Acoustic Roots Music Finds Fertile Ground at War3house 3

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(Left to right): Will Paynter of Swarthmore, Jay Popky, and Stacy Weathers play March 26 at War3house3.

Four outstanding musicians from the Philadelphia area are putting down acoustic roots at War3house3 in Swarthmore on March 26. Swarthmorean Will Paynter and his Sonoma Sound bandmate Jay Popky, both on guitar, will be joined by Stacy Weathers on banjo. Singer-songwriter JoAnn Morrell will open the show.

“This show will fuse the music from our varied pasts,” Will Paynter says. Each member of the trio has sung and played acoustic music for decades in all sorts of configurations and settings. They have worked together recently in the gigs of Sonoma Sound, which Paynter describes as “A sonic tapestry woven with threads of Americana, blues, folk, jazz, and world rhythms,” informed by his exposure to a wide range of music during worldwide travels. Will and Jay Popky formed the band in 2008, and have appeared with many noted roots musicians in the years since.

Popky is a gifted guitar stylist and improviser who has recently concentrated on composing and performing original music. Stacy Weathers brings banjo chops and a deep knowledge of traditional music, which she has played in modes ranging from old-time to bluegrass to folk music of several cultures. Opener JoAnn Morrell is lead singer for the band Rhythm Road. She will play with her husband Ernie Morrell and Amy Sutryn, her partner in the duo Blue Picket Fence.

Tickets to the March 26 show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door on show night. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30. War3house3 is at the end of the alley behind Garnet Cleaners, 100 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. Information:

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