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Zoe Lewis

Friday, March 24th
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 7:00 PM)
Friday Night Folk at All Souls
All Souls UU Congregation
19 Jay Street, New London

Zoë Lewis is a band in a body. She plays jazz, jump jive, Latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons. Troubadour, vaudevillian, storyteller, adventurer, singer-songwriter, Zoë arrived in the United States from her native England in 1990 and began performing originals on guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele, penny whistle, accordion, and human trumpet. She has toured extensively since then, performing at numerous folk clubs, coffee houses, colleges, music festivals and pride marches.

Tickets: $20 at door, $17 in advance,
$10 students/military with ID

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Don White

Friday, March 24th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown

Don White, a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter, has invented his own music genre that mixes humor and powerful songwriting. His arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown in Massachusetts across the country as hitchhiker, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto the stage with greats like Christine Lavin, Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Tom Rush and Loudon Wainwright III. At every point, Don White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.

Cost: $18
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Patty Larkin

Friday, March 24th
8:00 PM
Bridge Street Live

41 Bridge Street, Collinsville

Legendary singer-songwriter Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. She grew up in a musical and artistic family in Milwaukee and, after college, moved to Boston and devoted herself to music. She began her career as a busker on the streets of Cambridge and now has 13 albums to her credit. She has earned eleven Boston Music Awards and has been honored by Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino with “Patty Larkin Appreciation Day” in recognition of her philanthropic contributions to non-profit organizations.

Cost: $25 General Admission; $35 VIP Reserved

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Jerry Bryant

Saturday, March 25th
House Concert

85 Heloise Street, Hamden

Music at 5:30 PM
Potluck to follow

PLEASE RSVP for both

Jerry Bryant sings stories. In a strong baritone voice, he interprets the songs of mariners, renegades, lovers, looking for the human truth that allows us to feel a connection to the unknown authors of centuries-old works. He also makes songs in the tradition. Perhaps you’ve heard his Ballad of Harbo and Samuelsen. Jerry delights in choruses you can join in on, and he always brings humor to the stage with his guitar, ukulele and concertina.

Suggested Donation: $15
(More if you can. Less if you can’t. All donations go to the performer.)

For more information or to RSVP, call Sheldon or Nancy Campbell (203-865-4171)
Email: sheldon.campbell@yale.edu



New Morning Songwriter’s Series

Featuring:

Ina May Wool
Paul Harrison
Mitch Katz
Emily Weinstein

Saturday, March 25th
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
(Doors Open at 7:00 PM)

New Morning Market/Upstairs Community Room
129 Main Street North, Woodbury
Desserts, refreshments and light fare will be available

Cost: Donations Accepted
Questions? Call 203-266-6688




Lisa Bastoni and Naomi Sommers

Saturday, March 25th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown
Cost: $12

Lisa Bastoni had a thriving singer-songwriter career going until she took a break to start a family with her husband, novelist Christopher Boucher. Now, after nearly ten years away from writing and performing, Bastoni returns to music with a new album, “The Wishing Hour,” produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue.

Naomi Sommers is a singer-songwriter with roots in bluegrass, the blues, jazz, traditional folk and old-time country. Her most recent album, “Gentle As the Sun,” was recorded in Nashville and produced by Jim Rooney. Its contributors include many of Naomi’s trusted family and friends.

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Ron Anthony
with Denny Collin

Saturday, March 25th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

Featuring excellent musicianship and masterful improvisation, Ron Anthony and Denny Collin are among the finest roots performers on the acoustic scene today. Ron is a Connecticut acoustic treasure with his wonderful original songs, steeped in blues, folk and country, coupled with a driving guitar. He represented Connecticut at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis after winning the Connecticut Blues Society competition for Best Solo Blues Artist. Denny is a wonder in his own right, backing Ron for a sound that’s much more than the sum of its parts, and breaking out with solo work that’s beautifully accomplished on its own.

Photo by Marilyn Catasus.

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The Rob Flax String Band

Sunday, March 26th
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Half Door

270 Sisson Avenue
(Corner of Farmington Avenue)

Hartford

Rob Flax, based in Boston, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator with a playful heart and an open mind.

Cost:  No cover, but tips encouraged…powerfully!

For more information call 203-650-3492




Sassy Songwriters

Friday, March 31st
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown
Cost: $12

Carrie Johnson is a singer/songwriter whose own music crosses several genres: pop, rock and country. Nevertheles, she always maintains her signature style: strong vocals, memorable melodies, story-telling lyrics and dynamic rhythm-guitar playing.

Libby Johnson is a singer/songwriter from New York City. Her impeccable tunefulness, gorgeous melodies, and dynamic songwriting hinge between dramatic and gentle, and take traditional coffeehouse folk to another level.

Julia Russo is a singer/songwriter from the Hartford area who is quickly generating critical acclaim. Inspired by the indie-rock and Americana influences she loves, she performs with a truthfulness in her lyrics, a beautiful lilt in her voice and unstoppable energy on stage.

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Brooklyn Invades CT

Featuring:

Washboard Slim and the Bluelights
Steve Rodgers
Anne Marie Menta Band
Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues
Eli Smith
Feral Foster

Whitneyville Cultural Commons
1253 Whitney Ave, Hamden

Saturday, April 1st
Music and Dancing from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
(Doors Open at 6:00 PM)

Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

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The Cornfed Dogs

Saturday, April 1st
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Bijou Theatre

275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
Cost: $12

The Cornfed Dogs is a bluegrass band that represents the golden age of the country styled mountain genre. Obscure, original and classic bluegrass as well as old style country songs are done with heartfelt conviction and sometimes even tears! The band’s lineup: Nick Novia (vocals and guitar), Sam Morrow (banjo), Joe DeLillo (vocals and bass), Ben Fraker (mandolin) and Nick Reeb (fiddle).

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The Way Down Wanderers

Sunday, April 9th
Doors open at 1:30 PM
Music begins at 2:00 PM

Ridgefield Folk

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street, Ridgefield

The Way Down Wanderers, a five-piece modern-folk Americana act, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just three short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot-stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show.

Free Admission
Tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the show starting at 1:00 PM.



The 2017 Rock to Rock Bike Ride

Saturday, April 22nd
East Rock to West Rock
New Haven

Entertaining the Riders:

The Foresters

Elle Sera

Lu Jo and the Jumps

FURTHER INFORMATION

REGISTER TO RIDE

Questions? Please contact Coleen Campbell at 203-710-8279 or coleencamp@yahoo.com.



The Slocan Ramblers

Friday, April 28th
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

The Slocan Ramblers is Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, they have quickly become the leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, with energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and that uniquely Canadian charm!

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Joy Ike

Sunday, April 30th
Doors open at 1:30 PM
Music begins at 2:00 PM

Ridgefield Folk

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street, Ridgefield

The music, voice, and writing of Joy Ike have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. Born to Nigerian immigrants, her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has spent the last 9 years playing thousands of shows across the country. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Cody Chestnutt, Allen Toussaint, Tyrone Wells, Jeffrey Gaines, and Sara Groves, to name a few.

Free Admission
Tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the show starting at 1:00 PM.



Locapalooza III

Featuring Elle Sera, Brian Dolzani, Laini and The Wildfire, Five in the Chamber, Catalina, Hitch and The Giddyup, Chaser Eight, ZWS and Creamery Station

Locapalooza is a family-friendly art and music festival, focusing on Connecticut music, handcrafted items made in Connecticut, and small Connecticut businesses.

Saturday, May 20th
Music: 11:00 AM through 11:00 PM
Gates Open at 10:30 AM
Three Saints Park
112 Miller Rd, Bethany

Cost: $15 in Advance, $20 at the Gate
Free Admission for Children (Ages 12 and Younger)

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Mile Twelve

Friday, June 16th
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Mile Twelve is a hard-driving young Boston band, fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles. In 2016 the band won the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Band Contest and was nominated for a Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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The Gage Brothers

Friday, June 23rd
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown

The Gage Brothers began in March 2014 when brothers Ben and Zach Gage spent a Sunday afternoon kicking around old folk songs and singing some harmonies. From there the group has evolved naturally and quickly, gaining the reputation as one of the hardest working groups in their area. The brothers come from a large family nestled in the rural parts of northeast Ohio, and have grown up working hard, making music, eating healthy doses of mama’s cooking and making more music. Writing comes naturally to them both, and you will find that their straightforward lyrics and relatable songs capture their roots and spin tales that all walks of life can make their own. Brendan O’Malley (mandolin) and Chris Volpe (banjo) have now joined forces with Ben and Zach as a four-piece Americana band that creates an energy that draws audiences in and leaves them wanting more.

Cost: $10
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The Honey Dewdrops

Friday, August 4th
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

The Honey Dewdrops are a Baltimore-based duo, who have garnered great national prominence. They are often compared to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, but their strong reliance on original material and a spare, live duet sound give them a beautiful and unique presence. This will be their fifth appearance for GuitartownCT.

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Thursday, September 15
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

The unique collaborative effort between Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts.

Rob Ickes has been playing bluegrass with his much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the year fifteen times. Rob has played on countless sessions, recording with artists such as Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, and Alison Krauss. He has also helped form a jazz–oriented trio, Three Ring Circle, along with Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy. His most recent album Three Bells is a true dobro summit, collaborating with fellow greats Jerry Douglas and the late Mike Auldridge. He even once received a surprise phone call from admirer, jazz guitar and harmonica master Toots Thielemans.

Trey Hensley is bursting at the seams with freshness and musical excitement. His resonant baritone voice is rich, expressive, and equally at ease with classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions. Raised in Jonesborough, Tennessee, he began playing guitar and singing when he was 10 years old. Invited by Marty Stuart and joined from the wings by Earl Scruggs, Trey Hensley landed on the Grand Old Opry when he was only 11. Trey has already in his young life played with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys and Janie Fricke. He’s appeared on bills with Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Randy Owen, Steve Wariner and Marty Stuart.

COST: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

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Tim O’Brien

Thursday, November 16
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old-time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980’s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo albums, as well as collaborations with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old-time musician Dirk Powell. He’s performed or recorded with Steve Earl, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and produced records for Yonder Mountain Stringband, David Bromberg, and Canada’s Old Man Luedecke.

His solo shows feature his solid guitar, fiddle, and banjo, along with his engaging vocals and harmony from Jan Fabricius. Expect a range of original compositions and traditional arrangements from his many discs, mixed with stories and Tim’s self-deprecating humor.

COST: $35 in advance

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