Date: September 27, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Old South First Congregational Church, 235 Main Street, Farmington
Old South Church Concert Series in Farmington, Maine presents Lissa Schneckenburger, New England Fiddler and Folk Singer in concert on Tuesday, September 27. Doors open at 6:15pm, concert at 7pm. Admission: adults $20, Seniors (65+) and students $15. Tickets available at the door or reserved by calling 207-491-5919. . On-line ticket purchase link is http://www.farmingtonucc.org/news--events.html, Reservations can be made by calling 207-491-5919. General seating. Handicapped accessible at 235 Main Street entrance.
COVID PROTOCOLS: REQUIRED proof of vaccination at the door (one J & J or two Moderna/Pfizer) for all applicable ages and photo id for adults. Facemasks are optional inside Old South Church. Church COVID policy is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Schneckenburger grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her parents' interest in folk music. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation. She has been performing and teaching music around the world ever since. "To me, music creates community," Schneckenburger says. "Music is what people sing along to, dance to, fall in love to... music brings people together. These songs are part of all of us, and it's an honor to have had the chance to record them.”
After decades as a traditional fiddler and ballad singer, Schneckenburger’s personal experience as a foster parent ignited her drive to write stories of family attachment and loss. She found herself diving into writing new material with a seriousness that matched her subject matter. Sung from a myriad of viewpoints, ‘Thunder in my Arms’ can be at times brazen and childish, resilient and triumphant, softly confessional, or warm and comforting. Schneckenburger says “At a certain point I noticed that everyone we turned to for help with parenting was talking about the same thing: finding compassion, synchronicity, and understanding. In my attempts to be a better adoptive parent I found plenty of invaluable books and workshops that got that point across, but no songs! Music has this magical way of communicating emotion almost instantly and allows human beings to synchronize with each other on so many levels. I set out to write songs that would resonate with other parents like myself. Songs about loneliness, exhaustion, beauty, abandonment, love, loss, and above all, hope.”
"Schneckenburger's playing is...quietly virtuosic...her voice is pure and clear, full of simple emotion." All Music Guide The down beat slams your body as the song grabs you and surges forward. You lean in to hear every word, as Schneckenburger’s voice sweetly sets the scene and then brings it to a boil, careening around each detail. The song ends before you’re ready, leaving you breathless with your heart thumping in your ears. You reach forward and hit repeat. ‘Thunder in my Arms’, Schneckenburger’s first release of all original music, is a song cycle about attachment and trauma. Schneckenburger’s fans will be the first to tell you, the sonic tapestry of ‘Thunder in my Arms’ is a sharp contrast with her previous recordings. Information and videos available at https://lissafiddle.com/videos/
Accompanying Lissa will be Owen Marshall. Growing up in Vermont, with the music traditions of Quebec and Nova Scotia north of the border Owen was exposed to various textures and sounds of Celtic and traditional Irish music from fiddler Sarah Blair. As a child, his mother exposed him to a wide variety of music, including jazz, western swing, bluegrass, classical, Scandinavian fiddle music, and Eastern European Gypsy music.
Most of his youth was spent learning and playing music with sister, Elly. Together, they performed around his home state of Vermont playing small dances and local concert series. Learning, collaborating, and challenging each other was a crucial time in his musical development. As time went on, he found himself constantly drawn to Irish traditional music expanding his playing beyond the guitar to other instruments including the tenor banjo, bouzouki, and harmonium.
Marshall said, “As an accompanist, I’ve had the opportunity to work with musicians in many styles, and I have learned to be comfortable crossing genres, while respecting the individual traditions. Whether it is an Irish slip jig, a Québécois brandy, an Appalachian tune or a Cape Breton strathspey, I try to blend my own sound and approach with the sensibilities of each tradition. I enjoy the challenges of learning different tunes, collaborating with new musicians, and identifying the common threads that run though the music of northern Europe and North America. ”
In addition to touring with acts such as The Press Gang, Copley Street, and The Seamus Egan Project, Owen is in demand at music camps throughout New England and the U.S., where he shares his approach to accompanying traditional music. www.owenmarshallmusic.com.
Owen Marshall is…” A guitar/mandolin/banjo player rivaled in character only by the occasional three-pronged carrot” (Vogue 2009).”