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Joe Craven & The Sometimers
“Everything Joe touches turns to music.”
— David Grisman
Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he’ll draw you into his performance by making you think you’re part of the show. A riot of color and creativity, Craven takes command of a stage like the master of ceremonies of a European circus, turning his tent full of garage sale instruments into visual and sonic aids for improvisational lectures and jazzy and worldly roots compositions.
Artist, actor, storyteller, event emcee, fashion insultant and the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks – most notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Jerry Garcia. He toured and recorded with banjo fusionist Alison Brown for seven years, and spent seventeen years as part of the groundbreaking David Grisman Quintet.
Fayetteville (AR) Roots Fest:
Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, banjo, mouth bow, cuatro, balalaika and double-necked whatever. He has composed music and created sound effects for commercials, soundtracks and computer games. He’s also collaborated on several Grammy-nominated projects. Audiophile Review says: “His music combines so many diverse elements that it is practically its own genre.”
Appearing on dozens of recordings over the years, Joe Craven’s latest solo CD is Camptown. Whether on stage at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli, or in an auditorium with an angel food cake pan in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland, Joe’s at home wherever he is, and loves every minute of it. In the Sometimers, Joe has found a couple of young pickers well worthy of his chops: wild man bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff, and Bruce MacMillan, who dazzles audiences with scintillating Dobro playing, agile guitar picking, and an angelic voice.