Red Thread is a new harmony-forward folk ensemble playing original music rooted in Eastern European, Yiddish, and Americana lineage. The group infuses their interpretations of traditional music with a harmonic sensibility rooted in and liberated from classical choral singing, with band members Sarah Larsson, Sophie Javna, Julia Hobart, Erika Lantz, Colleen Bertsch, and McKain Lakey each drawing from years of study with master-artists including Ethel Raim, Michael Alpert, Sam Lee, Dáithí Sproule, and stringband master-artists in Transylvania. With lush harmonies and the tight performance of a family band, Red Thread further unspools the line of folk tradition, merging rich vocal and string arrangements with the stories of real people’s lived experience that are embedded within folk songs.
Frontwoman Sarah Larsson (Jagoda/O’Brien/Goldstein) is a musician and cultural organizer committed to healing collective wounds using folk art & tradition. Sarah studies and sings women’s music traditions from her ancestral traditions: Eastern European and Jewish diaspora, and Irish, Scottish, and Swedish immigrant music. Sarah tours internationally with The Nightingale Trio, which has been called “a revelation” by reviewers, performing on “A Prairie Home Companion”, Irish International A Cappella festival (Dublin), Zlatne Uste Golden Festival (NY), and ArtScape (Baltimore).
"gorgeous singers, fantastic musicians, and effortless performers"
audience member, Brooklyn