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This new collaboration promises intrepid songwriting and acoustic innovation!

These three artists have performed on multiple occasions at SMF in recent years, with varied projects including the Punch Brothers and Mark O’Connor Hot Swing Trio, leading their own bands and in duo and solo settings. Chris Eldridge (a.k.a. “Critter”) and Julian Lage performed together at the Charles H. Morris Center during SMF in 2014, in a duo project that continues to evolve. The program begins with Aoife O’Donovan at center stage for her solo debut at SMF. O’Donovan first performed at SMF with the now defunct Crooked Still, before returning with her own band in 2014, and has a voice that The Washington Post calls “almost too gorgeous for its own good.” Lage & Eldridge follow with their virtuosic duo performance, which synthesizes influences of bluegrass, folk and jazz.

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