• James Harvey

10 Questions with Green Heron

We have a new interview for you all today, it’s from the hugely talented and always joyful, Betsy Heron & Scott Heron, together the are more widely known as, Green Heron.

They also happen to be half of the truly great, Moma Ain’t Dead, whose debut album I reviewed a couple of weeks ago here.

1. Who are you?

We're a pair of multi-instrumentalists, songwriters, and general purveyors of folk and old-time music.

2. How would you describe your music?

It's kind of a hodge-podge of different styles that suit our fancy; lots of fiddle tunes, lots of older bluegrass and old-time and jug band songs, and lots of originals too that we stick in the mix.

3. What inspires you?

We love that infectious combination of fiddles and banjos in Appalachian string band music. We've got a ton of musical influences so really anything that leaves us with a good-time feeling inspires us.

4. What can we expect release wise?

We're working on narrowing down songs for a third album, which we want to be more reflective of hearing a live show. Our first two albums are all / mostly originals, and we don't usually go that heavy with them during a show. We started with a pile of 30 songs that we love, and have been soliciting opinions for what is the most "us" of the list. We're getting there!

5. Are you touring?

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing at the moment, all of our shows have been cancelled / rescheduled. We were scheduled to go on an Irish Music Cruise on the Mediterranean in May, which we're bummed about missing. But we're using the time to do some live stream shows, and figure out what we want to do for our next album release. It's an interesting moment to take a deep breath and re-evaluate stuff; you never get the chance to do that at the same time as the entire rest of the world.

6. Why did you take up music?

We both had somewhat different musical upbringings. Betsy was brought up playing the violin with her family. Scott got into it by playing rock music with his brother. In either case, it was probably pretty instinctual to want to create sounds and sing. I don't think we know what to do with ourselves otherwise.

7. How to do set about writing/creating your music?

We don't write as much as other songwriters, and when we do, it typically comes individually. One of us will write a song and present it while the other grabs a fiddle or banjo and sings along offering any critiques. More often, we'll find these great old songs whether they're fiddle tunes or a catchy old country song or what have you and work out our own arrangement to it.

8. If the world was ending and you could only listen to one last song, what one would it be and why?

Betsy: Oh, come on! That's a hard one. I would probably pick something really simple but beautiful, sad but a little uplifting, like Hard Times by the great Gillian Welch.

Scott: I think I'd have to listen to something from Luke Kelly or maybe The Parting Glass from Ronnie Drew (ED Note: The Dubliners (Ronnie Drew) being the greatest band ever known, great pick there!).

9. Any funny/weird stories or experiences from your tours?

We were booked to play a house concert alongside our tour-mates The Double Crossers in Asheville, North Carolina. The host was really sweet, organized a potluck dinner and invited a bunch of her friends.

It was a pretty laid-back setup. Before the concert, a few of us took out our instruments and began jamming. Another fella had his guitar with him and yet another had a banjo and harmonica. We played a few before deciding to get ready for the show. One of the musicians asks, "So, what's the plan?" We explained that we'd start at 7pm. To our surprise, he follows up letting us know that the host had invited him to play a set. To further our surprise, the harmonica player immediately follows up with the same!

Fairly confused at this point, we just rolled with it and had them open up the show, each with a respective set. Further along in the evening, after our own sets, we were again jamming. The night was getting late and a couple of the host's roommates were getting to bed. Back when we booked the tour, we had previously asked if she could put us up for the night to which we she agreed. After watching the baggage, we carried in to what we assumed was a spare bedroom we'd be staying in, being hauled out of said bedroom, we began to suspect the possibility that the host may have forgotten our arrangements.

After some internal discussion, one of us finally got the courage to ask whether or not we were staying there. Negative. Very apologetic and realizing the miscommunication, the host called a friend nearby and was quickly able to secure a place to stay for the night. Despite the evening of surprises, we were grateful for the hospitality and enjoyed our stay in Asheville quite a lot.

10. How do you want to go out, a Zombie Apocalypse or Alien Invasion?

Definitely aliens. Zombie's freak me out, and with aliens you don't know what you'll get; heck, they might even like music!

A huge thank you to, Betsy & Scott for their response. They are live streaming throughout the lock down / worldwide pandemic (never thought I would write those words!) at least once a week, please check them out, links are on their Facebook.

For more information on Green Heron, have a wonder over to their website.

Stay Safe - Stay In - Peace & Love.

For more information on the COVID - 19 pandemic, please check out your local government website & not silly Facebook, YouTube or Reddit posts!





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