• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | The Old North, Old North Blues


Nog zo eentje die geheel toevallig mijn pad kruist en waar ik meteen oren naar had. Ik heb eindelijk de tijd gevonden hen aan bod te laten komen. Bijna onvergeeflijk dat het zo lang heeft geduurd, want dit trio uit de Boston regio maakt héél erg leuke americana dat vooral lonkt naar invloeden uit country, al zou je dat op basis van dit nummer niet zeggen. Luister dus vooral ook naar de vier andere songs hieronder en blijf hen - of ons - volgen.

Luister ook naar: Southbound Starling Wild Ways Ghost

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The Old North is a lively Americana trio playing an upbeat style of traditional folk music that blends the singer/songwriter genre with jazz, bluegrass, and blues. On November 12, 2021, the band released the EP Ghost, following their single “Drifter,” from October. These songs are part of 11 new tracks to be released from fall 2021 through spring 2022 in the form of three singles and two EPs.

The band traces their start back to spring 2016, when guitarist Hayes Cummings stopped in off the street to watch a performance by singer/songwriter Andrew O’Keeffe at the Lilypad in Cambridge, MA. After the show, Cummings, new to the area from North Carolina, introduced himself and suggested they stay in touch. Within a few months they were performing as a duo, beginning to work on original music, and breaking into the Boston scene. The following summer a mutual friend connected them with upright bassist Max Liebman, a New Jersey native. Once the trio’s lineup was complete, they adopted the name The Old North in autumn 2017 and got to work. Over the last three years, the band has performed all over New England from New Haven, CT, to Burlington, VT. The trio has become recognized in tap rooms, breweries, and clubs including Boston area venues like Club Passim, Toad, Atwood’s Tavern, The Middle East, The Plough and Stars, Aeronaut, and Night Shift Brewery among others.

On December 11, 2020, The Old North released their debut EP. The four songs featured on the release run the spectrum from catchy, to emotional, to a historical ballad about the 1812 naval battle where the USS Constitution earned her nickname “Old Ironsides.” The band takes great pride in this work and feel that it truly embodies the style of the trio, capturing the Boston/New England vibe their brand of Americana represents. The Old North has also been hard at work with their video series featuring full band live performances and acoustic demos of new songs, all of which can be found on their YouTube page.


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