Andy May Takes Songs from His Latest CD, Room for Roots, to an International Audience
Americana/Roots Music Troubadour Shares His Music Across U.S. and Europe
November 1, 2016
Andy May performs with Brian Kramer at Brian Kramer’s International Blues Jam at the Engelen Pub, Stockholm, Sweden
Izzy Young and Andy May at the Folklore Centrum, Stockholm, Sweden
NASHVILLE, TN (November 1, 2016) – Americana music pioneer, Andy May, has just wrapped up his “Room for Roots Tour” with stops in the U.S., Sweden and Ireland.
May opened the U.S. run of the tour on September 1 with a full-band concert at Nashville’s historic Station Inn to celebrate the release of his latest album, Room for Roots. May then performed with drumming legend Kenny Malone at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, entertained at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, and played an independent showcase during the Americana Music Fest in Nashville. He followed that with a house concert in Rockville, MD, before taking the tour overseas in early October.
May’s first European stop was in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Folklore Centrum. There, he presented a guitar workshop one evening and played a concert the next, delighting his Swedish audiences with his unique blend of Folk, Country and Americana music. Andy’s visit to Stockholm was also a reunion for him with the legendary Izzy Young, who owns the Folklore Centrum. Young was a seminal figure in the Greenwich Village music scene of the 1960s. In those days, Young owned the New York Folklore Center, the hub of the Folk music world at the time. He was influential in presenting concerts of many legendary artists in the Country, Blues and Folk music fields. He nurtured a young Bob Dylan in this setting, and produced Dylan’s first concert at Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York City in 1961. Young also supported the budding talents of a teen-aged Andy May, presenting May’s first concerts at the Folklore Center and elsewhere around New York in the late ’60s. The two had not seen each other since 1970, and they had the opportunity to do a lot of reminiscing and catching up during May’s tour stop in Sweden. May’s final appearance in Stockholm was as a featured guest at Brian Kramer’s International Blues Jam at the Engelen Pub where he engaged a lively crowd with his take on some classic American rootsy blues songs – and an original or two – on guitar and mandolin.
On the final leg of the tour, May visited County Clare in western Ireland. Many of his musical influences trace back to Ireland and Scotland, and shades of Celtic music color his work. Made welcome at the traditional music sessions at the famed O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin and Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna, May immersed himself in the music. Anchoring these sessions were masters of the local traditional style, which May found to be particularly lovely. They introduced him to a whole repertoire of tunes that were new to him, sharing the history of the music of that region, and revitalizing his love of traditional Irish dance tunes. It was a fitting cap to a tour during which May reconnected with old friends, revisited life-long musical influences, and found new friends, new fans, and new inspiration across three nations.
In his sixth decade as a performer, songwriter, musical educator and producer, May, truly a Renaissance man, continues the pursuit of his ever-evolving music career, always digging deep for roots and showcasing them for all the world to appreciate.
May’s latest album, Room for Roots, on Swift River Music, is available for purchase at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/room-for-roots/id1104046796, and other digital retailers.
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