John Roberts and Tony Barrand will make their first Brattleboro, area concert appearance in three years at the New England Youth Theatre (NEYT), show time 7.30 PM on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011.
John and Tony have sung at concerts and festivals and recorded many CDs for more than four decades since they met in graduate school at Cornell. They are widely acclaimed interpreters of English ballads and songs that they perform in close harmony and accompany with concertina and banjo. They are perhaps best known in Vermont for the popular annual Christmas pageant, “Nowell Sing We Clear”, performed with local musicians Fred Breunig and Andy Davis.
Many of the CDs produced by Roberts and Barrand focus on repertoire from a single topic such as: Naulkha Redux (songs based on Rudyad Kipling poems), Across the Western Ocean (songs of the emigration on the North Atlantic), Dark Ships in the Forest (songs and ballads of the supernatural), Heartoutbursts (songs collected by composer Percy Grainger) and Live at Holsteins (drinking songs). The concert on September 3rd will draw from and illustrate these themes and demonstrate the full range of comic and tragic songs used by John and Tony, the duet harmonies they employ, their banjo and concertina accompaniments and the recitations and tales they recount.
Tickets will be available at the door ($15.00 or $12.00 for seniors or children) and in advance on <brattleborotix.com> or at Maple Leaf Music, 23 Elliot St, in Brattleboro. NEYT is fully handicap accessible.