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Live Show Preview: Beth Orton, more in Charleston

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By Mountain Stage
 · October 25, 2012

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Beth Orton, appearing live on Mountain Stage Oct. 28

It is with great enthusiasm that Mountain Stage reminds everyone that this Sunday, October 28th, we return to our home at the Culture Center Theater for our first show in a very long time. And we’d also like to remind you we’ll be spending even more time in Charleston in the very near future – click here to see our upcoming schedule of live shows that feature Robert Cray, Calexico, Kathy Mattea, and more.

But back to the matter at hand! This Sunday, we’ll be joined by Beth Orton, David Wax Museum, Lucy Kaplansky, Jessie Harris and Barnaby Bright. Tickets are available online, by phone (800.549.TIXX) and in person at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston. As always, they’re a mere $15 in advance, and $25 at the door.

With a diverse career that has mixed acoustic folk with trip-hop and electronica, U.K. singer/songwriter Beth Orton’s music has earned critical and popular acclaim. Her music has been featured in films and on television programs including “Felicity,” “How to Deal,” “Charmed,” “Dawson's Creek,” “Vanilla Sky” and “Grey's Anatomy.”

Orton came to international attention when she joined forces with British acid/house/remix pioneer William Orbit in the duo Spill and on his 1993 release “Strange Cargo 3.” But it was her 1996 full-length solo debut, “Trailer Park,” that brought her to the attention of the Americana scene. Since then, she has collaborated with ex-Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams and the Chemical Brothers. After a six-year hiatus from recording Orton signed to Anti Records and released “Sugaring Season” in 2012.

David Wax Museum, Backstage at Mountain Stage

Named “Americana Artist of the Year” at the the 2010 Boston Music Awards, David’s Wax Museum’s creates a vibrant hybrid of traditional Mexican folk and American music. NPR described the group as “pure, irresistible joy” while Time.com praised the group for its “virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies.”

While attending college in Missouri, David Wax spent summers working in rural Mexico with the American Friends Service Committee. He finished his degree at Harvard before heading back to the Mexican countryside to study its rich folk music tradition on a year-long fellowship. Utilizing Latin rhythms, call-and-response shouts, accordion and donkey jawbones, the band was featured on an NPR segment about Mexico-centric indie rock.

Its performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival was hailed by “All Songs Considered” as one of the weekend’s highlights. The band’s latest release, “Everything Is Saved,” has earned rave reviews from The New Yorker, Paste Magazine, and a nod from Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 acts of this year’s SXSW music conference, and an appearance on NPR’s World Café.


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Lucy Kaplansky, appearing Live on Mountain Stage Oct. 28

Raised in Chicago by a piano-playing mathematician and a homemaker, Lucy Kaplansky began singing in bars when she was a teenager. When she was just out of high school, she moved to New York City where, along with Suzanne Vega, The Roches, Steve Forbert, John Gorka, and Shawn Colvin, she became part of the renaissance of the Greenwich Village folk scene.

Although The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her,” Kaplansky earned a doctorate in psychology and started a private practice. Eventually, Colvin lured Kaplansky back to music and produced her 1994 debut “The Tide.” In addition to her six solo releases on Red House Records, Kaplansky was a member of folk supergroups Red Horse and Cry Cry Cry. Her latest release is titled “Reunion.”


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Jesse Harris, appearing live on Mountain Stage Oct. 28

Guitarist-songwriter Jesse Harris first came into prominence on Norah Jones' 2002 Grammy-winning "Come Away With Me." The New York native grew up studying classical piano and teaching himself guitar. Club dates in his late teens led to a deal with EMI and a 1995 album recorded with vocalist Rebecca Martin under the group name Once Blue. Harris went on to form the more organic Ferdinandos and through that band developed a working relationship with Jones.

The success of Jones' debut helped bring Harris' songwriting abilities to the music community's attention and led to his collaborations with other contemporary artists as well as a label deal for the Ferdinandos. The soundtrack to Ethan Hawke's "The Hottest State" featured versions of Harris' songs by performed by artists including Willie Nelson, Bright Eyes, The Black Keys, Feist and Emmylou Harris. His latest - and 11th - release, “Sub Rosa,” was recorded in Rio de Janeiro.


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Barnaby Bright, appearing live on Mountain Stage Oct. 28.

Since the release of its 2009 debut, “Wake the Hero,” the duo known as Barnaby Bright - Nathan and Becky Bliss - has garnered high praise for its songwriting and sound. The group’s music - which features guitars, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, thumb pianos and stunning harmonies - has been featured on television shows including “ER” and “Days of our Lives.”

The follow-up EP, “Gravity,” was named one of the “Top 100 Records of the Year” by Amazon.com. Traveling to Europe, the U.K. and throughout the U.S., Nathan and Becky average 40,000 miles and 200 shows a year. Barnaby Bright (a medieval term for the summer solstice) was among the finalists in the 2012 “Mountain Stage Newsong” competition held at Lincoln Center in NYC.


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