Feb 172010
 

World Master Guitarist, Beppe Gambe, from Italy

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195

David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20+ years!

Serving fine Italian cuisine, featuring our own homemade pasta.

Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2;        Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8        Closed Mon.

 Posted by on February 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm
Feb 172010
 

Authentic southern Appalachian “old-timey” fiddle/banjo duet music produced with the intricacy, grace, and power of two masters of the genre.  www.alanjabbour.com, www.kenperlman.com/ensembles.htm.  $10

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195

David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20+ years!

Serving fine Italian cuisine, featuring our own homemade pasta.

Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2;        Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8        Closed Mon.

 Posted by on February 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm
Feb 172010
 

For your listening pleasure:

Rich Hampton

Acoustic guitar folk songs, ballads, and 60’s & 70’s pop favorites.

Easy listening folk and old pop tunes from Simon & Garfunkle to the Beatles to CSN&Y and more…

Donations

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195

David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20+ years!

Serving fine Italian cuisine, featuring our own homemade pasta.

Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2;        Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8        Closed Mon.

 Posted by on February 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Feb 172010
 

Orange Earth Productions Presents
Acoustic Sundays at Armadillo’s Burritos
82 Main Street, Keene

Music that tells stories that grow out of the rich historical and cultural landscape that is America;
from Appalachia to the Delta to destinations unknown.

Medicine Crow
Advanced Tickets $15
Student Tickets w/ID $12
Day of Show Tickets $18
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm
All Ages

Mike Iott, who plays under the name Medicine Crow, the youngest and least disciplined of five very musically talented siblings, began playing guitar when he was 14 years old. His mother, in despair at his unwillingness to “knuckle down” and take his piano lessons seriously, relented and bought him a cheap, Japanese made classical guitar for Christmas in 1967. He took lessons for about six weeks and then launched out on his own creative adventures of learning songs by the Beatles, The Byrds, Peter Paul & Mary and eventually finding his way to the treasury of Bob Dylan songs.

Mike played and wrote songs throughout several years of traveling the country in the early 1970’s, hitchhiking and laying over to replenish his finances and learning lots of new material and techniques in the course of his travels. In the mid-seventies music took a back seat to School and earning a living. During that time he built a repertoire topical songs from the likes of Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Stephen Stills and bands such as The Band; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Byrds.

In the 1990’s after yet another hiatus from performing, Mike joined The Last Hippie Band, a Lansing area cover and jam band that that primarily featured prodigious talents of Thom Burke. Mike and Thom found that their vocal talents and instrumental skills complemented each other quite well and for most of the late nineties, The Last Hippie Band was known for giving their audiences a mind-blowing and eclectic mix of the familiar and the not-so-familiar of the psychedelic era of rock music. They featured cover material by The Grateful Dead, The Band, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Bob Marley and The Wailers plus many other obscure songs from that era, as well a handful of powerful original songs.

When the adoption of his son in 2000 made traveling with The Last Hippie Band impractical, Mike reverted to playing solo in the local (Lansing MI) area and adopted the stage name of Medicine Crow. In late 2001 Medicine Crow released a self titled CD of 16 original songs and an adaptation of the Katherine Lee Bates classic “America The Beautiful” in recognition of the events of September 11, 2001. That release sold fairly well and received an enthusiastic response from his audiences.

 Posted by on February 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Feb 172010
 

Orange Earth Productions Presents
Acoustic Sundays at Armadillo’s Burritos
82 Main Street, Keene

Music that tells stories that grow out of the rich historical and cultural landscape that is America;
from Appalachia to the Delta to destinations unknown.

Rose Cousins
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Advanced Tickets $15
Student Tickets w/ID $12
Day of Show Tickets $18
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm
All Ages

Rose Cousins has a knack for stirring the heart. With a blend of her journey and thoughtful observation, her songs tell subtle stories open enough to belong to anyone.

Her genuine writing and unaffected voice have earned her great respect and recognition locally and internationally. Highly sought after, Rose has lent her voice to recordings by such artists as: Matt Mays, Jill Barber, In-Flight Safety, The Heavy Blinkers and Edie Carey.

Rose often has audiences in tears one moment and belly laughs the next. With expressive arrangements, warm guitar and effortless vocals, one would hardly believe shes on stage alone.

“…acoustic music in its purest form. Cousins’ vocals are clean, folky and powerful, yet at times delicate… ”
– Umbrella Music (Toronto)

 Posted by on February 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Feb 172010
 

Orange Earth Productions Presents
Acoustic Sundays at Armadillo’s Burritos
82 Main Street, Keene

Music that tells stories that grow out of the rich historical and cultural landscape that is America;
from Appalachia to the Delta to destinations unknown.

Advanced Tickets $15
Student Tickets w/ID $12
Day of Show Tickets $18
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm
All Ages

Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter who artfully documents the human condition. With a poet’s ease, she makes the personal universal, allowing people’s stories to come alive through her unique vocals and haunting melodies. Since the release of her Red House Records debut COME UP FULL, she has won high praise for her songwriting and has been featured nationally on NPR Music, XM/Sirius Radio and several times on the syndicated show Mountain Stage. Publications like The Winnipeg Free Press have compared her songwriting with that of veterans Dar Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joni Mitchell.

Growing up in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, the woods and ponds were her childhood muses, as were songwriters like Greg Brown and Joni Mitchell, and poets like Mary Oliver, William Stafford, William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot and Robert Frost. When Hutchinson inherited her grandmother’s 1957 Martin guitar at age eleven, her love of words found an inspiring instrument, and there was no turning back. “Songwriting is not something I chose, I’ve just somehow always known that this is what I love to do. This is what I can’t help but do,” she says.

After graduating from college with a degree in creative writing, Hutchinson quit her longtime job on an organic lettuce farm and settled in Boston. In between gigs at pubs, coffeehouses and train stations, she won a Kerrville New Folk Award (2000) and was nominated for a Boston Music Award for her first studio album AGAINST THE GREY.

She went on to win awards at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, the Telluride Troubadour Songwriter’s Showcase in Colorado and The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in North Carolina, all in the course of a year, causing national publications like Performing Songwriter to take notice, calling her “A master of introspective ballads filled with understated yearning and an exquisite sense of metaphor.” She quickly became an integral part of the vibrant Boston songwriting community. Like every great performer who has come out of the Boston scene, Hutchinson took to the subway, performing in Park Street, Downtown Crossing and Davis Square stations–honing her chops in the same method of predecessors like Martin Sexton, John Mayer, Paula Cole and Tracy Chapman

 Posted by on February 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm
Feb 172010
 

Orange Earth Productions Presents
Acoustic Sundays at Armadillo’s Burritos
82 Main Street, Keene

Music that tells stories that grow out of the rich historical and cultural landscape that is America;
from Appalachia to the Delta to destinations unknown.

Red Rooster
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Advanced Tickets $15
Student Tickets w/ID $12
Day of Show Tickets $18
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm

Red Rooster is the New York-based folk collective formed in 1998 and led by Jay Erickson (lead vocals) and Nat Zilkha (lead guitar) – lifelong friends who fashion plainly honest and self-reflective songs from fragments of their diverse musical influences and sensibilities. Originally established as an acoustic act, playing a mix of original and traditional bluegrass, blues and folk, Red Rooster has evolved into highly original and eclectic band with a sound all its own.

Though its roots remain firmly planted in Americana, Red Rooster has created a highly original and urban-infused sound. Today, Red Rooster shows vary from just Jay & Nat with a couple of acoustic guitars, to an urban country orchestra complete with electric guitars, drums, horns, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and a DJ. Their music tells stories that grow out of the rich historical and cultural landscape that is America; from Appalachia to the Delta to destinations unknown. As the Houston Chronicle writes, it is a “…journey through the heart of Americana and roots music.”

On their third release, WALK, Jay and Nat pull together a seamless album fashioned from country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, blues and hip-hop. A lot has happened in the years since their critically acclaimed second album, DOSE, was released and it shows in their new tunes. After a successful tour in 2008 (including a breakout appearance at the Newport Folk Festival), the band went to work on WALK. Musically and lyrically their most mature work yet, the album is infused with Red Rooster’s signature musical tension between the traditional and the modern.

 Posted by on February 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm
Feb 142010
 

Generations

It’s encouraging to see a new generation of musicians taking hold. I suppose the term “new” is only relevant to those of us who are coming to represent the “older” generation, but not much we can do about that.

annalivia3Annalivia did a fantastic performance in the Nelson Town Hall on February 5th.  Their eclectic mix of Scottish tunes and American ballads, technically brilliant musicianship, entertaining stage presence – all around good time. Looking up on the stage there’s Brendan Carey-Block, fiddler extraordinaire, who was a pre-school classmate of my daughter. The band’s singer, Liz Simmons, is the daughter of Leslie Vogel (an accomplished musician in her own right, who’s recent new recording was reviewed here). Leslie was a classmate of mine at High Mowing School back in the late 1960’s. Stuart Kenney, the bass and banjo player (it takes a lot of courage to play two such teased instruments), was just outgrowing teenager-hood when I first met him some decades ago, and now his son Matthew is getting his own reputation (at the age of 12) as an incredible percussionist.  Annalivia’s other fiddler, Emerald Rae (who is about the same age as Brendan) noted that she went to Berklee with all of the members of Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, who are performing in Nelson on March 19th. Continue reading »

Feb 112010
 
In the comfort of an informal living room.

Brooks Williams

Sunday, May 23, 6:00pm
Potluck at 4:45
Tickets $15

RSVP at 603-827-2905 or
email deb@pfmsconcerts.org
(Limited seating)

Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams on YouTube

His slide, finger-picking and lead work is excellent and there is the best cover of Fred McDowell’s 61 Highway we’ve heard in a couple of decades.fRoots

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.

 Posted by on February 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm