Flynn Cohen of Low Lily

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photo by Andy Cambria

Flynn Cohen studied Music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and at Mills College in Oakland, California. He now teaches in the Music Department at Keene State College in New Hampshire, as well as The Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Flynn will be in concert (vocals, mandolin, guitar) with the American folk band Low Lily (formerly known as Annalivia) at Chestnut House Concerts on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Below is a video of Flynn Cohen performing one of his original tunes “Snag” (video by Andy Cambria). Note that the fiddle player in the video is Emerald Rae; Lissa Schneckenburger will be performing with Flynn Cohen and Liz Simmons as Low Lily at Chestnut House Concerts.

To RSVP contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or text/call 717940-9311. $15/20 suggested donation.  Potluck at 6, Show at 7.

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Low Lily: Preserving Tradition

Francis James Child, the son of a sail maker, was born in Boston on February 1,1825.  Child attended public school for his primary and secondary education during which time his potential and intelligence was apparent enabling him to continue his education at Harvard – graduating first in his class in 1846 and thus beginning his academic career at Harvard. Child was Harvard’s Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric until 1876 when he became the university’s first professor of English.

During his time at Harvard, Child’s deep passion was the collection and preservation of the ballad tradition.  He desired the most comprehensive collection of all known English and Scottish ballads, which by this time,  included their AmericanCover_of_Francis_James_Child's_''English_and_Scottish_Popular_Ballads'' and Canadian variants.  Child collected 305 ballads total, each one numbered and referenced as Child #7, Child #274, and so on.While Child’s collection was acknowledged by scholars, very few additions or changes were made for over half a century.  It wasn’t until the 1950’s that there was a renewed interest in ballads during the folk music revival.

John Burgess, author of Francis James Child -Brief life of a Victorian enthusiast: 1825-1896 states that since the 1950s, “new interpretations (of ballads) have appeared regularly, remarkably fresh and original given the ancient sources of the lyrics. Child passed on to subsequent generations of audiences and performers a legacy of scholarship that they have been able to enjoy on their own terms and express in their own fashion. In doing so, he preserved the continuing vitality of the ballad tradition that he loved so much” (Harvard Magazine, 2006).

A fine example of the preservation of ballads comes from the band Low Lily.  Vocalist and guitar player Liz Simmons heard a recording of “False Sir John” (aka May Colvin, the Elfknight, or Child#2) by Jean Ritchie and then changed the ballad from a major key to a minor key, modifying the melody and tempo. This ballad originated in Scotland, was modified by many including an Appalachian folk singer, and now by contemporary artist Liz Simmons.

 

Low Lily is an “American roots and branches” vocal and string trio which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music.  They will be appearing at Chestnut House Concerts on Thursday, February 26, 2015.  Potluck at 6 pm, show at 7 pm.  RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or text/call 717 9409311.

 

 

 

Low Lily

10603303_10152791484019491_5044194541377641372_nIn February we are excited to have Low Lily, a three member Americana-roots band.  Low Lily, formerly known as Annalivia, includes artists Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger. These musicians are masterful players and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with each member’s stellar compositional skills and cutting edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary.

Many thanks to Lancaster Newspapers (LNP) for their article on Chestnut House Concerts published in the Entertainment section on Sunday, January 4, 2015.  Correspondent Scott Kreider took the time to interview us just prior to the holidays and wrote a very thorough article about our house concert series as well as the January 9th show with Harpeth Rising. The article generated a lot of interest and we  ‘sold out’ the show.

http://m.lancasteronline.com/features/entertainment/lancaster-city-house-is-home-to-concert-series/article_3c7748ce-911d-11e4-9982-77dae3d86636.html?mode=jqm

To RSVP for the Low Lily show on Thursday, February 26 email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 717-940-9311. Potluck at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm.