This evening we present three exuberant, boundary-bending virtuosos: Rushad Eggleston, Lily Henley and Emily Elbert. Cellist Rushad Eggleston is a masterful improviser and a wildly inventive performer. He's known for his revolutionary cello playing.. Two decades of practicing and meditation led Rushad to invent bluegrass cello, co-found folk-bluegrass sensation Crooked Still, and earned a Grammy nomination with the all-star group Fiddlers 4. In 2007 he strapped on his cello and unleashed the cello-driven rock band Tornado Rider. As a versatile singer and fiddle player, drawing on her roots in both Americana and Middle Eastern music traditions, Lily Henley has begun to forge a unique musical path for herself. Her repertoire crosses three languages and combines original material with ear-catching arrangements of traditional songs and melodies. Lily currently lives in New York City and has just released her first record produced by Israeli Composer/Arranger Omer Avital entitled "Words Like Yours".
"The best artists always turn out to be the ones who aren't out to prove, but just to speak. It's the combination of her singing being so seamless and her expression so potent that it takes only a second to realize: this is one beautifully fearless voice." -- musician Bruce Molsky
Known for her strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work, Emily. Music lovers have watched Emily's YouTube videos in droves, including over 400,000 views of her version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and over a million views of her YouTube channel. Emily co-produced her debut album, Bright Side, in 2006 and her second album, Proof, in 2010. Her third CD, a live, full-band recording, entitled Alive, In Love was released in May, 2012. The Boston Folk Festival says, "Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if 'upcoming' even applies to this phenom any longer."