Original Strangefolk Members Share the Stage
Two original Strangefolk members shared the stage at South Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground on Saturday night. Assembly of Dust—a group led by original Strangefolk singer/guitarist Reid Genauer—headlined the show and Dirigo opened the night. An offshoot of the current Strangefolk lineup, Dirigo features Luke Patchen Montgomery—Genauer’s replacement in Strangefolk—original Strangefolk bassist Erik Glockler, current Strangefolk drummer Russ Lawton and The Boneheads guitarist Steve Jones.
Partway through their second set, most of AOD left the stage for a partial Strangefolk reunion. Genauer strapped on a six-string banjo while Glockler piked up an acoustic guitar to play the Strangefolk original “Rachel.” Then, the rest of AOD joined Genauer and Glockler for another Strangefolk classic, “All the Same.” At the end of the night, Glockler returned to play bass and sing on a show-closing cover of The Band’s “The Weight.” Jones also joined in the celebratory number.
Dirigo also opened for Assembly of Dust at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club last Friday. On that night, Glocker sat in with AOD for a cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.” In addition, area hero Ryan Montbleau joined the band for “45 Degrees.”
After many years part, Genauer and Glockler participated in an Original Strangefolk reunion earlier this year. They will perform at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre over Thanksgiving weekend.