Win Tickets ($64): Rising Appalachia @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Jeffrey Martin, Folk, Roots Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Rising Appalachia @ Crystal Ballroom on August 2. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed July 25.



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From our sponsors:
Rising Appalachia
August 2, 2022
7PM Doors, 8PM Show | All Ages
GA $28 ADV, $32 Doors
Balcony $35 ADV, $40 Doors
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.

Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence. However, for the first time, they opted to bring in a producer for the new album, teaming up with the legendary Joe Henry on the sessions. These were also their first recording sessions outside of the South. For 10 days, all six band members lived and recorded in a castle-like studio in Marin County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As a result, a sense of unity and immediacy can be heard throughout their seventh album, Leylines.

“As far as recording goes, we’re open creatively, but we’ve often preferred elements of live recording. I mean, we’re folk musicians at our core,” Leah explains. “The experience of playing music together in one room, looking at each other, is the bedrock of what we do and how we’ve grown up with music. I think Joe very much felt that way as well. He was very clear at the beginning that he was going to encourage us to have as many elements of a live recording as possible.”

Although Leah and Chloe Smith consider their voices as their primary instrument, Leah also plays banjo and bodhran on the album, while Chloe plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. They are joined on Leylines by longtime members David Brown (stand-up bass, baritone guitar) and Biko Casini (world percussion, n’goni), as well as two new members: West African musician Arouna Diarra (n’goni, talking drum) and Irish musician Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello). The sonic textures of these two cultures are woven into Leylines, enhancing the stunning blend of folk, world, and urban music that has become Rising Appalachia’s calling card.

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14 Comments

  1. Carol Trekas on May 3, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Love folk music. Count me in please.

  2. Matthew Light on May 3, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    They are amazing group would love to see them

  3. Alec E on May 5, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Happy date night concert!

  4. Gina Tombleson on May 5, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Yes please, these folks spin a powerful web of mad beautiful music and energy!

    • Mia on May 12, 2022 at 2:30 pm

      Pick me please

  5. Raya B on May 7, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    The beautiful and uplifting vocals and harmonies of Rising Appalachia got me through one of the most devastating times of my life. I have moved through my experience and would be grateful for the privilege to go again, but this time being able to share their empowerment and passion with my partner and our child.

  6. Clayton W on May 10, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    To be swept up in the fervor of this show sounds fantastic. Fingers crossed…..

  7. YB on May 10, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Would love to go!

  8. Rachel Walsh on May 10, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    These sisters are truly majestic. I’ve not missed one of their shows as long as they’ve played in PDX but since Covid, money has been stretched entirely too thin. I’m gutted at the thought of not going. Fingers crossed 🤞🏻

  9. [email protected] on May 10, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Have listened to the harmonies and players, think they would be amazing live !!!

  10. James on May 12, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Will be a great night of music.

  11. Austin Walker on May 12, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Amazing group with a great sound! Would love to see them

  12. Brad miller on May 13, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    My girlfriend loves Shook Twins, the Quebe Sisters and these gals! I would love to surprise her with an evening of dancing some melodic singing and fiddles!

  13. Kaeli Plaks on May 13, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Houston…we have an awesome show alert! Calling on Ground Control to hook me up with some free tix. Roger, that. Over…sqqqquuusshhhh *(walkie talkie sound)*

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