A captivating blend of old time American roots, blues, song and storytelling from this outstanding Seattle duo
Now booking for Jan/Feb 2021
Award-winning duo Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons perform a compelling blend of American roots music, country blues and folk, bringing vividly to life a range of voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Ben and Joe show off their versatility, top notch musicianship and beguiling vocal harmonies with a mix of soulful acoustic blues, foot-tapping old time Appalachian tunes and heartfelt prison ballads and a capella field hollers. Their performances contain a fascinating thread of storytelling that plainly shows how the past still lives on in the present. Based in Seattle, Ben and Joe received the Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award in 2019, in recognition of their significant contribution to traditional cultural arts in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also won the International Blues Challenge in 2016, and have performed all over the world.
“Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons are remarkable musicians who are making their mark in the honoring of American roots music for our listening pleasure.”
– Patricia Campbell, University of Washington
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and social entrepreneur Ben Hunter has been playing the violin since the age of 5. With a degree in Performance Violin, Ben has also always had a keen interest in politics, philosophy and social justice. Alongside his performing career, he works tirelessly to promote participation and inclusivity in other areas of the arts. Ben has co-founded a variety of vibrant initiatives in his hometown of Seattle, including the non-profit music education centre Community Arts Create and the co-operatively owned restaurant and performing arts venue The Black & Tan Hall. Joe Seamons has made a living interpreting the songs and stories of Oregon’s sawmill, logging, and fishing ballads. A fifth-generation Oregonian, through his music, teaching, and writing, music educator Joe grapples with the legacy of colonization that led to his own existence. Joe also shares Ben’s passion for building community and access to the arts, working as a director of The Rhapsody Project (involving Seattle youth in blues and folk traditions,) and serving as board chair of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center which is dedicated to giving voice to the rich multi-cultural history of Oregon.
Now booking for late Jan/early Feb 2021 – please contact us for more details.