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AAFFM Presents: Tina and Her Pony, and Acoustic Bridge
June 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT$8 – $10
June 15, 2019
Tina and Her Pony
The Indie Appalachian folk duo Tina & Her Pony originated in Asheville, North Carolina in 2009. Tina Collins (tenor banjo, tenor ukulele, guitar, vocals) and Quetzal Jordan (cello, guitar, vocals) spent two years holed up in the high desert mountain town of Taos, New Mexico, making music and friends. They became one of the iconic artist colony’s most beloved performing acts.
Tina and Her Pony released their full length, self-titled debut album in March 2012. After touring the U.S. and Canada, they established a new home base in Asheville and began recording their second album, Champion. The album draws inspiration from and meditates on dreams, the subconscious, and death.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Collins grew up listening to such folk legends as Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and Nick Drake, as well as Appalachian musicians such as Loretta Lynn, The Carter family and Doc Watson. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Tampa FL by her Guatemalan single mother, Jordan spent her young life salsa dancing at family parties and singing hymns in her church choir. She started her classical training at the age of eight and began writing music when 14 years old, largely influenced by Russian Romantic Composers and artists such as Radiohead, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.
Collins and Jordan’s songwriting incorporates complexities in harmony and arrangement that queer the American folk tradition. Their unique sound draws inspiration from artists such as Nickel Creek, Sarah Jarosz, Gillian Welch and Crooked Still.
The Atlanta group Acoustic Bridge will also be making its first Fiddler’s Green appearance. Celia McDermott, Mike Cerra, and Kevin Walsh offer an eclectic set of creative arrangements ranging from Americana to folk to popular, plus their own unique blend of original music.
An early love of singing inspired Celia McDermott to study arranging and vocals at Berklee College of Music. She performed in the Boston, New York, and Atlanta areas for years in various groups, featuring many styles of music. She served several years as an assistant choir director for a vibrant music ministry and spent ten years directing and singing in the a cappella group Cheaper Than Therapy. Celia has been a featured singer on a number of recordings and has performed with many different musicians in the Atlanta area, crossing genres spanning from jazz to rock to Americana to gospel. For several years she was a featured soloist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir.
Mike Cerra has been playing and writing “longer than I should probably admit in mixed company,” he says. This talented multi-instrumentalist and singer has performed with several electric bands as well as acoustically for both vocal and solo instrumental music.
Bassist and vocalist Kevin Walsh performs in a wide variety of styles – R&B, rock & roll, folk and Americana. Kevin has recorded and toured in the U.S. and Canada with the acoustic group Windfall. He has done two tours of Ireland with the Americana group Rhythm Road. He is has lived and performed as a singer, guitarist and bassist in the Atlanta area for the last seven years.