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Hackney Folk Club Presents: Jake Blount


Paper Dress Vintage, 352 Mare St, Hackney, London, London, E8 1HR


19 May 2022

| Doors open: 19:30


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Hackney Folk Club Presents

Jake Blount, USA

Paper Dress Vintage

325a Mare St, London, E8 1HR

19th May, 19:30 - 23:00

£8 Concs, £12 Waged

Doors Open 19:30

Floor Spots (open mic) 20:00 - 20:30

Jake Blount 21:00

What is a Folk Club?

A coming together of people interested in, and to celebrate and enjoy, the Traditional and Ancient Music of any given culture. We learn from the past to inform the future. We start the evening with "Floor Spots", where members of the audience can perform one song or tune, before handing over to the invited artist.

About the Featured Artist

Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and ethnomusicologist based in Providence, RI.  He is half of the internationally touring duo Tui, a 2020 recipient of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, and a board member of Bluegrass Pride. He is a two-time winner and many-time finalist of the Appalachian String Band Music Festival (better known as Clifftop). Blount specializes in the music of Black communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of the Finger Lakes. A versatile performer, Blount interpolates blues, bluegrass and spirituals into the old-time string band tradition he belongs to. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work. His teachers include Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky and Judy Hyman. Blount has shared his music and research at the Newport Folk Festival, the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University, among other venues and institutions. He has also appeared on Radiolab, Soundcheck and NPR's Weekend Edition. He regularly teaches fiddle and banjo at festivals and camps like the Augusta Heritage Center, the Ashokan Center, and Midwest Banjo Camp. Blount tours domestically and internationally as a solo performer, with his duo Tui, and with his band The Moose Whisperers. He has performed and recorded solo, and in ensembles of up to six people. His first full-length solo album, Spider Tales, is out now on Free Dirt Records & Service Co. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, received positive coverage from NPR, Rolling Stone and Billboard among others, and earned five out of five stars as The Guardian's Folk Album of the Month.  Spider Tales later appeared on "Best of 2020" lists from NPR, Bandcamp, The New Yorker, the Guardian, and elsewhere.