Vermont’s own sing and swing factory. 4 part harmonies, old time swing, and fiddle tunes from all around.
Housetop is Naomi Morse (vocals, fiddle and mandolin), Erica Morse (vocals and upright bass), Anna Patton (vocals and clarinet), and Peter Siegel (vocals, guitar and mandolin. They perform a quirky program of swingy, bluesy, old time American music. Much of their music is from (or at least reminiscent of) the 30s and 40s -a high point of American song writing as performed at the time by stars like the Ink Spots, The Boswell Sisters, Fats Waller, and Fred Astaire. It was a time of great musical craftiness: close harmonies and clever, concise lyrics. It’s also the music with which entertainers strove to sing and dance the people’s cares away, and there’s an undertone of hard times, treading the line between sincerity and satire. In the irreverent spirit of Vaudeville, Housetop makes these songs their own, along with whatever else scratches their itch, including jug band tunes, songs penned by Bob Wills, Dan Hicks, the Roches, and many of their own originals. There’s always hot instrumentals as well: Peter and Erica set the groove for Anna and Naomi’s wild renditions of raggity fiddle tunes and little-big-band breaks.
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New York’s own Trad music group with fiddler Britany Orlebeke, pianist Kristen Hislop, and Peter. Fiddle tunes from New York, New England, Ireland, Appalachia, and beyond. Beverwyck has been playing tunes for almost 20 years. Friends first, and gigs are the gravy for this long standing trio.
Check out their CD. Tunes.. Tunes.. cdbaby.com