Contributed by Folklore Village
DODGEVILLE— Tim Eriksen, one of the best ballad singers in Americana music, performs with his Trio de Pumpkintown at Folklore Village tonight. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Pumpkintown is an imaginary New England village Eriksen concocted as a setting for his new album, “Josh Billings Voyage,” which explores the northern roots of American music from the imaginary seaport village of Pumpkintown.
“I wanted to get to the invisible multiculturalism that goes really deep in these little New England villages that we think of as culturally homogeneous,” Eriksen told James Reed of the Boston Globe. “You can listen to a lot of old New England folk songs and not hear the deep multiculturalism in the local culture, but it’s there. And I wanted to draw it out.” According to his website (www.timeriksenmusic.com), Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto—a 12-string Mexican acoustic bass—creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that was featured on the “Cold Mountain” soundtrack.
The Trio de Pumpkintown consists of Peter Irvine on hand percussion and voice, Zoe Darrow on fiddle and Eriksen on fiddle, banjo, guitar, bajo sexto and voice.
$15 general admission. To make reservations, call (608) 924-4000. For more information, see www.folklorevillage.org. Folklore Village is at 3210 CTY BB, six miles east of Dodgeville just off HWY 18/151.