New London Music Festival presents its 6th annual installation of TRADITIONS: Storytellers at the beautiful Hygienic Art Park in downtown New London. The day long festival has become a true snapshot of the full American Music Experience right here in downtown New London. Traditions began out of a deep respect for the multi-national storytelling and wisdom of the traditional music that immigrated here while warmly embracing the evolution of those musical forms as they build and define our own unique culture.
5pm Girls, Guns & Glory
6:30 Chuck E. Costa
8pm Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent
9:30 Kristin Hersh
$10 suggested donation at the door
Kristin Hersh: Kristin Hersh has released over 20 records solo, with Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE. She’s a singer, songwriter and guitarist. She’s also the author of an acclaimed memoir — based on her teenage diary — about a particularly eventful year, titled “Rat Girl” in the USA (published by Penguin), and titled “Paradoxical Undressing” in the UK.
Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent: Wrung from the rags of New London’s speakeasies, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent stir together a wicked musical cocktail, drawing from the deep well of the American songbook. Fusing honky-tonk torch vocals with swing and gypsy tunes, swirling jazz-pop, and ragtime harmony singing, they bring together the gems of their own original songs with a top-shelf selection of beloved American broadsides of a bygone age.
Chuck E. Costa: Chuck E. Costa is our CT State Troubadour, an ambassador of music and song to encourage cultural literacy and promote the State of Connecticut. Chuck also performs with The Sea The Sea and Mon Monarch.
Girls, Guns & Glory: Girls Guns and Glory is a celebration of sweet and tasty, fun lovin’ and hard timin’, honky tonk music that is simultaneously casual and complex. The band combines elements of early rock ‘n’ roll, country, and rhythm & blues to deliver its own brand of American Roots music that satisfies like homemade apple pie.
Milksop:Unsung: Dan Carrano, Tj Jackson & Gary Velush make up New Haven’s own “psycho-folk” acoustic trio. With hints of Gogol Bordello and the Pogues, performed bluegrass style, their live shows are nothing short of a riot.
GraveRobbers: The band leans more towards a classic “Alt-Country” sound with songs in three-quarter time. They balance blustery electric guitars with steady acoustic strumming and mournful accompaniments. They write powerful, emotional songs that fall somewhere amongst the pantheon of balladeers. Singer James Maple has a lonesome sounding voice that locks into harmonies with his fellow bandmates with an end result of haunting, honest and true Country music that is stately in its way.