April music SPACE
The Early Mays & Ben Shannon
4/24/2015 - 4/24/2015
Friday April 24thth
10 pm Doors, music immediately following
$5 cover, All Ages
musicSPACE, a local sound series presented by Space, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Organized by Amy Staggs (Wood Street Galleries and SPACE, Curatorial Assistant) and Andy Mulkerin (Pittsburgh City Paper, Music Editor).
The Early Mays (http://theearlymays.com) and Ben Shannon (https://soundcloud.com/ben-shannon-music)
*performance time may change, check back for updates!
Folk music group The Early Mays is comprised of Judith Avers, Emily Pinkerton, and Ellen Gozion. The group’s love of American folk tradition is conveyed through three-part singing with fiddle, banjo, and guitar, bringing the audience Appalachian-inspired folk songs built on deep country sensibilities, ballad singing, and old-time sound. Avers was among the winners of the national Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, Pinkerton took third place in fiddle at the West Virginia State Folk Festival, and Gozion was an American Music Abroad finalist with the U.S. State Department.
Ben Shannon is a writer who scours the current singer/songwriter repertoire and illuminates the cracks and crevices that have not yet been sung. His dynamic guitar work in various open tunings and his strong vocals provide a fine setting for his polished and layered lyrical content. Shannon was a showcasing finalist in New York’s 2010 SongCircle competition. He released a self-titled EP that year and followed up with a studio album, Move On, in May of 2011. In 2012 and 2013 he was a finalist at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Colorado and a main stage performer at Pittsburgh’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. In 2014 he completed an ASCAP Los Angeles Songwriting Invitational and is now finishing a studio album for release in 2015.