Boardman concert launches new album Aug. 4

LEWISTON — Folk musician Greg Boardman will perform a concert to celebrate the release of his new album at Trinity Church, 247 Bates St. on Friday, Aug. 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Assisting Boardman will be fiddler and hurdy-gurdy player Julia Plumb and cellist Daniel Hawkins, along with Aidan Boardman, a singer and guitarist from Brooklyn NY. 

 The record, entitled “La frontière est morte:  songs with and without words,” features new songs and instrumentals by Boardman, performed with vocals, guitar, fiddle, viola, cello, bass, hurdy-gurdy, dobro, bombarde, percussion and a gospel choir, in a traditionally-flavored contemporary style.  The title of the album, available only on vinyl, is from  the Gilles Vigneault song “Je viens d’écrire une lettre,” one of two covers in the collection.  The concert will feature selections from the album as well as some lively fiddle tunes and songs from the tradition and elsewhere.

 Greg Boardman, strings teacher for the Lewiston School Department, is a fixture on the Maine folk scene, fiddling and singing in venues from street corners and barns to some of the state’s larger stages and festivals and beyond.  He is the founder of the East Benton Fiddlers’ Convention and Maine Fiddle Camp, where he continues on staff.  With six prior recording projects in his resume he continues to teach and explore the musical cultures of Maine, including Somali and other East Africa music traditions, contemporary steel cello, and baroque string music.

 Joining Boardman will be Julia Plumb on fiddle and hurdy-gurdy.  Plumb lives and teaches fiddle and clawhammer banjo in Belfast. Equally at home on the stage and on the dance floor, Plumb loves the percussive interplay between traditional music and dance forms and has enjoyed soaking up bits and pieces from players and dancers throughout New England and in Québec, Ireland, Brittany, and the southern Appalachians. She plays with Baron Collins-Hill in their…

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