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MIPSO plays the Vilar in Beaver Creek Thursday

Just over a decade ago, a North Carolina-based quartet debuted “Dark Holler Pop,” highlighting their layered vocal harmonies and strong musical connection. Last August, their sixth album, “Book of Fools,” showcased the band’s evolution over the past decade.

“I think it’s our best record. It’s a full example of our musical connection and an example of us stretching ourselves, trying out some sounds and charting new territory,” said guitarist Joseph Terrell, adding that long-time buddy Shane Leonard held down the beat as “one of the best drummers in America.”

The band is rooted in college friends playing together between classes in Chapel Hill, first aiming to bring their string instruments together to sound like one and later becoming curious about incorporating new sounds and instrumentation, such as electric guitars.



“It’s like having more ingredients in the kitchen,” Terrell said.

But, as they point out: “You have to absorb a lot of folk music to feel comfortable messing around with it.”

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Mandolinist Jacob Sharp draws his inspiration in equal parts from Doc Watson and Avett Brothers, while bassist Wood Robinson brings a blend of Charlie Haden-esque interest by bridging jazz and bluegrass. And, Libby Rodenbough transfers her classical violin training to the fiddle.

“It feels like we grew up together. We learned to play our instruments alongside each other, and we learned to sing harmonies together,” Sharp said. “That’s a really deep way to know a person. (We’re) distinct because of how much time we’ve spent getting to know each other. Part of our inspiration for ‘Book of Fools’ is how the music has changed, as we have. Anytime you’re in a relationship for that long, the relationship or the music is going to change, if you’re still able to be emotionally present with it 鈥 it’s a commitment to being present.”

Though the band and its members have grown plenty, a common throughline remains in their harmonies and what they enjoy writing about 鈥 mainly relationships and how they, or people they love, see the world and themselves changing. That said, they base some of their songs in history. For instance, one tune talks about being haunted by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, and another portrays being a stowaway on an 18th-century ship.

Though they’ve toured Colorado extensively, this will be their first appearance at the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts. During last fall’s “Book of Fools” release tour, they played some of their best shows, Terrell said, including at E Town, which acted as a centering point, and Denver’s Bluebird, where “our new music caught hold in some of the ways our favorites have.”

“Colorado feels like home away from home,” Sharp said. “It’s one of the places outside of the southeast that people (get us). A lot of music tradition comes from North Carolina’s Piedmont mountains. There’s something about the mountains that creates a kinship. There are a lot of people that move and collaborate between the mountains. Colorado is a place that’s really open to good, new music.”

VPAC’s show will feature Hannah Read taking the place of Rodenbough, who couldn’t make it on this leg of the tour.

“Hannah is a phenomenal Scottish songwriter and fiddle player,” Terrell said, adding that audiences can expect an “emphasis on ‘Book of Fools,’ as well as a pretty tight interweave of the older, acoustic string show. And with Hannah, there will be a fun new thread of how the Appalachian and Scotting fiddling tradition (blend). It feels like an annual pilgrimage to spend a week in Colorado.”


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