The future of Strangefolk became a bit unclear around a year ago. Reid Genauer, a skillful vocalist, lyricist and founding member of Folk announced that he would be leaving the band to pursue new endeavors. The Garden of Eden, Strangefolk's annual two-day festival would be the last time the original lineup would play together. Longtime friends, fans, family and members wanted to celebrate one last time before contemplating the new road that would be traveled.

Moving to New Years 2000, Strangefolk took a sold out stage at the Higher Ground in Winooski with 2 fresh faces added to the lineup. Scott Shdeed on keyboards and Luke Patchen on guitar and vocals gave the band a sound that was reminiscent of what made them great and a window into how great they would become. Now the band's a fuller unit where funk could roam and new space is created. The driving force is still Jon Trafton on a ripping guitar, Eric Glockler dropping thick bass lines and Luke Smith continuing to strive for new sounds on the percussion.

This past months tour saw the band playing in front of sold out crowds across the nation. Highlights included great shows in Philadelphia, Boston, New Haven and a serious throw-down at The State Theater in Portland with an incredible light show by long time favorite Brett Fairbrother. Still, the greatest moment on tour came when Trey Anastasio joined the band on stage for a groove session at the Armory in Syracuse. The final two shows of this tour at the Wetlands this Friday and Saturday nights are sure to be epic. Filled with old Strangefolk classics, new originals, and versatile covers ranging from Beck to Traffic to CSNY... these shows are a must see.

Check out some mp3s from The Folk's recent tour!

by Kilgour and Ronnie

[Published on: 2/28/01]

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