McLane, Blair, Marshall & DiMario

McLane Blair MarshallThese four musicians are no strangers to the New World Festival. Award-winning accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane has appeared at the festival with numerous bands. After an eclectic musical upbringing, Jeremiah immersed himself in the world of traditional Celtic and French music. He’s traveled and done field research throughout Europe, and since the 1990s has recorded more than a dozen CDs. In 2005 Jeremiah started the Floating Bridge Music School which is devoted to teaching traditional music from the British Isles, Northern Europe, and North America. Irish fiddler Sarah Blair began playing Irish music in Rhode Island’s thriving traditional music community. She has played solo, with her band The Sevens, and with various ensembles at festivals, concerts, and dances from Alaska to Quebec to Florida. Her extensive experience playing for dancers has forged a fiddle style characterized by supple and powerful rhythm. Owen Marshall (guitar, bouzouki and banjo) has performed and recorded with many of traditional music’s top performers including Aoife Clancy, Liz Carroll, Darol Anger, John Doyle, Andrea Beaton, Jerry Holland, and his own traditional Irish trio The Press Gang. His music has appeared on NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock,” and BBC television. Owen is in demand at music camps throughout New England and the U.S., where he shares his approach to accompanying traditional music. Corey DiMario is one of the most sought after accompanists in the acoustic music scene. The accomplished musician adds rock-solid, low-end accompaniment and driving rhythm to a variety of musical situations. A founding member of the string band sensation Crooked Still, DeMario brings a diverse musical palette and energetic approach to an ensemble. He has performed extensively with New England fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger and has toured with the Brittany Haas/Dan Trueman Band, performing original music in Old-Time and Scandinavian styles. Most recently, DiMario was a member of the “house band” for Bela Fleck’s New York Banjo Summit, featuring banjoists Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Pete Wernick, Eric Weissberg, Richie Sterns and Noam Pikelny. DiMario received his undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory and is a freelance musician based in Brattleboro.