About: Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

banjo•box•bass•body music
neo-trad kinetic folk

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry Duo

Your performance Friday night was by turns whimsical, uplifting, jaw-droppingly brilliant, hilarious, deeply moving. – Fan Email

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville

A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence.  –Grant Alden, No Depression

Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street Journal

Evie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics.  In 2016 they celebrate the release of the CD Jump the Fire with the Evie Ladin Band, a tight trio whose 2012 eponymous release won Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. They are also in creative development with a theatrical, international collaboration, premiering in Paris, 2016:  BODY MUSIC see music/hear dance.

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, photo by Gudmundor Vigfusson

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, photo by Gudmundor Vigfusson  Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, photo by Gudmundor Vigfusson
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Poster - Evie Ladin/Keith Terry Duo

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Reviews

Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. -MUSIC CITY ROOTS, Nashville


(An) arrestingly fun show, bursting with talent.. every song, dance solo, and mid-number banjo breakdown was following by vigorous clapping and hollers. – Smile Politely, Champaign-Urbana


You don’t often hear words like “traditional,” and “authentic” paired with “innovative” and “unique,” but Evie Ladin & Keith Terry have brought them together brilliantly in the self-titled, debut album of the Evie Ladin Band, and the result is truly a high point in new old-time music. – FOLKWORKS, Los Angeles


Using any surface for its rhythmic possibilities, Terry claps his hands, rubs his palms, finger-pops, stamps his feet, brushes his soles, slaps his butt and belly, pops his cheek, whomps his chest, skips and slides, sings and babbles and coughs, building his music out of a surprisingly varied register of sounds and clever rhythmic variations. –VILLAGE VOICE

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Past venues include:

A Prairie Home Companion - Live from San Francisco Opera House
Lincoln Center - New York, NY
Celtic Connections - Glasgow, Scotland
Woodford Folk Festival - Australia
Bali Arts Festival - Indonesia
Nardis Jazz Club - Istanbul, Turkey
Green Note - London, England
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - SF, CA
SFJAZZ - SF, CA
Rockygrass - Lyons, CO
Wintergrass - Seattle, WA
Swallow Hill - Denver, CO
Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
Old Town School - Chicago, IL
Iron Horse - Northampton, MA
Wheatland Music Festival - Remus, MI
Hiawatha Music Festival - Marquette, MI
Appalachian Stringband Festival - Clifftop, WV
The Flynn Theater - Burlington, VT
Champlaign Valley Fest - Burlington, VT
Arlene Schnitzer Theater - Portland, OR
Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, OR
Strawberry Music Festival - Sonora, CA
Live Oak Festival - Santa Barbara, CA
The Skirball Center - Los Angeles, CA
The Getty Center - Los Angeles, CA
Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest - LA, CA
Yerba Buena Gardens - San Francisco, CA
for the Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria
...and many more...