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January 16 - Harpeth Rising

posted Aug 13, 2015, 9:03 AM by Mike Allen   [ updated Feb 20, 2016, 4:28 AM ]

HARPETH RISING chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and 
powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana 
Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, 
vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a 
sound that is organically unique.

Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship 
and a deft, yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep – from their varied 
ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home, 
they weave together ancient and modern ideas, creating a sound that is both familiar and 
impossible to categorize. 

Harpeth Rising - "Four Days More"

Harpeth Rising performs their original song "Four Days More" LIVE at Chaplin's in Spring City, PA on September 21, 2014

“We don’t set out to create something different, we just write in a way that is true to ourselves 

while trying to always expand and explore the new influences in our lives.” says Greenberg. 
“We’re aware of genre divisions, we’re just not bound by them.” 

After meeting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where all three members 
earned performance degrees, Harpeth Rising began on a cross-country road trip. Inspired by a 
summer spent jamming at campsites and attending folk and bluegrass festivals, Greenberg 
(violin) and Reed-Lunn (banjo) decided to pursue a slightly different path than their classical 
backgrounds would suggest. They began writing original songs and performing 4 to 5 nights a 
week, developing their sound and their repertoire. It was with the addition of Di Meglio (cello) 
that the lineup was complete, and the three women piled into a Prius and began to tour. 
Despite the presence of only three string instruments on stage, Harpeth Rising produces a 
profusion of sound generally created by a much larger ensemble. Di Meglio transitions fluidly 
between providing the bass line and taking the melodic lead, while Reed-Lunn’s highly original 
style of claw hammer banjo–learned mainly by watching YouTube–is both surprisingly lyrical and 
intensely driving. Greenberg takes on the role of concert violinist and accompanist with equal 
facility, and ensures that a lead guitar is never missed. 

From breathtaking energy to intimate connection, their live performances are kinetic events in 
which their passion and their abilities are equally displayed. Harpeth Rising can create a 
listening room from a rowdy bar crowd, and can inspire even the weariest of audiences. After 
only a few months as a band, they embarked on tour of England, which included a performance 
with The Bath Philharmonia. They were invited to perform at The Cambridge Folk Festival the 
following summer, and have since played festivals across England and the United States, 
including The Kerrville Folk Festival, ROMPfest, Blissfest, The Fylde Folk Festival, The Purbeck 
Folk Festival and dozens more. Building their fan base in the tradition of all wandering minstrels 
- passionately and by word-of-mouth - they now perform to sold-out audience internationally.
They have released four albums in as many years – Harpeth Rising (2010), Dead Man’s 
Hand (2011), The End of the World (2012), a collaboration with master wordsmith David 
Greenberg (Jordana’s father), and Tales From Jackson Bridge, (2013). Their fifth album, 
Shifted, is set to release in early 2015.

Harpeth Rising - The Sparrow

Harpeth Rising performs "The Sparrow" from their album "Tales From Jackson Bridge."