Music & Concerts — April 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

April 12, 2014 Harpeth Rising performs


Contact: Jordana Greenberg


 The Institute of Musical Traditions Presents Harpeth Rising

Since their formation in 2009, Harpeth Rising has been building a reputation by breaking down musical boundaries.  Their virtuosic instrumentals of banjo and fiddle mixed with cello and percussion create an exciting and unique blend of musical genres.  Their vocals, soaring and intimate, convey powerful lyrics that are both personal and topical.  The all-female trio met while studying classical music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and were united – and continue to be driven by – their eclectic musical interests.  Within one year of their formation and their move to Music City, they were voted ‘Best Local Band in Nashville’ by the Tennessean.  Harpeth Rising has been touring both nationally and internationally for four years with performances that include the Cambridge Folk Festival, The London Folk Festival, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Music City Roots, The Bluebird, The Frome Festival, and ROMP Music Festival.  A little bit bluegrass, a little bit classical, a little bit roots and a whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch.

Harpeth Rising released their fourth album, ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge,’ in October of 2013, the same month it reached No. 6 on the International Folk Charts.  The album brings a fresh and modern take on old genres of music with a great deal of attitude.  While ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge’ remains true to Harpeth Rising’s folk and classical roots throughout, it expands on their blues, Latin, and rock influences and adds in some new flavors such as Texas Swing and Gypsy Jazz.  This constant innovation combining old and new genres of music, technical mastery, and heartfelt sensibility has earned Harpeth Rising the distinction of one of the most engaging and dynamic new groups in folk music today.  The album has already been named in the Top Fifteen on the EuroAmericana Charts, Americana Radio Top Five Most Added List, the Roots Music Report’s Top Forty, Alternate Root’s Top Ten Songs of the Week, and Amazon’s Top Twenty Hot New Releases in Roots Rock.  Harpeth Rising’s previous albums, ‘The End of the World,’ ‘Dead Man’s Hand,’ and their eponymous debut album, have landed them in the Top Ten on the International Folk Charts, on numerous Best-of lists, and garnered praise throughout the US and the UK.

The eclectic trio will be playing in Washington, D.C. for a concert presented by the Institute of Musical Traditions on April 12th at 7:30pm.  The Institute of Musical Traditions nurtures traditional American and international folk music as well as contemporary music evolved from these traditions by presenting a diverse series of concerts, workshops, and educational programs.  Harpeth Rising’s concert will be presented at Seekers Church, 276 Carrol Street NW, and admission is $15.  More information is available at 301-960-3655 or