Fife & Drom Beat Their Way Into My Soul
Seeing Fife & Drom at the Extended Play Sessions two weeks ago gave me something I was not expecting – no fifes but lots of drums!
This is a blues band, but their style is quite different from most blues bands I have heard. Not only that, but this was the first time I have seen an autoharp plugged into an amplifier!
Fife & Drom’s style derives from Chicago and Delta blues, but they have taken those traditional sounds and morphed them into music that is fresh.
Their influences come from some of the most traditional bluesmen of the past – Muddy Waters, Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, and Jimmy Reed.
Husband and wife team Mark Marshall on guitar and Abby Ahmad on vocals and autoharp founded the band about seven years ago and have been joined by Sean Dixon on drums and Adam Minkoff on bass.
Abby is an extremely expressive singer who puts her heart into every word; it is easy to feel that she understands the blues deep in her soul.
Fife & Drom researches the roots of the music they play, in much the same way that Dom Flemons and Carolina Chocolate Drops do, and they enjoyed imparting their knowledge to the audience during the question and answer period after the show.
This was an evening of wonderful music at the Extended Play Sessions. I can still feel the drums beating!
Posted on December 1, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Abby Ahmad, Adam Minkoff, Alternate Root, blues, concert review, Extended Play Sessions, Fife & Drom, Mark Marshall, music, Sean Dixon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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