Our 19th Year!

The Ripton Community Coffee House is a non-profit concert series held the first Saturday of each month throughout the year (except for August). Concerts are held in The Ripton Community House  located at 1305 Vermont Route 125, Ripton, Vermont, a block up from the Ripton General Store, just next to the town office.

Join us Saturday November 1st for a concert with

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Mark Erelli!

"Erelli brings songs to life merely by wrapping them in his rich voice--you could call him the male counterpart to Neko Case."”– Twangville.com

“...While the music sounds like something you've heard before, Erelli takes things up a notch with first-rate songwriting and a flexible voice that alternately contains shades of Dylan, Springsteen, Neil Young and Ryan Adams. The end result is a fantastic record that, 10 years into his career, gives every indication that Erelli is in it for the long haul.”– The Daily News

 Discovered at an impromptu 3 am hotel room jam at a music conference when just 23 years old, Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his self-titled debut was released in 1999.  He has won several prestigious awards, from the Kerrville New Folk contest in 1999 to the 2006 International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize.  For the past 10 years, he has maintained a rigorous, international touring schedule, sharing the stage with Dave Alvin, Gillian Welch, John Hiatt and others, as well appearing at many major folk festivals, including Newport, Philadelphia and Shrewsbury (UK).  In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall.  Erelli has seven records to his name, including collections of western swing (Hillbilly Pilgrim), lullabies(Innocent When You Dream) and songs of stirring social conscience (Hope & Other Casualties, WUMB Folk Radio's #1 record of 2006).  In 2009, he was one of eight artists invited to the UK to take part in the Darwin Song Project, a collaborative release featuring songs inspired by the life and work of Charles Darwin.   Mark Erelli is anticipating two new releases for 2010, a collection of murder ballads recorded with Jeffrey Foucault called Seven Curses, and Little Vigils, his ninth full-length studio record. 

Mark Erelli will be joined by Charlie Rose on vocals, banjo and pedal steel. Charlie Rose has performed as sideman of choice with Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion, Jonathan Edwards, Jocie Adams, Josh Ritter, and Rose Cousins. 

He has played pedal steel, guitar, banjo, upright bass, horns, cello, and sung on records produced by Jeff Tweedy, Patrick Sansone, Tucker Martine, Zachariah Hickman, Bruce Kaphan, and many other heavy talents.

                            Doors open at 7:00                                    

The Ripton Community Coffee House

Since we started the Ripton Community Coffee House in May 1995, we have been very fortunate to have a consistent, enthusiastic, and attentive audience at each performance.

The coffeehouse is held in the historic Ripton Community House, a beautiful wood frame meeting hall with a small balcony. It seats about 120 people.

Our concerts start at 7:30 with a 45-50 minute open mic set (generally very interesting).There are 4-12 minute slots available. Call 802-388-972 to sign up no more than 2 weeks before the next coffee house. This is followed by an intermission during which beverages and baked goods are available. The money generated by the refreshment sales benefit a different local non-profit organization each month. The featured performer(s) then do a single set that begins between 8:30 and 9:00. The set lasts an hour to an hour and a quarter.

There are no advance ticket sales. Admission at the door

 $10.00, $8.00 for teens and seniors & $3 for children.

Our concerts are publicized in area newspapers and radio stations. In addition, the concerts are announced by posters at area locations.

There is no alcohol or smoking allowed at the Ripton Community House.

The Ripton Community Coffee House is extremely fortunate to have our coffee donated by the Vermont Coffee Company. In addition to being passionate about roasting delicious organic coffee, the Vermont Coffee Company is also dedicated to fair trade: buying their coffee at a price that provides a living wage and covers production costs for the farmers. They are also good local citizens. Please support them. 

NEAT-TV (Northeast Addison Television) is a community television station located in Bristol, Vermont, serving Bristol, New Haven, Starksboro, Lincoln, Monkton, and Huntington. They often record our coffeehouses for broadcast on Comcast Channel 16 in that area. You can also watch the videos of our coffeehouse performances online via NEAT's Video on Demand. Just click here and then choose "Music". You'll see a selection of recent coffeehouses listed.

   

Farm Fresh Radio 102.9 has been very supportive of our efforts. They have played music from our artists on their radio station, and also kept everyone involved with the coffeehouse happily tuned into their wonderful eclectic mix of music. If you are in the Champlain Valley, give these guys a listen. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, community-supported radio. 

We have received generous support from the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The continued health and growth of arts in our communities are greatly helped by their efforts. We are very grateful for their assistance. If you also support the work of these important organizations, please be sure to let your elected representatives know how you feel. 

The Ripton Community Coffee House is a member organization of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (the Folk Alliance for short), an organization that brings together musicians, dancers, presenters, radio stations, record companies and others. They work year-round as advocates for the folk music and dance industry. They also host an annual conference every February -- four days of non-stop workshops, music and fun. Some serious work gets done there as well.

Our local regional chapter of the Folk Alliance is the Northeast Regional (NERFA) NERFA hosts an annual conference every November that is smaller and easier to deal with than the full Folk Alliance one, but certainly no less productive or fun. These organizations have been very helpful to us. We appreciate the incredible efforts the people from both organizations have made in support of folk music. 

Open Mic Performers can sign up for one of the five slots starting two weeks before the next concert by calling Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782. It is a ten-minute slot. Please don't use email to sign up for the open mike.

To arrange to have your non-profit organization provide refreshments at a concert or for more information about the Ripton Community Coffee House, contact Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782 or via email at rcchfolks@gmail.com.

Performers interested in being a featured performer should read the Booking Guidlines page.

 

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