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"He’s one of those rare musicians, both as an interpreter of the music he plays and a scholar who’s studied its history, presenting songs embellished into new tunes that have a timelessness that stays".
Picture a stage that looks a bit like a yard sale; found objects from the natural environment as well as from dumpsters, yard sales & thrift stores. Throw in a few string & percussion instruments from around the world – and around the house. Connect this with a dash of technology – sometimes plugging in electric bedpans or 3 stringed thing-a-ma-jigs, a kickboard and, occasionally, looped landscapes of sound – all created in the moment by Joe. Toss wildly re-made covers and original material rhythmically with some corny jokes, a little theater thickener, a pinch of audience participation and – voila! Welcome to “The Joe Show.”
Jawbones, Canjoes, and Cakepans;
The Spokenfolk of Joe Craven
Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician and fashion insultant with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance as though you’re part of the show itself. Joe is always looking for the next expression or breath or object to make music with. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he shares make it all the more fun for him to share with his audience. ‘Everything Joe touches turns to music,’ says David Grisman, who Joe played with for almost 17 years. No one who saw Joe wring a percussion concerto from his garbage-bag raincoat during a downpour at the Strawberry Music Festival could disagree.
"The man recognizes no boundaries. He just won’t accept that no one is supposed to be that good at everything".