Music in The Orchard
The collaboration of musicians and the out-of-doors can be quite magical, even when it includes the occasional cricket solo or thunderclap percussion.
Over the next few months, music lovers can join with musicians in an orchard under sprawling oak trees at The Farm at Old Edwards. Known as the “Orchard Sessions,” the series of five concerts showcases a diverse selection of established and upcoming singers (through October 29). And while the setting is casual, the music is anything but.
One can listen to the musical poetry of Max Watson and revel in the intimacy and immediacy of his Americana-Folk songs on July 9. Young Olivia Daponte displays her gentle twang and heartfelt emotion in her solo-written country songs on August 27.
The outdoor venue is certain to take on new vibrancy with the performance by Mike Kinnebrew on September 24. Creating stories from words that “speak language in song,” Kinnebrew has a unique way of pulling his listeners in with his gently demanding voice that “speaks a little truth to you.”
The 2020 series culminates and concludes on October 29 with Rod Picott, performing the poignantly blatant, honest, emotive songs that have been called “mesmerizing” by Rolling Stone and likened to Raymond Carver short stories by The Houston Chronicle.
The lure of the song-writing that Glide Magazine called “bare and bones grace, reminiscent of Springsteen’s Nebraska,” and The Boston Globe said “proves he’s a ringmaster at turning misery into art” has reaped Picott a cult following.
Shows begin each evening at 6:00 PM and finish at 8:00 PM – perhaps just in time for a showing of nature’s own Klieg light, the rising of the moon. There is a $10 cover charge that includes complimentary nibbles and a cash bar. Advance ticket purchase required. Call (828) 787-2635 or (828) 787-2916 to book. Limited seating is available and taking a seat in the grass is certainly welcome. The sessions will move indoors to the new Orchard House in the event of rain. Check the website as the season may extend: oldedwardshospitality.com/orchardsessions.