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Doors open at 7:00 for all shows- no advance ticket sales.
Open mic at 7:30 followed by featured performers
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Saturday September 6th
Two of Vermont's best songwriters have come together in a Green Mountain acoustic tour de force that showcases beautiful guitar playing, terrific harmony singing, and unforgettable songs. Native Vermonter Patti Casey has long been one of Vermont's most popular and acclaimed singer-songwriters, having won several national songwriting contests, most notably the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Chris Austin Song Writing Contest, and Prairie Home Companion’s Talent From Towns Under Two Thousand Contest. Bob Amos achieved national recognition as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter with his former band Front Range, which recorded five CDs for indie label Sugar Hill and toured throughout North America and Europe for 12 years.
Saturday October 4th
"Quite a few folks have done this 'set-Woody's-lyrics-to-music thing' over the past couple decades. I'm not sure anyone's ever done it better than this." - Peter Blackstock (co-founder of No Depression)
“Extraordinary . . . some of the most exquisitely expressive vocals you will hear in the roots music field . . . Anyone hearing this e.p will wish it had been a full album, such is the quality and diversity.” - AmericanRootsUK.com
“Mike + Ruthy have become a force to be reckoned with in the acoustic music world, and [The NYC EP] proves their mettle . . . Bold banjos rule, fiery fiddles run wild, and an expansive sound that threatens to raise the rafters prevails.” – The Daily Freeman”
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.
"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
Saturday December 6th
Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats with the Brown Eyed Girls
Lewis Franco performs as a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist with The Missing Cats – an acoustic jazz combo, with Will Patton (mandolin), Dono Schabner (guitar), and Clyde Stats (upright bass). They do originals as well as gypsy swing and jive swing tunes from the 1930's and 40's, featuring close 3-part vocal rhythm harmonies and thrilling improvisation.Lewis Franco has been a fixture on the Vermont acoustic music scene for many years, entertaining audiences of all ages with clever and occasionally profound lyrics, delightfully tuneful melodies, and a fun-loving presence. Vermont Public Radio’s Robert Resnik calls Franco, “a brilliant songwriter – one of our very finest.Former Northern Power employee-turned-singer/songwriter Lewis Franco is one of Vermont’s best-kept musical secrets. An understated and good-natured family man residing in the greater Montpelier area, Franco is one of the Green Mountains’ most gifted musicians, a performer who is able to wrap well-crafted lyrics around catchy musical melodies, and possesses the guitar chops and musical sensibility to match.
Franco’s project – performed with an ensemble cleverly called the “Missing Cats,” and tinged with a scat-meet-gypsy swing sound – may be his best yet. Franco is always good at pushing the envelope – lyrically, musically, instrumentally – and he really goes to town on this new project. “Swinging in Daddyland” is toe-tapping infectious acoustic music at its best – equal parts Django Reinhart on the gypsy end, and, on the other, a Dan Zanes-ian Americana sensibility with a big-hearted sense of humor that grins, winks and nudges without being trite, sentimental or cheesy.
Saturday January 3rd
Rani Arbo (fiddle) grew up a cellist and chorister in New York City, where she had the opportunity to learn centuries of sacred music, from Hildegarde to Poulenc to Paul Winter. After studying geology in college, she took up fiddle and fell for the rootsy sounds of old-time, Cajun, honkytonk and bluegrass music. She co-founded the bluegrass-folk band Salamander Crossing in 1991; and founded daisy mayhem in 2000. To the stage, she brings a warm, inviting alto and swampy fiddle style, along with a rich life as a veteran performer, breast cancer survivor, mother, and songwriter. She has toured and recorded with Joan Baez, John McCutcheon and many others. She lives in Middletown, CT with drummer Scott Kessel and their young son.
Greg Ryan is a Rochester, VT - based guitarist. He's 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 in a duo
with Rani Arbo as well as with the gypsy jazz group The Queen City Hot Club. Greg's
solo performances are a unique high energy blend of Americana with a hint of gypsy