14 October 2016
Eric Lee opens
On Friday, October 14, Marblehead’s own Jim Trick will be the featured performer at the me&thee. Jim will be singing a selection of brand new and familiar songs and breaking down the “fourth wall” between performer and audience as he always does. ¶ Amazing fiddler and singer-songwriter Eric Lee will be opening the show and accompanying Jim on some songs.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
Jim Trick is a performing songwriter, speaker and life coach. Musically his version of modern folk is mixed with alt-country and thoughtful pop. “Jim has a real gift of bringing a room together when he performs. His positive energy and captivating music engages the audience. His music carries a universal flow of emotions and experience that we can all identify with” reports a venue manager who recently presented Jim in concert. It’s this kind of praise that keeps Jim on the road playing before new fans quite frequently.
Jim’s most recent album, Further From the Tree, was produced by Michael Pritzl of The Violet Burning and was completely fan funded in under four weeks using what Jim referred to as a “Trick-Starter.” He has played at venues like Club Passim, Godrey Daniels, Homegrown Coffeehouse and the Guthrie Center. Trick has shared the stage with the likes of Ellis Paul, Brooks Williams, Susan Werner, Carrie Newcomer, and Vance Gilbert. He has been a showcaser at the NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) conference and won a coveted spot at the Connecticut Folk Festival this fall.
Jim’s been a featured speaker at Berklee College of Music and has inspired student musicians. As a touring member of Banding People Together, Jim also travels the world using music and behavioral science to help companies create collaborative strategies and improve leadership. Jim makes fans wherever he goes; as one music writer points out, his gentle and authentic stage presence always makes for a delightful show.
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Eric Lee studied classical violin and traditional Irish fiddle as a child growing up in rural upstate New York. After moving to western Massachusetts, he pursued live shows and studio work, branching into psychedelic rock and bluegrass, playing in the pit of orchestras of musicals and writing his own songs and compositions. In 2007 Lee attended the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival where the newly formed folk supergroup, The Strangelings spotted Eric and his ever-present fiddle and invited him to join them at a campground performance. That weekend changed his life and Eric played on the main stage and became a member of the band and traveled with them for two years.
He’s now a member of the house band at Falcon Ridge and has accompanied the best of the best: John Gorka, Dan Navarro, Tracy Grammer, The Grand Slambovians, Tom Rush, and more. Eric’s original music is a combination of genres and influences. His latest CD truly shows a very wide range of music. He’s been touring widely and playing solo gigs and with a New England based bluegrass band, The Gather Rounders.
Photo by Wanda Adams Fischer
- Jim’s engaging personality and passionate song writing made the evening special. He has a way of not only bringing the audience along for the ride, but rather they are packing their bags, jumping on the train and taking the journey with him. House Concert Promoter, NY
- One of New England’s top songwriters Berklee School of Music
- His gentle and authentic stage presence combined with awesome songwriting make for a delightful show. No Depression
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- Eric Lee sauntered into the legendary Falcon Ridge House Band as a thin young man with some very large shoes to fill. He was replacing Tim Carbone who went on to become the Jerry Garcia of fiddle with Railroad Earth. He stepped in seamlessly and brought a infectious cool along with his violin mastery. A mercurial presence, aviator shades and a continuous ‘I got this’ expression made me and veteran Mark Dann barely notice anything had changed at first. Something did change. That cool young guy gave the two of us more cred than ever! Check it out for yourselves. Radoslav Lorkovic, Falcon Ridge and keyboardist / accordionist and traveling musician
- Maura and I have played lots of music with Eric Lee, including playing with him in The Strangelings, working with him as a member of the topflight Falcon Ridge House Band, and producing his first solo CD in our studio. He’s a terrific musician who is doing new and interesting things every time we cross his path. I highly recommend any chance to see him perform! Pete Kennedy