Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

Date(s) - Friday 11/06/2015
12:00 am - 2:00 am

JAyme Stone

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone appears with his band in an ambitious show paying tribute to the pioneering work of folklorist Alan Lomax at 7 PM on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Avenue) in Troy NY.  Admission to the all-ages concert is $20 ($10 for 17 and under).  Call (518) 272-2390 or email [email protected] for more information.

Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music.


Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. Collaborators include Grammy-winning singer Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, Eli West, and more. The new album is out now on Borealis Records.

Jayme Stone Lomax Project documentary video.

Jayme Stone Lomax Project “Shenandoah” video.

Jayme Stone Lomax Project music samples.


MOIRA SMILEY is a singer/composer who creates and performs new work for voices. A musical polyglot, and vocal shape-shifter, her voice – and composing – are heard on feature films, BBC & PBS television programs, NPR, and on more than 60 albums. When she’s not leading her own group, moira smiley & VOCO, Moira tours with Indie artist tUnE-yArDs, Irish music powerhouse, Solas, The Lomax Project and Billy Child’s “Laura Nyro Re-Imagined”. Recent solo performances include TED, Stravinsky’s ‘Les Noces’, the London Proms Festival, features on BBC3’s The Choir, and ABC Australia’s Books & Arts programs. Moira’s recordings feature spare, vocally driven collections of warped traditional songs, original polyphony and body percussion. In addition to her performing work, she is in high demand as a choral clinician, composer and arranger.

SUMAIA JACKSON first heard traditional fiddle music in her early teens, and began to seek out an Irish and Scottish fiddle community in her hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. In her late teens, she discovered other roots music traditions such as Appalachian Old Time, Bluegrass, and more recently, Jazz. At age 20, she arrived at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, where she continues to immerse herself in the rich traditions of American folk music. As a fiddle player, Sumaia will always be caught exploring the convergence of many styles that breed modern fiddling. With command of her tone and elegance in melody, Sumaia’s fiddle playing is both smooth and driving.

ANDREW RYAN is a bassist and composer who makes his home in Denver, CO, where he contributes to the thriving jazz, classical, and acoustic music scenes.  A gripping performer and collaborator, his playing stresses the versatility and personality of the double bass. In addition to performing in Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project he performs with the Denver and New York based contemporary acoustic music group The Freewheel Trio.  


This project is a collaboratory: a community of like-minded musicians brought together to seek understudied sounds, dust off old songs and renew them. The aim is to create a process that taps each of our musical trees, harnesses the unexpected chemistry of collaboration and makes music that’s informed by tradition but not bound by it. Through the project’s community outreach and educational programming, audiences will be inspired by the depth, diversity, humanity and history contained in these musical traditions and experience first-hand how music can build a bridge to other cultures and make inroads to their own.


“Alan Lomax was a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker. Lomax is most famous for his work in the penitentiaries, plantations, and lonely farms of the Mississippi Delta, where he returned no less than seven times between 1933 and 1985 to listen, observe, fraternize, and record night after night, year after year; but he repeated this feat with astounding results in hundreds of obscure places in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, and North Africa. Jelly Roll Morton, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, and the Reverend Gary Davis were only a few of the many geniuses, famous and obscure, who were in reality telling us the true story of our country over Alan’s microphone. The sympathy, connoisseurship, and technical avant-gardism he poured into his work in every platform—from the interview to the printed page, concert stage, commercial disc, and scholarly article—yielded some of the most passionate and intimate documents of any era, which might have been lost but instead led to the ecumenical vision of the world’s music we have today. But more than this, what Alan Lomax had in mind was the renewal of the forgotten springs of human creativity. — Anna Lomax Wood


“A groundbreaking piece of work.” SONGLINES

“A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.” GEORGIA STRAIGHT

“A transatlantic session with blood, guts and grit.” THE HERALD

“They’ve put a fresh contemporary sound on musical treasures found in Lomax’s deep and rich archives.” NPR

“An album of beautiful, intriguing, thoughtful music coming from a collaboration of outstanding musicians who apply their talents together. It rewards our attention as much as it captures it, leading us to the music, rather than pushing us to it.” SING OUT!

“An essential album.” FOLK ROOTS

“What results is a marvelous expression of Stone’s collaboratory distillation of the folk process.” BOSTON GLOBE

“One of the most compelling and rich roots music recordings of recent years.” PEGHEAD NATION

“It places new wonders alongside old favorites, for a listening experience that’s fresh and fun no matter how familiar you are with Lomax’s collection.” HUFFINGTON POST

“This project is not about the collector — it’s about the songs and the way Stone and his musical team take them to new, often harmonious, heights.” CBC MUSIC

“A testament to the endless inspiration the songs Lomax recorded are still able to conjure.” UTNE READER

“In every track you’ll hear the utter joy that came from making this record, and that joy is infectious.” PENGUIN EGGS

“A musical evangelist, Stone loves using fresh approaches to get people hooked on wider musical traditions.” EDMONTON JOURNAL

“The warmth and spontaneity wins you over.” LIVING TRADITION

“The Lomax Project is an album that warrants an actual listen. The album is a leap through time and an introduction to the life of a man worthy of being celebrated.” POP MATTERS

“Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project celebrates the Lomax centenary with an album that both honours the singers from whom Lomax sourced this material, and stands as a hugely enjoyable album of outstanding new performances in its own right. The ‘man who recorded the world’ would, one feels, approve most heartily.” FROOTS

This presentation of the Jayme Stone Lomax Project is made possible by volunteer labor, small financial contributions from thousands of patrons of The Sanctuary for Independent Media and support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts, located in a historic former church at 3361 6th Avenue in Troy, NY. The Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kinds.