Recreate Your Roots

January 22-25 and February 5-7, 2018
Boulder, Colorado

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Coming in early 2018 and sponsored by the American Music Research Center, Recreate Your Roots brings together musicians representing a diverse cross-section of American roots music traditions—think banjos, fiddles, drums—in an ear-opening way for contemporary listeners. Like a summer camp in the woods brought to the city, the celebration will include concerts, TED-style talks, creative incubation, and community gatherings that welcome folks of all ages from greater Boulder.

The visiting musicians—Jayme Stone’s Folklife, Anna & Elizabeth, and Dom Flemons—all work in collaboration with the past, both honoring and exploring the provenance and social underpinnings of the songs they play. These are songs that come with stories of black cowboys, slyly political Caribbean dancers, and the kind of woman who wouldn’t leave her house without her fiddle and her rifle. With great generosity of spirit, these musicians share their creative processes up close in a way that is fascinating to any art lover or art maker.

Curator Jayme Stone of Jayme Stone’s Folklife says, “We treat old field recordings not as time capsules, but as heirloom seeds passed down from a bygone generation.” Planting these sturdy seeds in modern soil, this versatile gathering of musicians has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners on their album.

Similarly, Anna & Elizabeth learn old traditional songs from master elders (especially women) and archives, then weave in new musical ideas and add elements of performance, including dance and moving panoramas or “crankies”. They also take inspiration from other musicians dwelling in storytelling and landscape places—like Laurie Anderson and Nick Cave—and put an avant-garde spin on traditional bluegrass and progressive folk.

Meanwhile, Dom “the American Songster” Flemons, a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, slam poet, and multi-instrumentalist, brings his own modern take on ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music, with both showmanship and humor.

A diverse Latin American program will also be presented by Steve Mullins, flamenco guitarist extraordinaire, composer, and published ethnomusicologist, in conjunction with University of Colorado professor Brenda Romero, singer/violinist and expert on U.S. borderlands--New Mexican, Native American, and Mexican--styles. 

Ultimately, this celebration embodies the values we associate with folk music. To use music and storytelling to share, between performer and audience, our common experiences and humanity; to lift our spirits and lower our stresses; to practice kindness among neighbors, hospitality to strangers, and to feed our yearning for social justice. It’s also about the common good in a way that is inter-generational, inclusive, feminist, and diverse.

It’s music for the people by the people; Recreate Your Roots. To reserve a visit to your class, please contact the AMRC at 303-735-3645 or All events are free and open to the public!

Monday, January 22, 2018 
2:00 pm - Jayme Stone's Folklife: Colloquium 
Think Sea Island spirituals, Creole calyps, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes. 
Imig Music Building, Room C-199, CU campus 

7:30 pm - Jayme Stone's Folklife: Workshop 
Learn about the group's "collaboratory" process. 
First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine Street, Boulder 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 
7:30 pm - Student and Community Concert 
Student composers create music for Folklife, horns and string quartet plus Moira Smiley leads a community sing with members of the Boulder Shape Note Singers, Resonance Women's Chorus, Sound Circle, and anyone else who'd like to join us! 
Imig Music Building, Grusin Hall. CU campus 

Thursday, January 25, 2018 
7:30 pm - Jayme Stone's Folklife Evening Concert 
Imig Music Building, Grusin Hall, CU campus 

Monday, February 5, 2018 
2:00 pm - Dom Flemons / Anna & Elizabeth Colloquium 
The American Songster in conversation with innovative multi instrumentalists and Appalachian story-tellers. 
Imig Music Building, Room C-199, CU campus 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 
3:30 pm - Dom Flemons / Anna & Elizabeth in an informal program and demonstration
The Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO

7:30 pm - Steve Mullins/ Brenda Romero Latin Music Workshop 
The Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 
7:30 pm - Dom Flemons / Anna & Elizabeth Evening Concert 
Imig Music Building, Grusin Hall, CU Campus


Jayme Stone's Folklife 
Jayme Stone's Folklife

Com Flemons
Dom Flemons

Anna & Elizabeth
Anna & Elizabeth