July 25th, 2021 7pm Stage 3
As of June 16, 2021, New York State has lifted all COVID-19 related restrictions that apply to a venue of Rockwood’s size. In accordance with these revised guidelines, vaccination records will no longer be checked and entry will be permitted for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Social distancing and masks will not be required, although masks will remain recommended for non-vaccinated individuals.
EP RELEASE SHOW
Gawain and The Green Knight
Gawain and The Green Knight are a homemade valentine to that cute ghost in your attic. Their music sounds purple and makes you wonder what songs made your great great great grandparents get a little weepy (in a good way) when they were tipsy.
The band (made up of married couple Alexia Antoniou and Mike O'Malley) was founded around the same time as their relationship in 2017. Antoniou had invited O'Malley to discuss music over whiskey on what ended up becoming, to their surprise, their first date. Up until then, he'd been playing the Irish bouzouki at nightly gigs on NYC's Irish music circuit, while she'd been stockpiling songs that, as described by The All-Scene Eye, "used characters from history and literature– French monarchs, Italian ascetics, and Trojan warriors–to act out timeless joys, regrets, and longings."
Inspired as much by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's reimagining of the "Child Ballads" as Madeline Miller's "Song of Achilles," Gawain and the Green Knight are equal parts Joanna Newsom, The Decemberists, and one of those old-timey paintings whose eyes follow you around. They are here to sing about their affection for humanity and their healthy fear of death, and to cradle these songs in lovingly arranged chamber folk.
EP RELEASE SHOW
Termed "grim, sweet, and elegant" by Merry-Go-Round Magazine, the new EP "A Sleeping Place" kept Antoniou and O'Malley blessedly busy in 2020. It's stuffed with songs that "draw on universal threads that connect stories through time," and they'd love to celebrate its birth with you.