Friday, April 18, 2014

“Notorious” Returns to Camden

“Notorious” Returns to Camden Library Coffeehouse May 1

“Notorious” returns to the Camden Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 1. Guitarist Larry Unger and fiddler Eden MacAdam-Somer will perform at the Coffeehouse at 7:00 pm; admission is $8, and $7 for seniors & students. The performance features dazzling fiddlework on traditional American, Celtic, and Eastern-European tunes and songs, swing, blues, classical music, and the group’s original compositions. The duo is a continued favorite at the Coffeehouse for their sparkling and exhilarating performances.

Notorious musicians Eden MacAdam- Somer and Larry Unger feature sweet vocals and virtuosic fiddling coupled with driving rhythm and snappy guitar solos. Declared “guitar genius” by Sing Out Magazine, Unger combines his talent with the exciting and versatile young violinist Eden MacAdam-Somer, whose classical and jazz background merges with Larry’s driving style to push the envelope towards swing, blues and Gypsy modes.

Seasoned dancers know Larry Unger not only as a performer who sparks nationally renowned bands but also as the composer of countless fiddle tunes and lilting waltzes. Notorious has been a featured performer at such festivals as Falcon Ridge, Wheatland, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Eastbourne International Festival, the Savannah Folk Festival, Pinewoods, and the Augusta Music Festival.

At home in the worlds of both classical and popular music, Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young violinists and singers performing today. She has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, bluegrass, and American folk groups. Eden is also well-versed in the music of other cultures, including Irish music, Eastern-European music, and European music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. She has been an artist at the Aspen and Beijing International Music festivals, soloist at Texas and Wimberly jazz festivals, performer at Texas and St. Louis Renaissance fairs, and has appeared on numerous recordings in folk, rock, jazz, and classical genres. She holds a BM and MM in music performance from the Moores School of Music (University of Houston) and the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University), respectively.

Larry Unger has been a full time musician since 1984 and has presented a diverse range of musical performances across the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. Titled “master guitarist” by Dirty Linen, Unger has played with many top contra dance bands and has accompanied such fiddlers as Judy Hyman, Matt Glaser, and Lissa Schneckenburger. Larry’s original waltzes and fiddle tunes have been played and recorded by musicians around the world and can also be heard in the Ken Burns documentary, Our National Parks. Initially studying blues guitar with Etta Baker and John Jackson, and later taking up the banjo and bass, Unger has become one of the most sought after rhythm players in the country. He has a great breadth of understanding of traditional music to complement his considerable technical proficiency and enjoys telling stories about the origins of his music and the people who taught him.

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