Named for a Northeast woodland flower, the New England acoustic trio Low Lily has put down roots in their exploration of different branches of American folk music, from Celtic and bluegrass to Appalachian, popular music, and their own compositions. Low Lily performs on the Golden Link concert series on Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 pm. “A band definitely on the up. Sweet harmonies ... tight arrangements ... divine.” (Fatea, U.K.).
Formerly known as Annalivia, Low Lily is now based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Co-founders Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) and Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) – whose musical partnership predates their marriage – are joined by Lissa Schneckenburger, last here for the 2009 Turtle Hill Folk Festival, on vocals and fiddle. They weave together traditional influences with modern inspiration and inventive arrangements to create their own unique sound.
For instance, says Simmons, “the new album has ‘House Carpenter,’ a traditional song from American sources that everyone had sung, Joan Baez, Pentangle ... It’s fun to do something like that in a way that was us. And we do originals that have a contemporary sound but we have elements of traditional sounds, too.” They might even cover a song by Richard Thompson or Mark Knopfler. “For us, it’s a multifaceted, inclusive music that is a product of everything we do,” explains Cohen.
Each member of the trio contributed one of their own songs to their recent self-titled EP, which made Sing Out’s “Best of 2015” list. Here they are performing their own take on the traditional ballad “False Sir John”:
For concert information, visit this page on the Golden Link website. Keep on singing!
– Janice Hanson
Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area.