Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin. A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle, with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn. Her lengthy resume is highlighted by many years of singing and playing alongside her father, with whom she conceived, launched and perfected the Midnight Rambles, intimate performances held since 2004 at his home and studio in Woodstock, NY. The musical chemistry, affectionate humor and family pride that Amy shared on stage with her father helped shape the Midnight Ramble as it evolved into a musical event that still attracts fans and musicians from around the world. She co-produced Levon Helm’s 2007 CD Dirt Farmer, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, and she is prominently featured on the Levon Helm Band’s Electric Dirt and Ramble at the Ryman Grammy-winning albums. While beginning her solo career, she continues to perform with both Levon Helm’s band and the Dirt Farmer Band as they carry on the eclectic roots music traditions from the Midnight Rambles.
The Fall River area in Massachusetts has been home to a large piece of the history of textiles in New England. This exhibition will encompass the history of the area and it’s connection to textiles – then and now.
The art on display for the exhibit will be a juried selection of textile work that will compliment the rich history of textiles in New England with the dynamic expression of current textile design in one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces.
MODERN SPIN: CONtemporary TEXTiles in an Historic Mill will also showcase highlights of the history of textile manufacturing in the Fall River area including historical information about the industry, contributing jobs and economic growth to the area, and the people who came to work in the industry and how they contributed to the ‘fabric of America.’
Guest Juror: Providence RI artist Jules of Heron Pond Studio
Jules creates relief prints. Her favorite method for printing her creations is on cloth. Her work with textiles has informed her of the immense depth and breadth of textile art – the mix of old methods and crafts still employed today by textile artists right along side the new methods supported by technology and fiber discoveries. Jules has maintained Heron Pond Studio since 1991 all the while producing art, teaching classes, and sharing space with visiting artists.