- Artist: Einstein's Little Homunculus
- Format: CD
- Release Date:7/29/2008
WHAT'S A HOMUNCULUS? Einstein's Little Homunculus combines fiery instrumentals with witty and offbeat songs, for a unique sound that is traditionally informed, fresh, original, and fun for audiences of all ages. Since it's inception in 1994, the band has played throughout the Northeast at clubs, folk festivals, concert halls, and contra dances. Einstein's Little Homunculus' (ELH) music is an eclectic mix of traditional Celtic, klezmer, jazz, Eastern European, American, and original folk styles. Hilariously grown-up children's songs written by vocalist Paul Crook (think Jonathan Richman and Trout Fishing in America) address geography, foreign languages, and animals you know that are people he knows. Performance highlights: • New England Folk Festival • Winterhawk 2000 Festival • NJ Folk Project • Boston Folk Festival • Cambridge River Festival • NE Regional Folk Alliance conference showcase • Falcon Ridge Folk Festival • Club Passim (Cambridge) • Johnny D's (Somerville) • Winners, Boston Acoustic Underground • Brattleboro (VT) Dawn Dance WHICH ONE IS EINSTEIN? They take their name from a homemade Pictionary® clue. Their musical cues come from traditional and progressive Irish and Scottish bands, as well as the gestalt of traditional music styles flourishing in and around Boston. Another influence is Frulgaria, a small (don't look on a map) country, whose music sounds Eastern and European. Add to this a heady dose of humor and you have a band that has been described as "Celtic/eccentric," "Rad/Trad," and "Celtic, funky, rock 'n' razzle." Don't Ask, their self-released first CD (1997) is a rollicking set of offbeat songs and Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European tunes. It bounds joyfully across stylistic borders while answering the musical questions, "What kind of music do you play?" and "What's a homunculus?" The band continues to broaden it's repertoire of offbeat songs and fiery dance tunes, performing regularly in clubs, festivals, and at contra dances. INGREDIENTS: Tich Cownie (fiddle) grew up in England in the '70s, playing Bach and listening to Bowie and the Clash. He discovered Celtic music in the '80s, and has enjoyed playing with ELH throughout the '90s and beyond-because anything can happen on stage. Paul Crook (guitar, bass, mandolin, accordion) has been playing and writing music for over two decades. He grew up in a musical family, listening to jazz, folk, funny songs and polkas-and that influence is evident in the music he writes. Susan Gedutis (alto and baritone saxophone, flutes) studied jazz at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and completed her Masters degree in ethnomusicology at Tufts University. A writer, she authored See You at the Hall: Boston's Golden Era of Irish Music and Dance, published by Northeastern University Press, and is a regular contributor to the Boston Irish Reporter. Susan plays regularly with Irish traditional and rock ensembles in New England. Carol Laliberté-DeLorenzo found her way back to musical adventure when she joined ELH. When she is not at play with her band cohorts, she works as a massage therapist, landscape gardener, and mother. Her activity on the dance improv scene has resulted in ELH playing regularly for contact improv "jams." Rob Rudin (percussion) has performed and recorded with artists ranging from AAA (adult alternative acoustic) to Zydeco. He plays many unusual instruments and is a member of the percussive organizations Washboards International and The Rhythm Bones Society. Rob holds a Masters in education.