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Open mic at 7:30 followed by featured performers
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Saturday February 7th
The songs of Burlington-based folk duo Cricket Blue are inspired by diverse aspects of the American folk tradition: old and current, popular and obscure. Members Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith write songs marked by close-knit harmonies that range from traditional to inventive, with words about indecision, love, myth, and the ends of the things.
Heaberlin and Smith met at Middlebury College, where they studied philosophy and literature. Prior to becoming a duo, they each performed as solo artists, sharing the stage with acts such as Anaïs Mitchell, Brad Corrigan (of Dispatch), and Carbon Leaf. They began regularly sharing shows in 2009, and Cricket Blue was formed in the summer of 2013. Their music is populated by characters recognizable from mythology and everyday life, and each song intimates a story to the listener. Says Peter Biello of Vermont Public Radio, Cricket Blue's music "has a deceptive simplicity to it, in the way that a lot of… folktales do."
At the core of Cricket Blue's sound are Heaberlin's and Smith's sometimes mingled and sometimes markedly contrasting musical and poetic imaginations. Heaberlin writes with a perceptive lyrical style that elevates mundanities and makes the sublime pocket-sized. Smith strings parabular images into narratives that move between enigmatic and strikingly honest. They count songwriters like Jeff Mangum, Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling, Anaïs Mitchell and Bob Dylan among their influences, as well as poets and storytellers like Dylan Thomas, Alice Munro, Angela Carter, and David Foster Wallace.
Their self-titled debut EP was released in October.
Saturday March 7th
The well known multi-instrumentalist and troubadour Pete Sutherland, formerly of Metamora and Rhythm in Shoes, has decades of concert touring, teaching and studio production behind him. His all-Vermont “POSSE” includes his teenage fiddle protégé, and fellow Clayfoot Strutter, Oliver Scanlon, and the dynamic accompanist and performer Tristan Henderson, also of Atlantic Crossing and Pipers Den.
Featuring Pete’s rootsy songs, the band’s original and traditional fiddle music, and a few unique covers, this band provides a fine opportunity for an intimate listen to an ever-evolving musical friendship that spans generations!
Saturday April 4th 2015
Houston favorite, Matt Harlan is a troubadour of the first degree, bringing his handcrafted songs to stages across his home state of Texas, the USA and Europe.
Harlan is a winner of multiple songwriting accolades, from outfits like American Songwriter, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Billboard. He was named Singer-Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Texas Music Awards and was featured alongside a stellar cast of characters (Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark) in the documentary, “For the Sake of the Song.”
His first two studio albums were well received by national and international Americana radio, both earning the #1 spot on the Euro Americana Chart. “Raven Hotel” his third – and possibly best – record also hit the top spot on the Euro charts after its release in 2014. As with each collection, the newest one features a musical roux that showcases Harlan’s literary grit with a variety of moods to fit the many themes on the record.
In his recent travels, Matt has shared stages with Americana greats such as Guy Clark, James McMurtry and up-and-comers like John Fullbright.
Saturday May 2nd
Our 20th Anniversary Concert!
Unparalleled vocal harmonies. Eclectic, stirring repertoire. And roots planted in the bluegrass tradition that yield complex, inspiring music from this group of incredible musicians. This is the Bluegrass Gospel Project, a group that’s been doing something for over ten years: exploring and expanding the tradition of bluegrass gospel, from U2 to the Stanley Brothers, Sam Cooke to Steve Earle. The six members of the BGP bring decades of experience to the group. Taylor Armerding, the group’s front man, mandolin player and singer, was a founder and lead singer for Northern Lights, the progressive bluegrass group that took the bluegrass world by storm in the 1980s. He was invited by Gene White, Jr. (fiddle) to form the group in 2001 along with Paul Miller (vocals, guitar), Steve Light (banjo, Dobro, guitar, vocals) and other notable musicians to do a one-time performance to a packedhouse on New Year’s Eve. The band’s chemistry and the music’s broad appeal was powerful beyond anyone’s expectations, and the group continued to perform, with Colby Crehan (female lead vocalist) and Kirk Lord (upright bass) joining the BGP in 2007. The group’s natural on-stage abilities sweep the audience off their feet with smooth, blissful vocal work, seminal musicianship, and a camaraderie that few bands exhibit.
“a choir of top-notch vocalists…Just try to find a better group of singers.”
-Robert Resnik, Seven Days
“Whether your interests are sacred or secular, their music ripples with human emotion and imponderable mystery, beautifully evoking the plaintive pilgrim that wanders, yearning and hopeful, through the heart of American musical tradition.”
-The Boston Globe
"They infuse their sound with one part melancholy, two parts celebration, giving [their music] depth that's never heavy."
-Burlington Free Press
"This group is a force to be reckoned with onstage … their voices and harmonies can make you see the light, and tremble."
Saturday June 6th
Our re-scheduled show with
Rani Arbo is a fiddler, guitarist, songwriter and song collector. She has toured nationally for more than 20 years, most of them with the quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (Signature Sounds), which frequents folk festivals from coast to coast. For this show Arbo pairs up for a rare duo show with master guitarist and Vermonter Greg Ryan. Ryan is an accomplished musician and performer, having toured for years as a singer/songwriter before forming the modern gypsy jazz group They Might Be Gypsies with his son Aidan. Their two records received rave reviews, with their debut album winning the Times Argus' Instrumental Album Of The Year. In addition to playing with They Might Be Gypsies, Greg performs with the gypsy jazz group The Queen City Hot Club.
On the set list will be many of Arbo’s wry, reflective originals, as well as traditional and cover songs, from Appalachian ballads to Ray Lamontagne. Acoustic Guitar Magazinewrites, “Arbo is blessed with an unmistakable voice, both light and sultry, with a hint of tremolo and smoke.” Together with Ryan’s rich, gravelly singing and emotive, powerful guitar, this duo casts a sweet and spooky musical spell.
Saturday July 4th
For over a decade, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have resonated with the lover of Americana, old country, and harmony singing, commanding crafted melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo. They began in the basements, coffee shops and art spaces of New England, and have since tested the stages of more traditional folk music venues, colleges, living rooms and bar rooms from Boston to Austin, Denver to Nashville, Asheville to Portland, and back 'round again. Hundreds of concerts have been given and thousands of records have been sold, all on their own steam with longtime support from indie label Nobody's Favorite Records. Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like Garnet Rogers, Melanie Safka, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, John Gorka, Pierce Pettis, Pokey LaFarge, Joan Osborne, Mustard's Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum and Brownbird.
Saturday Sept. 5th
Saturday November 7th
Saturday December 5th
Eli West (tentative)