Sat. Jan. 7 at 7 pmDana & Susan Robinson

From Cabot, Vermont - Americana, roots and folk, husband and wife duo, Dana and Susan Robinson are celebrating not only their twentieth year of national and international touring, and a new CD as well!

The Angel’s Share is Dana and Susan’s fifth album since their 2004 debut Native Soil, and exemplifies their unique brand of contemporary songwriting infused with traditional influences. The Angel’s Share is a pared down recording, with no rhythm section and minimal instrumentation, leaving an abundance of space to help lift the vocals to the top of the mix. Threads of Celtic, country blues, Cajun, old-time mountain music, and traditional folk all emerge through the fabric of Dana’s original songwriting.

With guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, their sound is a melting pot of Appalachian, British, and rural American influences, full of exciting fiddle tunes, earthy grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.

The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit. Their unique blend of original songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

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 1980s, 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 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.

 

Find out more at www.robinsongs.com

"Exquisite music - physical and spiritual, contemporary and ancient, up to its eyeballs in mud and transcendence. Musicians like Dana Robinson don't grow on trees!"  

— Music Upstream

 “Rural America explored with elegant simplicity. Their music and cleanly poetic songwriting bring to mind the great folksingers of our times.”

- Asheville Citizen-Times

“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 soul of folk music.”  Dirty Linen
    

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Sat. Feb. 11 at 7 pmHowie Cantor and Friends

Blues and folk singer and songwriter, Howie Cantor will warm up the Music Box in February. Howie will bring his trademark songs with their humor, satire and insight with the flavor of the NEK, accompanied on guitar with some of his friends on hand to lend their talents. Celebrates his new CD: Places.

    

Howie Cantor lives in West Glover, Vermont and has been writing songs for over thirty years. He has performed in venues throughout the state as well as New York City, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Puerto Rico. Currently Howie organizes Music night at Parker Pie Co., every Thursday night in West Glover. Howie and his wife Stephan own and operate Deep Mountain Maple and produce lots of Vermont maple syrup!

 

Listen to some of his tunes at: https://howiecantor.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Howie

 


Sat. March 18 at 7:30 pmNorthern Flyer

     Four veteran Vermont musicians have joined together as Northern Flyer, combining first-rate harmonies with instrumental expertise. While their music rings with a hard-driving bluegrass authenticity, these four Flyers are by no means confined by the boundaries of the traditional bluegrass repertoire. 

The band generated a notable buzz at its debut concert at the East Fairfield Meeting House on the Green “Vermont Treasures” concert series in October. Here are a few comments:

“Great band–they love singing and playing together and it really shows. A lot of humor as well. Can't wait to hear them again!” Marcia Brewster “These guys have great vocal and instrumental chemistry.” “I loved the mix of material.”     “Fun!”     “Great chops.” “This music is so approachable…and delivered with warmth.”

Members of this new band will be familiar to bluegrass fans:

Andy Sacher (Mandolin) Andy started playing the mandolin in the early 1960s. After moving to Vermont in the 1970s, he played in numerous bands including: Dealers Choice, Bob Yellin and the Joint Chiefs of Grass, Stone Coane and Sacher, Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm, and was a founding member of Breakaway. Andy has a reputation for integrating material from other genres and making it sound like it belongs in the bluegrass framework. He brings about half the material to Northern Flyer and utilizes his vocal versatility to sing lead and various harmony parts.

 

Mark Struhsacker (Guitar) Mark nails the demanding role of a bluegrass rhythm and lead guitarist and has mastered the cross-picking solo style made famous by George Shuffler. Raised in New Hampshire, Mark moved to Vermont in the 1970s. He founded the WDEV Radio Rangers. In addition to 26 years of weekly broadcasts, they opened shows for Asleep at the Wheel, Kathy Mattea, and Jim & Jesse. When he was working with Elizabeth Von Trapp, Mark sang our national anthem at Fenway Park! He is a fine singer and songwriter. Like Sacher, Struhsacker sings lead and various harmony parts and contributes about half the band's material.

 

Andy Greene (Banjo) Andy is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. In his youth, he played banjo in Up the Creek before becoming the guitarist and a founding member of Breakaway. He was part of the original Bluegrass Gospel Project and most recently, the founder and guiding light of The Modern Grass Quintet. Andy's sparkling banjo picking and tenor and baritone harmonies are key elements of the Northern Flyer sound. He is an astute musician and a major contributor to song arrangements. Andy is in great demand as a music teacher.

 

Kirk Lord (Bass) Kirk’s professionalism is evident with every solid bass note. Certainly one of Vermont’s most in-demand bass players, and has worked in many of the best known bluegrass bands, including Big Spike, The Bluegrass Gospel ProjectThe Modern Grass Quintet, and Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm. Perhaps Kirk’s rock-solid bass playing springs from his family's deep ties to Vermont’s granite bedrock. We’re honored to have this fine musician and most affable fellow covering our “bottom end.” Visit the Northern Flyer website at https:// northernflyerbluegrass.com

 

Northern Flyer

 


 

Sat. April 8 at 7:30 pmFrost and Fire Band

Frost and Fire began taking shape in July 2010 at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival in Burlington, VT. Viveka and Peter invited Aaron and Hollis to join them on stage, and as the dancers whirled and cheered, their shared energy kindled this new collaboration. As winter swept across the North, they stayed in touch, thinking about tunes and new directions.

Fast forward to the blazing summer heat of 2011, which found them on stage making music drawn from all points of the compass at the band’s first gig in Rochester, VT, the dancing ran long into the evening–neither dancers nor band were ready for the music to stop.

Fine fiddling, fluting and tasteful piano and foot-taps to back it all up, then the pipes come out, what a blast of sound! Original songs by all four members, and multiple instruments they are grounded in the Celtic and New England traditions. The four members are:

 

Aaron Marcus who offers piano, concertina, banjo, foot percussion, and vocals. Aaron draws on a rich background of musical traditions including New England contra, classical piano, English country dance, West African, and old time. Well-known throughout the Northeast for his performances with Giant Robot Dance, Gift of the Marcii, and The Turning Stile, Aaron brings exuberant energy to Frost and Fire whether he’s vamping on piano or clogging while playing tunes on concertina. Aaron divides his time between Hancock, VT and Montpelier, VT, where he works as an endangered-species botanist.

Hollis Easter lends flute, bagpipes, whistle, guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Hollis grew up listening to a mixture of classical, folk, blues, jazz, and Celtic music, and that background informs his playing today. Classically trained in opera, choral performance, trumpet, and musical theater, Hollis brings a quick wit, an easy grin, and a strong melodic line to Frost and Fire. He won a British championship title with Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band and was Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland for several international tours. He has played with Carlos Nuñez, Susie Petrov, Laura Cortese, and The Chieftains. Hollis lives in Potsdam, NY, where he runs a crisis hotline, teaches suicide intervention, and writes articles on related topics.

Peter Macfarlane plays fiddle, low whistle, and adds vocals. Peter developed his characteristic Scottish fiddle style growing up in the United Kingdom, where he played regularly for Scottish dances and weddings. He organized and led the Aylesbury Fiddle Rally for 10 years, and he has published original tunebooks and recorded music for Scottish country dancing. Peter brings powerful rhythmic drive and soaring melodic lines to Frost and Fire’s sound. Peter lives in Addison, VT, where he teaches fiddle, plays with Atlantic Crossing, and builds custom cedar-strip canoes.

Viveka Fox gives the group fiddle, bodhran and djembe. Viveka grew up playing the music of the British Isles alongside that of North America, and her music fuses a variety of styles, with a particular fondness for Cape Breton. Viveka has anchored the fiddle section of Atlantic Crossing since 1993, and her smiling face–nearly always topped with a dashing hat–is well known anywhere contra dancers are found. Viveka spins out tune after tune with ease, and her bodhran always earns whoops from the dance floor. Viveka is also a nationally-known fencing coach, and her trophies line the walls at her home in Addison, VT.

Listen to some tunes, find out more, watch some videos at http://www.frostandfireband.com/

Frost and Fire - Rocking contra dance band from Vermont!
We’re thrilled to announce that Frost and Fire will be playing the contra dance at Burlington’s First Night this year. Join us from 7-9 at Memorial Auditorium to ...


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Sat. May 6 at 8 pmChristine Malcolm and Honey I’m Home Band

     This band brings a blend of modern folk, country, rock and blues. Christine Malcolm is a mom and singer-writer-musician living in Elmore, Vermont. Her debut recording- Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon is a collection of songs about small towns, big hearts, broken dreams and the endurance of hope and love. She won the 2015 Tammy Award for this album.  All roads are dirt and they all lead back home. Malcolm’s music is a blend of modern folk, country, rock and blues.

The band includes Rudy Dauth on lead guitar, mandolin and vocals. He also can be seen with the Woedoggies.  Jess Zehngut brings the violin to the sound with  Carrie Cook  on bass.

Listen to some of their tunes and find out more at http://christinemalcolm.com/listen/

 


Christine

 

SUNDAYJUNE 18 – FATHER’s DAY! Treat your dad to a special concert at 8 pm by: Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy nominee Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.

Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally as a leader including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City and Japanese National Television. He performs more than one hundred shows a year across the US and internationally.

Tsukamoto is an innovative guitarist who fuses folk, jazz, and world music. “In terms of musicianship, Tsukamoto’s guitar work was just ridiculous. Right from the beginning of his first song, it was obvious that the folks in Bernunzio’s were in for a treat. His brand of fingerstyle guitar is so intricate, and so blazingly fast at the same time, I kept imagining how many clones I would need to make of myself to accurately replicate his sound. There were times it sounded as if there were two or three guitars playing simultaneously One song that drove that point home was his set opener, “From Coast to Coast,” a song that had some of the fastest harmonic runs I’ve heard,” wrote Trevor Lewis of the Rochester City News.

Listen to some of his tunes and see his videos at http://www.hiroyatsukamoto.com/



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