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Mamma’s Marmalade with Traveling Light

December 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Mamma’s Marmalade started in a UMass dorm room when Sexton (fiddle) and Mitch Bordage (mandolin) bonded over bluegrass. Press photo courtesy of the artists
Photo by Jamie Rose Gouger

Mamma’s Marmalade started in a UMass dorm room when Sexton (fiddle) and Mitch Bordage (mandolin) bonded over bluegrass. In 2016, the pair were participating at an open mic when a tall young man named Sean Davis asked to join them on stage for a tune. Davis’s tenacious flatpicking caught their attention immediately.

“The guitar is an incredibly integral part of any band, but within bluegrass, a guitarist has to fill so many roles,” says Sexton. “They have to be rhythmic magicians, and sometimes you get lucky with the rare player who can take leads as well.”

“I was in school for mathematics when I met them, but I was miserable with it,” says Davis. “I wanted to be a musician, I just didn’t know it completely. They helped me recognize my true calling and I quickly adopted the mindset that I had to do music full-time.” He joined later that year and the band released their debut album Goodbye, Black Velvet, the following summer. In 2019 the band released their sophomore LP Rockabee Fields.

With songs as sweet and biting as the nectar and venom in her voice, Rachel Sumner has been captivating audiences throughout the northeast with her exciting new band Traveling Light.

While their instrumentation and textures show roots deep in bluegrass and traditional folk music, Sumner’s lyric-forward writing and penchant for snaking chord progressions demand something beyond folk conventions, highlighting the acrobatic range of her brilliant bandmates Kat Wallace (fiddle/harmonies) and Mike Siegel (upright bass). Sumner is no stranger to the stage.

She spent her early career on the bluegrass circuit, singing and writing with the genre-bending Boston group Twisted Pine. Since setting out on her own, Sumner’s songs have been critically acclaimed, winning the Lennon Award in the folk category of the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song “Radium Girls (Curie Eleison);” earning her a spot in the Kerrville New Folk Competition; and being chosen three consecutive years by WBUR/NPR as one of the top Massachusetts entries in the Tiny Desk Competition .

Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light released their debut LP in the summer of 2022 to acclaim; Americana Highways says, “Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light shine bright on new album.”

They will perform at the Egremeont Barn, a performance venue in a tavern atmosphere with a wood fire and comfortable chairs around the stage and a pub menu for dinner.

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Date:
December 8, 2023
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Event Location

Egremont Barn
17 Main Street
Egremont, MA
413-528-1570

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