Old Songs Concert Series

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Saturday, February 20, at 6:00 pm

A benefit for the 2016 festival.

Menu by Chef Fritz Stafford and Music by Annie & the Hedonists. Dinner reservations preferred by Thursday, February 18.

Can’t come for the dinner? Show up for the Concert at 7:30 for only $15 at the door. Reservations still appreciated.


Appetizer: Bruschetta, Soup: Minestrone

Main Course: Vegetarian Lasagna, spinach, artichoke hearts & shredded carrot or
Vegetarian Gluten free Lasagna, spinach, artichoke hearts & shredded carrot
with Italian Bread and Mixed greens & fresh vegetable Salad. Choice of Italian or ranch dressing

Deserts: Carrot cake, peach melba, fresh fruit salad
Coffee, tea, fruit juice


Annie and the Hedonists perform at festivals, concerts, and swing dances. The band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the ‘20s, 30s & 40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Other styles include western swing, bluesy country, and roots Americana.

Annie and the Hedonists are:

  • Annie Rosen on lead vocals
  • Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals
  • Peter Davis on clarinet, tenor guitar, piano, and vocals
  • Don Young on upright bass and vocals

annieandthehedonists.com

Tickets: $25
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Refunds are not available for this event.


Dennis Stroughmatt et l Esprit Creole
Friday, February 26, at 7:30 pm

Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into upper-Louisiana Creole culture. Taught by Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian, and old-time sounds, this music bridges the gap between the contemporary Cajun styles of Canada and Louisiana.

The music, preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries. A medley of music, language, stories, and culture secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks now has a voice in the tapestry of this world. With the blessing of the Creole people of the Midwest, Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole are its passionate ambassadors, expanding interest in and excitement about a region that has been, in many ways, ignored by the history books. What many have considered to be long lost is alive and kicking. Along with Dennis in the band is Doug Hawf on guitar and Jim Wilgoose on upright bass.

creolefiddle.com

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Refunds are not available for this event.


Matuto
Friday, March 4, at 7:30 pm

Employing renowned musicians from across NYC’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scenes, Matuto features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments: the alfaia (a large, wooden, rope-tuned bass drum), the pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine), the berimbau (a single-string on a bow struck with a small stick), and the agogô (a pair of small, pitched metal bells). These multi-instrumentalists are Clay Ross (also on vocals), Rob Curto, Tim Keiper, Mike Lavelle and Ze Mauricio. With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture.

matutomusic.com

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Refunds are not available for this event.


Goitse
Friday, March 11, at 7:30 pm

Irish Music with a Twist

Goitse Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the quintet have graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They hade made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music, having won feverish critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second album Transformed.

Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with well-known traditional tunes, which make each set entertaining and unique. The gripping rhythm section sets a breaktaking pace for the music while through the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draw audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve.

Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.

*Goitse is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning ‘come here’.

goitse.ie

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Refunds are not available for this event.


Yves Lambert Trio
Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 pm

Yves Lambert figures among the most influential players in the roots Quebecer revival. He is known for his unique ability to translate anecdotal, poetic, or political texts into songs. His work as a songwriter and his capacity to create unique musical moods make him a key figure in folk music production. In 1976, he was one of the founding members of La Bottine Souriant, with whom he performed for 26 years. In January of 2003, pushed by the wind, he put his boots on and went searching for new musical adventures. Always on the lookout for innovative trends and attentive to the new guard of Quebecer musicians, he ended up surrounding himself with young talent and created the Bébert Orchestra in 2004, and later the Yves Lambert Trio in 2010. The trio showcases the unique connection between maturity and youth by creating a new world of poetry and celebration. Yves Lambert’s charisma and talent, coupled with Tommy Gauthier’s and Olivier Rondeau’s virtuosity and passion, the nuances of their arrangements, and their distinct harmony, make this trio a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

yveslambert.com

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Refunds are not available for this event.


Sharps Harvest
Friday, May 6, at 7:30 pm

Their presentation is devoted to the astounding collection of songs and music made by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles in the Southern Appalachians over three summers in 1916, 1917 and 1918. The English folklorists had ventured into the heart of the mountains to seek out old British ballads still being sung in remote mountain settlements, and their haul of over sixteen hundred pieces is one of the greatest folk song collections ever made.

In their presentation, Jeff and Brian, two highly respected performers and researchers of traditional song and music, sing and play some of the musical highlights of Sharp’s harvest, accompanied by readings from his diaries describing vividly the hardships and triumphs of song collecting, and a display of his evocative photographs of the singers and of mountain life. The music ranges from old ballads to American breakdowns, dance tunes, children’s songs and gospel, performed by Jeff and Brian on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and a variety of other instruments.

brian-peters.co.uk

 

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

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John Roberts and Debra Cowen
Friday, May 13, at 7:30 pm

For over 45 years, British ex-patriot John Roberts has been singing and playing old songs, meaning that many of the songs and tunes in his extensive repertoire can be traced back at least one hundred years. He is also considered one of the foremost Anglo concertina players in the English-speaking world and uses the banjo for unique settings in many of the songs he sings. He can give the background of any song he performs, often telling the listener the circumstances from which it might have been written and from whom the song was collected.  John and his long-time music partner, Tony Barrand (another British ex-patriot) are often cited as influences and mentors to many listeners, singers and musicians when it comes to traditional folk music of the English speaking world.

Debra Cowan was once asked what kind of songs she writes. Her reply? “Bad ones. Besides, there are so many good songs out there written by others and they should be sung.” Her captivating warm alto carries each folk song she chooses with such emotion that you’ll forget that they were written by others. Debra started performing in California 35 years ago and began touring in 1998, with frequent stops in the US and UK. She performs a cappella and with guitar in the great tradition of folk singers like Joan Baez and Judy Collins, with a clear voice that calls forth the ghosts of long past but can also offer a more modern urban landscape. On her newest release, a live recording entitled Among Friends, she demonstrates her ability to interact with her audience and have them enthusiastically sing along on choruses and refrains.

debracowan.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Refunds are not available for this event.



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