It’s been a few years since Dave Bielanko and Christine Smith of the folk-punk/roots-rock band Marah landed in the central Pennsylvania countryside, hunkered down in a farmhouse amid the academics, the Amish, and the ATV crowd. Here they made a new start, one that ironically was built around a bunch of cast-off instruments from yesteryear: a set of flea market drums, an old organ picked up from an Amish second-hand store, a creaky piano that a nearby church was giving away.
They pushed that piano all the way down a country road. They kept on pushing, and it paid off. Life is a Problem, the band's self-described “folked-up mess of American rock and roll” released in 2010, was praised as “blissful, shambolic rock brilliance,” overflowing with “skittering hooks and pregnant refrains.” No Depression called it “the most honest, open and human collection of songs Marah has yet produced.” A few of those songs, we're thrilled to note, were debuted right here at the Tree House.Mountain Minstrelsy project and stems from forgotten song fragments and lyrics from their neck of the woods documented in a book of the same name by Henry W. Shoemaker in 1931. We here at the Tree House cannot wait to hear what Dave and Christine have been up to, and it’s all gonna go down at our satellite location at the VFW.
Saturday, April 14
Tickets: $20 (donation*)
Takoma Park VFW Post 350
(near New Hampshire & Eastern)
Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm
No BYOB (the bar will be open at the VFW)
Please bring cash (credit cards not accepted)
* All proceeds, minus expenses, go to the artists
All photos by Suzanne Davis
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