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Sat. Sept. 20 at 8 pm Wind That Shakes the Barley

This group has been bringing their own brand of traditional music and folklore from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and beyond to Vermont for many years. They are an ever-evolving group with high-energy music, rolling rhythms and stirring vocals. Plus, the funny story or two.
They include Bob DeMarco who plays guitar, fiddle, bouzouki and sings, Rachel Clark plays the flute and lends her lilting voice, Bob Smith throws in the concertina, bodhran and his voice, and Steve Brittan rounds out the sound with small Scottish pipes, low whistle, bodhran and vocals.
The have appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the New World Festival, SolarFest, Middlebury’s Festival on the Green, Woodstock Town Hall, Vergennes Ooera House, and many First Night celebrations to name only a few.
And they have just released their newest CD in May! More can be found about them at
www.windthatshakesthebarley.net

   

Friday, October 10 at 8 pm
         Dana and Susan Robinson

Dana and Susan Robinson sing dust-on-the-boots vignettes of rural America. Dana delivers his lyrics with such poetic clarity as to take the audience along riding shotgun down the highway. Their stories reflect a deep affection for the landscape and a sense of place within it. Dana and Susan are consummate multi-instrumentalists (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin) integrating styles from the Appalachian, Celtic, and African traditions to create a fresh and contemporary sound that is uniquely their own.
     Born in Oregon in 1961, Dana was raised on a steady diet of the Beatles, Dylan, Clapton and Stones. At seventeen Dana took to hitchhiking between the western states, playing in cafés and restaurants, never staying in one place for very long. This restlessness culminated in the mid-80’s with a trip to Europe to ride the trains and busk on the streets. Upon returning to America, Dana settled in Vermont where he built a cabin in the woods, and discovered both the east coast singer-songwriter scene and Appalachian mountain music. In 1994 Dana recorded his debut CD Elemental Lullabye, made an appearance at Carnegie Hall, and launched into a national touring career.
     Dana and Susan met in 2002 when Sue attended a concert that Dana was giving in California. An environmental grant writer at the time, Sue had no idea what she was in for when Dana persuaded her to join him as his traveling partner. A classically trained pianist and Scottish fiddle player, Susan changed musical courses completely, launching into the mountain claw-hammer banjo, rhythm guitar playing, and harmony singing that now defines their sound.
     'Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music.' - Dirty Linen
     Find out more about them at www.robinsongs.com

   

Sat. Oct. 18 at 8 pm Patti Casey

Patti Casey is one of Vermont’s best known singer-songwriters. She is a prolific songwriter and has perfected her own New England-flavored bluegrassy style, one that shines equally with welcome, familiar sounds, as well as undeniable originality. She has recorded four albums.
Her career has taken her to many places along the way: she has appeared live on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor, has won Texas’s prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriter’s competition and was a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at the legendary Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
For the past several years she sang with the Bluegrass Gospel Project, she has left them to concentrate on her own music. Come and hear her in October in the Kingdom. For more about Patti look her up at
www.patticasey.com

   

Sat. Nov. 15 at 7:30 pm The Sky Blue Boys

Are Banjo Dan and Brother Willy from the notorious bluegrass band, Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys. They are keeping the venerable tradition of the brother duet show alive. In the 30’s & 40’s two fellows with a mandolin and guitar (and in this case also a banjo), their voices fused in the special blend that kinship provides played the radio stations and country shows.
So Banjo Dan and Willy have revived this tradition and follow the example of the Blue Sky Boys, The Monroe Brothers and the Louvin Brothers. They have built up a large repertoire of wonderful old ballads, parlor songs, heart songs and sacred numbers. They have trusted their own musical instincts and added some of their own originals to the repertoire.
And of course, there are a few stories thrown into the mix. For more about their own story check out www.banjodan.com/skyblueboys

   

Sat. Dec 6 at 7:30 pm The Ira Friedman Trio

Ira Friedman (Hammond Organ), already one of the most in-demand players in the Central Vermont music scene, comes to the group with almost a decade of full-time musical experience with such groups as the Dave Keller Blues Band, the Jennifer Hartswick Band, Viscus, D'Moja, and Lazlo Cameo among dozens of others. Friedman's rich, chunky organ work creates an almost magical atmosphere that permeates and unifies the entire group and each live set. Ira, from Barton, Vermont studied music at the University of Southern Maine as well as at William Patterson University in New Jersey. During the late 90's after his studies, he played solo piano and freelanced in Colorado. After that he toured nationally with various bands. Most recently he has moved back to Barton where he has been studying Cuban Hatian Rhythms.
Micah Carbonneau was last seen at The Music Box with Linda Waarnar. Micah Carbonneau has been working out of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont since he was 15. As an exceptional trap kit drummer, he has worked with many of Vermont’s leading groups in the genres of rock, Latin, and American root music. He now enjoys an active career playing electric and upright bass in addition to being a sought-after drummer, and is in high demand for session work, combo gigs, teaching, and performing. Good drummers and good bass players really get around. You can catch Micah with Vermont-based groups Viscus, Dave Keller, Penny Arcade, the New Gypsy Swing Quartet, with Lewis Franco & the missing cats and the Catamount Arts Jazz Ensemble.
Barry Reese smooths out the trio with trumpet and drums. He has played with many jazz groups.
More can be found about all of these by googling their names. That will lead you to their many musical ventures.

   
   

 

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