PUTNEY -- The Starry Mountain Singers perform Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill.
The Starry Mountain Singers are eight vocalists who perform traditional music from around the United States and wider world. Formed in 2010, the group’s members are all lifelong musicians who share a deep love of diverse traditional vocal styles and a dedication to studying, performing and teaching these types of polyphony.
The musical program features traditional songs from the United States, Europe and Caucasus Georgia. The American repertoire includes shape-note songs (a traditional New England song style), gospel numbers, cowboy songs and haunting folk tunes from the Appalachians. Songs from Corsica and Georgia provide a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that demonstrate the range of unique singing traditions from those countries. This year’s program also includes a diverse set of early music.
Each member has contributed songs from his or her particular area of musical knowledge and expertise. The result is a dynamic and eclectic program that will delight all who enjoy performances of unique and energetic flavor.
According to Marytha Pafrath of Libana, the Starry Mountain Singers "have a rare musical alchemy. The roots go deep, the soaring flies high, the pleasure of communing musically is palpable ... when their chords line up, which seems to be always, the air in the room seems to shift and rearrange."
Recordings include the "Starry Mountain Singers" album -- a collection of live tracks from 2010, and "The Peace of Wild Things," compiled from their 2011 and 2012 tours.
All members of the ensemble have toured extensively with renowned world-music ensemble Northern Harmony. Members have worked with Meredith Monk and Revels, Inc. Three of the members are also part of the Brooklyn-based country band The Sweetback Sisters, who tour internationally, and who have performed on "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Mountain Stage."
The Starry Mountain Singers are: Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode, Avery Book, Jeff Fellinger, Gideon Crevoshay, Nathan Morrison, Emily Miller and Suzannah Park.
Admission is by suggested donation of $10-15.