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Concert review: Musicologist, raconteur Tim Eriksen digs deep into folk roots

Published on Apr 27, 2014 12:14 PM
American musicologist Tim Eriksen (centre) extols the virtues of shape-note music. -- PHOTO: TIM ERIKSEN & BAND

You'd think 18th-century New England and Southern Appalachia would be a universe away from today's Singapore, but these worlds melded in mysterious ways at the gig of Northampton, Massachusetts-born Tim Eriksen on Friday, part of the Esplanade's A Tapestry Of Sacred Music festival.

Midway through a rousing take on the Christmas chestnut Carol Of The Birds, there was a palpable current in the air.

Among an intimate crowd at the Esplanade Recital Studio, an elegantly white-maned woman's feet started to shuffle discreetly under her seat, and an executive-looking dude's head bobbed gently to the rhythm.

"A thousand little birds all in a troop/To Bethlehem hurrying two by two," Eriksen sang sonorously, accompanied by his Trio de Pumpkintown members, Zoe Darrow on fiddle and Peter Irvine on percussion.

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