This event takes place in Crooked Tree Art's Center's Theater, but is hosted by Blissfest Music Organization. Please contact Blissfest for all inquiries and ticket sales.
Winter Solstice Featuring On the Lash, Winter Song: Nic Gareiss & Laurel Premo
Wednesday, December 21 2022 at 7:30 pm
On the Lash
"In honor of Irish traditional music, On The Lash creates timeless sounds through original voices. With new takes on classic songs and original constructions of established standards, OTL aims to explore the inherent energy and versatility of the genre."
Winter Song | Nic Gareiss & Laurel Premo
In this new collaboration, multi-instrumentalist and singer Laurel Premo and dancer, singer, and musician Nic Gareiss partner to craft an evening centering winter, solstice, and Yule. Combining traditional tunes and step dance from across the North Atlantic with seasonal songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes, Wintersong offers sound and gesture to kindle warmth during the shortest days of the year.
One of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss (he/they) has been hailed by the New York Times for his "dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance" and called "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. They reimagine movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as a medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Born, raised, and residing in Michigan, Gareiss engages many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a singular dance practice marked by his love of clog, flatfoot, and step dance footwork vocabulary, improvisation, and musical collaboration. In 2020 Nic received the Michigan Heritage Award, the state's highest distinction bestowed on traditional artists. They have performed in seventeen countries with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance at London's Barbican Centre, the Irish National Concert Hall, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Kennedy Center. www.nicgareiss.com / @NicGareissLFI
Laurel Premo is known for her rhythmically deep and rapt delivery of roots music, voiced on finger-style electric guitar, lap steel, and voice. The glowing heartiness and rich grit of her sound reveal a love of and complete submersion in heavy archaic roots—from the crossover of old-time and blues American traditions to darker Nordic sounds. She is a Michigan-based artist who has been writing, arranging, and touring since 2009 with vocal and instrumental roots acts, and is internationally known from her duo Red Tail Ring. Her 2021 solo release, ‘Golden Loam’, continues Laurel’s weaving of old wild and soundscape, with ruminant power, a masterful use of space, and dynamic waves of warm, gritty sustain. “Subtle but dazzling and rich in texture. Watching a live performance is pure hypnosis.” – MTV www.laurelpremo.com / @LaurelPremo
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