9 November 2018
Mile Twelve continues to impress music fans, especially bluegrass fans, and their show on Friday, November 9 will be no exception. Their music has been met with critical acclaim and earned the band time at the top of their bluegrass charts as well as an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) nomination for the 2018 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. Mile Twelve will be offering up two full sets of lively and imaginative music at this special show.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm
Mile Twelve consists of Evan Murphy on guitar and vocals; New Zealander, Catherine Bowness, on banjo; Berklee graduates, Nate Sabat, on upright bass and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes on violin; and David Benedict on mandolin. This band is filled with talent, energy, and the ability to draw audiences into their musical world.
John Lawless of Bluegrass Today says, “The Boston-based group has been making noise in bluegrass with their virtuosic approach to the music, clever songwriting and arrangements, a nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, and a youthful energy that appeals to all age groups.” Paul Schiminger, President of The IBMA says, “What I and so many others love about Mile Twelve is their musicianship, material, and energy. Their sound isfresh and innovative, yet rooted in a solid foundation of bluegrass. They move easily among traditional bluegrass classics, terrific original material,and interpretations of pop music classics, while knocking you over with their strong instrumentals and harmonies.” Acclaimed bluegrass picker Tim O’Brien calls them “a group to watch in the coming decade.” Another virtuoso in the bluegrass field, Tony Trischka, marvels at Mile Twelve as well: “The arrangements often surprise with subtle twists and turns . . . delicious false endings, dropped beats, bass and fiddle duets, and on and on. Mile Twelve is carrying the tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”
- In recent years, Boston’s Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory have added extra fire to that city’s already churning cauldron of traditional string players. Out of this spicy soup jumps Mile Twelve, a group of five accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade. Tim O’Brien
- Mile Twelve’s instrumental skills reflect natural abilities enhanced by serious study of bluegrass tradition and a fearless desire to create fresh pathways. From the opening number of their new EP, it’s plain that their vocal skills are equal to their picking prowess. Their trio blend is as tight as it gets. Their duo and solo singing is equally praiseworthy. The arrangements often surprise with subtle twists and turns… delicious false endings, dropped beats, arco bass and fiddle duets, and on and on. Mile Twelve is carrying the tradition forward with creativity and integrity. Tony Trischka
- Mile Twelve has Bluegrass’ best interests at heart. Really good songs that mean something, picking that makes you grin and twitch, plenty of scalp-zinging moments . . . what more could you ask for America’s best drivin’ music? I’d be fine sending this to aliens. Darol Anger