playing in a small combo. He also continued to tour with Northern Harmony, visiting Germany and England. Currently Nathan lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and singing partner
Suzannah, where he started his own bread business. Simple Bread.
Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers and storytellers and has been performing Appalachian folk music for most of her life. Her interest in traditional music of many kinds has taken her from music-filled kitchens to concert halls across the US and Europe. She began touring with VH as a young teen and has taught for them since 2000. Suzannah is known for her powerful voice and striking harmonies and her ability to inspire others with her love of music. She currently lives in Asheville, NC with her husband Nathan. More information about her solo teaching and performing at www.suzannahpark.com.