MU­SIC ON THE WAY HOME WITH ME­RE­DITH AXELROD

Tribune Express - - ARTS - GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

As the au­tumn leaves start to turn co­lour and fall, Me­re­dith Axelrod pro­vides an eve­ning of mu­sic at the Ar­bor Gal­le­ry em­bra­cing her love of the ear­ly Ame­ri­ca­na style.

Axelrod grew up lis­te­ning to old 78-rpm re­cords and even some ori­gi­nal wax cy­lin­der re­cor­dings of Tin Pan Al­ley tunes, rag­time, and ear­ly boo­gie woo­gie. It in­fluen­ced her own vo­cal style be­cause “this is the way people lear­ned to sing back then” bet­ween the late 1890s to the 1930s when all po­pu­lar mu­sic was heard live, whe­ther at a roadhouse, a fiddle par­ty, the mu­si­cal hall stage, or on the ra­dio.

Du­ring her concerts, Axelrod brings her pas­sion for ear­ly Ame­ri­ca­na mu­sic on stage, and in bet­ween songs shares lit­tle nug­gets from a trea­sure trove of mu­sic and cul­tu­ral folk­lore she has col­lec­ted over the years. Along with her turn-of-the-last-cen­tu­ry re­per­toire, Axelrod al­so of­fers up a se­lec­tion of jug band, ear­ly jazz, and string band tunes ga­the­red du­ring her va­rious live per­for­mances as part of her own jazz en­semble or per­for­ming to­ge­ther with the likes of 60s folk and jug band le­gend Jim Kwes­kin, and other so­lo ar­tists like Frank Fair­field, Dan Hicks, Ma­ria Mul­daur, “Ram­blin’” Jack Eliot, Cin­dy Ca­sh­dol­lar, and Ro­bert Crumb.

The Sep­tem­ber 30 concert at the Ar­bor Gal­le­ry in Vank­leek Hill starts at 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ti­ckets avai­lable at the door or contact Pat Dea­con at 613-6762829 or at ho­me­rou­tesvkh@gmail.com for ad­vance ti­cket in­for­ma­tion. For more de­tails about Me­re­dith Axelrod and her mu­sic go to www.me­re­di­thaxel­rod.com.

—pho­to pro­vi­ded

Me­re­dith Axelrod est une fan de mu­sique de style Ame­ri­ca­na. Elle par­ta­ge­ra sa pas­sion lors du der­nier concert Home Route à la ga­le­rie Ar­bor à Vank­leek Hill le 30 sep­tembre.

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