CONCERT CALENDARS

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The Reunion Band

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

270 Sisson Avenue
(Corner of Farmington Avenue)

Hartford

The Reunion Band is known for tight vocal harmonies and solid traditional bluegrass sound. The group features veteran Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle) and, most recently, BB Bowness (banjo). The Reunion Band, which has been around since 2002, takes its name from the fact that its members have played together off and on and in various configurations for over 30 years.

Cost:  No cover, but tips encouraged…powerfully!

For more information call 203-650-3492



Paul Winter Consort

Benefit Concert for Massaro Community Farm

Sunday, February 26th
5:00 PM
Church of the Assumption
61 North Cliff Street, Ansonia

A lifelong environmental advocate and legendary musician, Paul Winter has a body of work that chronicles his wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth. A saxophonist, composer and bandleader, he founded Living Music as the recording context for his ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, and his community of colleagues, which includes some of the world’s finest jazz, world, and classical musicians, along with notable voices from the great symphony of wildlife.

Celebrating their 100th anniversary, Massaro Community Farm is a 57-acre nonprofit organic vegetable farm on the line of Ansonia and Woodbridge. We grow vegetables to support our 200 subscriber CSA, as well as for farm-to-table restaurants and two local farmer’s markets. Our farm focuses on giving back to the community in the form of food donations – totaling more than 8,000 pounds in 2016 – workshops, farm-based education, and shared open space.

Early Bird Cost: $25 (until February 19th).
Cost: $30 (after February 19th)

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Robert Ellis

Opening: Courtney Hartman (of Della Mae)

Tuesday, February 28th
8:00 PM
The Ballroom at The Outer Space

295 Treadwell Street (Building G), Hamden

Robert Ellis is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music blends country, pop and jazz. He has toured with Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Old 97’s.

Courtney Hartman, a member of country-folk band Della Mae, has recently released her debut solo recordings. Della Mae appeared at the 2015 Connecticut Folk Festival in New Haven.

Cost: $15
Ages 18 and Over only
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Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem

Saturday, March 11th
8:00 PM
Branford Folk Music Society

First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street, Branford

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem offer listeners sublime lead singing, great harmonies, wicked grooves and sparkling original songs. Now in its 15th year, the ensemble has played from the Newport Folk Festival to the California World Music Festival and beyond, dishing out a steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality and leaving audiences humming and hopeful, spirits renewed.

This will be a one-of-a-kind performance of the band as a trio featuring Rani Arbo on fiddle and guitar, Anand Nayak on electric and acoustic guitars and Scott Kessel on percussion. Unfortunately, longtime band member Andrew Kinsey, who plays bass, banjo and ukulele, cannot make the gig because of a family commitment.

Cost: $20 for Branford Folk members; $25 for non-members; $5 for children ages 12 and under. (PAY AT THE DOOR.)

For more information call 203-488-7715
Email: branfordfolk@gmail.com
www.folknotes.org/branfordfolk/  OR  www.branfordfolk.org


Cat and the Moon

Saturday, March 11th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

Featuring virtuosic musicianship and masterful improvisation, Cat and the Moon offers a unique interpretation of traditional bluegrass and Celtic music through bold and original compositions that showcase the true range of their eclecticism and talent. Upon meeting at Berklee College of Music they have quickly become a much sought-after group in Boston’s world class acoustic music scene. They have performed at Freshgrass Festival, opened for The Alison Brown Quartet, performed on A Celtic Sojourn (WGBH), and played at both the Boston Celtic Music Fest and the Boston Irish Festival.

VANILLA BEAN WEBSITE



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




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.

VANILLA BEAN WEBSITE



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 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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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 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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