Local artists Joyce Andersen and Harvey Reid will bring their combined talents to the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Saturday, February 21 at 8 pm to present show stopping Celtic jigs and old-time fiddle tunes to house-shaking blues rockers, soaring gospel duets, and achingly beautiful ballads. They have brought audiences to their feet at folk & bluegrass festivals, clubs, coffeehouses and concert halls across the US and in Europe.
They are one of the most potent duo teams in acoustic music . . . both gifted instrumentalists, strong and versatile singers, and prolific songwriters, and are comfortable in a dizzying array of styles of roots and Americana music. Reid’s legendary acoustic and slide guitar work makes a perfect backdrop for Andersen’s powerful fiddling, and they take turns on lead and harmony vocals to showcase a large and interesting repertoire of original, traditional and contemporary music., and have released 4 highly-acclaimed collaboration recordings.
Harvey Reid started playing guitar in his early teens in Maryland, and fell in with the now-legendary DC-area bluegrass scene. After street-fiddling and playing old-time and bluegrass music for close to 9 years, he moved into his van in the late 1970’s and began pursuing solo acoustic songs & instrumental music, primarily fingerstyle acoustic guitar and autoharp. After stints in a bluegrass band in Colorado, playing Telecaster in a country band in Virginia, and a winter in Nashville, Reid migrated to Northern New England, playing 5 nights a week on the “blue-collar” folk circuit in Maine and New Hampshire, while developing his own personal blend of American acoustic music.
Reid’s skills and versatility on the guitar alone mark him as an important new voice in acoustic music. He won the 1981 National Fingerpicking Guitar Competition and the 1982 International Autoharp competition. Yet he’s also a veteran musician with a long list of studio and band credits, a strong flatpicker who has won Bill Monroe’s Beanblossom bluegrass guitar contest, a versatile and engaging singer, a powerful lyricist, prolific composer, arranger and songwriter, a solid mandolin and bouzouki player, and a seasoned performer and captivating entertainer. And he plays the 6-string banjo and the autoharp like no one else.
Joyce Andersen is also a veteran musician who has enjoyed a varied 20-year career as side-gal, session player, singer-songwriter, and band leader. She lived and toured out of Boston, Nashville, and NYC before returning to her native New England in 2000 where she lives with her husband and co-performer, Harvey Reid, and their two boys, in York, ME. Andersen has made 9 CDs: 5 solo and 4 with Reid. Her 5th solo CD, Swerve (Oct. 2011), marks the invention of her innovative new “violin troubadour” sound which reflects her passion for a variety of styles (old-time, rock, Americana, pop, swing) her strengths as an improviser, and her new-found interest in using technology (loops, effects etc.) to harness new sonic landscapes and launch into extended psychedelic jams.
Andersen’s music has brought her from the coffeehouses and taverns of her native New England, to national & international touring as a solo artist and with husband, Harvey Reid, and to performing at Carnegie Hall and on the Conan O’Brien show.
Don’t miss the performance presented by Ogunquit Performing Arts of this exciting and lively team of Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Saturday February 21, 2015 at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door, and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Dunaway Center, Ogunquit Welcome Center, and Ogunquit Camera Shop. Tickets are also available on line at www.ogunquit.org/shop.php.