Clubs & Concerts

Rayna Gellert

When: Thu., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. 2012

In the past, singer and fiddler Rayna Gellert has been relegated to the roll of roots-music sidewoman, either bowing in all-female old-time collective Uncle Earl, supporting pan-African jam band Toubab Krewe, or backing various singer-songwriters. But her second album under her own name, the recent Old Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds, should make moonlighting unnecessary: A thoughtful mix of antiquated folk standards and originals that play at the divide between memories that have been made and remain to be made, Old Light shows Gellert not only as an emotive singer but also as the welcome traditional enthusiast unafraid to tinker with the past. Be careful: Her droning take on the centuries-old "The Cruel Mother" will chase your dreams.—Grayson Currin

Price: $10-12

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