Princeton Folk Music Society presents special holiday concert

Tony Trischka, left, and company to perform a holiday concert at the Princeton Folk Music Society on Dec. 13.SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Tony Trischka, left, and company to perform a holiday concert at the Princeton Folk Music Society on Dec. 13.SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Princeton Folk Music Society celebrates the holiday season with “Tony Trischka Presents – Of a Winter’s Night,” a special holiday show.

The holiday concert will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton. Free parking will be available.

“Of a Winter’s Night” is Tony Trischka’s acoustic celebration of the holiday season. It is based on his 2015 CD release of the same name, recorded at Levon Helm’s Barn in Woodstock, NY.

Trischka turns his considerable melodic inventiveness loose on a wide variety of seasonal Bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays. The program revels in songs long-forgotten and little-known.

Tony Trischka is joined by multi-instrumentalist & shape-note singer Tim Eriksen. Together, they put a warm spin on a wealth of festive fare.

Eriksen, a master of Americana music, also has worked closely with T Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the film “Cold Mountain.” Trischka & Eriksen have invited Hannah Read on guitar, violin and vocals to join them. Dominick Leslie on mandolin and Larry Cook on bass and vocals round out the quintet.

The stark, haunting sound of shape note music is a complement to the music Trischka recorded on his critically acclaimed Rounder Records “Glory Shone Around” and the new music he has arranged for this show.

Some of the songs, drawn from the 1844 hymnbook “Sacred Harp,” date back to the Revolutionary era. Other selections range from classics such as “Come All Ye Faithful,” to lesser known tunes like The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles,” and Trischka’s “Christmas Morn.” Old-time holiday fiddle music joins with classically influenced carols. Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie songs are juxtaposed with the hard-driving bluegrass flavor of “Christmas Time’s A’Comin.”

Tickets are available by advance sale online only and are likely to sell out quickly. All tickets are $35 each. To order tickets, please visit: www.princetonfolk.org.