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Bramblewood

Bramblewood is Carol Hausner, Danny Coane and Colin McCaffrey - Acoustic bluegrass, folk and country music, old and new, along with award-winning originals. Hailing from Central Vermont, BRAMBLEWOOD is a dynamic trio playing acoustic bluegrass, folk and country music, both old and new, along with award-winning originals. Comprised of three of Vermont’s seasoned and critically acclaimed Americana roots musicians, they blend strong heartfelt singing, close-knit harmonies and outstanding musicianship on a variety of instruments.

Carol Hausner’s pure, heartfelt singing, compelling harmonies and expressive, award winning songwriting have taken Carol to growing audiences at shows, festivals and community gatherings. She has been playing guitar and singing traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass, country, and folk music with various bands in the Mid-Atlantic States and New England. In 2009 she won First Place at the legendary MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest in Wilkesboro, NC, with co-writer Colin McCaffrey, in the Bluegrass Category for "Love Gone By."

Danny Coane, the rockin' pride of Vermont, just keeps rollin'. Best known in Vermont for his work with the Starline Rhythm Boys, he has fronted bluegrass, country and blues bands, but the rockabilly, rock 'n roll act "The Throbulators" gained him national exposure. Danny led the "Throbs" across the country and across the border. When you talk about "the real deal", you're talking about cats like Danny. He writes and sings with relentless enthusiasm, and picks a banjo and guitar with equal ability.

Colin McCaffrey is one of Vermont’s best known musicians and producers. His name is found on many an album. He is a member of the well-known Vermont bands The Stone Cold Roosters, The Goat Broke Loose and Blue Norther as well as a frequent sideman for The Missing Cats, Dr Burma, The Sevens, The Clayfoot Strutters, and many singer-songwriters like Patti Casey, Susannah Blachly, Lewis Franco, Justin Levinson, Myra Flynn and more. He was born in Brattleboro and went to the Berklee College of Music, and now lives in East Montpelier. Colin's guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass playing as well as his song-writing and studio skills have made him one of the most influential figures in the Vermont music scene.

You can find more about all three at: www.carolhausner.com, www.starlinerhythmboys.com and www.colinmccaffrey.com.

 

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Va et Vient

The group's focus is French music from Quebec, France and Louisiana. The trio includes Carol Reed playing piano, guitar and minor percussion, George Dunne- flute and accordion, and Suzanne Germain – vocals. A sizeable percentage of New England's population is of French-Canadian descent. Va-et-vient celebrates the music of this wonderfully rich culture, and keeps its presence alive for both young and old listeners through performance and education. In turn, VEV, as a presenter of Franco-American music, is continuously expanding its repertoire through study and discovery of resources, ranging from archived recordings to singing sessions at the homes of some of Quebec's most respected keepers of the songs.

In December of 2003, Va-et-vient was awarded "Juried Artist" status by the Vermont Arts Council. VEV has performed at some of Vermont's most respected music venues, including The New World Festival, Champlain Valley Folk Festival, First Night Burlington, Middlebury's Festival on the Green, Saint Michael's College, Middlebury College, University of Vermont and the Vergennes Opera House. Outside Vermont, they have made appearances in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and in Quebec City, as well as the Donnacona Maison de la culture in Quebec Province. Recently, they were the first non-Canadian group invited to perform at the festival Chantez-Vous Bien Chez Nous at Saint-Bernard-de-Michaudville.

Much more can be found about this group at http://www.vaetvient.net/

 

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Woodchuck’s Revenge

Formed in front of the fire on a winter's night in 1990, Woodchucks' Revenge brings together as a performing group three friends who have combined their lifelong love of music to offer their audiences an eclectic and refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary folksongs played with spirit and an old time country sensibility.

The quartet includes Peter Cady on guitar, and, infrequently, bass,
Kristina Cady plays fiddle and bass, Sandy Morse on guitar, mandolin, and banjo; and Mike Lussen (after 27 years with Woods Tea Company) plays banjo, tenor and six-string guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, and bohdran.

The Woodchucks' repertoire, which has been described as encyclopedic, ranges from New England fiddle tunes to modern cowboy songs, from Irish ballads to 60's folk, blues and bluegrass. Songs about Vermont, mountains, and life in New England are staple of the group's performances, along with a healthy dose of humor and a small but growing number of originals.

The Woodchucks have performed throughout Vermont and the adjoining states and in Wyoming and Montana... at colleges and community events and festivals, in coffehouses and summer concert series, country fairs and bluegrass festivals as well as the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), and the Northeast Music, Arts and Dance Festival (NOMAD). They have performed on Public Radio in Vermont and New York, as well as local access television. Their audiences have included students, seniors, visitors to Vermont, historical reenactors, and folk music fans of all ages.

Find out lots more about them at http://www.enkd.com/woodchucks/index.html

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Mayfly: Katie Trautz and Julia Wayne Mayfly, an Americana/Old-time duo, is a Vermont based band that performs old-time New England and Appalachian music, as well as original songwriting on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and vocals. Mayfly has been performing for over 10 years, touring throughout the USA and Canada. The girls have two albums, one of which won ‘Best Traditional Album of the Year’ in Vermont. Mayfly intersperses close harmony vocals with strong instrumentals influenced by blues, ballads, and American roots music. The duo has performed alongside renowned traditional musicians from across the globe, including Swedish fiddler Anna Lindblad, Louisiana based musician Dirk Powell, and North Carolina’s Riley Baugus. Mayfly has also shared the stage with Crooked Still, David Boulanger, Sheesham and Lotus, Crowfoot, Pete Sutherland,
Sheesham and Lotus, Bruce Molsky and other great bands and musicians at festivals in New England and Cananda. Mayfly will be celebrating the release of a third album in the summer of 2013, with the help of Dirk Powell!

Find them here: www.mayflyvt.com or www.facebook.com/mayflygirls
CD Review: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/mayfly-sweet-is-the-morning/Content?oid=2340700

 

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 Staber and Chasnoff

     Dick Staber on mandolin and Judith Chasnoff on guitar with their vocal harmonies bring their style of folk and bluegrass to the Music Box. Judith began playing guitar as a teenager during the folk boom era. She studied voice at the High School of Music and Art in New York City. Dick took up the mandolin in 1964. He has played with Del McCoury ('69-75), Don Stover (77-78) and Bob Paisley ('79-81). His credits include contributions on numerous albums and he has released 3 albums of his own. He has toured internationally with the Paisleys, with his band Yonder City, and solo.

     Staber and Chasnoff maintain a pure, traditional sound--a sound reminiscent of the "brother" duets of the 1930's, particularly the Monroe brothers. In their evocative and focused performances they bring the material to life through pristine harmonies and expressive mandolin breaks, well-grounded in solid rhythm. They have produced four albums. Find out more about them and listen to some of their tunes atwww.staberandchasnoff.com.

 

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Sat. May 10th at 8 PM: Daddy Longlegs

     Daddy Longlegs is the confluence of three well known Vermont musicians: Rick Ceballos on banjo, David Gusakov on violin and Matt Witten on piano and percussion. Their talents merge to form a dynamic and highly original trad folk trio. Along with interesting settings of Celtic and old-time tunes, Daddy Longlegs explores genres not common to the fiddle-banjo repertoire including 1930’s jazz standards, Galician airs, 16th-century dance tunes and 19th-century Americana. This talented trio creates vibrant, sensitive and surprising 21st century folk music.

       Rick Ceballos was born in Pennsylvania, musically raised in Maine and seasoned in Vermont, Rick has been entertaining New England audiences for almost forty years. Known mainly for his wide array of banjos and banjo styles,Rick is also an accomplished accordion and concertina player as well as a fine songwriter.
He is also a folk music presenter and has served as Artistic Director of the Champlain Valley Folk Festival and is currently Artistic Director of Best Night, Bristol VT’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Find more about him at minstrelbanjo.ning.com/profile/rickCeballos.

    Matt Witten got his start in a cappella groups and on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater singing alongside Pete Seeger and fellow Vermonter Rik Palieri, as well as other musicians from around North America. He started performing in 1985 and has toured in New England and abroad. He has three solo recordings. Much more can be found about him atwww.matthewwitten.com.

     David Gusakov's lifetime career as a violinist has ranged from classical, as a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 1973, to hard driving Bluegrass with Pine Island, the Will Patten Ensemble and Banjo Dan & The Midnight Plowboys. He has performed with such luminaries as Vassar Clemens, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan and John Denver. Born in the heartland of America, Gusakov has travelled the world with his fiddle as his passport, and currently teaches music in his Bristol studio.

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Sat. April 5 at 7:30 PMThe Buskers

     The Buskers are “Folk impurists” with a smart, distinct voice and a kitchen sink repertoire of influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, “The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go much farther, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor, and energy to burn.” (Weirs Times) Their sound is defined by deep respect for the craft of songwriting and arranging and a shared love for the inventive possibilities of improvisation.

     The trio includes Craig Jaster, Kathy (KZ) Sommer and Paul Hubert

     Craig Jaster (piano, bass, accordion, vocals) has played professionally since age 15. He has played jazz with Delfeayo Marsalis, Tiger Okoshi and Big Joe Burrell and opened for The Yellowjackets, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, and the late great Ray Charles. He has also recorded with many New Hampshire artists. including Rik Pfenninger and Sweet, Hot & Sassy, as well as a CBS TV production of the play On Golden Pond. He taught jazz piano at Plymouth State College from 1999 to 2004, and is currently Performing Arts Department Head at the Sant Bani School, an independent K-12 school in Sanbornton, NH.

   Kathy (KZ) Sommer (acoustic & electric violins, mandolin, vocals) has studied with latin jazz maestro Eddie Palmieri, the Turtle Island String Quartet, national fiddlers Matt Glaser, Mark O’Connor, Jay Ungar, and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko. She lived in New Hampshire for many years, where she played and recorded with the swing band Sweet, Hot & Sassy, played for contra and square dances, taught violin and gave fiddle workshops. Since moving to northern New York State in 2004, when not touring with The Buskers, she plays freelance with a number of area bluegrass and jazz musicians.

   Paul Hubert (guitar and vocals) has toured extensively as a solo artist and singer/songwriter, plus with various bands since 1973. He played with the rock group White Light and the Marty and Paul Show in the 80’s. In the 90’s he was with the new age group Earth Ecos. He also plays the trombone with a central NH wind band, the Baker Valley band. Paul has an ongoing relationship with the New Hampshire Very Special Arts program. His day job is teaching music at the Andover, NH Elementary/Middle School.

     Find out more and listen to some tunes at www.thebuskers.com.

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Sat. March 8 at 7:30 PMAtlantic Crossing

     For over 18 years, the Vermont band Atlantic Crossing has been thrilling concert audiences and contra-dancers with traditional songs and acoustic instrumental music from New England - music which has deep Celtic roots in the British Isles and in French & Maritime Canada - together with original compositions inspired by these traditions.
     For many years, Atlantic Crossing have been accepted to the Vermont Arts Council's juried artists register, a selection of the state's best artists. With a reputation as an in-demand contra dance band, Atlantic Crossing have toured widely in the US and beyond, and have played at many of the major dance series as well as at festivals and dance weekends nationwide.
   Atlantic Crossing have appeared at numerous festivals, concert series, and on Public Radio. They now have five recordings on CD, as well as a compilation of sets of dance tunes available on CD. The band members are: Viveka Fox (fiddle, bodhran, djembe),Peter Macfarlane  (fiddle, low whistle, vocals), Tristan Henderson (mandolins, tenor banjo, foot percussion, vocals), and Rick Klein (guitar, vocals).

    Listen to some of their tunes and find out more about them atwww.atlanticcrossingvt.com.

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Sat. Feb 1, 2014 at 7:30 PMJon Gailmor

        Jon Gailmor, Vermont’s award-winning singer/songwriter, educator and optimist, will be making his first appearance at the Music Box in Craftsbury on Saturday, February 1st.

 A restless native of New York State, Jon failed to grow up in the Philadelphia area.  Since 1971, he’s been performing in folk clubs, colleges, schools, resorts, restaurants, senior centers, prisons and every other setting under the sun, throughout the country and abroad.  He also been serenading in hospitals, at corporate and private parties, delivering unorthodox high school commencement addresses and talking to students far and wide about alternative career choices.  Jon also presents his songwriting residencies and workshops for students pre-natal through prehistoric.

            He’s been honored as an “Extraordinary Vermonter” by the governor, received the Mayor’s Peace Prize in Burlington and was awarded a Silver Citation by the Vermont Arts Council.  He represented Vermont at the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and in 1996 was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Brattleboro, on its way to Atlanta.  He’s toured with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, released seven recordings and for 33 years has lived in Elmore with his family and various other creatures.

            Jon is no stranger to our area, having performed for and worked to create musical masterpieces with the United Church of Craftsbury’s congregation, local senior citizen groups and the children of both Greensboro and Craftsbury.  He is very much looking forward being back in our neck of the woods on February 1st.  His performance will include original songs as well as pieces from around the world, all fraught with laughter, audience involvement and covering every conceivable emotion, from the poignantly topical to the criminally absurd.  A Jon Gailmor concert is guaranteed to entertain, enlighten and uplift. We hope to see you!

   More about him at www.jongailmor.com.

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Sat. Jan. 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM:  Dana and Susan Robinson

     From Asheville, North Carolina, Dana and Susan Robinson bring to the stage an exciting blend of original songs of the American landscape and oldtime Appalachian mountain music. With Dana on guitar and fiddle, Susan's clawhammer banjo playing and harmony singing they bring a joyful energy to their concerts. Their music is the sound and feel of bedrock America.

     A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980’s, Dana settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” (no electricity and phone) on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue. Dana launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, Elemental Lullabye, and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.

     Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002. Sue was working in the environmental field in California when she met Dana at a house concert. Upon moving to North Carolina a short time thereafter, Sue launched into studying with many of the great oldtime musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.

    These performers travel the range of the US and they’ve captured a fan base in the UK, too. Accomplished musicians who have many stories to tell of their travels, they are the quintessential folk performers.

    You can see videos of the duo and  hear some of their songs at www.robinsongs.com.

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Sat. Nov. 9 at 7:30 PM: The Modern Grass Quintet

"The Modern Grass Quintet is a combination of seasoned bluegrass veterans...in addition to being great musicians, the members of the MGQ create a natural swing which makes them stand out among many pickers. Great music, and it'll make you want to jump!" -- Robert Resnik, host of VPR's All the Traditions 

Who they are: Adam Buchwald an inventive, hard-driving banjoist and a staple of the Northeast acoustic scene. He is a luthier and also appears with Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing. Todd Sagar, a New York native, is a versatile bluegrass, jazz and swing fiddler and dobroist. He lives with his family in Richmond, Vermont. Andy Greene is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to playing guitar with the MGQ, he provides music instruction in Northern Vermont. Stephen Waud was raised in Rochester, New York and is the band's progressive mandolin stylist. He lives in Burlington, Vermont and also performs with PossumHaw. Kirk Lord, a resident of Essex Junction, Vermont, is a respected member of the New England bluegrass community. He plays bass with the MGQ and The Bluegrass Gospel Project.

What a way to make the November blues go away! Listen to them and find out more about them at www.moderngrassquintet.com

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SUNDAY  OCTOBER 27 at 3 PM: Murray and Falkenau

The contemporary Celtic and folk duo, Murray and Flakenau come all the way from Galway, Ireland  to give an afternoon of beautiful music at The Music Box. Consisting of the instrumental talents of Anna Falkenau (Fiddle / Lead Guitar) and the songwriting / lyrical capabilities of Ivan J. Murray (Vocals / Guitar) the duo distill the traditions of Irish and American styles into powerful yet subtle music making.

To date the duo have toured throughout Ireland, France, Germany and the U.S.A with recent highlight shows including the Galway Arts Festival 2011, a support slot with American stalwarts "The Foghorn Trio" and a number of appearances at the Electric Picnic 2010.

They recorded their debut album "The Leipzig Sessions" in Germany in 2010 and released it in May 2011 on their own label.  It blends originally and traditional songs and tunes touching on Irish and American traditions. 

They are a dynamic duo, with haunting harmonies, impeccable musicianship and an engaging stage presence.

See them on videos, listen to their music, find out more about them atwww.murrayandfalkenau.com

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Sat. August 10 at 8 PM: Mark Lemaire and Twilight

The music of New Acoustic performer Mark Lemaire is both ethereal and deeply grounded, the guitar playing smooth, beautiful, and not quite like anything you've heard before. Berkeley songwriter Carol Denney says that "To call him a remarkable player would be a considerable understatement - just about nobody I know is doing what Mark can do on the guitar." He's shared the stage with Tracy ChapmanMaria Muldaur,The Dixie Dregs, and bass virtuoso Michael Manring. Recording studio experiences include work with producer Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones, Blind Faith, Traffic), andJohnny Thunders (New York Dolls).

While Mark's solo guitar compositions stand as complete statements, the message in his vocals adds another dimension. Mark performs with his partner, vocalist Cindy van Empel, as Mark Lemaire and Twilight. The songs Mark and Cindy sing are personal, but everyone can identify with them. They sing of the vicissitudes of love and the strange surprise of middle age creeping up on us. See some videos , hear some tunes atwww.marklemaire.com.

And here are just a few things folks are saying about Mark and Cindy:

“I've seen a lot of acts, but the harmonies of these two are so aligned and balanced, I felt as though I got an audio 'tune up' inside me after listening to their songs."-KikiWow, Music Host & Promoter for CarmelValley

“It was an impeccable performance. Never have I witnessed such control of the steel stringed guitar’s sound. This was a flawless show.”–Mark Twang, Folkways Recordings

“Complex, sophisticated song arrangements. His guitar playing is so good, it might distract you from his compelling, engaging melodies and sharp songwriting in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel. But only for a second.”  -Richard Rice, Director, San Francisco Free Folk Festival

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Sat. July 27 at 8 PM: Blackbird, a Celtic Duo

Rachel Clark and Bob DeMarco are the Vermont duo "Blackbird," performing traditional Celtic and Scandinavian music as well as tunes of their own creation. Fiddle, Irish flute, whistles, accordion, cittern, piano, guitar and voices are combined in myriad ways to serve up memorable live music for farmers' markets, special events, and small concerts. They are both members of the Celtic band Wind that Shakes the Barley.

Rachel comes from a family rich in music. Both her mom and dad play professionally as classical musicians. She lived in Sweden as a child and was drawn to Celtic music in her teens. Rachel plays the Irish flute, penny whistle, accordion and piano.

Bob’s mom came originally from County Limerick, Ireland and inspired his love for Celtic music. When he was a boy, she frequently sang in Gaelic and loved to play the fiddle and piano. Bob plays the fiddle, guitar, cittern and piano.

You can find out more about them  and listen to some of their tunes atwww.blackbirdvt.com.

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Sat. June 29 at 8 PM:  Robert Resnik and Marty Morrissey

Robert Resnik and Marty Morrissey have been playing music together for more than 25 years as a duo, as members of the Vermont celtic band The Highland Weavers, and as originators of the Tin Pan Valentinos, a swing jazz quintet and Shayna Punim, one of Vermont’s first klezmer bands.  They have produced two critically acclaimed CDs of Vermont songs and have also both released solo recordings, all of which will be available at the show.

Marty Morrissey- Marty is one of the most respected celtic traditional musicians in northern Vermont, and over the past 25 years has released 3 recordings with the Highland Weavers and a number of solo recordings.  In addition to singing many of the songs, Marty is an expert on the bodhran and the English concertina.  
 
Robert Resnik – Robert has worked at the Fletcher Free Library since 1990 as Outreach Librarian, as a Reference Librarian, and as one of the library directors. Robert also hosts a popular folk music show every Sunday on Vermont Public Radio.  Resnik plays more than 30 musical instruments, and will be bringing along his guitar, accordion, mandola, a variety of wind instruments, and his new hurdy-gurdy for this encore performance at the Music Box! 

   
Sat. Dec. 14 at 7:30 PM  THE MISSING CATS AND THE BROWN-EYED GIRLS
 
Lewis Franco & The Missing Cats, with The Brown Eyed Girls – an acoustic jazz combo, with Will Patton (mandolin), Dono Schabner (guitar), and Clyde Stats (upright bass). Working her way into the family business recently is Franco's teenage daughter Louisa Franco, who, along with her friend Halle Toulis, form The Brown Eyed Girls. They sing harmonies, and if there's a piano around, they will play some 4-handed piano. Lewis Franco plays rhythm guitar, sings lead, and writes most of the songs. This vocal rhythm group  Robert Resnik of Vermont Public Radio calls a “swinging band that plays dynamic music that’s always fun to listen to.” They play mostly original tunes that blend together gypsy jazz, jive, bebop, Dixieland, jump blues and ballads. They have a brand new CD out! It’s called All In Stride. You can find out more about them and listen to some tunes atwww.lewisfranco.com.
   

Sat. Jan. 12    PHINEAS GAGE at 7 pm

The Green Mountains of Vermont present the Phineas Gage Project – Erica Stroem, James Kinne, and Rob Williams- a 3 piece acoustic pholk/phunk band that specializes in performing "music for happy brains." Pheaturing tight 3-part harmonies and pherocious instrumental work on guitar, mandolin, and djembe (plus the occasional hooter and harmonica), Phineas Gage plays groove-filled originals, as well as all of your favorite covers from the past phifty years. Their new CD of original tunes, "Its Own Whirlwind," is currently in production. Phind Phineas Gagewww.phineasgage.com. Many Music Box fans will remember Erica and James from their appearance as the duo Last October this past August. Check them out at www.lastoctober.com

You can see that you can have a lot of Phun with this band!

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Sat. Feb.  9 at 7 pm   NORTHEAST FIELD BAND: Traditional Celtic  

Northeast Field, based out of Lamoille County, is an acoustic band which specializes in lyric folk songs, both original and traditional, heavily influenced by the Celtic tradition. The members include Mary Collins (lead vocals), David Latimer-Fink (guitar/vocals), Bruce Lee (bagpipe and bodhrán), and Hannah Miller (accordion/vocals). The band mainly performs Irish-themed folk songs in the caoineadh style, with many of the songs written by Latimer-Fink and some by Ms. Collins. The name "Northeast Field" is a reference to the province of Ulster, a region stricken with occupation and "troubles". Hence, song lyrics often speak of heartache and forced emigration and loss, but with the redemptive effervescent power that is so firmly embedded in the indomitable Irish spirit.

Mary is the Executive Director of Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture in Montpelier: www.summit-school.org.

 

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Sat.  March 9 at 7 pm
 Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette

Richard and Beth are former members of the trio Bread and Bones. They play original and traditional roots music with strong, thoughtful harmonies. Richard is known for his warm baritone voice and his articulate style of playing instruments, including guitar, ukulele, mandolin and banjos. Beth has a rich alto voice and the two of them swap off on leads and harmonies. Richard and Beth have been performing together for over a decade and you can hear that in the seamless way their voices blend.

Richard is the primary songwriter of the duo. He has won recognition for his songwriting from the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition in Texas, the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Contest in New Hampshire, the Plowshares Coffeehouse Singer-Songwriter Competition in Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest in Washington D.C. and Vermont’s own SolarFest Songwriter Showcase.

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Sat. April 6 at 8 pm  
   STEVE GILLETTE and CINDY MANGSEN

Steve and Cindy have been performing together for over 20 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their five duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe.

Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960's. His songs have been covered by Ian and Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, and many others. But Steve's own versions are some of the best, with his warm baritone voice and his unique finger-picking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers).

Steve has many solo and duo (with Cindy Mangsen) recordings available. His solo album, Texas and Tennessee, was named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year by Tower Records. Steve has conducted songwriting workshops all over the US and Canada, and is on the Board of Directors of the Kerrville Folk Festival. He is author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process, a standard text in songwriting groups.

Cindy Mangsen is "one of the finest singers in American folk music" (Come for to Sing). Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (Songs of Experience received the Editor's Choice Award from Crossroads), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and Michael Smith. Her latest solo album, Cat Tales, is devoted to "songs of the feline persuasion." Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada.

Hear some of their music at www.compassrosemusic.com

 

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Sat. April 20 at 8 PM   PETE SUTHERLAND  A warm-voiced songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age-old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, veteran Vermont-based musician PETE SUTHERLAND has been on staff at dance and music camps and workshops coast-to-coast and is a widely-known year-round teacher and performer in the Champlain Valley. 
 
A renaissance man of the folk arts, he is also a record producer, concert promoter and collage artist. His recent recordings include "Sunday River" and "The Wilderness Road". As to what folks can expect, Pete says: "Well, my adventures into a solo show always have and always will find me juggling my varied identities and instruments - I like to think I take something from each of my many musical adventures with collaborators, mentors, peers and students young and old and throw them into my own pot of musical 'stone soup'".

Find out more about him at www.epactmusic.com.

 

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May 4, 2012 at 8 pm  
John LaRouche and Tom Cleary Play at The Music Box

The Music Box line-up for the Saturday, May 4th  8 PM concert has changed. Tom Cleary will be filling in for David Kraus who is unable to make it. But you will find that you will be astounded by Tom Cleary who plays jazz piano. He has tudied with teachers including Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, Barry Harris, and Harold Danko.

As a composer, Cleary has been commissioned by groups including Social Band and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (for whom he composed "New Seasons, Alter'd Sky," a song cycle for voices and jazz quartet). He teaches piano lessons in his private studio and in the Music & Dance Department at UVM, where he was also music director for The Threepenny Opera.

Cleary has performed with artists including Lester Bowie, Bill Frisell, Mike Gordon, James Harvey, Ellen Powell, Clark Terry, Ray Vega, Ernie Watts, and Ike Willis.Currently he performs regularly with the Latin jazz group Rick Davies and Jazzismo and appears on their latest CD "Siempre Salsa." His work as an arranger can be heard on "Hey Sadie," the new album by Amber deLaurentis (now available on iTunes).

One of his fans writes, “John LaRouche is truly legendary. His father described his musical abilities to me and he was not exaggerating one bit. Here's a man unknown to most who ought to be world famous. So many people with great musical gifts areoverlooked.”

John’s music journey began at age 9 when he stated playing viola in the school orchestra. He played viola at age 12 he received an antique echo harp harmonica from his father and immediately fell in love with it. For the next few years he continued to play trying out different diatonic harmonicas, and then heard a jazz record with harmonica great Toots Thielemans. After hearing Toots, he went out immediately and bought a chromatic harmonica.

In 1980 John studied with classical harmonica virtuoso Cham-Ber Huang. After which, he studied with famed cornet player Bobby Bradford, former member of the Ornette Coleman band. John started performing at age 18. He formerly taught harmonica at Johnson state College and now gives private lessons. In recent years he has performed with Bobby Bradford and the great pianist John Coates Jr. John stated playing wooden flute 6 years ago. He continues to play in various blues and jazz bands incental Vermont

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