LEWISTON — Folk musician Greg Boardman will perform a concert to celebrate the release of his new album at Trinity Church, 247 Bates St. on Friday, Aug. 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Assisting Boardman will be fiddler and hurdy-gurdy player Julia Plumb and cellist Daniel Hawkins, along with Aidan Boardman, a singer and guitarist from Brooklyn NY. 

 The record, entitled “La frontière est morte:  songs with and without words,” features new songs and instrumentals by Boardman, performed with vocals, guitar, fiddle, viola, cello, bass, hurdy-gurdy, dobro, bombarde, percussion and a gospel choir, in a traditionally-flavored contemporary style.  The title of the album, available only on vinyl, is from  the Gilles Vigneault song “Je viens d’écrire une lettre,” one of two covers in the collection.  The concert will feature selections from the album as well as some lively fiddle tunes and songs from the tradition and elsewhere.

 Greg Boardman, strings teacher for the Lewiston School Department, is a fixture on the Maine folk scene, fiddling and singing in venues from street corners and barns to some of the state’s larger stages and festivals and beyond.  He is the founder of the East Benton Fiddlers’ Convention and Maine Fiddle Camp, where he continues on staff.  With six prior recording projects in his resume he continues to teach and explore the musical cultures of Maine, including Somali and other East Africa music traditions, contemporary steel cello, and baroque string music.

 Joining Boardman will be Julia Plumb on fiddle and hurdy-gurdy.  Plumb lives and teaches fiddle and clawhammer banjo in Belfast. Equally at home on the stage and on the dance floor, Plumb loves the percussive interplay between traditional music and dance forms and has enjoyed soaking up bits and pieces from players and dancers throughout New England and in Québec, Ireland, Brittany, and the southern Appalachians. She plays with Baron Collins-Hill in their duo Velocipede (www.velocipedemusic.com) and loves connecting people with music and dance. In addition to teaching at camps and in face-to-face lessons, she maintains freefiddlelessons.com, where she creates YouTube fiddle lesson videos and learning materials.

 The music of Boston-based cellist and composer Daniel Hawkins springs first of all from the dense forests, rolling hills, and crumbling cities of his childhood in Pennsylvania. After leaving the Keystone State, Hawkins earned undergraduate degrees in composition (studying with Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey and Dan Trueman) and cello performance (Sophie Shao and Susannah Chapman) from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory (Natasha Brofsky, John Mallia, Anthony Coleman and Tanya Kalmanovitch). He is the recipient of both the Helen and Isidore Sacks Memorial Prize for Excellence in Classical Music and Princeton’s Martin A. Dale ’56 Fellowship. His current projects involve the Driftwood Duet with violinist Rachel Massey, Ocelot with guitarist Lautaro Mantilla, and The Secret History, an album-length collection of electroacoustic solo and chamber music incorporating live acoustic performance, electronic parts controlled in real-time and video. Visit his website at danielhhawkins.com.

Aidan Boardman is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York.  He has been recording and touring nationally with his band Dreamt for the last five years, to much acclaim. Having grown up playing with his father and brothers, he brings strong elements of roots and pop music to the mix.

 A free-will donation is requested at the door, where copies of the new album will be available.

Musician Greg Boardman

Musician Greg Boardman

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