Acclaimed folk singer Ed Trickett will perform in concert at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Trickett has been collecting and interpreting traditional and tradition-based folk songs for almost four decades, and has appeared on over 40 recordings and as a featured guest on Garrison Keillor’s NPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion. His repertoire includes a wide range of ballads, sea songs, songs of love and “an occasional song of no consequence whatsoever.” In addition to his solo career, Trickett is well-known to New England audiences for having been a member of the celebrated trio Bok, Muir and Trickett, with whom he recorded ten albums and performed for 26 years.
Not a songwriter, Trickett calls himself a “song finder and a song crafter,” one who gravitates toward “beautiful melodies and good stories.” Having a repertoire that pulls from hundreds of songs, he says that he’s probably forgotten as many as he now knows. With his unaffected tenor voice, he enjoys creating a musical and storytelling experience that makes listeners feel as though they’re joining him in his living room.
Trickett accompanies himself on six and twelve string guitars and a hammered dulcimer, an instrument that he helped to popularize. His career has seen him perform at hundreds of clubs, theaters, colleges and folk music festivals throughout the United States, Canada and the British Isles. He cites his greatest musical disappointment as “going to Woodstock in 1969 with Dave Bromberg and Rosalie Sorrels, getting flown in by helicopter at dawn and seeing all those people, but, in the final analysis, not getting to play on what admittedly was one of the more minor stages.”
Trickett’s recording career began in 1964 with The Golden Ring, a loose collection of friends who used to gather in living rooms and sing through a weekend, resulting in a series of albums that became legendary on the folk music scene. In addition to his four solo albums and the recordings born of his nearly three decade collaboration with Gordon Bok and Ann Mayo Muir, Trickett has played on recordings with many other artists including Don McLean, Rosalie Sorrels, Sara Grey, and Cathy Barton.
Don Stevens, writing in the All Music Guide, says of Trickett: “The songs he has recorded alone, with Ann Mayo Muir and Gordon Bok, and with other artists are some of the most beautiful ever recorded.”
The concert will be held in the historic Phippsburg Congregational Church located at 10 Church Lane in Phippsburg (at Parker Head Rd.). Tickets for the concert, available at the door, are $10 for adults, $6 for students. Children under the age of eight are admitted free. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 389-1770.