Jayme Stone & Folklife, quartet, featuring Moira Smiley and others, rejuvenate songs from early 20th Century field recordings

We are very proud to present this fine group of musicians, Jayme Stone and Folklife, who explore the deep roots music of North America and beyond. They have a new album and a new show to share as follow-up to their earlier tour and album called the Lomax Project, which was performed here at Caltech three years ago. They are touring the country, winding up in New York’s Carnegie Hall in June. Jayme Stone is a Canadian banjo innovator, known for his bringing together diverse music, be it Bach or from Africa. His range is tremendous and his knowledge of the music insures that it will be an authentic rendering. Jayme has won a pair Juno Awards (the Canadian Grammy), three Canadian Folk Music Awards; and has been featured on NPR, BBC, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, and he has performed thousands of concerts at places like the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, and many others around the world.

The program treats old field recordings from the Library of Congress not as time capsules, but as heirloom seeds passed down from a bygone generation. Planting these sturdy seeds in modern soil, this versatile gathering of musicians- Jayme, Moira Smiley, Sumaia Jackson & Joe Phillips– has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners. Moira, now living in Vermont, is familiar to many from her previous appearances at Caltech with her group, VOCO. She is also known for her parts in feature films, BBC & PBS television programs, NPR, and her part on more than 60 albums. Noted for her gorgeous voice, she is known for her compositions, singing and song leading, which has also been featured in appearances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Sumaia, from the Bay Area, was classically trained in violin early on, and then went to Berklee College of Music in the American Roots Music department, and she sought out roots communities, including Scottish, Appalachian, Bluegrass, and Jazz. She can often be found at fiddle camps, and she plays in several ensembles besides Folklife. Joe, born and raised in Toronto, is also classically trained on the double bass, and is equally comfortable playing with orchestras, or in bars and pubs with a host of performers. Focusing on songs collected from field recordings at the Library of Congress, this ensemble preserves the essence of these fine recordings, while polishing them just a bit with contemporary nuances. Their recording based on this project, Jayme Stone’s Folklife, was nominated for a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category in 2018.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. They can be purchased on the phone (626-395-4652) with a credit card (a service charge will be added per order), purchased at the Caltech Public Events Ticket Office in the Spalding Building (California Blvd. and Wilson Avenue) for face value (open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm.), or purchased at the door for cash or check (no credit cards.) Online tickets can be purchased here (service charge will be added per ticket). Join our mailing list and you’ll be informed about such situations ahead of time.

More Info: jaymestone.com/projects/folklife

Tickets: $20 / $5 for Caltech students and children


A bit more about parking if you haven’t been to one of our shows for awhile:  There will be the usual limited parking right behind the large Beckman Auditorium- It is OK to park in slots with names on weekends and evenings, but the lot may fill up, depending on what other events may be taking place on the Caltech campus.  This is the best place to park for the handicapped (try to come a little early- email us at info@pasadenafolkmusicsociety.org if you need help planning your visit). The parking lots between Michigan and Wilson have been closed- a new building is rapidly rising at the southeast corner of Wilson and Del Mar.  The most reliable parking will be on Wilson Avenue, either on the street or in the two parking structures just south of Del Mar Avenue, across the street from Beckman Institute.   One structure is just north of the Institute at 341 S. Wilson Avenue, and the other, 405 S. Wilson, is just a bit south of the Institute.   Rest assured that after 5PM on weekdays, and all day on weekends, you can park for free in these structures, despite signs that allude to the more restricted parking rules during the day on weekdays.   You are permitted to park in slots that have names on them here as well.  From the structures, walk around the big lawn (much of which is currently fenced in for the building projet to the north) in front of Beckman Institute and you will recognize where to go.  On this map, we are suggesting that you park in structures #123 and #124 in the upper left. Beckman Institute is building #74, just to the east (right).  If you need help figuring this out, try calling (626) 616-4559