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The Purple Fiddle presents Ben Eppard & Tough Old Bird

August 22, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Saturday and Sunday, enjoy free lunchtime music by Ben Eppard and Tough Old Bird. Tough Old Bird kicks off at 1pm Saturday followed by Ben Eppard at 3; Sunday, Ben will start at 1 followed by Tough Old Bird at 3.

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Percussive finger style guitar and distinctively weathered vocals characterize the sound of Ben Eppard, Virginia folk singer. Eppard draws strongly on his agrarian roots and local history. “Momma was a farm girl. Dad’s family was from the mountains – part of which is now the Shenandoah National Park,” he says. “I’d like to think those two things shaped my sense of place. And that place shapes my writing.”

Part of the burgeoning Charlottesville songwriter scene, Eppard recorded his debut album “A Hollow Note” in an old house in Virginia, using his grandfather’s 60s Yamaha guitar and a field recorder. His message was simple: Life isn’t flawless. Why should music be?

On the contrary, Eppard has intentionally carved out a reputation as a steward of “real” music. “Eppard is all about the genuine, raw side of folk music,” wrote the Cavalier Daily. Acoustic Highway named “A Hollow Note” to their Best of 2014 list.

In 2014, he embarked on tour in support of “A Hollow Note,” relying solely on hitchhiking. Eppard traveled more than 4,400 miles by thumb, ending the year with his follow-up release – WORK, a collection of songs about agrarian life.

At times stark, Eppard’s songs feel lived-in and honest. He crafts performances sure to be enjoyed by those who value the primitive and authentic side of American music. As he says, “the best music sounds like life.”


Visit Tough Old Bird on the web!

Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York by songwriting brothers Matt and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays a potent blend of authentic folk and blues that reflects the rural landscape it comes from, a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town.

From its formation in early 2013, Tough Old Bird rose quickly from open mic nights and campfire circles to opening and headlining gigs at bars, festivals and music clubs across New York State and beyond. Tough Old Bird’s debut album, “Never To Return,” was released on April 29th 2014, and there may be more than a touch of irony to the record’s title – Tough Old Bird is here to stay. A followup EP, entitled “The Barn Sessions,” was released in February 2015.

The core of Tough Old Bird’s sound comes from Matt Corrigan’s intricate acoustic guitar work, and from the voice and nimble harmonica playing of Nathan Corrigan, who holds a degree in literature and brings a poetic sensibility to the duo’s lyrics. Accents of accordion and waves of electric guitar give Tough Old Bird a sound that is at once modern and ancient.


August 22, 2015
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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