Preview of Silver Ribbon Dream
Press Release - Sept. 2018
Silver Ribbon Dream—Songs and Stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal
The Ohio-based Northcoast Americana group Hey Mavis is proud to announce the release of a CD with illustrated book titled Silver Ribbon Dream—Songs and Stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal in October, 2018. This original work was made possible by a grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching Akron, Ohio through the arts. The project is a collaboration between Hey Mavis songwriter Laurie Michelle Caner and nationally-acclaimed artist Leandra Drumm. Release concerts will include an exhibition of Drumm's artwork alongside featured stories, history, and technology of the canal, as well as gallery talks by the artists.
About Hey Mavis
Banjoist/songwriter Laurie Michelle Caner and violinist/fiddler Eddie Caner formed Hey Mavis while serving as artists-in-residence in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Christmas compilation and agreed to produce their first CD, which immediately hit the top 10 on the national Folk DJ-L radio charts and finished #13 in Folk Alley’s "Top CD's of 2010" alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan. Hey Mavis has since released three more CDs--the latest produced by Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala and all of which have amassed favorable reviews across the globe.
Hey Mavis has appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR’s Whad'ya Know?, and PBS’s Songs from the Center. The group has performed standing-room-only shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as nine consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio. In 2018, Melissa Etheridge personally chose Hey Mavis to perform on her music cruise featuring Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan.
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“Wrapped in original songs whose styles range from old timey to jazzy to blistering alt rock, Laurie's voice turns from cold steel to melted butter in the time it takes your heart to break." - Don Dixon
Northcoast Americana band “Hey Mavis” was formed in 2010 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Christmas compilation CD and went on to produce their first two albums, both of which hit the top 10 on the national Folk DJ-L radio charts and amassed favorable reviews across the globe. Hey Mavis’s third release, produced by Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala, received similar accolades and has outsold its predecessors by a factor of two.
Hey Mavis's latest project, funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is a book/CD of original songs and illustrations based on stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal, in collaboration with nationally-acclaimed artist Leandra Drum. Slated for release in October, 2018, preliminary reviews have ranged from "unconventionally beautiful" to "startlingly original." A traveling gallery exhibit accompanied by Hey Mavis performances is currently being scheduled in cities throughout the Midwest for the 2018-2019 season, including appearances with the Muncie Symphony and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic.
Hey Mavis has appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR’s Whad'ya Know?, and PBS’s Songs from the Center. The group has performed standing-room-only shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as nine consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio. In 2017, Melissa Etheridge saw Hey Mavis perform at a benefit concert and recruited the group to perform as one of seven headliners (including Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan) on her 2018 music cruise.
Laurie Michelle Caner (vocals, banjo, songwriting) is a homeschooling mom, a songwriter, and Ms. May in the 2015 Banjo Babes Calendar. She has been hailed as a role model for mothers who strive to honor their own artistic vision while continuing to raise a healthy family. Her banjo playing is of curious origin, but beautifully serves as a foundation for her lyrics. Laurie’s songwriting tells the story of life—with all of it’s beauty, heartache, disappointment and joy—weaving a musical tapestry that speaks of love, life and the human condition.
Eddie Caner (violin, viola profunda) spent a dozen years performing as a sideman in national touring bands and orchestras, including Page & Plant, Luciano Pavarotti, Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole. Eddie always amazes the audience with his Hendrix-like tone and precision—he can soar beautifully over Laurie’s vocals or play a raucous, dirgy groove. He was once labeled by the legendary music critic Jane Scott as “the most versatile musician on the planet”. Eddie spends his free time as a physics instructor at Case Western Reserve University.
Bryan Thomas (bass) is a versatile and nationally well-respected musician. He studied Cuban music in Havana with Carlos Del Puerto, served as Ohio Arts Council guest artist-in-residence and toured as bassist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Bryan steals the show every time Hey Mavis performs. His playing is a wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade “Chank-o-matic 6000”, a vintage, weathered tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal. Bryan currently holds the position of Bass Professor at Kent State University and is a sought-after clinician.
Anthony Taddeo is a drummer, composer and Out of the Drawer Percussion (ODP) performing artist. Anthony graduated with honors from The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City and has performed with a wide variety of artists from all genres of music, including Melanie Charles, Nitzan Gavrieli, Rachel Brotman, and Tony & Grammy winner Steve Kazee.
PRESS QUOTES & REVIEWS
"This crew could single handedly ignite a whole new folk music scare. Killer stuff!"
"Originality, solid musicianship, amazing vocals and an openness to experimentation...Hey Mavis has the qualities I love in a great band."
-Adam Aijala, Yonder Mountain String Band
“MARVELOUS—you heard words like that after Hey Mavis played two packed shows last June (2014) at the Little Theatre during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival…This is a charming—and serious—banjo-driven sound…adds up to rocking Appalachian music from Akron, Ohio.”
-The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
"The first thing that struck me about HEY MAVIS was the quality of the writing...I was eager to find out as much as I could about (Laurie Michelle Caner) and see what else she had lurking in her mind.”
~Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens, Hootie & the Blowfish, Red Clay Ramblers, Mary Chapin Carpenter)