All Ages, Blues, Folk, & Country

Tin Hat

When: Wed., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. 2009

Expanded from a trio to a full-out chamber group, Tin Hat features a combination of instruments that you won’t find anywhere else: harp, glockenspiel, accordion, strings, dobro, clarinet, and trumpet. The result teeters somewhere between folk music and chamber jazz, often of a form so light and airy, it could be the soundscape for a Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie. Not constrained to any particular genre or era, Tin Hat’s music floats in and out of time. The band takes familiar standards like “Willow Weep for Me” and gives them a medieval quality — mostly owing to the limpid, hypnotic voice of singer/violinist Carla Kihlstedt. She’s in good company, with guitarist Mark Orton, trumpeter Ara Anderson, harpist Zeena Parkins, and clarinetist Ben Goldberg. Collectively, they sound as ornate and detailed as any high-caliber quintet. Yet they perform with the looseness of a trio. Tin Hat’s CD release happens Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley). 8 p.m., $18.50, $19.50. TheFreight.org

Rachel Swan

Price: $18.50-$19.50

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