Joe Walsh, Mariel Vandersteel, and Eli West to perform at Sandglass Theater

PUTNEY — Mariel Vandersteel and Joe Walsh are excited to be coming back to the Brattleboro area. After strong performances by Vandersteel last winter at the Northern Roots Festival and by Walsh recently with Darol Anger at Next Stage, they are joining forces with guitarist Eli West to carve out a unique sound on their upcoming New England Spring Tour. Drawing from their strong individual musical voices, the trio will be collaborating on traditional American songs and tunes, Norwegian fiddle tunes (using Vandersteel's hardingfele, Norway's traditional folk instrument), and original songs and instrumentals. They will be performing at Putney's Sandglass Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Mandolinist Joe Walsh, of "Mr. Sun", has performed with legendary musicians including John Scofield, Bela Fleck and Emmylou Harris. In addition to continuously pushing the boundaries of the mandolin, Walsh also is an avid educator and teaches mandolin at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Joe performed for numerous years with Bluegrass group, The Gibson Brothers. Last year, Joe released an album of original music called, "Borderland".

Mariel Vandersteel and Walsh met when they were both students at Berklee. Vandersteel says, "It was my first semester and Joe's last. Ever since then, Joe's musicality and versatility has been something I've deeply admired." After graduating from Berklee, Mariel moved to Norway to study the hardingfele and recorded an album of Old-Time and Norwegian fiddling, "Hickory". Her passion of world music and international collaboration led her to be accepted twice by the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad Program. Performing with Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, the group traveled to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, India and Bangladesh among other places, to share and exchange American traditional music with other cultures. Vandersteel looks forward to continuing exchanging music with Walsh and West: "I'm thrilled to collaborate with Joe and Eli. They both have beautiful ways of hearing things musically and expressing them so honestly."

Based in Seattle, Eli West is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Spending many years performing in the duo Cahalen and Eli with Cahalen Morrison, the two toured internationally and recorded three albums. Cahalen regularly collaborates with Ben Winship, and Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva. In 2016, West released an album that includes duets with three musicians, Bill Frisell, Dori Freeman, and John Reischman.

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