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Poor Old Shine, a Roots/Americana band from Storrs, CT is about honesty and hand crafted creativity. It's foot stomping, mind racing, dirty bluegrass like you've never heard it before! They travel with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, string bass, cello, a swarm of harmonicas, and a yard-sale-scrap-metal drum set. It ís old songs with a new feel, banjos with paint peeled, shoes with holes and treadless soles, and music that is real.
POS' music is rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition and fits in well at bluegrass festivals and sticky rock clubs alike. They have been compared to The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Langhorne Slim, and The Low Anthem because of the changing instrumentation and harmonies. Each set mixes the band's modern songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs, and front porch style jamming.
Poor Old Shine features Chris Freeman (banjo), Max Shakun (guitar, pump organ), Antonio Alcorn (Mandolin, guitar), Harrison Goodale (Bass), Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, tin whistle), and Brian Conlon (drums). All are students at the University of Connecticut. The new band has had the opportunity to play around Connecticut at Toads Place in New Haven, The Space in Hamden, and Sully's in Hartford. They have opened for The Steel Wheels and Monroeville and appeared on WWUH's Caterwaul with Ed Mckeon and The Sunday Night Folk Festival on WHUS with Susan Forbes Hansen.
No Depression recently said, “Sarah Blacker is one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently. With a revelatory vocal that veers from a child’s skittish enthusiasm to the essence of emotion, she’s equally adept when it comes to expressive melodies. Such remarkable and consistent quality is unusual, Chalk her up as one of the more delightful discoveries of the past year, and let’s hope that indeed there are Blacker days ahead.”
Blacker is a full-time touring singer/songwriter, and part-time Board Certified Music-Therapist for children with special needs. An emerging artist at the historical Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, she was also a nominee for a New England Music Award for female performer of the year, and singer/songwriter of the year by Limelight Magazine, and took home the title of Artist of the Year from My Rural Radio based out of Central PA for 2011. Blacker is currently touring behind her brand new, stripped-down 6-song EP, 'Perfectly Imperfect,' which she is selling to her ever-growing fan-base to raise funds to make music videos. She was invited to tour Germany last fall and sold out each show.
Blacker has shared the stage with notable acts such as Sara Bareilles, America, the Wood Bros., Lucy Kaplansky, Jason Isbell, and Liam Finn to name just a few. She is regularly compared to Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, but stations like WMVY, WCIB, and WAAF agree that she has a sound all her own.
Ticket Price: $25, $35