Valley Folk Presents...

Saturday Concerts
begin at 7:30 pm

Sunday Concerts
begin at 2:00 pm

(except where
otherwise noted)

Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 2 pm

The Early Mays


The Early Mays

"[The Early Mays] bring traditional and original material to spectacular life"--Cindy Howes, Folk Alley, WYEP

The Early Mays sing Appalachian-inspired songs built on deep country sensibilities, masterful singing and a sweet old-time sound. They burst on to the folk scene in 2014 with a #2 debut on the National Folk-DJ Charts. Emily Pinkerton (vox, guitar, fiddle, banjo), Ellen Gozion (vox, banjo, harmonium), and their collaborators share songs based in a love of American tradition, while also exploring their own creative voices. They are celebrated solo artists who bring their rich, and carefully honed craft to The Early Mays. Emily weaves folk, classical and world music traditions together in her songwriting. She recently won a New Music USA award for the commission of a piece for old-time banjo and chamber ensemble, "Rounder Songs,"released in 2017 on New Amsterdam Records. Ellen is an accomplished ballad singer and visual artist who has taught at the Augusta Heritage Center, and she teaches the art of crankie-making throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The Early Mays’ closest collaborators are Rachel Eddy, a prolific old-time performer, and Nicole Myers, a genre-crossing cellist and founding member of Cello Fury.

Most recently, The Early Mays have taken home the blue ribbon in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition at Clifftop 2016 (The Appalachian String Band Music Festival), appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage in 2017, and hit the #1 position on the folk charts with their latest release, "Chase the Sun."

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There is a self-running jam on concert nights beginning 90 minutes before each concert when we get in the building to set up. Bring your instrument and come jam with us!