On top of dealing with a new baby, Colorado banjo player Jayme Stone has an ambitious new project for next year.
Called The Lomax Project, this collaboration of traditional string musicians will travel and record in 2014 in honor of American folklorist and field recordist Alan Lomax, who collected folk music directly from the folks all over the world starting in the 1940s. Appropriately, the project will focus on new interpretations of the traditional folk music Lomax preserved, from Appalachian ballads to 20th century work songs and beyond.
Stone will be on banjo, with a core group including Moira Smiley on accordion and vocals, Tim O’Brien on mandolin, fiddle and vocals, Margaret Glaspy on guitar and vocals, and Greg Garrison on bass. Contributions are also anticipated from Bruce Molsky, Eli West, Julian Lage, Brittany Haas and others.
Jayme has made a pair of videos, one documentary style, explaining what the Lomax Project is all about…
…and a simple performance video of Goodbye Old Paint.
They will perform at Celtic Connections January 30 in Glasgow, followed a US east coast tour in February, a west coast run in March, and plenty of festival appearances over the summer.
Jayme says that they will record sometime later in 2014, with a 2015 release expected.