A force in folk

BEST BET

February 27, 1997|By J.D. Considine

Folk music used to be a tightly defined genre, with little room for stylistic or instrumental innovation. But it's opened up quite a lot in recent years, and we should be glad - because that leaves plenty of room for singers like Ani DiFranco.

At 26, DiFranco has become a major force in folk music without ever playing by the rules. Her last solo album, "Dilate," owed as much to funky-fresh drum beats as to the earnest strum of her acoustic guitar, while her collaboration with Utah Phillips, "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere," manages to make modern studio techniques seem as much a part of folk music as Phillips' old-timey material. No wonder her concerts make converts of casual listeners and critics alike.

Ani DiFranco performs at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. Call (410) 783-8000.

Pub Date: 2/27/97

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