Roots Music in the Music Room welcomes The Small Glories, a dynamic new folk/roots collaboration with Cara Luft – co-founder of The Wailin’ Jennys – on banjo, guitar & vocals, and JD Edwards on guitar, harmonica, & vocals. Based in Winnipeg, Canada, they are set to release their debut album in early 2016, featuring original and traditional materials that focus on their high octane and powerful vocal blend, harmonies, and stellar musicianship. Multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Joe Crookston returns to Caramoor and opens the show with his riveting songwriting and playing.
An all-audience Afterglow Reception with wine, beer, and nibbles will follow the performance!
The Small Glories
The Small Glories
Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic new duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. They are a study in contrasts. Cara, all earth mother on her 21-speed bike, helmet and backpack, environmentally friendly and wholesome, ebullient and engaging; and burly JD, looking like a cross between a biker and long-haul trucker in scruffy beard, ball cap, t-shirt, and jean jacket, slightly intimidating (until you meet him). At first glance few would peg them for a highly creative musical partnership. Yet these two veteran singer/songwriters have teamed up and are already building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances. Luft is a Juno award winner, co-founder of folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys, and a touring road warrior. She has earned a solid reputation as an exciting live performer, accomplished guitarist, clawhammer banjo player, and insightfully honest songwriter. Cara’s the real deal, there’s nothing pretentious about her. Edwards has a voice that defies categorization, one that easily ranges from gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, leaving listeners begging for more. He is truly one of the finest singers of his time. Mix that with honest, passionate songwriting and it’s easy to see why he’s an enchanting musical powerhouse. Together as The Small Glories, Luft and Edwards are a tour de force, a case of 1 + 1 = 3.
Artist, writer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, fiddler, eco-village member, and believer in all things possible. You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world that he creates and you’ll end up in the moment, celebrating together with the rest of the audience. He’ll sing to you ~ You’ll sing with him…His music embraces the universal, connects us, is masterful, and downright fun.
You’ll travel with him along mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way. Amber eyes, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Grandmother Moons, and silver crowns. At the end of the night, you’ll likely leave inspired, taking home a renewed sense of what’s possible.
From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson, through stories of ruby red dresses, Tinian Island, Dylan Thomas, Taoist parables, and drunken roosters you’ll be drawn in and deeply moved by his music. It happens every time.
Through his spirit and playfulness and his unwavering courage to be himself, you will be moved in ways you didn’t expect. He is literate, poignant, and funny as hell.