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Frank Fairfield

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Frank Fairfield is a young man and old-time folk musician who plays fiddle, guitar, and banjo while singing and hollering. He's a word-of-mouth sensation who channels the spirit of another era in his spellbinding live shows. From California, Frank sings tunes he has worked hard to collect from around the world, as well as his own well-dusted ditties. His eclectic sets feature soaring hillbilly ballads, arcane rambling songs, and murder ballads delivered in a reedy tenor. Still in his 20s but steeped in the pre-War Americana of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs, Frank cut his teeth as a street performer in L.A., and he has a raw intensity and quick-fingered technique that makes your hair stand on end. Alternating among banjo, fiddle ,and guitar, he draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of the American folk canon. Frank has opened for Fleet Foxes, and his growing corps of admirers includes Ry Cooder and Greil Marcus. Call it American Primitive or just call it folk music–it's a phenomenon, last seen in town at the 2013 Ann Arbor Folk Festival!
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  • General Admission: $15, Reserved: $22

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Off Campus Location - The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

March 2013


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