True Life Trio
Live in the Big Top Circus Tent - Sunday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m.
True Life Trio’s music is a borderless journey through the villages of Ukraine, the mountains of Bulgaria and Louisiana’s Cajun country, showcasing the beauty, power and diversity of vocally driven folk music from Eastern Europe and North America. True Life Trio honors these traditions while adding their own unique spin via innovative arrangements and folk-inspired compositions. The trio’s fiery and supple vocals bridge musical worlds and deliver them right to the listeners’ ears.
Featuring the powerful vocal talents of three dynamic performers whose musical collaboration was forged in Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, this Bay Area–based trio delves deep into a vast array of folk music that lends itself to three-part vocal harmony, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles.
True Life Trio’s performances include a mix of a cappella songs and tunes accompanied by fiddle, guitar, accordion, and percussion. In any given concert, the trio will sing in more than ten languages, interweaving translations, tales of their travels and background stories that bring this beautiful music to life and demonstrate their passion, joy and humor in singing together.
Leslie Bonnett - voice, fiddle, percussion
Briget Boyle - voice, guitar, percussion
Juliana Graffagna - voice, accordion, percussion
“They bring the world. Via gorgeous harmonies, the East Bay’s True Life Trio travels through a wide spectrum of styles and traditions…Whenever they raise their voices in song, True Life Trio uplifts the listener, regardless of the song’s subject matter or language.” — Paul Freeman, The Daily News, Bay Area News Group