Archive for April, 2015

Spuyten Duyvil at Passim

April 20, 2015

When New York City was run by the Dutch, back in the 17th century, a creek in what is now the Bronx got a reputation for being tough on swimmers. They started calling it Spuyten Duyvil (Devil’s Whirlpool) from the currents that made it so hard to cross. Soon the whole neighborhood was called Spuyten Duyvil, and later (about 300 years later), there was a band called Spuyten Duyvil, and they’ll be performing at Club Passim in beautiful Harvard Square on Wednesday, April 22. Laney Jones opens (listen! she’s really good!).

The band is just wrapping up a tour behind their new CD, The Social Music Hour, Vol. 1, which they’ve described as “a love letter to the Anthology of American Folk Music.” Most of the material on the new CD is traditional (although only one of the tunes actually appears on the Anthology), but Spuyten Duyvil aren’t tied down to any one tradition. Lead singer Beth Kaufman is versatile enough to put across both Barbara Allen and Keep Your Skillet Good and Greasy, and the band handles blues, jug band music and ancient ballads with equal grace. Show starts at 8 – check them out. Here’s Keep Your Skillet Good and Greasy live from Rockwell Music Hall. Please enjoy!

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