CONCERT CALENDARS

The Sounding Board by-venue Concerts Listing

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The Kennedys

Saturday, November 18th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

East Coast natives and married couple Pete and Maura Kennedy, The Kennedys, met in Austin, Texas, joined Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and then set out on a road that, for more than two decades, has led them not only west but all over the U.S. and the U.K. many times. The Kennedys, busier than ever, are currently working on a new album as well as getting ready to release Pete’s autobiography.

Cost: $15
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Seat of Our Pants

Saturday, November 18th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown

Seat of Our Pants (SOOP) play an array of instruments you don’t see every day, with Mike Frantzen on fiddle, Mark Hall on cajón, Jeff Gorman on bass, and Carolyn Brodginski on whichever stringed instrument she decides to bring along for the night. Their songs are both heartfelt and humorous and their harmonies are heavenly.

Cost: $10
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Ernest Troost

Sunday, November 19th
Doors open at 1:30 PM
Music begins at 2:00 PM

Ridgefield Folk

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street, Ridgefield

Ernest Troost is an Emmy-winning film and television composer as well as a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. He also composed and produced two award-winning albums of songs for Judy Collins using the words of Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Gertrude Stein, and others. Based in Los Angeles, Troost’s scores for films include the cult classic Tremors and HBO’s award-winning Lesson Before Dying.

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



November House Hoot:
Travel by Land, Sea, or Air

Sunday, November 19th
4:00 PM

Barbara and Bjorn Ljungstrom’s house
122 Court Street, Unit #13, New Haven.

The House Hoot, loosely associated with the Branford Folk Music Society, has been going since the 1950s. It’s an opportunity to get together and Sing Good Songs, mostly folk but occasionally wandering into other musical realms. This hoot’s theme for the first round only (and not enforced, merely encouraged) is ‘Travel by Land, Sea, or Air.’ After that, it’s every man and woman for themselves.

All acoustic instruments and voices are welcome. Also bring a snack or drink(s) to share.
Street parking in downtown New Haven is free on Sundays.

For more information call 203-691-9087
Email: sheldon.campbell@yale.edu



Matt Flinner Trio

Sunday, November 19th
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM


BigApple’achia Sunday Night Bluegrass Series

at The Half Door
270 Sisson Avenue
(Corner of Farmington Avenue)

Hartford

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner started out as a banjo prodigy who won the National Banjo Contest at Winfield Kansas in 1990, and took the mandolin award there the following year. Since then, he has become recognized as one of the premiere mandolinists as well as one of the finest new acoustic/roots music composers today. His current group, the Matt Flinner Trio, with guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin, has forged new pathways in acoustic string band music.

Cost:  No cover, but tips encouraged…powerfully!

For more information call 203-650-3492



Seth Glier

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

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Seth Glier is a singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and activist. His new album (“Birds”) is his fifth, and the latest entry in a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and a pair of Independent Music Awards while touring with artists including Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams.

Cost: $20
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Andrew Biagerelli Trio and My Girl My Whiskey & Me

Saturday, November 25th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown

My Girl My Whiskey & Me, based in South Carolina, is attempting to reach all 50 states within one year on their current “50 in 52” tour. This mandolin and guitar duo melds progressive and traditional bluegrass seamlessly.

Andrew Biagerelli features a sound ranging in style from folk and blues to jazz-infused. His music is as varied as the landscapes of the American West. A natural storyteller, Andrew weaves a tapestry of songs and tales of his travels into his live performances.

Cost: $15
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Redwood Hill

Saturday, December 2nd
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Redwood Hill is a group of veteran pickers playing bluegrass music from the Country Gentlemen songbook. The band includes Keith Edwards (guitar and vocals), Dave Orlomoski (mandolin and vocals), Dave Shaw (banjo and vocals), and Lillian Fraker (bass and vocals).

Cost: $15
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Eric Lee and Kim Hoffman

Saturday, December 2nd
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown

Kim Hoffman is known to many for her sweet back-up violin playing for several local musicians. At this show, she will bring her guitar and vocals to share some of her original songs. Be prepared to laugh, think, and be touched as she shares stories and songs of some of her life’s observations and adventures. She may even play her violin.

Eric Lee was raised in rural upstate New York. His earliest introductions to music were the sounds of his mother’s piano and the songs of John Gorka, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne. He began studying classical violin and traditional Irish fiddle at the age of nine, and was soon performing and recording with local artists. After moving to the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, he continued playing live and in studios, branching into psychedelic rock and bluegrass, playing in the pit orchestras of musicals, and writing his own songs and compositions. His music is a chimera of genres and influences: an ever-evolving world of sonic exploration with stand-alone melodies always at its core.

Cost: $12
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Twisted Pine

Friday, December 8th
7:30 PM

Presented by GuitartownCT
Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Boston-based Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown.

COST: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
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Garnet Rogers

Also Appearing: Maria Sangiolo

Friday, December 8th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Garnet Rogers is a singer-songwriter who is widely considered, by fans and critics alike, to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

Cost: $20
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Kristen Graves and Kate Callahan

Friday, December 15th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown

Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour, Kate Callahan gives a concert of compelling original music as well as songs by Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. She has shared stages with songwriter legends Judy Collins, Noel (Paul) Stookey, the late Bill Morrissey, Aztec Two-Step, and Regina Spektor. She is unapologetically optimistic in concert, singing original songs about the Earth, gratitude, marriage, love, and spirit.

Kristen Graves is a folk/pop singer, songwriter and humanitarian. Mentioned by both Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and given her own day across the state of Connecticut by Governor Malloy for her musicianship and activism, she has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey, Rusted Root, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Dan Zanes, David Amram, and many more.

Cost: $15
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Antje Duvekot

Saturday, December 16th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Antje Duvekot has won three of the top prizes in the singer songwriter world: the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious, Kerrville (TX) “Best New Folk Award” and the Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Folk Act.” She has extensive touring experience, crisscrossing the U.S. and Europe many times. A compelling live performer, Antje has been invited to play many of this country’s major festivals including Newport Folk, Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk, and Kerrville. Internationally, she’s headlined the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.

Cost: $15
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Atwater-Donnelly Holiday Show

Saturday, December 23rd
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

The award-winning duo Atwater-Donnelly provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more. Their performance is appealing to all ages with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence.

Cost: $15
VANILLA BEAN WEBSITE



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