The Transatlantic Sessions @ Town Hall

The Transatlantic Sessions

Town Hall

May 4, 2017

MANHATTAN, NY—Transatlantic Sessions is the collective title for a series of live musical collaborations begun in 1995 by musicians from both sides of the North Atlantic, playing folk music from Scotland, Ireland, England and North America. Under the musical direction of Scottish fiddler Aly Bain and American guitarist Jerry Douglas, the performances have been recorded and filmed intermittently for six series of half-hour television episodes shown in Great Britain and North America. Transatlantic Sessions also were made available as in DVD and CD formats.

After more than 20 years, the live Transatlantic Sessions finally came to America for a brief tour, including tonight’s performance at the Town Hall. Douglas acted as master of ceremonies, and he and Bain were joined by Scottish musicians Donald Shaw on accordion, John McCusker on fiddle, and James Mackintosh on drums, English musician Michael McGoldrick on pipes, Irish musician John Doyle on guitar, and American musicians Russ Barenberg on guitar and Daniel Kimbro on upright bass. On this date, American vocalists Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sarah Jarosz, John Paul White, and Aoife O’Donovan, along with Irish vocalist Declan O’Rourke and Scottish vocalist Karen Matheson, were invited to sing.

Led by Douglas on resonator …

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