last updated: 8/16/18 11:00 am

ANNOUCEMENTS
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REGGIE HARRIS IN SEPTEMBER Our concerts often end in July or early August; this year we're adding at least one, Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom with Reggie Harris, a benefit for Playing for Change Foundation, on Saturday September 15th. More details are below at Reggie Harris
ONLINE SALES Because of lack of internet at the hall, online sales will end early the morning of the show even when tickets are still available. Online sales have been going well for both shows this weekend; however, neither show is expected to sell out. So come on over and get tickets at the door. (I will always announce sellouts here if they happen, and you can also reach me via email and phone to double check.) And don't forget, tickets are also available at the New Salem General Store.
PARKING As was done last year, please park anywhere along the street including AROUND but not ON The Common. The wonderful old maple trees have been dying due to vehicles being parked on their roots. Even when parking around the Common, please stay on the road (and avoid the tendancy to pull off onto the edge of The Common under one of the trees). Here is the Town's announcement: "No Parking on the Common: We love our trees in New Salem and we make a huge effort to care for, preserve, and maintain our town trees. For this reason parking for all events, including Old Home Day, is banned on the New Salem town common – for the safety and well-being of our lovely trees. We thank everyone in advance for their cooperation. – The New Salem Select Board""
PLEASE SAY 'HI' I hope to see you there! If you see me, please say 'hi' and tell me where you are from. And if you aren't on our mailing or emailing lists, please fill out the address cards — we love to keep in touch!
~ Brad Foster, Executive Director

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1794 MEETINGHOUSE
SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez — Sat 6/9; 7:30PM
Quabbin Valley Pro Musica — Sun 6/10; 4:00PM
Reprobate Blues Band — Thu 6/14; 7:30PM
Samantha Farrell — Sat 6/16; 7:30PM
Joe Jencks — Thu 6/21; 7:30PM
Wooden Dinosaur — Sat 6/23; 7:30PM
Peter Blanchette — Sun 6/24; 4:00PM
Natraj — Fri 6/29; 7:30PM
Do It Now — Sat 6/30; 7:30PM

The Jolly Beggars — Sat 7/7; 7:30PM
Haley Hewitt — Sun 7/8; 4:00PM
Eric Lee with Jim Henry — Thu 7/12; 7:30PM
Sarah Clay — Sat 7/14; 7:30PM
The Definite Maybes — Thu 7/19; 7:30PM
The Green Sisters — Sat 7/21; 7:30PM
Steven Schoenberg — Sun 7/22; 4:00PM
Ray Mason & Henning Ohlenbusch — Thu 7/26; 7:30PM
Cold Chocolate — Sat 7/28; 7:30PM

Reggie Harris — Sat 9/15; 7:30PM

You can also view all of our BPT tickets at once at
1794 Meetinghouse on Brown Paper Tickets.

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All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Tickets will also available in June at:
The New Salem General Store
410 Daniel Shays Hwy, New Salem, MA 01355
or at the Door

1794 MEETINGHOUSE — A BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC HALL WITH WONDERFUL ACOUSTICS — ON THE NEW SALEM COMMON

In 1987 a small group of dedicated individuals with a passion for the performing arts had a dream to preserve a historic building and to create a cultural center in north central Massachusetts. That vision was the inception of the 1794 Meetinghouse Performing Arts Center.

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1794 Meetinghouse receives a portion of our funding through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. MCC is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

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June 9 — 30, 2018

June 9, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

Soulful Roots Rock & Blues
Adults: $20 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Opening Night Reception at 6:45pm
 
Saturday Night Live vocalist Christine Ohlman, with Rebel Montez, will kick off the Meetinghouse 2018 season; Champagne reception precedes concert.

[Click on the performer's name to jump to their bio.]

Christine Ohlman — Vocals, acoustic & electric guitar

Rebel Montez:
Michael Colbath
— Bass, vocals
Larry Donahue — Drums, percussion
Cliff Goodwin — Lead guitar

"I've come here tonight to set your souls on fire."

Bios
Christine Ohlman
This queen of blue-eyed rock'n soul, who grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples, teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process. She's the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band (SNL40's anniversary post-show concert also featured her star turn onstage with Jimmy Fallon, Elvis Costello and the B-52s), whose latest CD, The Deep End, was honored on five national Top Ten lists and features special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson, and others. Ohlman topped the Alternate Root.com's Readers' Poll as top Americana vocalist, joining other winners Paul Thorn, The Mavericks and Rodney Crowell.

Ohlman's legendary voice and stage presence (she's known as "The Beehive Queen" for her towering blonde hairdo) have most recently been featured at the 2016 AMA Conference in Nashville; The PBS series "Music City Roots" with Bonnie Bramlett, Sarah Potenza and the McCrary Sisters during June, 2016; 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's Tribute To David Bowie; on numerous guest vocal slots on the HBO series "Vinyl" that feature a duet with Elvis Costello; on SNL's 40th Anniversary telecast (pulled onstage by Jimmy Fallon at the after-party concert at the Plaza Hotel, she tore the roof off with the B52s as her backup vocalists), "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" (guest slot with Black 47); the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Concert in Cleveland (filmed by HBO); the Carnegie Hall tribute to the Rolling Stones; the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Little Kids Rock galas in NYC (taking the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Bill Medley, Tom Morello and others); and the 2012-2015 WC Handy Festivals (she was the special guest of the Blind Boys Of Alabama and soul queen Candi Staton, and helmed a sold-out tribute to legendary producer Jerry Wexler; in 2015 she was the festival's Grand Marshall and co-billed with iconic guitarist Travis Wammack), as well as on both SNL's 25th and the aforementioned 40th Anniversary telecasts; Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary bash at The Garden (with George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde, and others); the 2013 Obama Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C.; The Lincoln Center "American Songbook" series with Sting, Lou Reed and Van Dyke Parks; and the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (where she fronted both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band).

In 2017, she was inducted into the National Blues Hall of Fame of American Heritage International. She appears on Grammy nominee's A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf (with Taj Mahal and Lucinda Williams) and Charlie Musselwhite's One Night In America (with Marty Stuart); sings the theme song for NBC's 30 Rock; worked on a musical with the late Cy Coleman (who compared her sense of timing to Peggy Lee's); duets live with friends like the aforementioned Miss Spector, Mac Rebennack (two private evening of duets she calls "absolute highlights"), Americana stalwart Paul Thorn, Bonnie Bramlett (who has become a longtime friend), Muscle Shoals legends Donnie Fritts and John Paul White of the Civil Wars, and New Orleans mainstays The Subdudes (she joins The 'Dudes, BB King, Irma Thomas, Richard Thompson and others on Get You A Healin' to benefit the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and has guest-hosted five editions of "Down On The Bayou" during successive Jazz & Heritage Fests with Widespread Panic's JoJo Hermann, again to benefit The Clinic); worked often with the late blues giants Hubert Sumlin and Eddie Kirkland; collaborated on critically-acclaimed tracks with Marshall Crenshaw (Labour Of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe), Big Al Anderson (Pawn Shop Guitars), and Ian Hunter (When I'm President and Shrunken Heads); edited legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham's autobiography 2Stoned and appears also on Oldham's historic 2013 release "Andrew Loog Oldham and Friends Sing The Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2"). A musicologist of note, Ohlman is a cover-story-writing contributor to Elmore Magazine, and worked with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder & others on the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards.

Ohlman tours relentlessly with her band Rebel Montez, torching clubs up and down the Eastern Seaboard in support of her recordings: Strip, The Hard Way, Radio Queen, Wicked Time, 2008 career retrospective Re-Hive, the aforementioned The Deep End, 2011 concert DVD Live Hive, and 2016s The Grown-Up Thing.

"I've come here tonight to set your souls on fire," she'll tell an audience. And she will.

 

Rebel Montez: Michael Colbath, Larry Donahue & Cliff Goodwin

Michael Colbath — Bass Guitar
Michael started out a jazz freak, and in many ways it's still his first love. But from the time he picked up his first bass to the present, his interest in music has been truly global. Mike got his start working out with R'n'B soul groups in Hartford's North End and continued to cut his teeth on the Hartford scene with the Hibachi Brothers, a World Beat band, while at the same time playing with a succession of jazz combos.

Known as "The Buddah Of The Bass" for his unflappable Zen-trance stage presence, Colbath goes to the well of Duck Dunn, James Jamierson, and John Paul Jones for inspiration. He says, "Playing with Christine allows me to work on music in an original context, which is very gratifying to me as a musician." Michael brings many influences to his playing style and bass lines and a spark that few can match when he straps on his axe.

Larry Donahue — Drums and Percussion
The heartbeat of the Rebel Montez sound resides within the heart, hands, and feet of Larry Donahue. Joining up after a stint in LA's turbulent music scene, Donahue brings to the band an unshakeable sense of timing and a musical sensibility that is open to a world of inspiration, from the elegant Stax stylings of Al Jackson, Jr. through the garage/rockabilly madness of Travis Wamack's "Scratchy" and Frank Kirkland's jungle-drum excursions with Bo Diddley.

In addition to his recordings with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Larry guests with Lucinda Williams on 1998's Grammy-nominated A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf. Donahue's motto of "Have Drums, Will Groove," is borne out every time he picks up a pair of sticks.

Cliff Goodwin — Lead Guitar
Cliff Goodwin, a native son of Worcester, MA, came up, as a founding member, with legendary New England rock'n'roll gods The American Standard Band, appearing on their self-titled LP. In 1976, he answered the call to become Joe Cocker's lead guitarist, where he stayed until 1988, sharing the stage with Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keyes; recording Luxury You Can Afford (Asylum), Cocker (Capitol), Live In Central Park (Casablanca), Standing Here, and Live in Montreaux (famously appearing on singles like "Leave Your Hat On" and Grammy-winner "Up Where We Belong"); and cementing his reputation as musical director par excellence when he assumed that role for Cocker upon joining the band. Along the way, Cliff worked with John Mayall, Steve Miller, and Robert Palmer, appearing on Palmer's Secrets, (and, again famously, on singles "Bad Case Of Loving You" and "Suspicion"), three Billboard Hot 100-charted singles with the New City Rockers, and the million-seller Twisted Christmas with The Bob Rivers Comedy Corporation.

Goodwin is profiled in the Sept. 2013 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. His ongoing tenure as MD and lead guitarist with David Foster & The Mohegan Sun All-Stars has brought him to stages across the country with Delbert McClinton, BB King, and other notables of the blues world. Goodwin's production projects have taken him most recently to Amsterdam, and he continues a career as a sought-after sideman both on-stage and in-studio. Additionally, he consults with the Bose Corporation as Musical Director for Research and Development for the new L-1 Amplification Speaker System and leads the band that demos the system worldwide.

Goodwin stepped seamlessly into the musical shoes of Eric Fletcher (1954-2006), Rebel Montez's charter member and guitarist, who passed away suddenly in May, 2006, bringing with him, then and now, a wealth of musical knowledge and a rock'n'roll sensibility that is soulful, fresh and inspiring.

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez website
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez on Facebook
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez YouTube Channel


June 10, 2018 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Quabbin Valley Pro Musica

Choral Music
with Geoffrey Hudson, Music Director
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Breezeway Farm Consulting
 
QVPM presents folk music from England, Hungary, South Africa, the Austrian alps, and New England's own Shaker communities.

Geoffrey Hudson — Music Director
Judy Johnson — Collaborative Pianist
Quabbin Valley Pro Musica — Chorus

Concert Notes
Quabbin Valley Pro Musica's 40 singers join their voices to sing folk music from three continents. Beginning with a set of sturdy, elegant tunes from New England’s own Shaker communities and ending with a group of freedom songs from apartheid-era South Africa, the music celebrates the strength and power of traditional music. The program also includes music from the British Isles (harmonized sumptuously by Holst and Vaughn Williams), Hungary, and the mountains of Austria. Join us for an afternoon of songs about love, heartbreak, celebration, and piracy.

Quabbin Valley Pro Musica
QVPM is the resident chorus of 1794 Meetinghouse. It is led by Music Director Geoff Hudson and is comprised of singers from the North Quabbin and Pioneer Valley regions. The singers are gifted amateurs who perform quality choral music from many genres. QVPM meets on Monday nights at the Central Congregational Church of New Salem, and typically perform concerts in January and June. For more information, please contact Harry Haldt at schoolview@hotmail.com or (978) 249-4691.

Geoff Hudson
A composer as well as conductor, Hudson's compositions have been performed across the US and in Europe. His most recent work, The Quartet Project, is a six-volume collection of graduated string quartets modeled on Béla Bartók’s Mikrokosmos. More than 200 quartets worldwide have performed selections from The Quartet Project. The full collection was published in 2016 accompanied by a CD featuring performances by the Chiara, Parker, Miró, Brooklyn Rider, Jupiter, Borromeo, and Apple Hill quartets. Other recent commissions include an opera for young audiences, The Bug Opera, a concerto for viola and chamber ensemble, First Among Equals, and numerous choral and chamber works. His work as a composer has been supported by grants from the American Composers Forum, New Music USA, Meet the Composer, the International Music and Art Foundation, the Argosy Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and others.

Hudson is entering his twelfth season as music director of Pioneer Valley Cappella (Northampton) and has directed the chorus at Greenwood Music Camp’s junior division for many summers. A resident of Pelham, Hudson received his undergraduate degrees at Oberlin College, where he studied American history and composition. He earned a Master’s in composition at The New England Conservatory.

QVPM History
Atholl Musicale, QVPM's precursor, was created by Mark Wright in 1988. In 1993 it was renamed Quabbin Valley Pro Musica when it became the resident chorus of the newly formed 1794 Meetinghouse, Inc. Because renovations on the historic Meetinghouse were not yet complete, the first concerts were held in the New Salem's Central Congregational Church. The first Music Director was Gail Ares-Laraba; she had conducted the Atholl Musicale and continued with the early QVPM. Mark Wright (now director of the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce) managed the early choir and produced its concerts, and Lynn Boudreau (current Meetinghouse organization President, and still singing with QVPM) sang with that early choir.

Geoff Hudson was Music Director from September 2001 to June 2007. Charles Heffernan took over from September 2007 to June 2017, and Geoff returned to direct the chorus for a second time in September 2017.


June 14, 2018 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Reprobate Blues Band

Blues, Rock, Roots
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
The Reprobates bring high energy, danceable, rocking blues everywhere they play, and their enthusiastic audiences can’t get enough.

Jim Bennett — tenor sax
Bo Henderson — guitar
Janet Henderson — vocals, bass
Bob Pierce — drums
Charlie Scott — vocals

A Rockin' Blues Band from central Massachusetts's North Quabbin & Pioneer Valley Regions dedicated to carrying on one of our greatest American traditions — BLUES. There's nothing like playing a High Energy Show to a receptive crowd out to have a real good time rockin' to a night of danceable Blues played with a passion.

Charlie Scott has been singing the blues in some of New England’s finest venues for more than four decades, and his passion for the music never wanes. The Reprobate Blues Band members are all seasoned musicians, and some have shared the stage with and backed such greats as Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Georgia Boy Shaky Snake Johnson, George Thorogood, and Robert Lockwood, Jr. More recently they’ve played shows with the Chris Fitz Band, Duke Robillard, and more, not to mention that the band is seen annually opening the show for beehive queen Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton.

"Charlie Scott is a strong soulful vocalist and the Band has a rough and gritty sound much like the early ROLLING STONES." — Johnny Memphis

Reprobate Blues Band on Weebly
Reprobate Blues Band on Facebook
Reprobate Blues Band on Reverbnation


June 16, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Samantha Farrell

Jazz, Folk & Pop
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Stan's Fine Wines & Spirits
 
Samantha Farrell's ever evolving sound is an intersection of jazz, folk, pop and poetry.

Samantha Farrell — vocals, guitar

Often, the first thing people say they notice about Samantha Farrell is a blonde shock of extremely curly hair. The second thing that people notice, and the thing they never forget, is her voice. We're thrilled to bring this Orange, MA, native home again to share her jazzy, folk-flavored pop with her friends, relatives, and fans in the North Quabbin area.

Samantha Farrell's ever evolving sound is an intersection of jazz, folk, pop and poetry. Her tone is unique and yet familiar all at once; at times playfully lilting and undulating, other times a sexy murmur, and a raspy declaration. She picked up guitar as a sophomore at Bowdoin College and immediately started performing her original material for enthusiastic audiences. Upon graduation in 2005, she moved to Los Angeles where she released her first album, Spiritus. Three of the songs were placed on national television shows.

In 2008, she caught the ear of LeRoi Moore, the saxophonist of the Dave Matthews Band, who was in the midst of producing and developing her next album in Charlottesville, Virginia when he tragically and suddenly passed away. In October of 2009, Luminous was independently released, and through word of mouth alone charted #7 on the national pop iTunes charts.

She has since followed that up with two EPs, In Between Stories (2010) and Softly Swooning World (2013), with her latest album, September Sun (2016), being voted as one of WUMB radio's top 10 albums of 2016. "Samantha Farrell is proving once again that she’s Boston’s best kept secret with her new album September Sun. Her songwriting shines and her voice drips with soul and emotion." — Jess Phaneuf, WUMB

"Prodigious and undulating vocals that are delivered with rare, swinging passion." — Reflex Magazine

"She’s probably the best female singer-songwriter you still haven’t heard of." — NBC Los Angeles

"A liquor-honey voice, deft guitar work, and slightly melancholic tones that meld to form an aching and elegant aural tapestry." — Huffington Post

"One of the best female singers I have heard…ever." — Red Line Roots

"Every syllable is a symphony." — Dr. Roland Wiggins

"Farrell not only possesses an extremely fetching voice, she has mastered many vocal techniques and can control the sound and direction of many kinds of songs. Her songwriter's eye for detail is as clear as the purity of her voice." — CD reviewer Bill Copeland

Samantha Farrell website
Samantha Farrell on Facebook
Samantha Farrell on Bandcamp


June 21, 2018 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Joe Jencks

Singer/Songwriter
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
 
Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

Joe Jencks — vocals, guitar

Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant "Lady of The Harbor", Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From the Pen of Si Kahn is a NEW Joe Jencks CD comprised entirely of songs written Jencks' friend and brother in song, American Folk master Si Kahn. It is in final production now and due to be released in May! Selecting from over 70 songs written and never released by Si Kahn, this project evolved into a remarkable new album. Produced by Ken Whiteley and featuring some amazing Canadian musicians, these are some of Jenks' best performances yet in recorded form, including 14 previously unreleased songs chronicling the lives of extraordinary people.

Joe's previous Solo CD — Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers — was released May 1st, 2017 to critical acclaim. The CD has spent several weeks at #1 on Sirius XM's Americana Chart, and was also the #1 CD on the Folk DJ Chart for May, 2017, with 4 songs in the top 10. Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers chases new musical horizons for Joe Jencks. Honoring his mentor and friend Pete Seeger with the title track, this collection of songs progresses into a wide range of human experience from love and triumph, to tragedy and transformation. With arrangements that showcase sparse acoustic textures alongside Copeland-like orchestral tapestries, this recording reflects the depth of Joe's musical knowledge as well as the diversity of his influences. Cinematic in its imagery and scope Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers features largely original songs influenced by Celtic, Blues, Jazz and traditional American Folk styles interspersed with a handful of carefully chosen covers. Guest artists include: Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey In The Rock), Cathy Fink, Harpeth Rising, Tret Fure, Reggie Harris, Edie Carey, Jon Carroll, Grace Jencks, and more.

In 2010, Jencks co-founded Brother Sun, {www.brothersunmusic.com} a dynamic new trio with colleagues Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor that performs widely throughout the United States and Canada. Brother Sun's release — Weights & Wings — was the #1 CD for 2016 on the Folk DJ Chart, and 5 songs charted in the top 50 for the year — including Joe's composition, "Mary Don't You Weep & Moan" at #3 for the year! The trio's earlier release Some Part of The Truth was #1 for 2013, and also took #1 song for 2013 with Joes composition: "Lady of The Harbor." Fusing, Folk, Roots, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

In addition to his performance work, Jencks' skills as a vocal harmony arranger are in demand. With over 30 appearances as a guest vocalist and arranger on various studio recordings, he brings a unique rich sound to the work of other artists. On the stage, in the studio, or in the classroom, Jencks applies conservatory training to contemporary genres, bridging styles and techniques. Drawing on his Irish heritage, Jencks uses his lyrical voice to enchant, heal, and inspire. Jencks has won numerous songwriting awards and is also highly regarded as a song interpreter. Joe's latest solo release, Links In A Chain, highlights this aspect of his work.

Jencks' 7th solo CD Links In A Chain was released in the fall of 2009 rose to the top of the folk DJ Chart. The recording features six new original compositions and six songs written by some of Jencks' mentors and influences. Included are songs by folk legends Phil Ochs and Bob Gibson as well as a vivid rendition of the American classic, Joe Hill. In his original compositions, Jencks explores a wide range of topics, including family history, staying in love, and a brand new piece in the Irish tradition called "On Eireann's Shore". This beautifully lilting love song genuinely honors his heritage and sounds as if it could have been written a century ago. A Grammy winning team of engineers and supporting musicians contribute to make the recording an exceptional piece of work from start to finish. Guests include: Jon Carroll (Mary Chapin Carpenter's pianist) on keyboards, Pat Wictor on slide-guitars, Jim Robeson (Bass & recording engineer) and Charlie Pilzer (mixing and mastering engineer).

"If one can master a craft after investing 10,000 hours, Joe Jencks' hours are showing! I am literally stunned by this new album. Poets, Philosopher, Workers & Wanders tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American folk master can — with heart and unfettered perfection. Add this one to the folk canon!" — MarySue Twohy, The Village, SIRIUS XM Radio

"Beyond the fine selection of songs and the talented team assembled in the studio, what really shines through on Joe Jencks' new album are his resonant, honey-rich voice, his open-hearted humanity, and his commitment to social justice. We need artists who inspire our better selves more than ever, don't we?" — John Platt, Sunday Supper, WFUV, Bronx, NY

"Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers is absolutely Joe Jencks' finest effort thus far. Jencks' captivating tenor voice, lofted by flawless production, demonstrates music of conscience and provides a feast for the ear as well as nourishment for the soul." — Rich Warren, The Midnight Special — WFMT, Chicago, IL

"Joe Jencks brings us moving and stunning songs of hope, redemption, connection and remembrance. Sung with passion and delivered in his rich tenor voice, the songs on Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers are a balm for the times." — Laurie DesJardins, KVMR, Nevada City, CA

"Climb inside the songs of Joe Jencks, and you meet real people. His lilting melodies and warm, caramel tenor draw us closer to the stories he tells. Jencks finds the humanness that binds us to the people in his songs!" — Scott Alarik, author of Revival and host of Folk Tales, WUMB, Boston, MA

"You can expect many a gifted artist to move you deeply, but Joe Jencks will change who you are." — Angela Page, WJFF, Radio Catskill, Jefferson, NY

Joe Jencks website
Joe Jencks on Facebook
Joe Jencks on Sonicbids


June 23, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Wooden Dinosaur

Alt-Country, Folk & Rock
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
 
Wooden Dinosaur is the songwriting project of Vermont guitarist, singer, and bandleader Michael Roberts. Since 2004 he has released ten albums of original alt-country and folk music with a rotating cast of musicians.

Michael Roberts — guitar, vocals
Frank Roberts — drums
Jeff Murphy — bass

Wooden Dinosaur's most recent collection of songs, Working Weather, was released in September 2016 on Lost Honey Records. As a sideman, he has recorded and performed with David Wax Museum, Katie Trautz and the Tall Boys, and a variety of old time string bands in southern Vermont. Roberts is also the lead singer and guitarist for The Rear Defrosters, a classic country dance band with an all-star cast of Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire musicians.

"Wooden Dinosaur makes the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more." — NPR

"Roberts has this mellowed character about his voice. Soft but purposeful. Humble but aware of the story that it is trying to pour forth." — Red Line Roots

Wooden Dinosaur on Bandcamp
Wooden Dinosaur on Facebook
Wooden Dinosaur on Tumblr
Wooden Dinosaur on Lost Honey Records


June 24, 2018 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Peter Blanchette

11-string Archguitar
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Tom and Charlene Deam
 
Guitarist, composer, arranger and conductor Peter Blanchette is known around the world as the inventor of the 11-string archguitar.

Peter Blanchette — 11-string archguitar

His extraordinary repertoire of internationally acclaimed arrangements and compositions spans from the medieval, renaissance and baroque music to World Music, New Music, and his own original pieces. He performs and records in solo recital or with selected other instrumentalists to form the Virtual Consort. He has been heard on hundreds of recordings, film and television scores, public radio in the US, Canada, Europe and across Asia, on his own 17 archguitar albums for the Dorian label and his own imprint, Archguitar Music.

Performer & Bach Specialist
Since his late teens, Blanchette has been devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has made archguitar arrangements of hundreds of the Bach's music composed originally for solo violin, solo 'cello, and lute, as well as archguitar duo arrangements of keyboard and orchestral works.

Blanchette is a veteran performer at such high profile venues as NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion", and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and has performed in nearly all countries in Western Europe, from Norway to Portugal.

Composer
A recipient of the Massachusetts Council Artist Grant in Music Composition, Peter Blanchette is a composer whose music has been featured in films and television for over 20 years. Credits: HBO's "Sex and the City", Cannes Palme D'Or nominated film "Illuminata" (directed by John Turturro), commissions from the Dingle Film Festival and the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts for new scores to three of Buster Keaton's silent masterpieces: "The General", "The Navigator" and "Steamboat Bill, Jr." His albums receive heavy radio airplay on "Sunday Baroque", "The Thistle and Shamrock", and on Spanish television's "Antenna 3".

Conductor
Blanchette is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, a true avant-garde orchestra comprised of more than a dozen adventurous acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. Located in Northampton, Massachusetts, HVGO, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, serves the Pioneer Valley community as it creates new and beautiful music that could only come from such an eclectic melange, inspiring musicians to work together who might otherwise never collaborate. HVGO also partners with Holyoke Summer Strings to bring free, guitar ensemble lessons to Holyoke Massachusetts elementary school children.

"The ornamentation and rhythmic intricacies in the Courante were so creative that they gave the impression that Blanchette was composing the music on the spot. Each phrase was a new delight. He highlighted and danced rhythms that I had never heard before in the music. After a short pause wherein Blanchette joked about how hard the Courante is (the entire concert was performed by memory), he continued with the Sarabande, which left me crying and speechless from its serene beauty." — Kirsten Swanson, CVNC Charlotte Journal, about Blanchette's performance at the Bechtler Museum of Contemporary Arts' Concert Series

Peter Blanchette — Archguitar website
Peter Blanchette — Archguitar Music website
Bach: Suite I for Cello, Prelude BWV1007a from Style Brisé [the Broken Style] on Archguitar.com
Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra in Concert: Glass; Etude No. 9 on YouTube


June 29, 2018 - Friday, 7:30pm

Natraj

World Music / Jazz Fusion
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
 
Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa, and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style.

Phil Scarff — saxophone
Rohan Gregory — violin, viola
John Funkhouser — bass
Jerry Leake — tabla, multi-percussion
Bertram Lehmann — drums, percussion

Hard-driving African grooves and graceful Indian ragas meet in the band's expansive jazz conception. Selected as Boston's Best Jazz Band by the Improper Bostonian and nominated Best World Music Act in the Boston Music Awards, Natraj captivates and excites audiences with exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy.

Natraj has delighted listeners throughout the US, Canada, India, and West Africa since 1987. Appearances include India's JazzYatra and Prayojana International Music Festival; Ghana's PANAFEST; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; the Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, Canada; and The Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival. Natraj has performed with icons of Indian classical music including Kadri Gopalnath, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Shashank, Ronu Majumdar, and Trichy Sankaran, as well as younger masters like Aditya Kalyanpur, Madhuvanti Bhide, and Prasanna.

Natraj has released four CDs to acclaim in the international press and airplay worldwide. Numerous radio and TV appearances include featured segments on the USA nationally syndicated program, The World (PRI/BBC/WGBH-FM); Doordarshan (Indian National TV); Maine Things Considered (Maine Public Radio, USA); South Asian Newsweek (CFMT-TV, Toronto); and Radio Mid-Day (Mumbai, India).

"Natraj blends complex tempos and traditions with graceful, unforced virtuosity… a hypnotic, symbiotic tapestry. Fusion is rarely this deep and exotic yet accessible… discover a new world here." — Boston Globe

"Technical excellence and sensitive musicianship transcend national and cultural boundaries, and there is clearly an abundance of both on this recording... Compares favorably with Shakti... Every performer displays both a melodic and technical flair... The performances on this album are everywhere excellent." — Cadence

"[This] Boston group doesn't simply draw on Indian influences some of the time—it specializes in a seamless blend of jazz and Indian music... [Natraj] embraces both Western and Indian instruments... delightfully unconventional." — Jazziz

"We heard the future of jazz... we heard the future of world music... a spellbinding tapestry... a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection." — Times of India

"East meets West and South in the music of the Boston-based band Natraj. The quintet plays contemporary jazz with intoxicating Indian influences and entrancing African rhythms, hypnotically combining instruments from the three regions into eerie and original music." — WBUR-FM, Boston, MA

Natraj website
Natraj on Facebook
Phil Scarff website
Natraj on Youtube
Natraj on CD Baby


June 30, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Do It Now

World Fusion & Spoken Word
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
 
Do It Now showcases the improvisational collaborations from John Sheldon (guitar), Tony Vacca (percussion) and Paul Richmond (spoken word) inspired by the desire for social change.

John Sheldon — guitar
Tony Vacca — percussion
Paul Richmond — spoken word

Do It Now is a trio of life-long performers whose intention is to create a bold confluence of spirited, outspoken poetry and improvised World Fusion music. It's part old school beat poet style, and part 21st century commentary-in-performance. It's everything music and poetry is supposed when we dare to embrace the exquisite beauty of a sometimes troubling world.

John Sheldon has been a professional musician since he was the 17 year old lead guitarist in Van Morrison's band. Songwriter for James Taylor and leader of his own bands, he has been busy composing and performing music for theater. After experiencing a series of ayahuasca ceremonies, John was moved to create "The Red Guitar," a monologue with music, which he has been performing on stages, in homes, and "wherever I possibly can." He continues to write songs and instrumental music, accumulating a large and varied body of work. "My view of music has changed. It is not just entertainment anymore, but a way to connect to the energies of spirit and to invite them into our presence."

Tony Vacca is an American percussionist specializing in jazz and an early innovator in world music. He incorporates percussion instruments from a world of traditions that includes African, Caribbean, Asian and Middle-Eastern influences, to which he adds some of his spoken word and rhythm poetry. Tony has been active in the Jazz and World Music stage since the early 1970s. His frequent trips to West Africa have contributed to his unique approach to playing, and to his depth of knowledge regarding African and American musical traditions. Vacca has recorded and performed with a wide range of musicians, including Sting, and his performances have been described as a "non-stop athletic spectacle of percussion music and spoken word."

Paul Richmond of Wendell is a longtime poet, author, spoken-word festival promoter and small press publisher. He has lived in Wendell for more than twenty years and has been hosting and promoting spoken-word events in Western MA for more than a decade. He coordinates the Greenfield Annual Word Fest and brings poetry to the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Richmond has presented his work nationally and internationally, his writing has appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies, and he was named Beat Poet Laureate of Massachusetts by the National Beat Poetry Foundation.

John Sheldon website
Tony Vacca website
Do It Now on Vimeo
Paul Richmond on Mass Poetry


July 7 — 28, 2018

July 7, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

The Jolly Beggars

Traditional Celtic Folk
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
 
The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences.

Jeff Desrosier — vocals, mandolin, guitar
Matt Torcellini — percussion
Chris Vece — vocals, tin whistles, Irish flutes
Greg Wilfrid — vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin

Based out of Connecticut, their traditional songs and musical arrangements have exposed many to the joys of Celtic music. They tell traditional stories from Irish folklore and intersperse their musical arrangements with traditional reels and jigs. Characterized by their tight harmonies and use of guitars, mandolin, tin whistles, octave mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, double bass, bodhran, spoons, and more, The Jolly Beggars have quickly built a solid following and continue to spread their music around the East Coast.

The band performs music that is largely Celtic in origin (Irish and Scottish), with some pieces coming from an extension of that music in other cultures.

Jeff DesRosier
Jeff grew up in Wethersfield, CT and has been listening to Celtic music since his earliest memories. Born into a family with a rich musical background, his musical skills were always encouraged by his parents, sister, and grandparents. Jeff has degrees from the Hartt School in Music Education and French horn performance; he currently teaches middle school band in Fairfield, Connecticut. Jeff performs exclusively on his C.F. Martin guitar and Eastman mandolin.

Matt Torcellini
Matt is from Hamden, CT. He is a classically-trained percussionist with a B.M. in Music Education and Percussion Performance from The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT. He subs with local orchestras and freelances teaching and performing throughout Connecticut. His percussion teachers include Ben Toth, Ted Piltzecker, Rogerio Boccato, John Amira, Joe Galeota, Shane Shanahan, and Anthony DeQuattro. He plays a Bucks Bodhran from Bucks County, PA, and spoons by Mom's Salad Utensils Unlimited, Ltd. His favorite ice cream is Rocky Road (to Dublin). Also, he despises referring to himself in the third person. And he can't figure out when school starts up this summer, but plans to come up and play for us anyway.

Christopher Vece
Christopher grew up in North Haven, CT and is currently living in East Hartford. Christopher did not come from a family of musical geniuses but one that always nurtured his love for music. He began playing trumpet in 4th grade and continued to do so through college. Along the way, many instruments were picked up and loved much more than the trumpet, including the penny whistle. Christopher has two degrees from the Hartt School in Music Education is currently teaching music in Wallingford Public Schools. Christopher plays Burke tin whistles.

Greg Wilfrid
Greg currently lives in Collinsville, CT. Greg began taking piano lessons in kindergarten to follow in his sister's footsteps and eventually started studying jazz piano in middle school. While in high school, he taught himself guitar, bass, and drums, and currently holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music. He teaches General Music, Choir, and Jazz Band at Toffolon Elementary in Plainville, CT and presents workshops at Music Education workshops at the collegiate, state, regional, and national levels. Greg plays a Seagull acoustic guitar, a Vega tenor banjo, and whichever instruments Jeff lets him touch.

The Jolly Beggars website
The Jolly Beggars on Facebook
The Jolly Beggars play Lark in the Morning at 1794 Meetinghouse on YouTube
The Jolly Beggars play Spanish Lady at 1794 Meetinghouse on YouTube


July 8, 2018 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Haley Hewitt

Celtic Harp
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
Haley Hewitt shares a love of music through performance and education, with over 15 years of experience performing from large concert halls to cozy firesides, and over a decade of experience teaching all ages and levels.

Haley Hewitt — Celtic harp, vocals

Haley Hewitt is a Boston-based performer, composer, arranger, educator, and harpist. Steeped in music from North America, Scotland and Ireland, her music has a distinctly traditional flavor. With a Bachelor's Degree from the Hartt School of Music in pedal harp performance and a Master’s Degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Scottish Traditional Music, she has founded Celtic Harp departments at Quinnipiac University and the Neighborhood Music School. Passionate about new music, she has also worked closely with composers including Michael O’Sullivan, Ken Steen, Robert Carl and Dan Lis, to produce new literature for the harp. Her harp playing has taken her to Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and won her the New England Open Scottish Harp Competition in 2006 and the US National Scottish Harp Championship in 2013.

Haley Hewitt is one of the most exciting, innovative, and gifted harp players of the up-and-coming generation. Playing Scottish music, but also interested in traditional music from around the world, Haley has been breaking boundaries and pushing the limits of what is possible for the instrument.

Haley Hewitt came to the lever harp at the age of 9, after studying piano for a few years. She took to the instrument and its music immediately. Throughout her early years, she competed extensively in the United States. At the age of 12, she began studying pedal harp. After years of performing with professional, community, school orchestras and smaller ensembles, working with composers to perform new work, she obtained a Bachelor in Music Degree in Harp Performance from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford. Haley moved to Scotland in September 2011 to study lever harp as a Masters Degree student in the Scottish Music Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In addition to her study of the Scottish harp, she conducted research on murder ballads.

Haley has written for film, small ensembles, and solo harp, and has worked with several composers to create new works for the instrument. She loves to teach, and she offers private lessons. It is her dream to help develop a program for the advanced study of the lever harp in the United States.

Haley Hewitt website
Haley Hewitt Facebook
Haley Hewitt playing The Coombe Road/Session at Fintan's on YouTube
Haley Hewitt channel on YouTube


July 12, 2018 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Eric Lee with Jim Henry

Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
Accompanied by violin, mandolin, electric violin and guitar, Eric Lee brings a smooth and compelling voice to his music.

Eric Lee — vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin
Jim Henry — electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, dobro, vocals

Eric Lee emerged in the folk community as the virtuosic fiddle player of Pete & Maura Kennedy's fiery super-group, The Strangelings, after being plucked from the audience at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. He has since performed with such artists as Peter Rowan, John Gorka, and Dan Navarro, who, among others, have inspired his uniquely poetic and expressive songwriting.

Jim Henry is a multi-instrumentalist powerhouse who has toured with Tracy Grammer, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others.

 

Eric's other influences include: Vassar Clements, Richard Thompson, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar, Lori Mckenna, Fairport Convention, and Harry Nilsson.

'"Miles above the Ground" opens this six song set of originals from Western Massachusetts phenom Eric Lee who brings his smooth, compelling voice and introspection to this strong four and a half minute composition. Lee has more than a grasp of the vibrations he sends forth, playing violins, mandolin, electric violin and guitar with the music here focused, entertaining and highly commercial. "The Raven" shuffles along under J.J. O'Connell's drums and the bass of Rhees Williams while "Rose and Storm" adds a balance. Critics can compare the storytelling of a Gordon Lightfoot to the dramas offered by Jim Croce, but to say that Eric Lee paints with his own style and magic is to understate what this artist has crafted. And take caution — there are many, many singer/songwriters out there named Eric Lee, so one has to seek out the music that I'm writing about here. Lee has performed on the road with the great Eric Andersen, Peter Rowan of The Rowan Brothers and Seatrain, John Gorka, Vance Gilbert, the Grand Slambovians and so many others. It's easy to get mistaken for a backing musician, as Carole King and Neil Diamond at first were thought by the public to be songwriters dabbling with hit records. Time proved both King and Diamond to be major forces beyond their work for other artists and this Lee is himself making waves regionally outside of the background circuit he participated in for the last decade and more. With Jim Henry's electric guitar and dobro fitting in perfectly with this quartet and some backing vocals from Brie Sullivan and Max Wareham, these half a dozen songs stand up to repeated spins with "Hands of Fortune" and "To Write You a Song" truly remarkable. At the risk of sounding overly complimentary, those who have followed this writer’s thousands of reviews over the past almost five decades know that I can be as rough on poorly made recordings as I can hand out the accolades on the ones with merit. There's something very special here. You'll know you’ve reached the right Eric Lee as this music stands in a class by itself.' — Joe Viglione, The Noise, Boston

Eric Lee website
Eric Lee on Facebook
Jim Henry website


July 14, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Sarah Clay & The Magic Band

American Songbook, Vintage Vocals & Latin Jazz
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
 
Breathing new life into Swing standards, Bossa Nova & Latin jazz, Sarah Clay and The Magic Band celebrate the Great American Songbook.

Sarah Clay — vocals, flute

THE MAGIC BAND:
Ed Brainerd — flugelhorn
Steve Bulmer — upright bass
Bob Ferrier — guitar

With voice, flute, and playful stories Sarah explores American popular song of the early 20th century. Her rich tone captivates any audience and her unique wit makes them smile.

A musician constantly honing her craft, Sarah Clay is a singer, flutist, performer and teaching artist. She reveals the story of the human condition through song: triumph, fear, love, loss, and joy. Early training in classical music developed her discipline, technique, and tone clarity. But her father's guitar playing informed her love of jazz and the Great American Songbook.

Sarah studied classical flute with a member of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and voice with a Russian opera diva. A versatile musician, she has performed a kaleidoscopic range of styles: classical, folk, plainchant, blues, country, tango, swing, you name it. But her father's jazz called to her. Her dad used to jam and play with Erroll Garner (who wrote Misty), and Dodo Marmarosa (bebop pianist for Gene Krupa and Artie Shaw).

In the 1990s Sarah began intensive jazz study: a new song every week. In 2002, after developing a substantial repertoire of standards, she formed Clay Jazz and began performing throughout New England, releasing two favorably reviewed recordings. Sarah continues to delight audiences and to teach at her thriving private studio and as a member the music faculty at Holyoke Community College.

"Clay is adept at both vocal and flute renditions of jazz standards, switching easily between her own vocal cords and the flute's elegantly curved mouthpiece." — John Stifler, Daily Hampshire Gazette, in review of "Clay Jazz Standards"

"Vocalist Sarah Clay is a musician of considerable experience, with a penchant for creating interesting phrases with material that could become clichéd in less capable hands." — Rich Mayer, music reviewer

"Impressive" ... "delightful" — Daily Hampshire Gazette

Sarah Clay website


July 19, 2018 - Thursday, 7:30pm

The Definite Maybes

Rock & Blues
Adults: $10 / 13-17: $5 / 0-12: free
Sponsored by Butler's Decorating Center and Millers River Real Estate
 
The Definite Maybes fashion a dynamic blend of rock, blues, and R&B and are driven by the sweet soulful voice of Melanie Mangum and spirited guitar from Charlie Mallet.

Charlie Mallet — guitar
Melanie Mangum — vocals
Doug MacLeod — drums
Connie Putnam — bass

The Definite Maybes fashion a dynamic blend of rock, blues, and R&B and are driven by the sweet soulful voice of Melanie Mangum and spirited guitar from Charlie Mallet. They have been crafting their sound since 2015, performing at venues throughout Central Massachusetts and New England. Their first album, Leaving the Station, features original songs that cross musical boundaries and styles. The band also features journeymen musicians Connie Putnam on bass, and Doug MacLeod on drums. They'll be playing their blues-inspired, Americana-flavored original music, and unique takes on classic blues and rock covers. The Definite Maybes might hop genres, but they always deliver heart and soul with every tune.

The Definite Maybes started coming to life when Melanie Mangum (vocals) and Charlie Mallet (guitar, vocals) performed with the area band Melanie and the Blue Shots.

Charlie Mallet has played guitar since the late 70's with several bands based in Massachusetts including 5th Wheel, Hot Pursuit, Alias, Exit 18, Crawdade Creek, and Melanie and the Blue Shots. His passion for playing and his powerful and energetic stylings on lead guitar has led to several guest performances with bands and artists in New England. His creativity at crafting original music and signature guitar style is the driving force behind The Definite Maybes unique sound.

Melanie Mangum performed with Melanie and the Blue Shots for several years. Her passion for music and love of singing has led her to guest vocal with other bands and perform at open mics and music jams throughout New England. She has been called a "small-town lady with a Big City voice", and she brings her sweet and soulful vocals to every performance. Her talent for crafting lyrics found a collaborative home with Charlie Mallet's music and helped create The Definite Maybes' original sound.

The Definite Maybes were blessed to feature the talent of Scott Monette on bass and Doug Plavin on drums for their 2016 debut CD, Leaving The Station. Their live performances have featured stellar talent on bass and guitar over the last few years, and their current, steady backbone on bass and guitar features Doug MacLeod on drums and Connie Putnam on bass.

Connie Putnam's musical journey spans 62 years. The journey started with an old Harmony guitar in fifth grade, and then singing gospel and choral music, playing guitar in a duo with mentor Jim Long. He formed a number of musical acts, recorded and produced two LP albums at Ace Recording Studios in Boston, MA, and in the 1960's played with The Yankee Pedlars, performing in clubs with them for the TV show “Hullabaloo Scene” tour, and as a frequent opening act at the Mountain Park Ballroom for such acts as The Animals, The Tremelos, The Velvet Underground, The J. Geils Band, Pete Seeger and Tom Rush, and the Cowsills in their club in RI — to name a few. His blues and R&B chops led him to play bass with The Arthur James Band from 2012-2015. Connie's musical journey led him to The Definite Maybes in July 2017, where he joins his years of experience and love of music to the band's sound.

Doug MacLeod has brought his move and groove beat to several acts throughout the region, most notably with The Barrett Anderson Band of Cambridge. His journeyman talents, performing with other regional acts like Stone Line and Sacred Ground Grooves, led him to The Definite Maybes in December 2016. His years of experience and his pleasure and passion for playing are evident every time he picks up his sticks, whatever the act or venue. His grooving yet driving style brings a welcome beat to back The Definite Maybes sound.

Whatever the story — whether it's performing their version of a story from a classic blues or rock cover, or a creation of their own – it may be a get-up-and-dance story, it may be a simmering ballad or heart-wrenching torch song, it may be just a case of the blues kinda thing — The Definite Maybes will definitely tell it, sing it, preach it, play it!

The Definite Maybes on Facebook
The Definite Maybes on YouTube


July 21, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

The Green Sisters

Eclectic Folk, Celtic, Old-Time, A cappella
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Patrick Bullis, CPA
This concert is on New Salem Old Home Day
 
Hubbardston natives Beck, Bets, Brie & Mel offer up a foot-stomping ecletic mix of folk, Celtic, bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, a cappella & barbershop music. Join us in celebrating the release of their first CD, Endless Blue.

Melody (Mel) Green — vocals, mandolin, guitar, bass
Betsy (Bets) Heron — vocals, fiddle, banjo
Brianna (Brie) Green — vocals, bass, fiddle, guitar
Rebecca (Beck) Mitus — vocals, guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle

Endless Blue, The Green Sister's CD, will be out this summer. Come and hear their wonderful music and pick up a copy of the new CD. The recording includes eight originals and one cover, and was recorded in Ashfield, MA. Head on over to their website <thegreensistersfour.com/music/> to hear some of the rough takes or to to buy it online on or after June 2nd. And CDs will be available at this concert!


Sprouting from a small farm in rural Massachusetts, the Green Sisters have had a deep love of music from birth. They've been playing venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire regularly for three years and have garnered quite the following. It's hard not to smile when treated with their tight harmonies and high energy tunes; they bounce their jovial banter around the stage as only siblings can!

The four gals get together to play as often as they can. They revel in each other's company, and jump easily from bluegrass to barbershop to blues to Celtic to originals of all styles.


The Green Sisters website
The Green Sisters on Facebook


July 22, 2018 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Steven Schoenberg

Improvisational Piano
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Chuck & Polly Longsworth
 
Steven Schoenberg is a dynamic, award-winning composer/pianist whose talents cross into musical theater, classical compositions, film scoring, children's music, and solo improvisational piano performances.

Steven Schoenberg — piano

Steven Schoenberg's acclaimed recordings, Pianoworks, Three Days in May, Steven Schoenberg Live, An Improvisational Journey, and the newly released What's Going On?, are available on CD. After a finger injury stopped his piano improvisational concerts in 1986, Schoenberg started performing again in the late 1990's and has appeared at concert halls throughout the United States. His recent film scores include the documentaries Monica and David, for HBO, A Class Apart, for the PBS series American Experience; An Act of Conscience, for Showtime; and Farmingville, which opened the 2005 PBS series POV. Farmingville took home the Special Jury Award from the Sundance Film Festival. Schoenberg has scored numerous Emmy Award-winning films for other PBS series including NOVA and Smithsonian World. With his son, Adam Schoenberg, he also scored the independent thriller, Graceland, which premiered at the Tribeca Film festival, and is now available on NETFLIX. He has composed songs for Sesame Street and scored films for ZOOM and the Children's Television Workshop. He was executive producer and composer for Kid Quest, which garnered two New England Emmy Awards in 2008. Other children's projects include composing music for the award-winning book and CD My Bodyworks, written by his wife Jane Schoenberg.

"Steven Schoenberg's kaleidoscopic piano speaks with a uniquely American voice. His flowing compositions, laced with stride, folk, modern jazz, and impressionistic styles, burst open into full-scale musical dioramas." — Tom Regan, Prairie Public Radio

"Schoenberg's Three Days in May (Quabbin Records) is worth the effort. It's an eloquent, lush, and flowing series of improvisations that are spliced together to form sequential states of mind. He claims that the performances are completely spontaneous, and if that's so, they are within strict melodic and rhythmic frameworks." — DownBeat Magazine

"Schoenberg performs spontaneously improvised works and yet each one has the polish, sophistication, and technical mastery of a complex piece of music." — David Sokol, Music Editor, Advocate Newspapers

"More than a small musical miracle occurred in Amherst College's Buckley Recital Hall last night. Steven Schoenberg held more than 500 people spellbound for 90 minutes with a mix of artistry and understated spirituality. Schoenberg's concert wove together styles as different as classical, popular, and blues into a highly original fabric that is warmly familiar. His versatility and extraordinary musicianship allow him to evoke classical music one minute and the spirit of an off-Broadway passion play the next." — Rob Okun, Daily Hampshire Gazette

"Schoenberg is a bright composer, and his sparkling album Pianoworks is almost 45 minutes of Schoenberg's solo improvisations, most of them from a concert he gave at Amherst College. He's a lyrical player with a gift for delicate interlocking melodies and extended single-note runs high up the keyboard." — Ray Murphy, Boston Globe

"A concert by Steven Schoenberg is like almost nothing else in music. Others can improvise in performance, but very few can improvise over so wide a range of musical forms as those with which Schoenberg is in touch." — John Stiffler, Hampshire Life

Steven Schoenberg on All About Jazz
Steven Schoenberg on Facebook


July 26, 2018 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Ray Mason & Henning Ohlenbusch

Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Indie Folk
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
Ray Mason & Henning Ohlenbusch split the bill. Two solo performers, one great show!

Ray Mason — vocals, guitar
Henning Ohlenbusch — guitar, vocals

Ray Mason and his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar have been tirelessly touring since 1982. Starting his first band in 1966 and averaging over 100 shows a year, he's like a teenager with forty-plus years of experience. Ray's tunes follow no trend while keeping an upward slide on the songwriting scale, and he is legendary in the Valley playing with his Ray Mason Band, Lonesome Brothers, or shining on his own. It's rock with the roll, one man with his Silvertone. Kick back and enjoy!

Henning Ohlenbusch is a singer, a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a producer, and a performer from Northampton who flows somewhere within the Alt. Folk and Acoustic Rock world. He makes albums on his own and with his band Gentle Hen. He also records and performs in The Fawns, Sitting Next To Brian, Bourgeois Heroes, and Goldwater. He has also been a touring player with Winterpills, Spouse, Chris Collingwood, Polaris, and Mark Mulcahy. Don’t miss this rare chance to see Henning perform right here in the North Quabbin region!

Ray Mason website
Henning Ohlenbusch website


July 28, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Cold Chocolate

Bluegrass, Folk & Rock
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Bring Your Own Closing Night Reception at 6:45pm
 
Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana band that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own.

Ethan Robbins — guitar, vocals
Paul Dilley — upright bass, vocals
Ariel Bernstein — drums, vocals

This is the Closing Night Concert for our 2018 Summer Season. Please join us for a potluck Bring Your Own reception before the show starting at 6:45pm; we'll have cups and our usual water, seltzer and light snacks, and we invite you to bring wine and/or beer to share.

Cold Chocolate:
With tight three-part harmony and skillful musicianship, this trio from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original songs and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

Guitarist/songwriter Ethan Robbins began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College. A founding member of The Outhouse Troubadours, an Oberlin Bluegrass Phenomenon, he began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched. A classical violinist from age four, Ethan fell in love with the guitar when he turned fourteen and his father bought him five quintessential albums: The Band's "Music from Big Pink," Bob Dylan's "Bringing it all Back Home," John Hartford's "Steam Powered Aereo-plane," Hank Williams' "Live at the Grand Ole Opry," and the Grateful Dead's "Workingman’s Dead." Ever since, Ethan has attempted to bring those raw, rootsy sounds into his own original material.

In 2011, the loose-wristed Ariel Bernstein joined Cold Chocolate on percussion. A master of restraint, Ariel brings a light and tasteful groove to Cold Chocolate's tunes, filling out their sound and heightening the band's live energy. In addition to playing in Cold Chocolate, Ariel can often be found at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, engineering the records of many of scene's finest acoustic musicians, including Josh Ritter, The Ballroom Thieves, Darlingside, and Mr. Sun.

Paul Dilley has joined the band as a substitute for Kirsten Lamb. Paul is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music who plays with Girls Guns & Glory, Living Wage, HUMANWINE, The Folks Below, Bluegrass: The Band, and Ticklejuice.

Cold Chocolate website
Cold Chocolate on Facebook
Cold Chocolate on YouTube: Maybellene
Cold Chocolate on YouTube: Duck & Cover


September 15, 2018 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Reggie Harris

Spirituals, Folk, Gospel & Rock
a Benefit for Playing for Change Foundation
Adults: $15 to 25 sliding scale
13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Anonymous
 
Reggie Harris presents Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom, a combination of spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs. Come and join us for this rare September concert in the wonderful acoustics of 1794 Meetinghouse.

Reggie Harris — vocals, acoustic guitar

A well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie has earned wide acclaimed and respect from peers and audiences alike throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and around the world. He combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Knowing this, audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: “Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”

Known for over 40 years as one-half of the eminently prominent duo, Kim & Reggie Harris, Reggie continues to criss-cross the country, carrying the message of joy, unity, tolerance and peace through the powerful medium of live music. Dr Kim Harris has greatly curtailed her touring to join the ranks of University faculty, with only limited performance availability.

Reggie remains in high demand for concerts, schools, University residencies, community-building, festivals and teaching workshops. A songwriter of great depth and passion, Reggie writes from a personal sense of mission that merges a world view full of wisdom with a singularly hopeful stance that life, though often challenging, is filled with possibility and hope. His songs reveal thoughts about life and love and some of the deep aspects of the human experience, and cover topics ranging from his own personal journey to world issues and history.

His performances showcase a fluid vocalist, arranger, and guitarist whose open spirit and wide smile create an atmosphere that rewards the ears, opens the heart, and consistently earns trust and joyful admiration from audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

A committed educator, Reggie is an engaging lecturer with a remarkable gift for creating good “session energy” with diverse groups, with a particular skill for leading effective and inspirational educational exchanges. Reggie has also led songwriting workshops at music camps including Summersongs, Boston’s Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW), People’s Music Network, The Swannanoa Gathering, and various weeks run by the Country Dance & Song Society at Pinewoods Camp.

A natural collaborator and an infinitely creative musician, Reggie invigorates his solo touring with occasional partners. Checking his calendar, you will find performances with musicians who share his passion for musical interplay and improvisation such as Pat Wictor, Greg Greenway, Scott Ainslie, David Roth and others.

 

Reggie Harris website
Reggie Harris' Meetinghouse Concert on Playing for Change website