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“… With their adrenaline-fueled performances, The East Pointers have carved a defining space in the modern folk genre–no small feat in the increasingly crowded field. The trio, comprising Jake Charron (guitar), Tim Chaisson (fiddle), and his cousin, Koady Chaisson (banjo), won the prestigious Juno Award for best roots album of 2017. In their latest album, What We Leave Behind, we find bracing harmonies soaring alongside that the high-lonesome timbre of the fiddle, modernized with keys, and all framing a narrative style that blends allegory and autobiography. Take “82 Fires,” for instance, which East Pointers wrote while on tour in Tasmania in 2016 when wildfires raged across the land. The lyrics could be a Steinbeck novel:

‘Raised two boys in the land of my father’s tending crops in the fertile fields. Through depth of frost and fire only took what the land could yield. We heard old tales of 82 fires, smoke turned day to night. And legends told there would come a time when their return would follow their might.’

That song moves into “Tanglewood,” an instrumental piece that starts with bright tambourine and takes off in a blistering rhythm, prompting audience members to rise from their picnic blankets and dance…”

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The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
The East Pointers @ SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 7/1/18. Photo by Vivian Wang (@Lithophyte) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

 

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