Galen Kipar Project & Amanda Platt @ The Isis Music Hall
Saturday, March 30th
“Intricate and memorable, sophisticated and relaxed.”
The above quote from WNC Magazine about Galen Kipar Project sets the scene for this wonderful evening of entertainment with The Galen Kipar Project and a special solo performance by Amanda Platt (of The Honeycutters) at The Isis Music Hall on Saturday, March 30th. Doors open at 8pm with the show starting at 9. It is a seated show and dinner reservations are available.
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Galen Kipar Project:
Crafting a fusion of folk, classical, jazz, and blues, the Galen Kipar Project has been hailed as “complex yet accessible” and “cohesive and poignant” with “experimental folk masterpieces.” Based in Asheville, GKP has released four albums, the most recent being The Scenic Route in 2010. “The aptly titled effort is loaded with images of mountains, rivers, forests and streams, and backed by lush arrangements, fluid vocals and Appalachian instrumentation that bring to life what is essentially a musical portrait of Western North Carolina,” says the Mountain Xpress.
The Galen Kipar Project is Lyndsay Pruett (violin/ vocals), Jeremy Young (Drums), Ben Portwood (upright bass/ vocals), Galen Kipar (guitar/ harmonicas and vocals), and Aaron Ballance (lap steel guitar/ dobro).
Host of the Grateful Dead Hour, David Gans states about the album, “It’s like a collection of short stories, brilliantly constructed and with a unique and compelling literary voice. I keep coming back to each song, listening more deeply and being drawn more deeply in. I was knocked out by their last CD, and was hoping I’d like the next one even half as much; if anything, I like this one twice as much.” Flagpole says of GKP performs with “the care and meticulousness of a gourmet chef… the melodies and arrangements defy expectations, the lyrics take surprising turns and the adventure is a delight, every step of the way.”
The GKP was featured on WNCW’s 2010 Crowd Around the Mic Compilation CD with artists such as Darrell Scott, Jeff Sipe and Ike Stubblefield, Muddy Waters Reunion Band, Drivin & Cryin’ and Jim Lauderdale. The Scenic Route, was also listed WNCW’s Top 100 Albums of 2010! Their hit October Snow was used in a commercial promoting the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and the WNC Farmers Market Association and was also a finalist in the Google TV for All Contest.
The Galen Kipar Project has been on the rise since 2006, with a strong regional presence in the Southeast plus U.S. national touring, including performances at Magnolia Fest, Springfest, FloydFest, Six Points Music Festival, and the Crested Butte Music Series among others. The GKP has also played the Knitting Factory in NYC and to a jam-packed, toe-tapping crowd at the Kennedy Center’s renowned Millennium Stage in Washington DC. The New River Voice recalled, “If the Pied Piper-like migration of people to the stage during their FloydFest performance is any kind of barometer, the band is on an immutable trajectory of permeating Southwest Virginia with their versatile, yet immediately attainable sonority.”
Amanda Anne Platt:
Amanda Anne Platt has been described as “easily one of the best songwriters coming out of Western North Carolina these days” (Martin Anderson, WNCW), with a voice that “sings like Carolina farmlands after a rainstorm” (Harvey Robinson, Monkeywhale Productions). She is the songwriter and lead singer for the Asheville-based band The Honeycutters, and with that group she has shared the stage with Guy Clark, Tony Rice, The Seldom Scene, Donna The Buffalo, Jill Andrews, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Langhorne Slim.
Her song “Little Bird” won First Place in The Great Lakes Songwriting Competition (2011) and Second Place in the General category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest (2011). The title track of her first album with The Honeycutters, “Irene,” won Second place in the Suwannee Springfest Song Competition in 2008. Her songs have a way of inviting the listener into a world of Saturday mornings, honky-tonks, easy laughter and good old-fashioned heartache. The Real Southern exclaimed, “I can see a day when her name is mentioned along side Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, and Gillian Welch. She’s just that good.”
Details at a Glance:
Galen Kipar Project @ The Isis Music Hall on Sat, March 30th
Amanda Platt (of The Honeycutters) opens solo
743 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806 Get Directions
$10 in advance / $12 at door. (cash). General Admission.
Seated Concert with limited tablets of 4 available with dinner reservations .
Doors 8pm, show 9pm