In 2012, Gathering of The Vibes was pleased to welcome back to the stage the reunion of the original line up of Strangefolk, one of the bands that played on the first line up of the festival in 1996. We’re thrilled to have the original band back with us again this year. In a nod to The Grateful Dead, last year the band performed that band’s most recognized song, “Touch Of Grey,” receiving a huge ovation for their lovely rendition of the song, with the infectious chorus; “We will survive!” Indeed!
The last time Jon Trafton, Reid Genauer, Erik Glockler and Luke Smith performed on stage was something that could only be described by the sum of its parts. Those parts being not only the four musicians on stage, but also the community of fans they had developed over the years.
Originally formed at the University of Vermont as an acoustic duo “Strange Folk” in 1991 with Trafton and other founding member Reid Genauer, Strangefolk (now one word) added bass and drums within a year and took to playing the bars in and around the vibrant musical community of Burlington, Vermont. After only a couple years of developing their signature sound in and around the Vermont music scene, the band began touring the club and college circuit around the Northeast, quickly gaining momentum and popularity with each tour. Regional tours paved the way for national tours, with the band logging over 100 shows per year. In 1998, Strangefolk signed with Mammoth Records, only to have the record deal collapse when Disney purchased Mammoth in 1999. “A Great Long While”, which was to be the band’s major-label debut and was produced by Nile Rodgers, was released independently in 2000.