Touring ‘Antique Duo’ to perform June 26 at Cavalcade in Fruita
WHAT: Antique Duo in concert
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26
WHERE: Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita
A guitar and ukulele duo who play music of the 1920s and ’30s with a “modern twist” will perform at the Cavalcade in Fruita, on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Kansas City-based musicians Jeff Freeling and Erin McGrane (aka Victor and Penny on stage) came together as a duo three years ago, in part for their mutual love of the music of that era.
Around that time, McGrane’s father gave her a ukulele he bought in Germany in 1952, while serving in the U.S. Navy.
“I fell in love with the instrument,” McCrane said. “I stopped the guitar, and only play ukulele. It seemed to fit with this style of music.”
So she plays “rhythm ukulele to Freeling’s lead guitar work.
They play the “top 40” popular songs of that era, before they called it top 40, or pop, McGrane said.
“At first we called the kind of music we do ‘jazz.’ It’s the origins of popular music,” McGrane said.
“These songs are really timeless. People, when they hear them, say they’re ‘so fresh, and seem new.’ One song is over 100 years old. They’re beautifully written, perfectly crafted melodies that stand the test of time.”
McGrane and Freeling also write songs — Freeling composes most of the music, and McGrane pens the lyrics. Most of the songs are about their experiences on the road touring.
For example, “Rickshaw Chase” is a tune about when they serenaded a wedding procession along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
Another song was inspired by a long night of cat-sitting while on tour in California.
In February, the duo was awarded an Escape to Create month-long artist residency in Florida where the musicians were given an opportunity to work on their craft undisturbed.
“It was a chance to rejuvenate,” a month to be creative, Freeling said.
The result of which will appear on their next, and third album.
Their mission, in part, is to preserve old songs that “need to be remembered,” as well as discovering the work of lesser known artists such as a 1950s songwriter whose work they’ve recently learned to play.
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