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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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October House Hoot:
Parents and Children

Friday, October 20
7:30 PM

Bennet Lovett-Graff’s house
352 West Rock Avenue, 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 songs of parents and children, but no children’s songs; 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.

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



The Kennedys

Saturday, October 21st
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown

East Coast natives and married couple Pete and Maura KennedyThe 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. Reservations are highly recommended for this lively, fun, acoustic folk-pop show.

Cost: $20
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Don White

Saturday, October 21st
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Don White has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter whose approach to music is a weird, unique blend of humor and powerful songwriting.

Cost: $20
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Brooks Williams, Mark Cosgrove, and Jim Henry

Sunday, October 22nd
3:00 PM

Doors open 1:00 PM
Pot Luck and Open Song Circle to 2:30 PM
Main Act at 3:00 PM

The Blues Cafe
George Newton VFW Hall

150 Lee Farm Drive, Southbury

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.

Mark Cosgrove has a distinctive, creative flatpicking guitar sound that is known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic, through both his own recordings and as a sideman and session player for Jerry Douglas and others. Although he grew up in a Manhattan apartment surrounded by classical records, his original musical ambition was to become a drummer. Immersed in bluegrass and fiddle tunes from an early age, he has continued to make acoustic music his life’s work and pleasure.

Jim Henry does a lot of things and he does them well. As a sideman, on a variety of electric or acoustic guitars, or on mandolin or dobro, Jim can render emotional sensitivity in one moment then tear into a rock or country solo with such fire it’s hard to catch your breath. He is a master of adding whatever is needed at any musical moment. At center stage, whether as a solo artist or leading a band, Jim delivers his finely crafted original songs with a smooth, rich baritone voice and engaging story-telling and humor. ​He has produced, recorded, played and traveled the world with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Los Lobos, Asleep at the Wheel, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, The Weepies, Deb Talan, Eliza Gilkyson, Tracy Grammer, Susan Werner, The Boxcar Lilies…the list goes on and on.

Cost: $20
(net proceeds go to the performers)
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Laura Orshaw and the New Velvet Band

Sunday, October 22nd
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

Laura Orshaw, power-house fiddler and vocalist, has toured throughout the United States and Canada with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, and Jenni Lyn, mandolinist of Della Mae. Laura has also performed with Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, John Scofield, Sarah Jarosz, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, and Alan Bibey among others. She will be performing with her own band, Laura Orshaw and the New Velvet Band, based in Boston.

Cost:  No cover, but tips encouraged…powerfully!

For more information call 203-650-3492



The Dr. Steve Band Halloween Show

Saturday, October 28th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown

The Dr. Steve Band, offering one-of-a-kind original music, is Steven Prasinos (singer-songwriter, guitarist, psychologist, science fiction author), Mike Gieralt (lead guitar), Gary Gieralt (bass), and Eugene Zampieron (percussion). They offer one of a kind, original music. Noted for their catchy grooves and unique, surprising lyrics, the band will celebrate Halloween with scary/funny songs like “Voodoo War,” “Witchin’ Time,” and “Twisted Men.” There will also be Halloween games and prizes!

Cost: $10
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Pamela Means and Buddy Mondlock

Saturday, October 28th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Pamela Means is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, jazz musician, producer, activist, and educator. Her multiple honors include being named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s #1 Most Wanted New Artist, Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year, and Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year. She was also voted Best Acoustic Act of the year (twice) in her hometown of Milwaukee and, after setting up shop in the bustling ‘burbs of Boston, Pamela was nominated for an Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist award in Boston.

Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. But there’s nothing like hearing the guy who wrote ’em sing ’em. He’s not going to pin your ears back with those songs. He’s going to draw you into his world.

Cost: $15
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Seat of Our Pants

Saturday, November 4th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

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: $12
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Washboard Slim & The Bluelights

Saturday, November 4th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown

Thirty years at it and kickin’, Washboard Slim & The Bluelights continue to release new music and expand their audience. They can navigate effortlessly from raucous Saturday night blues to Sunday morning mountain gospel with a few surprises along the way. From traditional Bluegrass to Cajun, Rockabilly and more, they keep it lively!

The band includes Peter Menta (Drummer, Vocalist, Wind), Howard Horn (Bassist, Vocalist), Brooks Barnett (Keyboardist, Vocalist), Mat Kastner (Guitarist), John Pendergast (Strings, Vocalist), and Lauren Agnelli (Vocalist).

Cost: $15; Students $10
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Natalie Gelman

Opener: Simon O’Neill, a Granby Memorial High School senior

Saturday, November 11th
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 7:00 PM)
Salmon Brook Music Series

South Congregational Church
242 Salmon Brook Street (Rts. 10/202), Granby

Beginning her career in the subways of New York’s West Village, Natalie Gelman has been performing since the age of 16. Combining elements of country, folk and pop, she has developed a unique sound. Having recently completed her first European tour, Natalie now has an international following.

The Salmon Brook Music Series concerts serve as a wonderful opportunity for friends to gather and reunite, for community members to meet and make new friends, enjoy live music and refreshments in an intimate, family-friendly and fully accessible venue. (Homemade desserts available for purchase.) Concert proceeds will support the mission and goals of South Church.

Cost: $15 in advance; $18 day of show
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Steve James

Also Appearing: Elizabeth Kemler and Dave and Emma Hart

Saturday, November 11th
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 6:45 PM)
Groovin’ in New Fairfield

New Fairfield Senior Center
33 Route 37, New Fairfield
Cost: $10

Steve James is a blues musician, a notable songwriter, one of the best modern bottleneck slide players, a storyteller, and a compendium of interesting facts. In the world of contemporary acoustic and roots music, he’s earned his reputation with decades of tireless international touring, a stack of solo recordings, a funny, kinetic stage presence, and an unmistakable style of playing and singing.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the New Fairfield Senior Center or by mail, payable to Groovin’ in New Fairfield, c/o New Fairfield Senior Center; 33 Route 37; New Fairfield, CT 06812.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door, pending availability. Additionally, a moderately-priced dinner, catered by Bruno’s Restaurant, is offered prior to showtime. 

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Mark Mandeville and Rainne Richards

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

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

Mark Mandeville and Rainne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.

Cost: $12
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Mark O’Connor and the O’Connor Band

Also Appearing: Sierra Hull

Saturday, November 11th
8:00 PM
(Doors Open at 7:00 PM)

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

University of Connecticut
2132 Hillside Road, Storrs

The O’Connor Band possess charisma that, when combined onstage, ensnares audiences from start to finish. All are masters of their instruments, all improvise as readily as they play parts in counterpoint, all can sing, and all move about the stage in a free but gripping choreography. The band includes Mark O’Connor, his son Forrest O’Connor (Harvard graduate and former Tennessee State Mandolin Champion), his daughter-in-law Kate O’Connor (frequent performer on the CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas shows), his wife Maggie O’Connor (graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), Joe Smart (national flatpick champion on guitar), and Geoff Saunders (bassist/banjoist extraordinaire and recent graduate of the University of Miami’s DMA program).

This is a cabaret event – with cabaret fare, dessert, and cash bar.

Cost: $20 – $45
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Tim O’Brien

Wednesday, November 15 and
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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Ed Trickett

House Concert
Thursday, November 16th
7:30 PM

85 Heloise Street, Hamden

Ed Trickett has been collecting and performing folk songs for many years, combining a love of traditional music with an enthusiasm for spreading it around. He has been performing for over 50 years in coffee houses, colleges, and folk music festivals and clubs in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. Playing 6 and 12 string guitar, hammered dulcimer and piano, his repertoire ranges from traditional ballads to songs of the sea, labor songs, songs of love and parodies. He has appeared several times on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. He has recorded four solo albums and nine with his long-time musical colleagues Gordon Bok and Ann Mayo Muir.

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

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



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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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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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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Garnet Rogers

Also Appearing: Maria Sangiolo

Saturday, 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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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
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