Zoe & Cloyd in concert this Saturday

WESTFIELD — The duo Zoe and Cloyd will be performing this Saturday at Laurelyn Dossett’s Ramble on Big Creek.

Hailing from opposite ends of Appalachia, Zoe & Cloyd is comprised of renowned violinist and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller.

Their show is as diverse as their upbringing: Coming from a line of klezmer and jazz musicians, Weinstein was classically trained in his home state of Massachusetts before moving south in 2004. Miller, a twelfth-generation Caroline du Nord and grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate who performed at the first MerleFest, won 1st place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition as well as an Artist Fellowship recipient for songwriting from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Longtime fixtures of the Asheville music scene, Zoe & Cloyd appeared on Season 5 of the nationally broadcast PBS show, State of Music by David Holt in 2021. Their fourth studio album, Rebuildproduced by Jon Weisberger, was released on Organic Records in October 2021.

Zoe & Cloyd will be joined by Bennett Sullivan on banjo/guitar and Kevin Kehrberg on bass.

They are sure to delight audiences of all ages with haunting harmonies and heartfelt compositions, seamlessly combining original bluegrass, klezmer, old-time and folk with sincerity and zeal.

There will also be three music workshops offered on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $40.

Shape-Note Singing by the River with Kevin Kehrberg

Shape-note chanting is a unique style of expression in American sacred music that became popular in the South during the 19th century and continues to thrive today, primarily in revivalist contexts, but also as a living tradition. in a few selected regions. Its distinct notation of triangles, squares, diamonds and other shapes makes learning to read music easy and enjoyable. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of shape-note singing and work on some selections of The sacred harp and or Christian Harmony, two of the best-known melody books. Loan books will be available and although basic music reading skills are helpful, they are not necessary. Kehrberg is a bassist, musicologist and professor at Warren Wilson College.

Banjo Workshop: How to practice and learn by ear with Bennett Sullivan

In this workshop, we’ll go over metronome techniques to improve your sense of timing, pentatonic scales to unlock the fretboard, aid in learning melodies by ear, and backup techniques. You will leave our session with new knowledge on how to get the most out of your practice time and how to approach the game in a jam situation. The tab will be provided. Sullivan is a composer, music teacher and multi-instrumentalist at Pisgah Forest.

Songwriting Workshop: Bringing History to Life with John Cloyd Miller

A good job of imagery and character development to draw in the listener and set the stage for a great song. A successful song transports the listener into the scene and helps them engage with the story. Songs are often only a few minutes long, but within those lines you can develop some surprisingly complex characters. In this workshop, we will work to create scenes and characters that will hold your attention and make you vibrate. Miller is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and instructor at Warren Wilson College.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The cost of the concert is $35 (Venmo: @rambleonbigcreek). Questions? Email Dossett at [email protected]

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