Low Lily explores American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), and Lissa Schnecken-burger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet con-temporary.
All four musicians are recognized in their own right as New England-based performers much in demand among their peers. Liz grew up listening to her mother sing traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America, as well as the New Orleans brass music her father plays. Since then, she has developed a unique vocal and guitar style that draws from her musical history in folk and ballad traditions as well as the sounds of contemporary folk music, and she has also become a respected songwriter. She is a graduate of Goddard College (2005), where she studied American vernacular music of the 1920s and 30s. She also performs with the all-women group EVA, who can be seen onstage regularly alongside Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and Melanie.
Acoustic guitarist and mandolinist Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. In addition to performing with Low Lily, he can be seen on concert and festival stages with legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, modern bluegrass band Tony Watt and Southeast Expressway, and in his own solo project. He studied Music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England, and at Mills College in Oakland, California and when he is not touring, he manages a large roster of students in his private studio in the Boston area.
Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger grew up in Maine as an active member of the folk community where she learned to play at the feet of some of the most venerable musicians in New England, and now she is one of the most well-respected versa-tile fiddlers in the northeast today. Lissa is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (2001), and has played all over the world.
Corey DiMario has been with Crooked Still since 2001. This double-bassist is one of the most sought-after accompanists in the acoustic music scene. He has performed at major festivals and concert venues across North America, Europe and Australia.
“We invite our audience to this wonderful night of authentic music performed by these four top-flight musicians,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. “They’ll be unveiling their brand-new CD, which our local audience will be the first to hear samplings from.”
Tickets for the concert are on sale at Fiddleheads on Main Street in Colebrook, as well as at the door on the night of the concert. For information on this and other upcoming GNWCA events, call 237-9302 or 246- 8998, visit www.gnwca.org or visit the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts Facebook page.