LIVE: Tim Eriksen & the Trio de Pumpkintown @ The Linda, 3/29/14

April 9th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Tim Eriksen

Tim Eriksen

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The multi-talented Tim Eriksen – perhaps the only musician to have played with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson (although not at the same time) – led his new “hardcore Americana” band, the Trio de Pumpkintown into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany last month, as the latest installment of the American Roots Series, hosted by Michael Eck, who also served as the opening act.

The former frontman of such pioneering bands as Cordelia’s Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shape-note quartet) and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Eriksen has performed at the Academy Awards, “Prairie Home Companion” and both CBGB’s and Carnegie Hall, but this was his debut at The Linda, where he was joined by his Pumpkintown bandmates Zoë Darrow (fiddle, vocals) and Peter Irvine (percussion, vocals).

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FIVE FIRSTS: Tim Eriksen of the Trio de Pumpkintown

March 26th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
The Trio de Pumpkintown

Tim Eriksen (center) and the Trio de Pumpkintown

NAME: Tim Eriksen
BAND AFFILIATION: The Trio de Pumpkintown
INSTRUMENT: Voice, bajo sexto, fiddle, banjo, guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … A single: can’t remember if it was “Death to Disco” by the Psychotic Frogs or the Ramones’ “I Don’t Want You.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My parents took me to a Verdi opera when I was six weeks old, but I don’t remember which one. I grew up going to see live music and theater all the time, from Gilbert & Sullivan to Kabuki Opera. Probably the earliest one I can remember was by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The first one I went to on my own was the Ramones.

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