Trio brings the Pumpkintown sound to Sandglass


PUTNEY -- There is no need to separate fact from fiction: Tim Eriksen & The Trio de Pumpkintown are the house band for New England's most musically rich imaginary village, and they're coming to Sandglass Theater on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Asking what it would sound like if all of New England music's subtly cosmopolitan roots were laid bare, the Trio brings a new, imaginative touch to the solid ground of acoustic folk and Americana. With strings, a varied percussion section, bows and stunning vocal harmonies, they call on the sometimes rollicking, sometimes tragic atmosphere of New England life, as well as the copious global connections underlying some of America's most stirring songs and dance tunes.

The June 7 show is a collaboration with visual artist Sue Brearey of the Putney School, who will complement the music with "magic lantern" projections.

Tickets are $16, $13 for students and seniors. Reservations are recommended at or 802-387-4051.

Founded in Western Massachusetts in 2012, the Trio's players are representatives of Pumpkintown's invisible denizens. Eriksen has both punk and folk credentials, as well as academic credentials in South Indian vocal and instrumental performance and a long history of finding new sides to old songs with intensity and innovative instrumentation.

Eriksen's long-time friend and collaborator, drummer Peter Irvine can drive a rock song or odd-meter Romany pop tune, or evoke an atmosphere with cymbals, glockenspiel and other percussion. Zoë Darrow studied the many facets of Celtic fiddle in Ireland, Cape Breton and on Prince Edward Island, before beginning her musical career with her father in 2002 and later becoming a sought-out collaborator and session musician. Together, they create a sonic portrait of Pumpkintown.

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