Folk showcase brings trio to Lake Flower tonight
SARANAC LAKE — Folk music, almost by definition, has a variety of different camps.
It’s the music of people, not some stripped-down version of music but an intimate one. Some folks use it to testify, to communicate an issue and draw light to strife. Others use it to ease the sorrow inside, to bring the listener arm-and-arm on a journey somewhere.
Three artists slated to perform at Lake Flower Landing tonight fall in the latter camp.
With voices and acoustic guitars, there are few places for a singer-songwriter to hide. Lucky for the listener, Lyle de Vitry, Eliza Edens and Tyler Dezago have each crafted a sound that embraces that intimacy to a heart-wrenching degree.
Dezago, a Hudson Valley native who previously performed as part of the trio Partridge in the Pines, put down roots in the Adirondacks in 2014 after graduating from Paul Smith’s College. He’ll open the program at 7 p.m.
“I just love playing folk music, I love creating songs and tunes and challenging myself in that sense,” he said. “I play fiddle, guitar and mandolin. I’ve been playing for close to 15 years.
“I’ve really honed into old-time and Appalachian music. When I’m playing the fiddle, that’s what I tend to lean more toward. I also love some of the classics of both folk and older country songs.”
Dezago will also co-host the showcase.
He first met de Vitry at a bluegrass festival in Vermont last summer, and he’s looking forward to bringing him to Saranac Lake.
“After I set up my campsite (at the festival), I was hearing this great fiddle jam going on near my tent,” he said. “It had a great groove, it had that driving beat. I walked over, and it was Lyle and his sister (Maya de Vitry of The Stray Birds) and a couple of their friends,” he said. “We ended up having some mutual friends. I asked to join in and Lyle was the most welcoming person I feel I’d ever met. We played fiddle tunes into the wee hours of the night.
“Lyle told me he was doing a little tour throughout the northeast in July, so I asked if I could find him a place to play in Saranac Lake.”
De Vitry deploys sorrowful, bittersweet lyrics with the sort of gut-wrenching, unassuming quietness of artists like Keaton Henson. Eliza Edens often works in that same vein, her velvety voice delivering lines like “the stars are too bright, they burn holes in my eyelids,” over a soft acoustic rhythm.
These three unique folk artists will perform together at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake at 7 p.m., July 11. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, visit lakeflowerlanding.com.