IRON MOUNTAIN - Red Tail Ring will be the featured entertainment on Thursday during the downtown Iron Mountain Out to Lunch Program from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders -Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. Whether rendering a traditional tune, or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies, and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain old foot stomping.
"We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be," Beauchamp said. "It informs how we write our original songs. There's a real energy exchange between the old and the new."
RED TAIL RING is made up of the duo of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, shown here, who will be the featured entertainment during the Out to Lunch program Thursday.
In 2011, Red Tail Ring released their first album, which was a double. In May 2013, they released their third full-length album, "The Heart's Swift Foot". Their signature style of layered, intricate instrumental lines over close vocal harmonies shines on this new collection.
"We feel we're at our best when we're playing together, listening and reacting as we go
along," Beauchamp noted.
Since the release of their first album in 2011, Red Tail Ring has remained busy, playing as many as 130 shows a year, with tours to both U.S. coasts, as well as Denmark and Germany.
The performance by Red Tail Ring on Thursday is being sponsored by Northern Michigan Bank & Trust.
Out to Lunch is hosted by Downtown Development Authority/Main Street and Dickinson County Council for the Arts. Concerts run through Aug. 14 this year, and are held on the Freedom Stage at the Magee Johnson Park.
"Bring a lawn chair and enjoy great music and the area's favorite food vendors," a spokesperson said.
The featured performers next week will be the Phil Lynch Jazz Trio, sponsored by Hahner Law Offices.