PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents the Wiyos, performing two shows, on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m., and a family show Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m., both at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill.

Tickets are $17 general admission for the Saturday night show, and $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12 for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Offerings in Putney and Turn It Up in Brattleboro.

The Wiyos have been rolling for more than a decade. They were one of the first "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. Their relentless touring in the U.S. and Europe, and numerous critically acclaimed albums and EPs landed them a full 28-day summer tour as openers of the 2009 Bob Dylan Show. The Wiyos were also featured in the BBC television documentary, "Folk America Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers." In 2010 they were featured in the BBC television special "No Sleep ‘Til Yell."

In 2012, The Wiyos released their fan-funded concept album, "Twist," a 14-track eclectic musical collage loosely based on "The Wizard Of Oz." "Twist" is undoubtedly The Wiyos’ strongest and boldest work to date. Of course, The Wiyos are mostly known for their amalgamation of "old timey" sounds, but on "Twist," band members lets their late 20th century upbringings creep into their vintage sensibilities.


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Scotland’s The Herald reviewed one of the 2012 release shows of "Twist" in Glasgow and called it [everything from] "junkyard blues to Cuban neighborhood via surf song harmonies and backwoods Appalachia Š a fascinating travelogue" Other reviewers write of Twist: "Revelatory original songs" (Chicago Tribune); "A surreal Americana opus Big Pink meets Pink Floyd."

For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at 802-387-0102. or nextstagearts@gmail.com.