“It’s right there in the name for this ultra-gifted, rotating collective of singers and multi-instrumentalists. And sprawl is a good word when it comes to the Boston-based group’s raucous live shows, which were initially built around the community concept of traditional Irish seisiúns. The group, whose members have played with a variety of acts including Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter and the J. Geils Band, expertly blends vintage American roots music styles — from country to jazz to rock — in a rowdy but deft fashion.” ROLLING STONE
Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack’s bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easilywon; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag”.
2016 Line-up (with one-fact bio):
Kimon Kirk (bass) co-writes with and has performed with Aimee Mann
Jefferson Hamer won the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Song for his Child Ballads collaboration with Anais Mitchell
Ry Cavanaugh’s song, “Lighthouse Light” was released by Mary Black on her last record, Songs for the Steeples.
Billy Beard is the drummer on the Patty Griffin’s “Silver Bell on Universal Records
Dinty Child is a multi-instrumentalist on Rose Cousins Juno-award winning album, “We have Made a Spark”.
Jim Fitting was the harmonica player in The The from 1993-1995.
Collaborations – From time to time, Session Americana has performed and/or recorded records with other artists including: Patty Griffin, Kris Delmhorst, Jennifer Kimball, Rachel Price (Lake Street Dive), Peter Wolf (J.Geils Band), Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Billy Conway (Morphine), Bruno Green (FR), The Henry Girls (ROI), Cahelen Morrison and Eli West (CAN), Rose Cousins (CAN), Anais Mitchell, David Wax Museum, The Watson Twins, Aoife O’Donavan, Heather Moloney and many more.
“Session Americana are a rare breed, a collective of talented individuals that musically moves as one. They take their music seriously but never fail to find the joy in every note. One listen to Pack Up the Circus and I’m sure that you’ll agree.” TWANGVILLE
“Session has a terrific new album called “Pack Up the Circus,” coproduced with Mitchell. It’s their crowning achievement on record, a focused and vibrant statement on what it means to be an artist who’s in it for the long haul.” BOSTON GLOBE
“Session has has developed into a travelling medicine show which eschews snake oil in favor of an ongoing grail quest for the perfect collaborative experience” HOT PRESS IRELAND
“With home made instruments and a suitcase for a kick drum, this stomping ensemble play some serious down-home, roots grooves laced with harmonica and banjos. It’s a wild trad ride that’s definitely worth hopping on board with.” TIME OUT