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Tim Eriksen and Susan Brearey in PUMPKINTOWN: Songs, Stories and Magic Lantern Projections From an Imaginary New England Village

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Three-time Grammy nominee Tim Eriksen will be joined by internationally-recognized painter/projectionist Susan Brearey in a down-home multimedia presentation featuring ballads, gospel songs, guitar, banjo and fiddle tunes, accompanied by repurposed and reimagined magic lantern projections, all relaying the curious history of the imaginary Pumpkintown.

Considered “the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation” (BBC), Tim Eriksen is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and performer/consultant on the award-winning soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain (2003).

"One of the best voices in music." - T Bone Burnett

"Otherworldly harmonies." - Barbara Kingsolver

“Eriksen is an uncompromising performer, ethnomusicologist, Sacred Harp singing master, musical adventurer and punk-folk pioneer.” - The Guardian, UK  

"Susan Brearey's wolves and stags glance back at us from the liminal realm. This is a place on the edges of the forest, the edges of the imagination. We stare back at these images and enter that realm captivated by their invitation - like readers of a fairy tale who enter a magical kingdom." - Ann McCoy, Artist, Professor at Yale University

Tickets are $15 advance/$20 at the door for general admission; $10 advance/$15 door for Students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!