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Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 PM
MICHAEL ARNOWITT AND JOHN LAROUCHE, Piano and harmonica

Montpelier pianist Michael Arnowitt will perform with chromatic harmonica virtuoso, John LaRouche.

Arnowitt has been called "a Vermont musical tradition." He is primarily a classical pianist, best known for his personal interpretations that yield passion and clarity. Several years ago, he began to explore how classical and jazz have influenced each other. In fall 2001 he co-founded the Green Mountain Jazz Series, a new organization devoted to presenting jazz concerts and special events in the Montpelier area. Over the past few years he has been working on his own jazz skills performing with a variety of musicians in Vermont including Dave Ellis, Ellen Powell, Dan Haley and Rob Morse.

He is the subject of a documentary film, BEYOND 88 KEYS by filmmaker, Susan Bettman. (The film is available at the Jeudevine Library in Hardwick). A favorite film at the 2004 Green Mountain Film Festival, BEYOND 88 KEYS features music by Byrd, Bach, Brahms, Ligeti, Stravinsky and Schoenberg, as well as the music of contemporary composers and jazz greats. The film reveals many facets of Arnowitt: his years as a prodigy in Boston, his political activism, his increasing interest in performing jazz, and his challenges with reduced vision.

Then put Arnowitt on stage with John LaRouche playing chromatic harmonica. LaRouche is simply one of the best jazz harp players in Vermont. John Larouche has been playing harmonica for over 40 years. He studied jazz at Pasadena City College with noted Cornet player Bobby Bradford. John also studied with the late Cham-Ber Huang , who was a world renown classical harmonica virtuoso. His influences include , Toots Thielemans,Larry Adler and Stevie Wonder. John has taught music at College level and continues to give private lessons. His performances of note are with the famous pianist John Coates JR and cornetist Bobby Bradford. John lives in Calais Vermont and continues to play and teach.

Find out more at http://mapiano.com/.

 
   

Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 PMWILL PATTON ENSEMBLE

Will Patton, David Gusakov, Clyde Stats and Dono Schabner have been playing their spirited stew of world music around the Northeast for over three years.  Drawing from Gypsy jazz and Brasilian choro styles, they create an improvisatory dialogue rich in melodic and harmonic invention.  Mandolin Magazine in a cover story described the music as "elegant, memorable lines . . . powerful and sophisticated, perfectly capturing the essence of the style."               

Will Patton has played his music all over the world, from Key West to Fairbanks, Alaska and from Paris to Rio.  His collaborations with the manouche guitarist Ninine Garcia from Paris, documented in the cds "Peripherique" and "String Theory" have been enthusiastically reviewed both in the U.S. and abroad. He has taught jazz mandolin at Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's Ashokan Camp and the Django in June Festival at Smith College. His bands have shared the stage with performers such as Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Toots Thielemans and Van Morrison.

Violinist David Gusakov's lifetime career has ranged from classical, as a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 1973, to hard driving Bluegrass performing 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.

Dono Schabner was born in Germany and grew up in Pennsylvania and New York. He started playing professionally at age 12 with Italian wedding bands. At 17 he hit the road, playing R & B all over the U.S. and the Caribbean. After many years of travel, he settled near Stowe, Vt. with his photographer wife, Lauren. He performs with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble and is a first call guitarist for bands all over Vermont.

Clyde Stats has been a professional bassist for over 30 years, and has performed rhythm and blues, funk, bluegrass, and jazz throughout Vermont and New England for the past 21 years. He began his career in Chicago performing with blues greats Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, and Otis Rush He has studied with internationally known jazz bassists George Mraz and Santi Debriano, and has accompanied jazz legends Mose Allison, Bobby Watson, Joshua Redman, and James Carter in their Vermont appearances. An active jazz educator, he holds an M.A. in Jazz Studies from Norwich University and teaches courses in jazz and popular music at Johnson State College and the University of Vermont.

 
   
Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 PMPaul Asbell

 

From his early years, playing blues on Chicago’s South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul has earned an underground reputation as a true “musician’s musician”. He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin’ Slim, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others while in his hometown of Chicago, Ill.

 

Paul moved to Vermont in the heady “back-to-the-land” days of 1971, where he still lives. He soon started playing and recording with a head-spinningly diverse array of artists, including Big Mama Thornton, singer-songwriters Paul Siebel, Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin, and Rosalie Sorrells, jazz greats Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Stitt, and Nick Brignola, and many others. (Visit the Discography page for info on the many recordings from these early days…)

 

In 1978, seeking an outlet for more personal musical visions, he formed Kilimanjaro, and recorded 2 award-winning albums for Philo Records.  Soon after, the band performed at the Kool Jazz Festival at SPAC, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and numerous national tours and concert dates. Kilimanjaro served as backup band on lengthy national tours with Esther Satterfield, and Paul Butterfield, with whom they played the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen.

 

In 1981, Paul and other members of Kilimanjaro joined forces with a legendary saxophonist and blues singer to form Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band. Together, they performed at many festivals, including the Kool Jazz Festival, toured Russia, Holland, and Canada, and served as backup band for Marva Wright, Kenny Neal, W.C. Clark, and others. The UBB remained a Northeast regional favorite for over 20 years, until Big Joe’s passing in 2005.

Paul has taught guitar for over 45 years. Private instruction remains a favored format, but he has also taught for several decades on a university level, including positions at Dartmouth College, St. Michaels College, and presently at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont. A while back, Paul received Seven Days magazine’s “Best Musician of 2004” Daysie Award (the runner-up was a young up-and-comer named Trey Anastasio…) That same year saw the release of Patti Casey’s “Just an Old Sweet Song”, a “live-in-the-studio” record of old standards, explored in the intimate setting of just vocals and guitar. Other duo partners since then have included Brooks Williams, Mike Dowling, Chuck D’Aloia, and clarinet virtuoso Brad Terry. Much more about him at www.paulasbell.com.

 
   
Saturday, August 20 at 8 PMChris and Meridith Thompson

The Thompson twins were the first performers ever to play at the Music Box in July 2000. Their harmonies and musicianship along with their original songwriting unite to make their concerts a powerful, moving yet also fun experience.  

 Best known for the unique blend of their nearly identical voices, the Thompsons weave vocals, flute, guitar and percussion together creating a sound that is genuine, beautiful, and moving. These identical twin sisters grew up down the street from Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Providence RI where they played their first show in 1992, and have since played in venues across the US and released five albums. Chris plays percussive, riff driven guitar. Meredith plays authentic Latin rhythms on congas and adds flute to their sound. Both sisters sing in close harmony both earthy and ethereal.

 The Thompsons link music and stories together to create an engaging, animated performance rich in texture, mood and character. The Thompsons tell stories that resonate with the audience, stories that celebrate common experience. "It is their mix of intriguing stories of people's hopes and histories that makes the Thompsons music so compelling" writes MaryAnn Robertson, Spotlight, Portsmouth, NH.

 With the release of their sixth CD, Live, Chris & Meredith Thompson showcase their vocal range on songs influenced by traditional spirituals. Chris & Meredith Thompson achieve a vocal harmony known uniquely to siblings. They return to their roots on this album, singing spiritual songs that they grew up with at Stone Soup and at the First Baptist Church in America.

 

Find them at www.cmthompson.com

 
   

Saturday,July 23MARK AND CINDY LEMAIRE

Mark Lemaire is known for his unique guitar style: he incorporates masterful fingerpicking, slap-and-tap harmonics, hand percussion, and a delicate touch that goes straight to your heart. While Mark's solo guitar pieces stand as complete statements, his harmonies with Cindy Lemaire are so perfectly matched that they seem like two people with one voice.
 
At a show, audiences do a lot of laughing, but many are also moved to tears. The material runs from tongue-in-cheek songs about married life to stories of the strange surprise of middle age creeping up on us. The music ranges from subtle, pin-drop delicate solo guitar to raucous sing-alongs. While the music is beautiful, the experience of simply being together is a key part of the evening. Folks leave at the end both grinning and fulfilled….

Mark’s music is informed by his years as a recording engineer and producer for everyone from the San Francisco Symphony to Rolling Stones’ producer Jimmy Miller. Mark and Cindy tour the US, Sweden, England and Scotland.  Besides Cindy’s supple onstage harmonies, her voice rings clearly in her role as a New Urbanist/ city planner, making downtowns friendlier for walkers and bicyclists.  With three albums released, as well as a new album of solo guitar coming in summer 2016, Mark and Cindy are a pleasure to listen to and fun to just be with.

 

Find them at www.marklemaire.com

 
   

Sat. June 18 at 8 PMVictor Tremblay: Northeast Kingdom’s Woody Guthrie


     Victor is a retired machinist, having worked in the maintenance department of a paper mill for many years. He made all his house payments, raised 3 beautiful girls who raised 4 beautiful children. He says he is lucky to be living in a rural district in beautiful Northern Vermont. He has not retired from making music. In fact.  He has just made his first CD. A singer songwriter since his early teens his material comes from the life he lives. Many of his tunes are very playful such as his song “That No-good Irene” which is a play on the old time tune “Good-night Irene” but where he sings about the huge storm Irene that devastated many parts of Vermont.


   His musical influences range from John Prine, Mac Wiseman, The Del McCoury Band, Doc Watson, Dr Hook to Kate Wolff. Tremblay writes songs in the veritable troubadour tradition with sprinkles of Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom. Listen to some of his tunes at www.reverbnation.com/victremblay.

 
   

Sat. May 7 at 8 PMProfessor Fairbanks aka Peter Fairbanks Miller


     New Englander Peter Fairbanks Miller started classical violin training in Boston at age 7. Early recognition of his exceptional musical abilities encouraged him to pursue a career in music. Peter came to peaceful rural Vermont in 1980 and earned a degree in environmental sciences at UVM. Peter's first performance at a wedding ceremony in 1986 won him respected membership in the Vermont entertainment community. Though he does teach, his stage name of "Professor Fairbanks" was adopted for fun. He is a master of the violin and related instruments, is accomplished in the styles of jazz, classical, rock, folk, and fiddling, and excels as an improvisational musician. He is also known for playing the 6-string electric violin.


    More at http://www.professorfairbanks.com.

 
   

Sat. April 9 at 7:30 PMPossumHaw: Vermont bluegrass


      A special combination: the drive of bluegrass and the original lyricism of folk, delivered by one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Vocalist Colby Crehan brings this sound to audiences with the Vermont band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004 by husband-wife team Ryan (banjo player) and Colby Crehan and lead guitarist Charley Eiseman, the group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Mandolinist Stephen Waud joined the group in 2009 and bassist Mitch Barron in 2013.


     Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Crehan's skilled songwriting. Crehan’s song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year, and Crehan named Vermont Vocalist of the Year (Tammie Awards, Times-Argus). Crehan is also the vocalist for the Bluegrass Gospel Project.


     In addition to finely-crafted music provided by the entire band, front man Ryan Crehan makes audiences feel right at home with wonderful stage presence and wry humor. PossumHaw is what the Northeast folk and bluegrass music scene is all about—excellent original acoustic live music delivered with skill, sincerity, and personality.


     The group’s members are Colby Crehan: lead vocals, guitar, piano, Stephen Waud: mandolin, vocals, Ryan Crehan: banjo, vocals, harmonica, Charley Eiseman: lead guitar, vocals, Mitch Barron: upright bass, vocals.


    Find out more about this great group and listen to some of their tunes at http://possumhaw.net/

 
   

Sat. March 5th at 7:30 PM: Yankee Chank-Cajun Music Vermont style!


     Yankee Chank is a group of Vermont musicians who perform the traditional dance music of southwest Louisiana. A casual listener may wonder why a Vermont band is playing Cajun music, but we should remember that the folk music of French-speaking Quebec inspired its Cajun cousin to the south. Drawn together by a shared passion for Cajun and Zydeco music, the band has been performing in a variety of venues since 1996. Its performances offer an immersion into this marvelous unique music using fiddle, accordion, guitar and bass. Individually and as a group, they have learned from and performed with many of the most influential Cajun musicians in Louisiana...... Dewey Balfa, Conray Fontenot, Marc and Ann Savoy, Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Geno Delafose, and others. 


     The group is an immersion in Cajun music, featuring fiddle, accordion, guitar, bass and percussion, specializing in traditional Cajun French two-steps and waltzes as it continues to be played in the rural dance halls and honky tonks of Louisiana, with some Zydeco thrown in for extra spice. The group includes Bob Naess (fiddle), Cannon Labrie (accordion), Jim Burns (guitar), Mark Sustic (bass) and June Drucker (drums).


    Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/yankeechank?_rdr=p#!/Yankee-Chank-204261482936237/?fref=t

 
   

FRIDAY, Feb. 5 at 7:30 PM: David Kaynor and George Wilson: Fiddle and Banjo

 Veteran dance musicians David Kaynor & George Wilson happen to have a knack for concertizing as well as dance playing & calling. You'll hear everything from New England, French Canadian, Scandinavian, Scottish, Irish, etc fiddle music played with rich 2-fiddle harmony, to Leadbelly blues & fun old-time banjo songs. It's quite a musical variety show interspersed with lots of fun off the cuff (sometimes informative) commentary. David & George have performed together for over 30 years around the Northeast and with lots of other musicians throughout the US & Europe. They each have CDs of themselves and keep threatening to make one together. The duo is up in Vermont leading a Road Scholar program at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and will be featured at the Montpelier Contra Dance on Saturday.


     David plays the fiddle, guitar, and piano and sings, as well. I'm a dance teacher, caller, and leader. His areas of skill and interest include contra dances and basic Swedish turning dances: Schottische, polska, hambo and snoa. He is a contra dance caller and is able to call and play at the same time and lead dances as a solo fiddler/caller, sort of like what one thinks of as a "dancing master" of the nineteenth century. David has been the Music Director of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra since 2013 and guest soloist in 2015.


           Along with fiddling, George explores some of the roots of contemporary folk music by "visiting" some personalities of the past. Accompanying himself on the 5-string banjo, he sings songs of Uncle Dave Macon (of early Grand Ole Opry fame). He brings this colorful character to life through songs, stories and close representation of Uncle Dave's energetic banjo styles and antics.


     More can be found at www.davidkaynor.com and www.georgewilsonmusic.com.

 
   

Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 PM: Emily Nyman: Piano, guitar and amazing vocals!


     Nyman performs an eclectic mix of originals and cover tunes, including singer-songwriter, folk, and classic rock, with a sprinkling of blues, country and old standards, appealing to audiences of all ages and musical tastes. David Rodgers of the Hardwick Gazette said Nyman has “a pure and beautiful voice, effortlessly right on every note, combined with an immediately engaging personal presence. Her repertoire of cover and original songs has fine melodies and meaningful, poetic lyrics.”


     Emily Nyman, with her guitar, piano and songwriting, has entertained audiences from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to the Jersey shore, including New Hampshire (the Highlands Inn), Massachusetts (Provincetown and Northampton), Rhode Island (Stone Soup), New Jersey (Martini Beach), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Pride), and Quebec (Adair Hall).Vermont venues and events have included the North Woods Stewardship Center, The Music Box, Goodrich Memorial Library, the Haskell Opera House, Catamount Arts,  Turner’s Café at the Woodknot Bookshop, Burlington Maritime Festival, Radio Bean, Higher Ground, Newport Jazz Festival, Derby Line Community Day and St. Johnsbury First Night.  She also provides music for Hospice patients and their families through North Country Hospital and Bel Aire nursing home.


    While interning as a Guidance Counselor, Emily met Lynn Berry, Guidance Counselor, Artist, and published poet. When Lynn shared her poems and Emily shared her music, a songwriting team was born.  Since then, they have written many songs and released several CDs. On many occasions, Lynn joins her, adding guitar and the lyricist perspective.   Emily and Lynn have been featured songwriters in "Out in Jersey" and "Boston Spirit" Magazine and received recognition for "Give Me a Dream" and "ShadowTime" from the Eventide Arts Songfest. "My Youth" was selected for inclusion on a compilation CD to raise funds for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (Area Code 802 Project).  "Give Me a Dream" has been included on a CD entitled "Until You Come Home" which honors servicemen and women.  "I Hear on the Streets" and "Poet-Painter" were donated to the CD "I Hear on the Streets" to raise funds for a NYC shelter which provides basic survival resources to homeless youth.


    This past year Emily retired from her full time Guidance job, ending a 25 year "gig" at North Country Union Junior High School. She now works two days per week at Glover Community School, enriching Guidance lessons and school climate with her music. Emily is also an instructor at the Community College of Vermont in Newport, offering Guitar, Piano, and Music Appreciation classes. Emily and Lynn also conduct songwriting workshops in area schools and at the National Teacher’s Association convention.


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

 
   

Sat. Dec. 5 at 7 PM : Missisquoi River Band

     Franklin County's Missisquoi River Band performs a variety of original and traditional bluegrass music.


Hailing from Sheldon, VT, Patrick Murphy with Jim and Cindy Weed of Enosburg form the songwriting and vocal backbone of the band. Their unique three-part harmony arrangements are masterfully backed up by some of Vermont's most well seasoned pickers including string wizard Will Patton of Bakersfield on mandolin and National Steel tenor guitar, Neil Rossi on fiddle, and Jim Weed on lead guitar. Murphy and Cindy Weed complete the sound on rhythm guitar and solid bass fiddle.


     Rossi plays in Big Spike bluegrass while Patton has six Will Patton Ensemble CDs of his own and plays bass and mandolin for a variety of other well-known bands. The band released their first CD in 2014 which is a great display of their bluegrass credentials!


     Find them at https://www.facebook.com/MissisquoiRiverBand

MRB
   

Sat. Nov. 14 at 7:30 PMThe Michele Fay Band

     The Michele Fay Band is a compelling and captivating ensemble featuring original and Americana music from Vermont. Michele’s heartfelt lyrics are woven seamlessly together as she delivers with a crystal clear, authentic voice.


     Her crack backing band, a perfect match for Michele’s talent as a singer-songwriter, adds to the charm and sincerity of these songs without detracting from their earnest messages. Doug Reid, on fiddle, provides a sweetness of tone that is brilliant and polished. Michael Santosusso, on upright bass, adds dynamic beat and perfectly matched harmonies. Michele’s husband, Tim Price, contributes ideal melodic instrumentals on mandolin and guitar.


    The band’s performances are both energetic and unpretentious, appealing to a wide range of audience. Its growing musicianship is increasingly being well received throughout the region as it continues to gather its well-deserved recognition.


     Listen to this accomplished band and find out more about them at www.michelefayband.com .

MFB
   

Sat. Oct. 24 at 7:30 PMPossumHaw

      A special combination: the drive of bluegrass and the original lyricism of folk, delivered by one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Vocalist Colby Crehan brings this sound to audiences with the Vermont band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004 by husband-wife team Ryan (banjo player) and Colby Crehan and lead guitarist Charley Eiseman, the group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Mandolinist Stephen Waud joined the group in 2009 and bassist Mitch Barron in 2013.


     Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Crehan's skilled songwriting. Crehan’s song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year, and Crehan named Vermont Vocalist of the Year (Tammie Awards, Times-Argus).


     In addition to finely-crafted music provided by the entire band, front man Ryan Crehan makes audiences feel right at home with wonderful stage presence and wry humor. PossumHaw is what the Northeast folk and bluegrass music scene is all about—excellent original acoustic live music delivered with skill, sincerity, and personality.


     The group’s members are Colby Crehan: lead vocals, guitar, piano, Stephen Waud: mandolin, vocals, Ryan Crehan: banjo, vocals, harmonica, Charley Eiseman: lead guitar, vocals, Mitch Barron: upright bass, vocals.


    Find out more about this great group and listen to some of their tunes at http://possumhaw.net/

Possom
   

Sat. Sept. 26 at 8 PMShadyrill, Tom MacKenzie and Patti Casey


     Music from the Heart of Vermont: bodacious Singing and brilliant playing that is Tom MacKenzie and Patti Casey. Everything from French Canadian dance tunes, to Tin Pan Alley, to Old Time Country, to their own impressive originals is likely to be on the musical menu. Great harmonies and wonderful instrumentation are the hallmark of these two much traveled musicians.

Patti 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 solo 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. She has been part of Woods Tea Company and the Bluegrass Gospel project. She plays guitar, flute, and does foot percussion. More can be found about her at www.patticasey.com.

Tom MacKenzie has been a musician for most of his life, starting with the obligatory piano lessons then on to marching band in high school and finally into the world of traditional music on the Banjo, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar, Keyboard and recently the Ukulele. Everything from French Canadian to American Old Time to Scandinavian to Ragtime to Classical is fair game for Tom. Clarinet Polka on the Dulcimer, why not? Hall of the Mountain King on Banjo, Sure! A common fixture at hundreds of New England Contra Dances over the years, Tom has recently been composing songs and tunes at a blistering rate. Tom was a member of the Woods Tea Company for many years, but now keeps busy working with a number of other musicians and will probably appear in a town near you.


See more at http://tommackenzie.com

Tom and Patti
   

Sat. Aug. 29 at 8 PM: Last Train to Zinkov


    Zinkov: a small town in rural Ukraine, and the ancestral hometown of the Gusakovs......With violin, viola, banjo, and vocals, David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, create sparkling folk music that reflects their love of traditional Appalachian old-time, gypsy jazz, and swing, as well as their own Eastern European roots.


     David Gusakov arrived in Vermont in 1973, joining the Vermont Symphony that year and bluegrass/swing band Pine Island the next. In the intervening 42 years he has been a full-time musician, playing with such groups as the Midnite Plowboys, Redwing, Swing Shift, Will Patton Ensemble, Swing Noire, and Michele Choiniere. At home in a wide variety of genres, he brings improvisatory flare and depth of feeling to everything he plays.


     Nathan Gusakov lives in Lincoln, Vermont, near the headwaters of the New Haven River, where he makes his living as a carpenter, sugarmaker, and musician. Nate is self-taught on the banjo, and his first album of all-original music, Running Clear (2011), received praise for its “stellar claw hammer style banjo and rich lyricism” (Jamie Masefield, Jazz Mandolin Project).


    For more about this duo and to listen to some tunes go to http://lasttraintozinkov.com/

David
   

Sat. July 18 at 8 PM: Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor


     Alan Greenleaf lives on the farm he has worked for a good part of his life in Northern Vermont. His songs are inspired by his life on his farm and the people and countryside around him. They are a report of events, people, feelings, and observations of his life experiences, with a great deal of poetic license. Living in Vermont, the weather and seasons play a significant part in his stories. Musically, he draws on many American traditions.


His newest CD, Songs from Lost Mountain, is now available. Alan is joined by "The Doctor", piano player Jonathan Kaplan. Listen to some of his tunes at http://alangreenleaf.com/

Alan
   
Sat. June 27 at 8 PM: Josh Brooks, Vermont roots songwriter

     Vermont singer, songwriter & guitarist Josh Brooks has been called “a storyteller and message-bearer whose word-smithery and hints of darkness keep you listening to the end” (Seven Days), and ’Vermont’s Johnny Cash’ (Northeast Performer). Fans of Steve Earle, Guy Clark and John Prine will
all find something to like in Josh Brooks, as he effortlessly traverses the American roots spectrum, from folk ballad to honky-tonk to talking blues. Brooks is a storyteller on stage and a man with a great sense of humor. Brooks has opened for Tom Rush, David Olney, Anais Mitchell, Shawn Mullins, Stacey Earle & Ellis Paul, and has performed at venues throughout the Northeast, including Caffe Lena and the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. His 2009 album Lesson Learned was named one of the year’s best local releases by The Burlington Free Press.
Josh Brooks
   

Sat. Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm : Rik Barron

Singer, musician and raconteur Rik Barron raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A multi-award winning solo artist, Rik Barron has been touring North America and Europe for over thirty years. He is an accomplished and respected roots performer, entertaining his audiences with great singing, expert playing and irreverent but clean humour. Since 2005 Rik has worked closely with bass and guitar virtuoso Chili Taylor. An association that has resulted in three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, two Indie Award nominations and two East Coast Music Award wins.

During the 1990s Rik lived in Prince Edward Island performing with many Island musicians including singer and songwriter Allan Rankin. In the US he has recorded and played with banjoist Dan Levenson and clawgrass originator Mark Johnson contributed to one of Rik's East Coast Music award winning recordings. His relationship with banjo innovator and legend Tony Ellis has helped Rik develop a unique instrumental style combining the elements of Celtic, Newfoundland, Maritime and Americana music. Barron performs on guitar, five string banjo, tenor banjo, mandolin and bass.

Rik Barron is a warm and engaging artist who combines elements of Newfoundand, Canadian, American and Irish roots music into his own unique style. The warmth, richness and timelessness that Rik Barron brings to his music coupled with his smooth baritone voice and Newfoundland wit gives you an artist that moves from melancholic to mischievous with uncommon ease.

He is a three time East Coast Music award winner, a three time Canadian Folk Music award nominee and an two time Indie Nominee. He has toured North America and Europe for the last 33 years appearing at everything from sidewalks to major festivals gaining fans at each stop. A genuine folk troubadour.

He’ll delight us all in December! Find out more about him at www.rikbarron.com.

Ric Baron
   

Sat. Jan. 3 at 7:30 PM: Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings
     Tim & Jeremiah play music that is deeply rooted in the Northeastern United States, yet has branches that extend across the Atlantic. Their repertoire includes French dance tunes such as the Mazurka, Bourree, and An Dro from Brittany and Auvergne, as well as jigs and reels from the British Isles. Their original tunes reflect these influences, but also North American Roots music as well, including Appalachian, Cajun and Quebecois dance tunes. The music that Jeremiah & Tim create together helps bring together the diverse heritage of New England dance music. 

      Accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane plays a mix of musical styles from France, the British Isles, Eastern Europe and North America. He has appeared at numerous festivals in the U.S. and in Europe including the Royal Festival Hall in London, England, the Picolo Spoleto Festival, the St. Chartiers Festival (France), and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He has composed numerous pieces for film and theatre and has received National Public Radio's “favorite picks” award for his second solo recording, Smile When You’re Ready, and French music magazine Trad Mag’s  “BRAVO” award for his fifth release, Hummingbird. He has played many times at First Night Burlington. More at www.jeremiahmclane.com.    

   Monkton-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Timothy Cummings shares an uncommon hybrid of traditional folk styles—primarily Scottish and Appalachian, which occasionally expand beyond traditional boundaries. Tim has been a member of the highly-competitive Manawatu Pipe Band (New Zealand), and also served as the Artist in Residence at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts (PEI, Canada).  He is an experienced performer, teacher, and workshop leader and frequently combines music, humor, and informative talks to enliven and educate his audiences about the refreshingly odd world of bagpiping. His first solo album, The Piper in the Holler, will be released this summer. More about him at www.timothycummings.com.

Tim
   

Sat. Feb. 14 at 7:30 PM Shady Rill: Patty Casey and Tom MacKenzie

    Music from the Heart of Vermont:  bodacious Singing and brilliant playing that is Tom MacKenzie and Patti Casey. Everything from French Canadian dance tunes, to Tin Pan Alley, to Old Time Country, to their own impressive originals is likely to be on the musical menu. Great harmonies and wonderful instrumentation are the hallmark of these two much traveled musicians.
    
    Patti 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 solo 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. She has been part of Woods Tea Company and the Bluegrass Gospel project. She plays guitar, flute, and does foot percussion. More can be found about her at www.patticasey.com.

     Tom MacKenzie has been a musician for most of his life, starting with the obligatory piano lessons then on to marching band in high school and finally into the world of traditional music on the Banjo, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar, Keyboard and recently the Ukulele. Everything from French Canadian to American Old Time to Scandinavian to Ragtime to Classical is fair game for Tom. Clarinet Polka on the Dulcimer, why not? Hall of the Mountain King on Banjo, Sure! A common fixture at hundreds of New England Contra Dances over the years, Tom has recently been composing songs and tunes at a blistering rate. Tom was a member of the Woods Tea Company for many years, but now keeps busy working with a number of other musicians and will probably appear in a town near you.

See more at http://tommackenzie.com.

More about Shady Rill can be found at http://shadyrillmusic.com.

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Sat. March 14 at 7:30 PM: Pete’s Posse

     The well known multi-instrumentalist and troubadour Pete Sutherland, has decades of concert touring, teaching and studio production behind him. His all-Vermont “POSSE” includes his teenage fiddle protégé, and fellow Clayfoot Strutter, Oliver Scanlon, and the dynamic accompanist and performer Tristan Henderson, also of Atlantic Crossing and Pipers Den.

     Featuring Pete’s rootsy songs, the band’s original and traditional fiddle music, and a few unique covers, this band provides a fine opportunity for an intimate listen to an ever-evolving musical friendship that spans generations! A warm voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, Pete Sutherland covers the map. He has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein’s Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running ‘contradance jamband’ The Clayfoot Strutters, celebrating a quarter century in 2014! He is also a producer with over 80 projects under his belt, and a prolific songwriter covered by the likes of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Nightingale and Altan.

     Quickly becoming a sought after accompanist, session musician and performer in Vermont, Tristan Henderson grew up playing a variety of music genres before jumping into traditional music. He acquired his ability to play anything with stings (and a few without) as a teenager a weekly blues/country/folk music session near his family home in Pomfret, Vermont. He was a 2013 winner of the Young Tradition Vermont talent contest with bagpiper Hazen Metro and in addition to Pete’s Posse, he also performs with Atlantic Crossing and Pipers Den.

     With early training in viola which led him to a stint with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, fiddler, mandolinist and tunesmith Oliver Scanlon was introduced to his mentor Pete and the parallel universe of fiddle music at the age of nine. His enthusiasm led him to seek out further learning and performing opportunities through Mark Sustic’s “Fiddleheads” program, and to begin attending music camps where he has studied various styles with Alan Jabbour, Kimberley Fraser, Eric Favreau and other master fiddlers. In 2008, Oliver and few talented middle school friends formed the group which became The Irregulars, a six piece outfit that has played scored of local dances and festivals. In 2013 he both co-founded the Posse and became the youngest member of Pete’s long running dance band The Clayfoot Strutters. A recent high school graduate, Oliver’s senior Project was a solo CD, “The Pond Jam”More can be found about this fabulous group at www.petesposse.com
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Sat. April 11 at 8 PM: Bradford Bog People

     Historic music from the Appalachian Mountains, lively banjo and fiddle tunes, unusual tunings, beautiful harmonies and some clogging, too, this is the Bradford Bog People. The trio includes Beth Eldridge- fiddle, guitar;  Tii McLane- fiddle, banjo, guitar; and Woody Pringle- banjo and mandolin.

      Beth Eldridge has been a fiddler for more than half her life. She has studied with Master fiddler Alan Block, as well as Judy Hyman, Melvin Wine, and Bruce Molsky. She loves to sing and create beautiful harmonies, bicycle when possible, and has climbed all but 1 of the NH White Mountain 4,000 footers. Tii McLane -Hailing from Strafford, VT, Tii plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, sings wonderful harmonies, and clogs. Woody Pringle is an award winning banjo player who plays old-time fiddle, and mandolin. Woody performs American Roots music and is a rostered performing artist with the New Hampshire Humanities Council "NH to GO" presenting the program "Rallly Round the Flag the American Civil War through Folk Song." He is also listed as a performing artist with the NH State Arts Council with the band Big Paws.This trio brings lively foot stomping traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains to the stage. Listen to a few tunes and find out more about them at http://bradfordbogpeople.com

 

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Sat. May 2 at 8 PM: The Sky Blue Boys: Banjo Dan and Brother Willy

     It's a venerable tradition as old as American music itself...
Two fellows with a mandolin and guitar, a musical teamwork built of habit, their voices fused in the special blend produced by kinship. They were called "brothers duets," and during the 1930s and ’40s it was the predominant format in country music, practiced by now-legendary teams of brothers on radio stations and stage shows throughout the countryside.

     In Vermont, Dan and Willy Lindner, The Sky Blue Boys, have revived the tradition. Following the example of old-time duos such as 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. Heeding their own musical instincts they have expanded the instrumentation to include a variety of acoustic instruments and added some newer songs including their own compositions.

     Country music like it used to be: old-time duets, parlor songs, gospel, instrumentals and more.

Willy and Dan have played together for decades. They formed the celebrated Vermont bluegrass band Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys in 1972 and have toured and recorded extensively in that context, as well as sitting in on shows and recording sessions for many of the region's top acoustic musicians. But never far from their hearts were the sounds they learned to love long ago - the simple moving sounds of the early "brothers duets."

      It's that clean, evocative sound The Sky Blue Boys now recreate for audiences throughout New England...a reminder of things past, and of things constant.

    Check them out at www.banjodan.com/skyblueboys.

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Sat. June 27 at 8 PM: Josh Brooks, Vermont roots songwriter

     Vermont singer, songwriter & guitarist Josh Brooks has been called “a storyteller and message-bearer whose word-smithery and hints of darkness keep you listening to the end” (Seven Days), and ’Vermont’s Johnny Cash’ (Northeast Performer). Fans of Steve Earle, Guy Clark and John Prine will
all find something to like in Josh Brooks, as he effortlessly traverses the American roots spectrum, from folk ballad to honky-tonk to talking blues. Brooks is a storyteller on stage and a man with a great sense of humor. Brooks has opened for Tom Rush, David Olney, Anais Mitchell, Shawn Mullins, Stacey Earle & Ellis Paul, and has performed at venues throughout the Northeast, including Caffe Lena and the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. His 2009 album Lesson Learned was named one of the year’s best local releases by The Burlington Free Press.

     Whether Josh is telling a story from his life in spoken word or song, or pulling out his harmonica, playing a hard beating rhythm or a heartfelt ballad, Josh engages his audience into the world he paints with his music. One of Vermont’s best songwriters. Find out more about him and taste some tunes at www.joshbrooksmusic.com.
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