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Mustard’s Retreat

Saturday, December 2nd
House Concert

54 South Rd, Harwinton

7:30 PM
Desserts / coffee at intermission

For 43 years Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough) have been making music together, having met as short order cooks in 1974 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have performed thousands of shows, and have produced 9 recordings. “We have never performed the same show twice,” says Tamulevich. “Each night is its own unique moment, unique audience. For us, that is the exciting thing, the magic: to craft a shared experience and leave people entertained and moved.”

An evening with Mustard’s Retreat is pure FUN! These guys are relaxed and friendly on stage, interacting with the audience. Their music spans many sub-genres of folk. “Mallon’s Bridge” tells a scary story of a haunted bridge in Ireland. Another, “Railroad Bill”, is very funny. Their setlists may include an ethereal nursery rhyme version like “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” or a tale about a guy taking his tank out for a spin (“Jake and 10-Ton Molly”). Other songs celebrate togetherness (“Festival Night”) or the human spirit (“Let’s Hear It for the Volunteers”). It is impossible to put them in a category.

Of course, the particular magic of a house concert is that the audience can see such amazing performers just a few feet away from them, and interact with them as the show goes on. If someone enjoys the folk experience, with songs from across the country and around the world, presented with warmth and superb musicianship, then there is simply no better place to be than in a living room with these two men.

Suggested Donation: $20
(All donations go to the performers. No one is turned away for inability to pay.)

Email pturpin11@aol.com for details. Cell: 828-318-5373



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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Mile Twelve

Sunday, December 3rd
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

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness, and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences.

Cost:  No cover, but tips encouraged…powerfully!

For more information call 203-650-3492



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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Crossing: A Musical Journey

Friday, December 8th
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 7:00 PM)
Friday Night Folk at All Souls
All Souls UU Congregation
19 Jay Street, New London

This concert, featuring the southeastern Connecticut band Maggie’s Guitar, is a performance of the 18 original songs in Crossing: A Musical Journey. This musical, scheduled for production in 2018, is based on a true story of love, loss, redemption and how a Scottish family came to America in the 1800s.

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

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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
VANILLA BEAN WEBSITE



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
VANILLA BEAN WEBSITE



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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