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Rising up at Godfrey Daniels

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's a reason Harpeth Rising is called Harpeth Rising.

And it's not because the eclectic group has a harp as one of its instruments.

It has to do with geography and the aspirations of the trio that mixes classical music with bluegrass.

"We have many happy associations with that river," says Rebecca Reed-Lunn, banjo player and co-founder of Harpeth Rising, which makes its Lehigh Valley debut, 8 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

The Harpeth River is part of the Mississippi River watershed.

Jordana Greenberg, violin-lead vocals for Harpeth Rising, lived near the river. Her husband proposed to her while they were canoeing on the river.

"We chose the word Rising because we like to think of our music as always developing and always evolving," Reed-Lunn says.

Harpeth Rising's fourth and most recent CD, "Tales From Jackson Bridge," released last October, also has geographical significance.

Jackson Bridge is the name of a road in Bowling Green, Ky., where Greenberg lives.

"We actually wrote the songs in the basement of her house,." Reed-Lunn says.

Reed-Lunn performed with Greenberg, violin, as a duo for about two years in Hawaii after graduating from Indiana University. When they moved to Nashville, Maria Di Meglio, cello, another Indiana University graduate, joined them.

"We all had the vision of wanting to use our classical music training to do something a little bit different," says Reed-Lunn.

"We' re definitely influenced by newgrass and bluegrass, as well as by old-time music, classical and rock music," she says.