Chestnut House Concerts was introduced to the music of Evie Ladin and Keith Terry by Oliver Craven of The Stray Birds so we asked Oliver to answer a few questions about Evie in advance of her October 1st show.
Oliver, when did you first meet Evie Ladin and/or hear her perform?
I first met Evie at Common Ground arts camp in Maryland in 2012. She was awesome. I don’t know if I actually saw her perform that time but we had a ball just singing songs late night on the porch.
What is it about a house concert venue that makes it a good place to hear someone like Evie?
What Evie and Keith do is best observed as close as possible. It’s intricate and nuanced, and the closer you get the more you’re gonna appreciate it. Not TOO close of course. But like a couple feet away.
Both Evie and Keith use their bodies to make rhythm – clapping, clogging, stomping - some of us are familiar with the term ‘hambone’. What do you think is the most challenging aspect of this type of music?
They got rhythm all over. It’s one thing to play an instrument, but turning your own body into that instrument and using the whole of it is something else. I’ll stick to strings.
Evie mentioned that The Stray Birds spent time at her home in California this past summer. What’s a favorite memory of that trip?
We did have the chance to visit Evie and Keith earlier this year out on the west coast. They were gracious hosts. They dragged us through some terrible San Francisco traffic one afternoon and I wasn’t too thrilled at the time, but when we got to the beach they had in mind it made me wanna move to California.
Why should music lovers around Lancaster come to see Evie Ladin & Keith Terry at their house concert?
See Evie and Keith because they’re good. It’s real stuff what they do. And they do it well. And they’re friendly too. And tell them I said hello.
Thanks Oliver for such this introduction to Evie Ladin & Keith Terry.
If you’re interested in attending we still have room. Contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 717-940-9311. Wednesday, October 1 – potluck at 6, show at 7.