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Our campaign is well underway to raise money for necessary improvements to the building. The first phase was the replacing of the roof. As of late September, 2015, that work is now done, although we still need to raise a bit more money to pay for the work. Phase two is starting now. Next on our list is restoring interior plaster and paint, replace or rebuild the shutters, and catch up with a number of minor improvements to improve access to the building. And now we've discovered the steeple is leaning, and crucial work is needed to get it straight again, and to shore up its structural weaknesses. We've raised about $18,000 to date; our goal will need to increase to include repairs for the steeple and access improvements. Please help us - your donations, big and small, make a big difference. Here is our new donate button for this capital campaign:

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1794 Meetinghouse
PO Box 8
New Salem MA 01355.
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JUNE & JULY: SUMMER SERIES CONCERTS

Our summer series is booked, the web-listings below are complete, and online ticket sales have started on Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are now available for advance purchase at the New Salem General Store, and our spring-mailer-postcard is in the mail and should reach you soon (if you are on our mailing list). Here is an image of the postcard -- I'm sorry it is not bigger, but this is the largest I can do at the moment.

Come Join Us for a Pre-Concert Picnic! We love to see the tail-gate parties or picnics that happen before many of the concerts on the New Salem Common. And to make that easier, we like to point out our friends at the New Salem General Store, just down the road on 202 (and the place you can buy advance tickets until an hour or so before the show). Rick Oliver and his staff have a full deli with sandwiches, hot food, drinks (including wine and beer). For special dinner orders, please contact the General Store by 3pm the day before your show to order your meal: 978-544-8177 or newsalemgeneralstore@yahoo.com. Or visit their website at www.newsalemgeneralstore.com. 410 Daniel Shays Hwy, New Salem MA (right on Rt 202).

~ Brad Foster, Executive Director

 

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1794 MEETINGHOUSE

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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PO Box 8 / 26 South Main Street
New Salem, MA 01355
Telephone of the Hall: 978-544-5200 (no voice mail)
Voice Mail: 413-335-3489 (Brad Foster's phone)

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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 — 2016

June 11, 2016 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry

Post-Modern Folk
Adults: $20 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Sponsored by Stan's Fine Wines & Spirits
Opening Night Reception at 6:45pm

Tracy Grammer — voice, guitar, violin
Jim Henry — acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, dobro, baritone, slide, bass, voice

Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry were an audience favorite in 2015, and they've graciously agreed to open this year's Summer Program as a fundraiser for Stage Two of our Capital Campaign. Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage, not to mention a riotous sense of humor. Jim Henry is a multi-instrumental powerhouse who has performed with an impressive roster of artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter and Paula Cole.

Tracy Grammer solo photo credit: Ben Barnhart

Tracy Grammer website
Tracy Grammer / Red House Records website
Jim Henry website
Tracy & Jim on youtube


June 12, 2016 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Florence Camerata Piano Trio

Classical Piano, Cello & Violin
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Gregory Hayes — piano
Joe Jewett — violin
Richard Mickey — cello

The Florence Camerata Piano Trio has been giving concerts since 2009 in various venues in Western Massachusetts, from Kimball Farms in Lenox to Lathrop in Easthampton and Northampton to Loomis in South Hadley. They performed to considerable acclaim at Northampton First Night 2014 in Smith College's Sage Hall. Florence Camerata has also preformed several times at Northampton Community Music Center and at St. Joseph's College in West Hartford CT. The Trio's repertoire ranges from Haydn, Mozart, Hummel and Beethoven to Brahms, Schubert and Dvorak to Tailleferre and Piazzolla.

Gregory Hayes has taught piano and occasionally harpsichord at Dartmouth College since 1991, where he also coaches chamber music. He is a busy chamber musician and orchestral keyboard player, has played regularly with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Arcadia Players, and has participated often in both the New England Bach Festival and on the Mohawk Trail Concerts series. Gregory is a graduate of Amherst College and the Manhattan School of Music; he also studied at the Hartt School of Music and at the summer Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. His teachers have included Ming Tcherepnin, Kenneth Fearn, Dora Zaslavsky, and Raymond Hanson. He has written frequently on music, including liner notes for many recordings and articles and reviews for magazines and newspapers. Gregory is longtime music director for the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence (Massachusetts).

Joe Jewett is an active soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral violinist and violist. His performance of the Bruch Concerto with the Waltham Philharmonic was praised for "excellent planning and execution" by professor Burton Kaplan. Joe has also been soloist with the Great Falls and Helena Symphonies, and the String Orchestra of the Rockies (SOR). He has conducted the Waltham Philharmonic, MIT Symphony, Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, Cambridge Symphony, the Great Falls Symphony, Butte Symphony, Glacier Orchestra, and SOR in Montana, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy. Joe is a member of the Berkshire Symphony; he has also performed with Arcadia Chamber Players and Springfield Symphony. Joe attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Indiana University and University of Michigan and received his Master's from New England Conservatory. He performed with the Spoleto Festival for many years, frequently as concertmaster. In Germany he spent part of a season with the Hofer Symphoniker before returning to the US to join the newly formed New World Symphony. Joe spent ten years pursuing his love of chamber music with the Cascade Quartet in Montana. He has continued to perform and present chamber music concerts in Western Massachusetts with the self-founded Florence Camerata; he also performs as a Celtic musician.

Richard Mickey, cellist, has had a strong bond with the Berkshires since he first came to study at Tanglewood, where he was a three-time fellow and was awarded the Piatigorsky Prize. In his native Philadelphia, Richard played for the major opera companies and was an original member of The Concerto Soloists (now The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia). He joined the Cincinnati Symphony at age 23 and played there 10 years under Max Rudolf and Thomas Schippers. Later, in New York, he was a member of the American Ballet Theatre orchestra and principal cellist of the Queens Symphony. Richard's principal cello teachers were Josef Druian, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Orlando Cole, of the Curtis faculty. He also attended master classes with Gregor Piatigorsky and Samuel Mayes. His chamber music teachers included such legendary performers as Edgar Ortenberg, Eugene Lehner, Joseph Silverstein, and William Kroll. He is a member of the the Berkshire and Springfield Symphony Orchestras and was recently chosen as a member of the Berkshire Opera Festival orchestra. He has served as cello instructor at Simon's Rock and Hawthorne Valley School.

Florence Camerata Piano Trio on facebook


June 16, 2016 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Grace & Catastrophe

Powerful Folk Duo
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Eric Lee — fiddle, voice
Brie Sullivan — guitar, voice

Brie Sullivan and Eric Lee, also known as the duo Grace and Catastrophe, are two intuitive songwriters and musicians adept at combining voices and strings to create powerful moments of authentic human connection.

Brie and Eric first began playing together in 2008. The intuitive musical connection between the pair was immediately apparent, and has only grown stronger as they have become close friends. Each half of this duo is adept at conveying genuine emotion through their honest songwriting, warm vocals, and musical abilities. Their unique blend of writing styles, voices, fiddle and guitar, and varying musical roots results in a powerful sound grounded in folk that subtly takes on flavors of bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, pop, and indie rock. Grace and Catastrophe's combined talents in truth telling and connecting with each audience create a haunting and electrifying performance that won't soon be forgotten. They're sorry in advance for making you cry.

Grace & Catasrophe on youtube 1
Grace & Catasrophe on youtube 2


June 18, 2016 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Mark Fisher Trio

Heartfelt, Witty Folk Harmonies
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Mark Fisher — guitar, vocals
Donna Fisher-Russo — vocal harmonies
Kris Lucander — bass, piano, vocal harmonies

Performing on guitar and vocals since birth...OK, age 12, Mark has been captivating audiences for nearly 4 decades. During the journey from band front man, to soloist in pubs, wedding singer, and singer songwriter, Mark has learned a thing or two about how to hold an audience and deliver a show. He has been playing his own diverse mix of comedic, personal, and socio-political songs since releasing his CD "They went North" in 1995. Rounding out the trio is Mark's sister Donna Fisher-Russo on harmonies and Kris "Mr. Luke" Lucander on bass, piano and harmonies.

Mark Fisher Trio on Sonicbids
Mark Fisher Trio on youtube


June 19, 2016 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Jay Mankita

Upbeat, Fun Folk — Kids, Bring Dad!
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Jay Mankita — guitar, vocals

A Special Father's Day Treat for the Whole Family for Father's Day!

Jay Mankita is a celebrated songwriter, innovative guitarist, and upbeat, often hilarious touring performer who truly engages, inspires, and entertains. This presentation is not to be missed, so kids, celebrate the day with your Dad, your Grandpa, or both. Parents, bring your kids for an afternoon filled with smiles and belly-laughs!

Jay Mankita website
Jay Mankita on youtube


June 23, 2016 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Mile Twelve

Fresh & Contemporary Bluegrass
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Sponsored by the Athol-Orange Rotary Club
 

Catherine Bowness — banjo
Bronwyn Keith-Haynes — fiddle
Evan Murphy — guitar, voice
Nate Sabat — bass, voice

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Based in Boston and fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances throughout bluegrass and folk circles, they create captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences.

Evan Murphy has been a creative force on guitar and voice in New England since he picked up the guitar at age 18 and began accompanying himself on traditional bluegrass songs. He received a bachelor's degree in Theater and Music at Boston College.

Native New Zealander Catherine (BB) Bowness started playing the banjo at the age of 12. A few years later, BB received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA. She won first place at the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo Contest.

Nate Sabat is a graduate of the voice program at New York City's renowned LaGuardia High School, and he attended Berklee College of Music as an upright bass principal.

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes was accepted on scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16, graduating with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. She is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS, and in 2015 won first place in the Freshgrass Fiddle Contest.

Mile Twelve website
Mile Twelve on youtube


June 25, 2016 - Saturday, 7:30pm

The Pangeans

Reggae, Funk & World Music
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Brian Bender — trombone, trumpet, melodica, keyboards, percussion
Steve Crow — electric guitar
Bruce Dobbins — congas, Latin & African percussion
Jeff Hinrichs — drums
Peter Kim — electric bass
Adam Scotera — trumpet, alto saxophone
Jim Vogel — tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, percussion

The Pangeans are a seven-piece world music ensemble performing Latin Jazz, Samba, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Funk, Afro Beat and other forms of African music. The group performs original compositions based on traditional rhythms as well as those of other composers. All members of the Pangeans are highly experienced world touring artists, renowned throughout the region and the entire music industry. Dancing in the aisles encouraged.

Brian Bender has formerly performed with O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian All-Stars, Kotoja (African World-Beat), Ibrahima Camera, Black Rebels (African Reggae), La Perfecta (Salsa/Merengue) and the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). He currently performs with the Wholesale Klezmer Band, Lucky Seven (Caribbean Ska) and Big Bandemonium (Celtic). Brian has performed in the Cape Verde Islands (West Africa), Egypt, Alaska, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. He has performed at Carnegie Hall as well as the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton.

Steve Crow has performed with Ras Moon (Reggae), the World Beat Ensemble, Kevin So (original) and Maeve Hughes (original), to name a few. Leaning towards the funky side, Steve currently leads his own group, the Steve Crow Band, and previously led a band called Inside Out.

Bruce Dobbins is the godchild of Mongo Santamaria and performs regularly with John Sheldon. Bruce is particularly well-versed in traditional Afro-Cuban percussion styles and truly has a style of his own.

Jeff Hinrichs has been in demand as part of the Valley music scene since 1978. One of the rare drummers equally versed on drum set as well as hand percussion, he has performed with many area top bands over the years. He started out on the path of being a musician when like so many of his generation he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and decided that music was the only thing that really mattered. Never one to re-invent the wheel, he has studied with an impressive list of the world's best percussionists, and has earned a BA degree in Ethnomusicology from UMass. In addition to The Pangeans, currently he can be found working with Dicey Riley, The Kitchen Party, and The B3s,

Peter Kim has been performing for over 20 years. He has toured the USA from coast to coast and has had the honor to perform and/or record with James Taylor, Tonight Show drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Tony McAlpine (Steve Vai), The Equalites (Reggae), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Jeff Peaver and many others. He has opened up for B. B. King, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Winter and many others.

Adam Scotera has performed throughout the Northeast with many ensembles, including Caribbean Sounds, Lydia Lebron y la Connecticut Band, Banda Creacion (Salsa/Merengue), Inner Orchestra (Funk/Soul), and Souled Out. In addition to the Pangeans, he can currently be heard with Shokazoba (Afro-Beat), the Northside Saxophone Quartet, and Big Bandemonium (Contradance). He has extensive experience recording for some of these as well as various local artists. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Jim Vogel has performed and recorded with New Horizon (Reggae), New Roots (Reggae), the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). Jim was a founding member of the acclaimed group Who's Kidding Who? (Funk), with one release on Bullet Records. He currently leads his own Jazz group and performs with Lucky Seven (Caribbean Ska).

Pangeans website
Pangeans on youtube


June 26, 2016 - Sunday, 3:00pm

Quabbin Valley Pro Musica

Mendelssohn's Elijah & More
with Charles Heffernan, Music Conductor
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Dr. Charles Heffernan — Music Conductor
John Salvi — baritone
Judy Johnson — piano
Quabbin Valley Pro Musica — chorus

The Meetinghouse's resident chorus, Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, known for its varied music and high-quality concerts, will perform Mendelssohn's Elijah plus two works by chorus members: the Prayer of Saint Francis by Carolyn Brown Senier and Commit My Spirit by Allison Pollitt. Dr. Heffernan, Music Conductor, is professor emeritus of music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His conducting and teaching careers have taken him from coast to coast in the US and Canada as he has groomed choruses, music educators, and solo performers.

QVPM website


June 30, 2016 - Thursday, 7:30pm

The Twangbusters

Boogie, Blues, Bop & Twang
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Sponsored by the Athol Daily News
 

Paula Bradley — vocals, piano, ukulele
June Drucker — drums
Brian Rost — upright bass
Peter Zarkadas — electric guitar

Start your weekend holiday celebrations early with some boogie, blues & bop and a heapin' helpin' of twang! The Twangbusters bust out their own high-energy danceable blend of rootsy rhythms and soulful blues! Led by dynamo "Miss Paula" Bradley, described as "Patsy Cline meets Bessie Smith", on lead vocals, piano & ukulele, with the inimitable Peter "Dr. Z" Zarkadas on electric guitar, June Drucker on drums, and Brian Rost on upright bass, they mix the best of bluesy country, boogie woogie & barrelhouse into a musical cocktail, shaken & stirred. Guaranteed to make you move your feet!

Twangbusters on facebook
Twangbusters on youtube


July — 2016

July 7, 2016 - Thursday, 7:30pm

The Definite Maybes

Original Rock, Blues + R&B
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Mark Jennings — drums
Charlie Mallet — guitar
Melanie Mangum — vocals
Scott Monette — 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 (Melanie and the Blue Shots). Their new release Leaving the Station features original songs that cross musical boundaries and styles. The band also features Scott "Ottomatic Slim" Monette on bass and Mark "The Nines" Jennings on drums. Come and listen to this great band; our wonderful acoustics will help their music to shine. They'll be playing all the originals off their debut CD, plus a few acoustic tunes that have yet to be released, and a bunch of fun covers. The Definite Maybes might hop genres, but they always deliver heart and soul with every tune.

The Definite Maybes on facebook
The Definite Maybes on youtube


July 9, 2016 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Samantha Farrell

Jazz/Pop Vocals & Guitar
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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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. Her tone is totally unique and yet familiar all at once; at times playfully lilting and undulating, other times a sexy murmur, and a raspy declaration. 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 emerged onto the music scene a few years ago when she moved from Los Angeles to Boston to release her critically acclaimed album, Luminous. Produced by the late, great founding member and saxophonist for The Dave Matthews Band, LeRoi Moore, Luminous, a totally independent effort, soared to #7 on the national iTunes pop charts, while 6 of its songs scored placements on major cable network shows (CW, CBS, NBC).

Farrell's 2013 release, Softly Swooning World, was nominated into the first round of the 2013 Grammy Competition, and she’s currently celebrating her 2016 release, September Sun. CD reviewer Bill Copeland says, "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."

Samantha Farrell website
Samantha Farrell on youtube


July 14, 2016 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy

Traditional Canadian & Irish Folk
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Keith Murphy — guitar, mandolin, piano, foot percussion & voice
Becky Tracy — fiddle, voice

Becky and Keith are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France and beyond. Tracy's fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith's gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion. Combined, they produce a range and richness of sound that is striking for a duo. Their playing is seamless, the result of years of playing together and touring across the U.S., Canada and in Europe. Their repertoire also includes Keith's original compositions (many of which are included in the Black Isle Music tune collection). He is a prolific tunesmith with a writing style strongly based on traditional dance music. Keith and Becky were two thirds of the popular Vermont trio, Nightingale and are veterans of several other bands including Childsplay and Assembly (Keith) and Wild Asparagus (Becky). 

Black Isle Music - Becky & Keith's website


July 16, 2016 - Saturday, 5:00pm

1794 Fundraising Dinner at New Salem Old Home Day

Wonderful Food, Wonderful Company
15 & up: $15 / 0-14: $10
No Meetinghouse concert, but stick around for the concert with Trailer Park that is part of Old Home Day
 

Hummus on the tables, BBQ chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, green salad, baked beans, and dessert. Water lemonade, and iced tea. Bring Your Own beer and wine if you wish.

Online dinner tickets will be up soon; more details to follow.


July 17, 2016 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Gathering Time with Mara Levine

Stunning Folk–Rock Harmonies
Adults: $15 / 13-17: $10 / 0-12: free
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Sponsored by Anonymous

Hillary Foxsong — guitar, percussion, vocals
Stuart Markus — bass, guitar, vocals
Gerry McKeveny — bass, guitar, vocals
with Mara Levine — vocals

Voted best band runner-up (and top folk band) in the 2011 Long Island Press readers' poll, Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as "getting a whole beehive-full of buzz" on the northeast regional folk scene.

Founded in 2006, Gathering Time quickly became a fan favorite. Members Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong, and Gerry McKeveny have strong roots in traditional folk as well as '60s and '70s folk-rock, and they've been known to interpret some of those classics alongside their original songs at their shows.

No less an authority than WFUV's John Platt has written that they are "among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival," with "harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees, strong original songs, and a savvy repertoire of cover songs, ranging from traditional folk to classic rock. They appeal to audiences of all ages."

Bill Hahn, host of "Traditions" on WFDU, sums them up neatly, "I have to say that Gathering Time is right up there with the ones we all know — they are the next generation of great trios with meaningful music performed in awesome harmony."

Gathering Time's most recent release, Keepsake, debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ Charts for March 2016, with 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes' the #1 song, five more songs in the Top 25, and Gathering Time the #1 artist for the month.

As an extra treat, Gathering Time will be joined by guest vocalist Mara Levine from New Jersey. Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years and singing professionally as a member of various ensembles and as a hired harmony vocalist since 2002. Folk DJ Jim Marino has referred to her as "golden-voiced," while DJ Michael Stock calls her voice "full, rich and soothing." Mara tours nationally, often sharing shows with Gathering time.

Gathering Time website
Gathering Time on youtube #1: youtube master page
Gathering Time on youtube #2: Station Song


July 21, 2016 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Patrick Coman Band

Roots, Country & Folk–Rock
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Chris Anzalone — drums
Patrick Coman — acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Joe Klompus — bass
Peter Parcek — guitar

Boston- based Patrick Coman plays the reds and blues. Merging bluesy barroom shuffles with the red dirt of his native Oklahoma, he has garnered fans for his upbeat and contemporary take on traditional American music.

'It’s true, I’m a long way from home," Patrick Coman says with a faint twang that remains the most enduring clue to his beginnings south of the Mason-Dixon line. A fixture of Boston’s vibrant roots music scene as a performer, organizer of the New England Americana Festival and the For the Sake of the Song series, and as the host of Local Folk on Boston’s Americana radio station WUMB, Coman has made much of his multiple years in the Northeast, but it doesn’t quite yet feel like home.

An Okie from just north of Muskogee, Patrick grew up under the spell of his hometown’s famed Tulsa Sound. Equal parts red dirt, blues, rock, soul, and country this unique regional sound was the perfect template for a budding songwriter with a voracious and wide-ranging appetite for roots music.

Coman "begs comparison to some of Townes Van Zandt’s finest work" according to Northampton Media, and Redline Roots claims, "The blues are in this dude’s veins and he mixes it very well with his folk and country influences. Like a fine blended whiskey, aged, and pour straight up… this stuff is smooth.'

Patrick Coman website
Patrick Coman on youtube


July 23, 2016 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Mist Covered Mountains

Original & Traditional Celtic Trio
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Sponsored by Patrick Bullis, CPA

Alex Bell — percussion
Max Cohen — guitar, vocals
Donna Hébert — fiddle, vocals
Molly Hebert-Wilson — vocals

Mist Covered Mountains are fiddler Donna Hébert, (a MA Artist Fellow), guitarist Max Cohen and singer Molly Hebert-Wilson. Named to his 2013 'Top 8 list' by Midnight Special DJ Rich Warren at WFMT-Chicago, the band's latest CD is getting national airplay. Devon Leger at Hearth Music said, "It’s not often you hear a voice this powerful debut in the world of Celtic song." The band travels from L'Acadie to the land of Faerie, with fiddle tunes and songs from traditional Irish, Scots, Québécois, and original sources. From Celtic melancholy to fiddling frenzy, three-part harmonies and finger-style guitar, Mist Covered Mountains packs a powerful amount of music into a trio.

Mist Covered Mountains website
Mist Covered Mountains on youtube


July 24, 2016 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Ethan Bremner

Opera Selections from Carmen
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Sponsored by Chuck & Polly Longsworth
 

Ethan Bremner — tenor
Oriana Dunlop — mezzo soprano
Eric Mazonson — piano

Operatic tenor and Athol native Ethan Bremner will perform a selection of Bizet's Carmen along with arias and art songs that inspired or were inspired by the seminal operatic masterpiece. Since his arrival in Boston, Ethan has become one of the city's most sought-after young tenors. He made his local debut with Boston Opera Collaborative in 2006 as Achilles in Gluck's Iphigenie en Aulide, and then sang with the company as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème. He also had and an auspicious debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore and Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute with Longwood Opera. He performed the premier performance of Odyssey Opera of Boston as Baroncelli in Wagner's Rienzi. Most recently he performed as Don Jose in Carmen and Lt. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Recent appearances on the concert platform include Handel's Messiah with the Quabbin Valley Pro Musica and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Paul Madore Chorale. Mr. Bremner was a Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region).

Mr. Bremner will be joined by mezzo soprano Oriana Dunlop and accompanist Eric Mazonson performing works by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, and more.

website


July 28, 2016 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Lonesome Brothers

Country, Folk & Rock
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Jim Armenti — guitar, vocals
Keith Levreault — drums
Ray Mason — bass, vocals

The Lonesome Brothers have performed together for more than thirty years and are well-known throughout the Valley and beyond. Featuring Jim Armenti on guitar and vocals, Ray Mason on bass and vocals, and Keith Levreault on drums, they combine the best elements of American music with well-crafted songs and poetic lyrics.

"Equal parts country swagger, wistful folk and breezy rock. The Lonesome Brothers' confluence of different musical genres is the key to the band's success. Although some people would be quick to lump the Lonesome Brothers into the alternative country milieu, the band has more dimensions than that." - Alex Green, Yahoo! Music

photo credit: Brandi Ediss

Lonesome Brothers on facebook
Lonesome Brothers on youtube


July 30, 2016 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Mitch Chakour

High Octane Roots Rock & Roll
Adults: $20 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Closing Night Reception at 6:45pm

Expected Lineup:

Mitch Chakour — piano, guitar, vocals
Deric Dyer — tenor sax
Wolf Ginandes — bass guitar
Cliff Goodwin — guitar, vocals
Marty Richards — drums

Mitch Chakour is the real deal in the world of roots rock. He has performed both solo and with such well-known acts as The Joe Cocker Band, the J. Geils Band and more. In addition to being a stellar, heart-wrenching singer, pianist, Hammond B3 organist and guitarist, Mitch brings along precision, professional players such as Cliff Goodwin (an original member of local rock legend Albatross, as well as a member of The American Standard Band, The Joe Cocker Band and Robert Palmer's band); the "Vincent Van Gogh of Sax" Deric Dyer (also a Joe Cocker Band alumnus, as well as Tina Turner’s sax-man for a number of years); legendary bassist Wolf Ginandes; and drummer Marty Richards (formerly of The J. Geils Band and The Joe Perry Project).

Mitch at the Meetinghouse in 2014 on youtube
Mitch on facebook