April 21 is both Paul's and Jaime's birthday, this is bound to be a very special concert!
"Geremia is something of a national treasure" -- Elijah Wald
For almost forty years, Paul Geremia has survived solely by the fruit of his musical labours. Having abandoned all other means of support in 1966, he has been travelling far and wide ever since, performing in every capacity from street singing to club and concert bookings, throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.
In the years since, Geremia has built a reputation as a first rate bluesman, songwriter, a "scholar" of early jazz and blues, and one of the best country blues fingerpickers ever with his tools - six and twelve-string guitars, harmonica, piano and a husky soulful voice - and with an innate sense of the humour as well as the drama of the music, he keeps traditional blues fresh and alive with his performances.
Combining his interpretation of the earlier music of people like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Scrapper Blackwell and Blind Blake, with his original compositions, he has created a style which is very much his own and which has received accolades in the U.S.A. and Europe, too numerous to mention.
Jaime Brockett is a memorable and uniquely stylish New England folksinger. As the Boston Globe described him, Jaime is a "hard-core, unregenerated folkie.
His popularity soared, as a recording artist and performer, starting in the 1960s, when his version of Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic became an overnight classic. Despite the song's length -- over three minutes, an extraordinarily long recording for that era -- radio stations made time to play it anyway.
Pre-concert radio interviews
Date tbd, Paul w/ Kate McNally on NHPR
4/17 Jaime w/ Eli Polonsky on WMBR
4/19 Jaime w/ Nick Nobel on WICN
4/20 Paul w/ Dave Palmater on WUMB
4/20 Paul w/ tbd on WMBR
Dinner and a Show: Concert patrons are entitled to a discount when dining before the concert at The House of Tibet Kitchen, 235 Holland Street, Somerville - 617-629-7567. Patrons who make a dinner reservation and show proof of concert attendance (printed reservation confirmation) will be entitled to 10% off their dinner bill. Tax and tip not included. Before being seated please identify yourself to the staff as attending the Paul Geremia and Jaime Brockett concert at Unity.
Lord Geoffrey and Dr. Pearne Present PAUL GEREMIA AND JAIME BROCKETT
Friday, April 20 – 8:00pm
Unity Somerville, 6 William Street (corner College Ave, just north of Davis Square), Somerville
Paul Geremia - http://www.paulgeremia.org/
Jaime Brockett - http://www.mufc.dk/jaime/ (unofficial)
Official website – http://lordgeoffreydrpearne.blogspot.com/