Noted Canadian banjo player/composer Jayme Stone has announced an April 7 release for his next project, Folklife, on Borealis Records. The project is a continuation and extension of his current fascination with the traditional folk music of many cultures, incorporating what he describes as “Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes” in the same spirit as his Lomax Project from 2015.
The songs were chosen from the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folklife, all classics that have survived over multiple generations. Stone’s chief collaborator is again Moira Smiley, a very talented and versatile vocalist uniquely suited to a project that crosses so many genres. Former Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons also makes an appearance. Read more.