$20 General Admission
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons are songster revivalists who perform field hollers, fiddle & banjo breakdowns, and early jazz in concerts and workshops nationwide. For five years, their tours have extended their work as teachers and community organizers in their home of Seattle, Washington. With their unique integration of performance, education and modern-day folklore, this duo redefines the role of a songster for the 21st century. In 2016, they earned 1st place in the International Blues Challenge’s solo/duo category – out of 94 solo/duo acts representing 16 countries—for their unique blend of pre-blues a cappella field hollers, fiddle & banjo breakdowns, and duet distillations of early jazz.. In July, they will release a new album with harmonica master Phil Wiggins entitled “Black & Tan Ball.”
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Ben and Joe have been playing together for 5 years, the last 3 of which sent them to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, learning at the feet of the elders of the acoustic blues tradition. Their musical kinship and sense of joy in interpreting this music is evident and was the basis of an invitation Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) to tour and record for his album Prospect Hill. Rather than thinking of their music as blues, it’s best to situate Ben and Joe as American songsters. A songster traditionally refers to an artist whose repertoire is much broader than the old blues, and spans many of the genres that Ben and Joe Inhabit. Whatever you want to call it, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons make American music. They make music that hews to the rough-and-tumble collisions of musical inspirations from the early 20th century; music that paved the way for everything we enjoy today.
“Convivial, relaxed roots music like this seems hyper-relevant… especially when it is played by a multi-racial trio at a venue that celebrates historical black-and-tan clubs, which ‘offered a haven for people of all races in an era when segregation dictated social boundaries.’ A Black & Tan Ball is righteous stuff.” – Songlines Magazine