Harpeth Rising, Folk trio at 20th Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival

Folk trio Harpeth Rising will bring a combined bluegrass and folk sound to St. Augustine this weekend during the 20thAnnual Gamble Rogers Music Festival. The trio from Louisville, Kentucky will perform from 7:25 to 8:05 p.m. Saturday, May 2 on the main stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine.

The music festival will feature six stages May 2-3, bring dozens of celebrated artists to the Ancient City during this celebration of the late Gamble Rogers, a recording artist and storyteller who died in 1991 trying to save a man from drowning in Flagler County.

Two-day tickets for May 2-3 are $35; tickets for May 2 are $25; and May 3 tickets are $15. Purchasers of Wilco tickets may purchase weekend Gamblefest passes (Saturday and Sunday) for the discounted rate of $20. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, and at Music Matters, Simple Gestures and The Bead Chick, or online at www.gamblerogersfest.org.


Harpeth Rising1Members of Harpeth Rising are Jordana Greenberg (violin), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo), and Maria Di Meglio (cello). Maria Di MeglioTheir songs depict wanderlust, eternal curiosity, class struggle and extraordinary love. The group’s harmonies run the gamut from traditional Bluegrass to full on Gregorian organum. The members met while earning performance degrees at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and despite their diverse beginnings (hailing from vastly different cultures and geographic areas), found in each other a unified musical idea and a brand new one at that.

Q: How was the name Harpeth Rising chosen?

A: We spent our first few years as a band in the Nashville, Tennessee area, where the Harpeth River runs. It is a small — but powerful — river, and we liked the idea of naming ourselves after something as dynamic and lively as water.

Q: What is your current favorite song performed by the band?

A: We are about to release a new album, Shifted, and the title track from that album is one that we love to perform.

Q: Ever played in St. Augustine, Florida?

A: We have played throughout Florida, but this will be the first time in St. Augustine. We’ve visited, though — walked through the historic downtown, and ridden the train to see the Christmas lights!

Q: Who are your musical influences?

A: Our influences span centuries and genres! We are inspired by everything from Baroque and Romantic era; classical music to American roots, British invasion, and rock ‘n roll. We also listen to a lot of singer/songwriters. Some contemporary musicians we love are Mary Gauthier, Sam Bush, The Hot Club of Cowtown, John Prine, Todd Snider, Emmylou Harris, Quartet San Francisco, Le Vent du Nord .. the list could go on and on!

Q: Favorite part of performing music?

A: The powerful connection with the audience, which is different from any kind of verbal communication.

Q: Where do you see band in 5 years?

A: We hope we’ll still be performing and traveling full time, just for more and more people!