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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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Cornfed Dogs

Sunday, August 6th
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

The primary members of Cornfed Dogs are Joe DeLillo and Nick Novia. They have been singing and playing together for a long time and like to recruit two or three others to join them for gigs such as this one. This dynamic really works well, and is very entertaining: every band is just a little different, or, “really” different!

Cost:  No cover, but tips encouraged…powerfully!

For more information call 203-650-3492



Brooks Williams

Saturday, August 19th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Brooks Williams has worked stages worldwide for over twenty-five years, touring constantly in the US, UK and Europe. He hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, Brooks is a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues, as well as compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Bessie Smith and Mose Allison. His own songs are thoroughly alive with clearly-drawn ironic characters and are rich in blues pathos.

Cost: $20
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Kerri Powers

Saturday, August 26th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Kerri Powers has been a staple of the New England music scene for the last decade or so, and yet it’s been something of a struggle for her to attain the wider acceptance that’s so clearly her due. Her shows include both her own excellent compositions and such songs such as Janis Ian’s “Jesse” and “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees. Powers is a soulful singer, an extraordinary interpreter and an artist with a decided folk finesse.

Cost: $10
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Jenni Lynn Gardner

Also Appearing: Lisa Bastoni

Tuesday, August 26th
7:45 PM
(Doors Open at 7:00 PM)

The Outer Space Ballroom

295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

Jenni Lynn Gardner is best known as a member of the award-winning, all-female band Della Mae in which she sings and plays mandolin. In both her solo career and as vital member of her band, Jenni Lynn’s music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining the perfect balance of down­ home comfort. Her broad span of shared experiences and collaborations has shaped her as an artist and as a performer.

Cost: $12 in advance; $15 at the door
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Atwater-Donnelly

Saturday, September 2nd
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
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Kala Farnham

Saturday, September 9th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Kala Farnham is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter homegrown out of the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. Kala began her musical journey at the young age of three, when she learned the theme to Close Encounters of the Third Kind on a toy piano. By age seven, she was gracing the stage playing Mozart concertos and Chopin nocturnes. In high school she established herself as a working musician as her alma mater’s theater accompanist; in college, she furthered her studies in music technology, composition, and jazz. Since then, music has continued to be the defining factor of Kala’s life.

Cost: $10
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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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Larry Kaplan

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

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

The songs of Larry Kaplan are truly ballads, or stories told in song. Most give us thoughtful stories of real people, their “good times and hard times”, and the way they manage to deal with whatever they are dealt. But they are also beautiful songs, often deeply moving and highly singable. Larry is a keen and sympathetic observer of the human condition. He cares deeply and writes eloquently about the concerns of others, reflecting his profound respect for the farmers, fishermen, and the other hard-working people of New England.

Cost: $15
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The New American Mandolin Ensemble

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

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

The New American Mandolin Ensemble presents new classical music for plucked string instruments reflecting folk, jazz and world music influences. In 2013 the local musicians Mark and Beverly Davis formed a ground-breaking new group with the goal of performing original contemporary music for plucked strings. The New American Mandolin Ensemble (NAME) is comprised of two mandolins, two classical guitars, a ‘liuto cantabile’ and string bass. NAME has since performed throughout New England, and been featured in international festivals in Spain and Germany.

Cost: $15
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Peter Mulvey

Friday, September 29th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums. Starting his musical career in Milwaukee while at Marquette University, he honed his performing skills while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. He later spent several years in Boston, where he frequently performed in the city’s subway system. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician – immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings.

Cost: $15
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Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt

Saturday, September 30th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Sally Rogers performs an evening of traditional, contemporary and original ballads and song, interwoven with stories taken from her life as a performer, a wife and a mother. Throughout her concerts, she accompanies herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer, or performs without accompaniment in a voice that needs no further enhancement.

Claudia Schmidt, a Michigan native, has spent more than 4 decades as a touring professional, traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

Cost: $20
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Missy Raines and the New Hip

Friday, October 20
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Missy Raines and the New Hip , the all-acoustic quartet led by seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines, features mandolin, guitars, bass and drums – as well as Missy’s smokey and seductive alto vocals.

During the band’s performances, Missy Raines — one of the most respected and popular figures within the bluegrass community — holds court in the center of the stage, directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it.

COST: $25 in advance
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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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