Blending dusty American grit with a worldly amalgam of global influences, Santa Fe-based duo Round Mountain presents a singular take on folk music that is both foreign and familiar. The multi-multi-instrumentalist band of brothers has travelled the globe absorbing bits and pieces of musical cultures, returning to filter them through their own sepia-toned Americana framework.
Char and Robby Rothschild have been crafting a sound that spans alt-folk and world genres since 2002. After years of immersion in global music, they began their work together, combining instruments and skills learned there with songs of longing and belonging, of nature, family and home. They strive to bring listeners to a place of musical grounding and connection. Their Round Mountain is a promontory from which the world’s interconnected beauty can be felt, where melodic and rhythmic paths traveled by Appalachian, Celtic, West African, Balkan and Middle-Eastern music arrive at a common summit.
The Goat is Round Mountain’s fourth release and follows their 2009 full-length Windward, 2007’s Truth and Darkness, and 2004’s self-titled debut. On these albums and on stage, Char sings and plays accordion, guitar or dobro, together with trumpet or Bulgarian gaida, and highland bagpipes. Robby sings and plays percussion, the West African harp known as the kora, and the Irish bouzouki.
Round Mountain is a group with strong emotional and soulful footing, and an abundance of accomplishments over the years. In 2015 they performed to a full house in Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center, accompanied by their students from elementary to college age. They have opened for such folk icons as Toumani Diabate and Bela Fleck, David Lindley, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Thomas Mapfumo, and the Indigo Girls, as well as opening for and recording with Andy Irvine. They’ve also performed with Toubab Krewe, Boulder Acoustic Society, Moira Smiley and VOCO, Taarka, Michael Cleveland, Frank Fairfield, Kailin Yong, the Steel Wheels, and Mark Growden. They’ve performed on notable stages across the country including the Freight and Salvage, Club Passim, The Living Room, Swallow Hill, Godfrey Daniels, Stone Soup, Santa Monica Broad Stage, the Chautauqua in Boulder, CO, Live Oak Music Festival, and the Claremont Folk Festival. Round Mountain has also contributed music to the films Solace: Wisdom of the Dying (2008) and Ride the Divide (2010).