Slow Boat Home: Jug, Country and Blues Music
As always the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), celebrates the arts and this year SLOW BOAT HOME, will play for this year’s Poster Contest Press Announcement & Reception.
Slow Boat Home plays the music your great-grandfather might have enjoyed - if he had truly eclectic tastes and traveled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Louisville to Memphis and on down to New Orleans. A mixture of jug band, country and blues music that spans the first half of the 20th century, stretching into some classic country of the 1950s and 60s such as the Louvin Brothers and Hank Snow. All four members share the lead vocals, accompanied by harmonica, mandolin, bass, acoustic and National resonator guitars and a 1915 antique banjo-mandolin that survived WWI with the US Army in France.
Formed in 2011 as an outgrowth of Blues, Folk, Honky Tonk, and Jug Band ensembles from the renowned Passim School of Music, Slow Boat Home blends original song writing with creative song interpretations. Their distinctive sounds are blended from a wide array of inspiring songsters – from Cab Calloway to The Inks Spots; from Big Bill Broonzy to Lightnin’ Hopkins; from George Brassens to Bola de Nieve; from the Memphis Jug Band to the Kweskin Jug Band; and many others.
Whether original tunes or original interpretations this is a band that likes to have fun celebrating the essence of the songs, sometimes rowdy, often freewheeling, and always engaged with each other and the audience. The camaraderie and musical craftsmanship of the band provides for an infectious musical adventure on that slow boat home. www.SlowBoatHome.com
Michael Smith - Vocals, Acoustic and National guitar, kazoo
Stephen Born - Vocals, Harmonica, Jug, Percussion
Scott Southgate - Vocals, Bass
C. "Bo" Dacius - Vocals, Mandolin, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Banjo-Mandolin
We invite you to join AIFF and the administration, faculty and students of Mount Ida College on Thursday, April 21, 7:00 PM hosted by the Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, Arlington. Come and enjoy an evening of creative poster art, motivating music and great hors d’oeuvres… an evening that promises to be entertaining!