Two acoustic duos from remarkably different traditions share this one-time-only double bill. Germán López is a world-renowned timple player from the Canary Islands, and is joined by Spanish guitarist Antonio Toledo. López has been performing since the age of 10, including collaborations with the symphony orchestra of Gran Canaria and festival appearances throughout Europe and the US. Pronounced “tim-play,” the timple is a diminutive 5-stringed instrument that resembles the 4-stringed ukulele, which López brings to life through a joyous sound that is similar to flamenco music but with a very Portuguese flair.
Joel Savoy and Kelli Jones are from Eunice, Louisiana and specialize in Cajun music, honky-tonk and swing on guitar and fiddle. Savoy is the son of renowned Cajun musicians Mark & Ann Savoy, is owner/producer at the Grammy-winning label Valcour Records, and is also the Artistic Director of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. This is his third SMF appearance. Kelli Jones grew up playing old-time fiddle alongside her father Carl Jones in North Carolina, and has lived in Louisiana for the past decade. She also performs and tours with Feufollet and T’Monde, in addition to this compelling new project.