Nov 302009
 

Winter Concert

7:30 PM

Keene Unitarian Universalist Church

$10 donation requested

Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry.

 Posted by on November 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Nov 302009
 

Winter Concert

7:30 PM

Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church

$10 donation requested

Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry.

 Posted by on November 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Nov 152009
 

Eilen Jewell
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Advanced Tickets $15
Heberton Hall – 60 Winter Street
Doors Open 7pm
Show Begins 8pm
All Ages

“I’m already bracing myself,” Eilen Jewell reasons, matter-of-factly, “for a little controversy.”

Boise-born and Boston-based, Jewell has quickly distinguished herself as one of the rising stars of a new generation of roots musicians. Her first two albums, Boundary County (self-released, 2006) and Letters from Sinners and Strangers (Signature Sounds, 2007) were astonishingly assured efforts, which matched Jewell’s understated yet insightful songs with a rugged blend of Americana styles. They were met with a great deal of acclaim, with No Depression raving that “Jewell is showing she can wander with the best of them, and write riveting song-stories about her adventures along the way.” Indicative of Jewell’s strong following in Europe, The Word in the UK described her as “A voice of real distinction [that] manages to transcend some powerful influences and pierce the fog long enough for her own point of view to emerge.”

“On those albums,” she reflects, “people told me they heard folk, country, western swing, rockabilly, and even jazz…but a part of my roots has been left out up until now.”

On April 21, Signature Sounds will release Eilen Jewell’s third album, Sea of Tears, a recording that fills in a vital, hitherto missing element of her musical persona. “Before I discovered Woody Guthrie and folk music,” she explains, “I was listening to Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and, later on, the Animals and the Kinks. I love that stuff, and I love to play it.”

With Sea of Tears, Jewell and her longtime band of Jason Beek (drums, harmony vocals), Jerry Miller (electric, acoustic, and steel guitars), and Johnny Sciascia (upright bass) wed her elegantly unflinching songwriting with a rustic, pre-Beatles swagger that encapsulates vintage R&B, Midwestern garage rock, Chicago blues, and early rock and rockabilly, while maintaining the haunting, folk-inspired purity that first made her an artist to watch.

Tickets available at:
Armadillos – Keene (603) 358-3700
Turn It Up – Keene (603) 358-6833
Toadstool Bookshop, Keene (603) 352-8815
Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, VT (802) 463-9404

Preorder tickets by sending a self addressed stamped envelope with the amount of tickets you need and a check in the correct amount to Orange Earth Productions, PO Box 243, Spofford NH 03462. Orders will be filled as we receive them. For information on any show or to be added to our e-mail list, please contact us…. orangeearth@ne.rr.com

 Posted by on November 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm
Nov 152009
 

Heather Masse
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Advanced Tickets $15
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm
All Ages

All Ages Welcome

At Armadillo’s Burritos

82 Main Street, Keene NH

Limited menu available until 5:45

Beer, Wine, Coffee, tea and other beverages all evening

Tickets available at:
Armadillos – Keene (603) 358-3700
Turn It Up – Keene (603) 358-6833
Toadstool Bookshop, Keene (603) 352-8815
Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, VT (802) 463-9404

Preorder tickets by sending a self addressed stamped envelope with the amount of tickets you need and a check in the correct amount to Orange Earth Productions, PO Box 243, Spofford NH 03462. Orders will be filled as we receive them. For information on any show or to be added to our e-mail list, please contact us…. orangeearth@ne.rr.com

 Posted by on November 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm
Nov 152009
 

Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Advanced Tickets $15
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm
All Ages

Named by the Boston Globe as a “Local on the Verge” for 2008, Miss Tess is a young, Boston-based performing songwriter. Aptly naming her style “Modern Vintage” , her music bridges eras and genres. Miss Tess is celebrating being named “Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year” at the December Boston Music Awards. The Folk part was a surprise but the award is much appreciated. Another small career breakthrough came from being booked on the 2008 Cayamo cruise with headliners Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett. This came about after she won the prestigious 27th Biannual Open Mic Shootout at Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA. She has just released her fourth album, “Live on the Road”, a collection of live performances from venues including Club Passim (Cambridge), Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA), Norm’s River Roadhouse (Nashville), and WDVX (Knoxville).

“Although it may be true that every musician is a dreamer, only the good ones can convince you to join in on their fantasies. Armed with a rhythm guitar, a songbook full of down-on-your-luck lyrics, and a seemingly endless supply of fancy hats, Miss Tess is reimagining the golden age of jazz in 21st-century Boston and taking the rest of us along for the ride.

Tess finds her muse in anything old-fashioned, harking back to that bygone era when musicians wore suits or dresses and jazz was played as often in ballrooms as in bars. Accompanied by The Bon Ton Parade, a small ensemble that leans heavily on brushed drums and saxophone, the group taps into that laid-back cabaret sound that appeals to the vagabond lurking inside of all of us.

Tess has recorded four albums of standards and original songs, but the best way to experience her is live. A her smoky voice drags seductively behind the rhythm, she transforms even the dingiest barroom into a dance floor and tempts you–for one night, at least–to drift back to a classier time.” –Justin Shatwell, Yankee Magazine

Opening Act
Michelle Lewis

Michelle writes intensely visual songs, rich with melodic texture and emotional depth, and she performs with an unmistakable swagger. Too refined to call folk and too personal to call pop, her music surprises listeners who think they know what to expect from a singer/songwriter, and those who never expected to like one. Michelle recorded her debut album, This Time Around,in 2004 and is currently celebrating the release of her new EP, Broken.

www.michellelewismusic.com
www.sonicbids.com/michellelewis
www.facebook.com/michellelewismusic
www.myspace.com/michellelewis

Tickets available at:
Armadillos – Keene (603) 358-3700
Turn It Up – Keene (603) 358-6833
Toadstool Bookshop, Keene (603) 352-8815
Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, VT (802) 463-9404

Preorder tickets by sending a self addressed stamped envelope with the amount of tickets you need and a check in the correct amount to Orange Earth Productions, PO Box 243, Spofford NH 03462. Orders will be filled as we receive them. For information on any show or to be added to our e-mail list, please contact us…. orangeearth@ne.rr.com

 Posted by on November 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm
Nov 152009
 

Brooks Williams
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Advanced Tickets $15
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm
All Ages

Brooks Williams is a blues singing, guitar picking, bottleneck slide playing certified road warrior who has toured continuously for over twenty-one years. His unique combination of traditional and original music inspired Dirty Linen magazine to call Brooks Williams one of “America’s musical treasures.” His guitar skills won him a place on the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists list, in company with the likes of Michael Hedges, Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson, and David Bromberg, to name a few.

A native of Statesboro, Georgia (the same Statesboro as Willie McTell’s Statesboro Blues), Brooks has played stages throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and, most recently, Istanbul, Turkey. He has gigged with Taj Mahal, John Hammond, David Bromberg, Maria Muldaur, Chris Smither, Leo Kottke, and Rory Block, and performed the Trowbridge Festival, the Guitar Stars Festival, the Marlborough Jazz Festival, the Champlain Valley Festival, and New Bedford’s Summerfest. And Williams shows no signs of slowing down, with an ongoing schedule of performances in both North America and abroad.

Brooks Williams has released more than 16 albums on labels like Signature Sounds, Green Linnet Records, Red Guitar Blue Music, and Solid Air Records. The Time I Spend With You, 2008’s tour-de-force, went to #3 on the FOLKDJ charts (with three top ten singles, including the Mississippi Fred McDowell standard, 61 Highway) and remained on the charts for six months.

Other ground breaking titles in Williams’ extensive discography include the best-selling roots/blues Knife Edge (1996), produced by Colin Linden, the award-winning instrumental Guitar Player (2005), which made the 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Albums list, and his acoustic gem Blues and Ballads (2006).

Brooks Williams has been praised by the likes of The Boston Globe, Acoustic Guitar, Blues In Britain, and Guitar Player. He has appeared on World Café, The BBC, and All Things Considered, and his recordings are favorites on roots and blues radio programs, as well as XM Satellite Radio. His innovative guitar sound-bytes can be heard in between segments on National Public Radio and on Public Television.

In addition to his own music, Williams has recorded tracks on an impressive list of compilations, most notably the National Resophonic Instrumental Project (a Blues Aid benefit), Letters To Bert (a tribute to guitar legend Bert Jansch), and DeLovely Guitar (a tribute to Cole Porter). He has also collaborated with and/or worked as a sideman for Sloan Wainwright, Rani Arbo, Steve Tilston, Karen Tweed, and Paul Asbell.

A devoted educator, Brooks Williams is in high-demand on the summer guitar camp circuit, teaching at The Swannanoa Gathering, Acoustic Alaska, Cedar Run Song Workshops, Newport Guitar Festival, and WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week, to name but a few. He also runs a two-week Guitar For Kids program near his home in Western Massachusetts, as well as sponsoring an annual Guitar Day celebration. Williams’ unique approach to teaching has resulted in the highly anticipated release of his first guitar instructional DVD, Guitar Groove: A Session With Brooks Williams, on Woodhall Music.

As one of the world’s premier acoustic guitarists and singers, Brooks Williams continues to tour worldwide, every night delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions. He is quite simply one of the most entertaining and engaging performers on the circuit today. From coast-to-coast, country-to-country, Williams and his guitars roll and tumble like nobody’s business.

Show Sponsors

Become a Show Sponsor!

All Ages Welcome

At Armadillo’s Burritos

82 Main Street, Keene NH

Limited menu available until 5:45

Beer, Wine, Coffee, tea and other beverages all evening

Tickets available at:
Armadillos – Keene (603) 358-3700
Turn It Up – Keene (603) 358-6833
Toadstool Bookshop, Keene (603) 352-8815
Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, VT (802) 463-9404

Coming Soon

Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade

December 6, 2009

Preorder tickets by sending a self addressed stamped envelope with the amount of tickets you need and a check in the correct amount to Orange Earth Productions, PO Box 243, Spofford NH 03462. Orders will be filled as we receive them. For information on any show or to be added to our e-mail list, please contact us…. orangeearth@ne.rr.com

Become an Angel…
At every performance there will be ten (10) Angel seats reserved. Angel tickets are twice the cost of the ticket price with half going towards sponsorship of the show. Angel seats are reserved seats in the first two rows. Angels wil be thanked as a group prior to the show.

“In loving memory of Josephine M.A. Russell 1939-2006”

O
R
A
N
G
E

E
A
R
T
H

P
R
O
D
U
C
T
I
O
N

 Posted by on November 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm
Nov 122009
 

Nelson Town Hall
Admission $8 / $6 seniors and students

Beginner’s Workshop 7:30

Jeff Petrovitch is the the Energizer Bunny of dance callers. He can be heard on Monday nights in Nelson, and at dances throughout the Northeast.

An innovative dance band from Western NY & PA, TuneScape nudges the border between traditional music and modern groove. Inspired by the tunes of Ireland, New England, Quebec, and Appalachia, TuneScape creates an unmistakeable sound of power and beauty.

 Posted by on November 12, 2009 at 9:45 am
Nov 122009
 

Nelson Town Hall

Beginner’s workshop 7:30

Admission $8 / $6 seniors, students.

Nils Fredland has been making music, leading dances, and bringing people together for 20 years as a teacher; singer; instrumentalist; contra, square, and community dance leader; and workshop leader. He shares his skill, charisma, grace and goofiness with contra dancers coast to coast every weekend.

Nils is known for his technical skill, disarming friendliness, comfortable stage presence, and soothing voice. He brings this unique collection of traits and talents to each of his various engagements, making him one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business.

Whether you’re looking for someone to call your weekly dance or dance weekend, enhance the joy of your wedding or party with an irresistible barn dance, or give your company or team a new way of thinking about mutual support, Nils Fredland can provide a dance or workshop that will leave people smiling with a new appreciation of joy and connectedness.

“Nils teaches with clarity and calls with an enthusiasm that is totally contagious…he has achieved that wonderful balance so elusive to most callers. He calls masterfully and still remembers to bring his soul to each and every one of his dances.”

The BAND:

Nor’easter emerged in spring 2008 after Cedar, Max, and Julie played together at a Boston contra dance. Since then, the band increasingly brings their infectious rockin’ danceability to dance floors throughout New England and beyond.

Cedar studied violin at the Crane School of Music and is equally at home with both traditional fiddle and classical violin. He has recorded and performed with the New York band Quickstep and currently studies violin making at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. His spirited, rhythmic playing and clear tone keep dancers on their feet.

Max has played traditional music widely at dances and sessions for most of his life, sharing the stage with a variety of dance musicians and traditional Irish musicians. His dynamic playing adds improvisatory punch and counterpoint to the band’s sound.

Julie‘s roots are in classical, folk, and rock music, spending a number of years as a classical pianist and organist before being drawn to dance music. She has since studied with Mary Cay Brass, Rachel Aucoin, and Jacqueline Schwab, among others. A natural dance pianist, she anchors the band with driving rhythm and thoughtful harmonies.

Together, Nor’easter draws on Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, Cape Breton, and New England musical traditions to create an exciting, joyous sound for toe-tappin’, feet-stompin’, shoe-shufflin’, heel-clickin’, and booty-shakin’.

Noreaster on Myspace

 Posted by on November 12, 2009 at 9:37 am