Classically trained folk band Harpeth Rising to rock out Chaplin's

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Anyone looking for some excitement in the Spring-Ford area this week need not look further than Chaplin’s Music Café.

The Spring City venue will host Nashville-based folk quartet Harpeth Rising this Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door.

The band’s violinist and lead vocalist, Jordana Greenberg, said guests at Chaplin’s can expect a high energy, fun show that will appeal to fans of folk or even those just looking for an exciting concert. And the band is excited to play at the historical venue.

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“It’s got all this history at the venue, like Charlie Chaplin played there. We’ve never done anything like that before,” she said. “And they’ve got top of the line sound.”

The band’s popularity has grown a lot recently with the resurgence of folk’s popularity in the mainstream, and Greenberg said the genre’s rise has made the public more aware of what bands like Harpeth Rising are all about.

“I would certainly say the rising popularity of folk music has helped smaller bands like us,” she said. “It used to be that when you said you were a folk band, people assumed you did Woodie Guthrie covers, which we do, but the popularity has also removed that stigma.”

The band does much more than just Woodie Guthrie covers. The band is known for incorporating rich, layered instrumentals and four-part harmonies in their original songs, thanks in part to years of classical training amongst the members.

But don’t let their classical roots fool you. The band remains true to their passion.

“Even though we’re classically trained, we are at our core a folk and Americana band,” Greenberg said.

She emphasized that the band remains true to the rustic sound of their genre, but with a complexity that has evolved over several years.

The band will be touring throughout the year, but Greenberg said they hope to get back into the studio once they get a break in their schedule to develop that sound further for a new album.

But until then, the band is doing what they love – putting on an exciting show for fans.

“We have a very high-energy, interactive show,” she said. “We love sort of talking to the audience and interacting with them. And that’s what it’s all about for us. Recording is certainly an important part, but it’s really all about getting up on stage and sharing what we do with a live audience.”