Jim Kweskin with Geoff Muldaur
Little Concert Series presents: Jim Kweskin with Geoff Muldaur
Sunday, April 30
Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door
50 years after collaborating in Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band, old friends Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are back together again. The American folk duo recently teamed up for 2016's Penny's Farm.
More: Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, and with U and I bandmate Samoa Wilson, and continues to perform widely in various formats. In recent years he and Geoff Muldaur have often appeared as a duo, revisiting and expanding on their Jug Band repertoire.
Geoff Muldaur was already a known factor when he joined the jug band, and he went on to lend his soulful vocals and brilliant arranging skills to a wide range of influential groups, from Geoff and Maria to Paul Butterfield's Better Days to his own dazzlingly varied solo ventures. He returned from a dozen-year hiatus in 1998 with the acclaimed Secret Handshake, proving his skills were stronger than ever, and has since been touring widely, recording everything from blues and jug band music to an album of Bix Beiderbecke arranged for horn octet. Fifty years on, his singing remains uniquely powerful; as the English folk-rocker Richard Thompson said: "There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them."