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A Thousand Years at Sea and at Caldera

The New York-based trio, A Thousand Years At Sea, has been washed ashore, instruments and all.

The innovative young acoustic group will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Caldera Tap House, 31 Water St., Ashland.

A Thousand Years at Sea includes fiddler and guitarist Colin Cotter, violinist and fiddler Ethan Lewis and pianist Neil Pearlman. The trio incorporates elements of folk, jazz, Celtic and rock.

Cotter, a composer and lyricist, has toured nationally and internationally from California cafes and grungy New York bars to the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen, Scotland. He wrote eight of the 14 songs on the group's debut album, "Silver Shores Await," released in October 2009.

Lewis, who displays a rich, sincere vocal style, also is part of the Celtic project "Root Down One" and offers private fiddle lessons.

After watching Pearlman perform, renowned fiddler and composer Jerry Holland said of the young pianist: "Watching Neil's hands on the piano is like watching two spiders on crack."

Pearlman's piano style melds Cape Breton and jazz traditions with funk grooves. He grew up performing in the family band, Highland Soles. Besides piano, Pearlman also is an accomplished step dancer and mandolinist.

Cover for the show at Caldera is $3. For more information, see www.myspace.com/athousandyearsatsea or call 541-482-4677.

The New York-based trio A Thousand Years at Sea released its first album in 2009. - http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-