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"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, notloB is keeping the folk tradition alive."
~ Jack Hardy
Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529.
Productions continue their carefully
curated old-time music line up with the return of some Oldtone favorites and
some exciting new folks. Roots music fans will be delighted to hear that the
Appalachian Mountain duo Anna & Elizabeth (recently featured in the New Yorker) will be bringing their harmonies
and their art to the Hillsdale festival. Also new this year are Oldtime Blues
artist Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Creole
artist and former member of The Pine Leaf Boys Cedric Watson, well known upright bass player Mike Bub (Del McCoury band). Other new
artists include Five Mile Mountain Road (bluegrass), cajun fiddlers Joel Savoy and Kelli
roots trio Pete’s Posse, and the Balkan Romani Gypsy duo Eva Salina and Peter Stan.
returning lineup makes up Oldtone’s core, with some of the most exciting roots
artists today. The Oldtone host band, is the well-known Foghorn String Band from Portland, OR, Oldtone’s
favorite Cajun band Jesse Lege and the Bayou Brew will be
returning to the Main and Dance Stages, as will the old time darlings Bill and the Belles. Bill and the Belles are the house
band for Farm & Fun Time which is hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris
Truelsen, (the show is hot in the Roots music world right now). The Down Hill Strugglers are also making waves, and band
member Jackson Lynch recently played the Half Moon with
his band Jackson and the Janks, the Hudson hot spot that Oldtone partners with
for their SuperTone promotional shows. Nora Brown, the young up and coming roots
banjo player captured the festival’s hearts and minds last year with her
appearance on the “tweener” stage and has a place on the Main Stage for 2018.
organizer Kip Beacco stated; “I can’t begin to tell you about all the amazing
artists we’ve got coming this, year, it’s breathtaking.”
is the good ol’ days. I have never had such fun playing music as I did in the
dancing tent in the Oldtone Country Revue - the smell of sawdust from the
freshly built stage, the twinkling lights, and the warm summer air on our skin
as dancers twirled and two-stepped by. Oldtone is a dream.” stated singer
Bill and the Belles, Nils Fredland, and Tara Linhardt. The day includes workshops with Bill and the Belles, Fredland, and Linhardt, jamming in historic barns, instrument contests with cash prizes (courtesy of Rock On), a concert and a Square Dance. Hancock Shaker village demonstrations available throughout the day, included in the ticket price. Follow @northeastfiddlersconvention on instagram and Oldtone Native on FB for news and details. Pre-registration required for the instrument contests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the contests.
June 9th from 2pm to Midnight!
Hancock Shaker Village events available for Fiddlers' Convention ticket holders as early as 10 am.
10am Village opens (Hancock Shaker Village displays, trails, and demonstrations available to NE Fiddlers' ticket holders 2-4pm Workshops 4-5pm Open Jam in the Round Stone Barn 5-7pm Fiddle & Banjo Contest 7-8pm Open Jam 8pm-Midnight Square Dance
Contestant Sign-up is REQUIRED! Space is limited, and walk-ins are not guaranteed a contestant spot. All signups get Oldtone & NE Fiddlers' Convention stickers at check-in! Fill out the form below or email Maggie@oldtonemusicfestival.com to register for the contests.
Judged Contests for the following categories*:
Fiddle / Banjo / Guitar / Mandolin / Dobro
2018 Prizes for each category are:
1st PRIZE: $100 cash! + 1 Full Camping ticket to the 2018 Oldtone Roots Music Festival 1 ticket to the 2019 N.E. Fiddlers’ Convention 2 tickets to Supertone Music Festival Fiddlers’ Merch Bag
2nd PRIZE: $50 CASH! A ticket to the 2019 N.E. Fiddlers’ Convention Fiddlers’ Merch Bag
We anticipate these sections to be small in class size and intimate, the leaders will assess the skill levels in the room and try to address a wide range of instruction and knowledge in their particular subjects. No sign-ups are necessary for the workshops, and reservations are not accepted.
Tara Linhardt: Mandolin: “Monroe and Beyond” Kris Truelsen: Guitar & Band Styles: "Evolutions from the 20s & 30s” Grace Van’t Hof: Banjo: “Bluegrass Drive to Old-Time” Kalia Yeagle: Fiddle: “All Things Fiddle” Karl Zerfas: “The Bass” Nils Fredland: "Square Dance History Through Your Feet"
This musical play tells the remarkable story of a 19th century Boston Publisher and philanthropist, Daniel Sharp Ford, whose weekly periodical had the largest circulation of any periodical in the country at that time. Unlike his contemporary business titans of the Gilded Age, he didn't build mansions in Newport. Instead, he used his wealth to feed and clothe the poor, and to provide vocational training to enable them to support themselves during the tumultuous period between the Civil War and the end of the 19th century.
There are two performances
Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 6th at 4pm
First Parish in Waltham
50 Church St, Waltham, MA 02452
This Wednesday, 4/18, at Arts at the
Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville. The Café offers delicious espresso and other coffee drinks, Mighty Leaf teas, hearty sandwiches on artisan breads, fresh salads, savory soups, yummy baked goods, fine desserts, beer & wine, and more. Free will offering.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:30pm Common House, 25 Half Moon Hill, Acton, Massachusetts 01720
Tickets: $15 in advance through eventbrite.com and, if not sold out, $20 cash at the door.DINNER AND A SHOW - Ticket holders get 15% off dinner at Not Your
Average Joe's (305 Main Street), just show your server your eventbrite ticket.
comes from wild landscapes and wild places of the spirit." -- The
The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or
piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in
their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their
musicianship. Originally formed as a quartet, Cantrip sprung from a local
session in Edinburgh nearly twenty years ago. Their driving music immediately
caught the attention of the masses, and they were quickly signed to the Foot
Stompin' label. With their first album "Silver" (2001) in hand, Cantrip
made its way across the water to the United States, where they were received
with roars and shouts (of enjoyment). After years of significant touring, the
band parted ways with Foot Stompin' and began producing albums on their own.
Two albums later ("Boneshaker" in 2005 and "Piping the
Fish" in 2008), Cantrip had cemented itself as a perennial figure. After a
period of hiatus in which children were born and continents were left for new
ones, Cantrip redefined its sound. Trimming itself to a trio, the band tightened
its arrangements while expanding its influence. New inspirations began creeping
into the sound, complementing the traditional foundation of the band. This more
mature sound debuted on their recent release "The Crossing" (2016)
and has been catching the ear of listeners and concert goers all over again.
Now, in recognition of 20 years of performing the band is returning to its
roots and revisiting Silver, with a live re-release slated for Autumn 2018 that
looks to be as exciting and full of energy as ever.
HOUGHTON (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals)
Dan was born in Ghana, but was transported to Scotland shortly
thereafter, where he was surrounded by the indigenous music. He began his
career with the whistle at age seven and started playing bagpipes in the early
nineties, proceeding to win the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers' Society
Open Borderpipes and New Composition events (multiple times), as well as the
Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier. Over the years he increased his versatility
as a multi-instrumentalist, becoming an accomplished player on the flute,
bouzouki and DADGAD guitar. In 2010, with the help of many friends (including
Jon Bews), Dan released his first solo recording entitled "The Long March
Home". He is an instructor at the Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts, and in
addition to Cantrip can be heard as a member of Parcel of Rogues, Prydien and
Salsa Celtica. Outside of music Dan holds a BSc Hons I degree in Applied
Mathematics and Geophysics from the University of Otago and an MLitt degree in
Gaelic Literature and Language from the University of Edinburgh.
BEWS (fiddle, vocals)
A veteran of the fiddle, having started at age four, Jon came to
Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. But it didn't take
long for him to entrench himself in the world and carve a name for himself as a
fiddler. A prizewinning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in
1994, he has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James
Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling. In addition to
Cantrip, he currently plays with Edinburgh based bands Urvanovic, OBT and
League of Regrettable Superheroes. Jon is also widely recognised as a composer
and arranger. His string arrangements have been sought out by Ewan MacPherson
and Fribo and his tunes have won high acclaim across the board. Jon moved to
the Scottish Borders in 2003 where he spent two years as Traditional and World
Music Development Worker for Scottish Borders Council. He stayed there because
the view is nice and only moved back to Edinburgh because the shops are open
MCDONALD (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals)
As a US native, Eric found his way to traditional music through
the rich local music scene in his hometown Boston. Nearly a decade after
studying at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians such as
guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesene, he is now
established as one of the USA's premier accompanists in many styles. Eric cut
his teeth playing for contra dances in New England, and can still often be seen
from the dance floor. Nowadays he is an active session player, regularly
recording and traveling with musicians of many stripes. Touring credits include
The Outside Track, Chris Norman Ensemble, Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIsaac and
Katie McNally. In addition to Cantrip, he can currently be seen touring with
traditional Irish music trio Daymark, Scottish fiddle champion Ryan McKasson
and award winning singer/songwriter Connor Garvey. In addition to guitar
accompaniment, Eric's debut solo album "Rove" features his unique
style and approach to tunes on the mandolin, as well as carefully crafted
deliveries of traditional ballads on voice and guitar.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 28 and again for Wednesday, March 28 when notloB music will present at the Arts at the Armory cafe (191 Highland Avenue, Somerville) rising talent from the Berklee College of Music. Admission is by free-will offering ($5-10pp suggested). Reservations are recommended - http://tinyurl.com/notlobtickets. Two additional concerts in April and May are in the works and will be announced at a later date. Sailbow Band (Emilie Rose & Casey Murray) and Jordan & Jordan (Minnie & Ella) Wednesday, February 28, 7:00pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1760445847596603/
SAILBOW Sailbow is a contemporary Celtic fiddle and cello duo featuring Emilie Rose and Casey Murray. The two met at Berklee College of Music in the American Roots Music Program. They compose and arrange original fiddle tunes and enjoy combining their musical individuality to bring a fresh perspective on traditional folk music. Both Casey and Emilie were heavily influenced by their respective musical communities on different sides of the country. Casey comes from Rochester, NY where New England Contra dancing and Contra music sparked her interest and the flame kept growing. Emilie grew up through various fiddle camps in her community in Northern California and flourished with guidance and inspiration from instructors. In combining their unique experiences that they hold very close to their hearts, Emilie and Casey are able to channel their emotional and musical sensitivity into energetic, heartfelt music.
JORDAN & JORDAN Minnie and Ella Jordan have been playing music together for more than a decade—starting on violin, over the years they have added vocals, guitar and tenor guitar to their repertoire. They are fluent in the Jazz, Swing, Western Swing, Country, Bluegrass and Classical idioms. They have been performing publicly for many years, and play upwards of 50 gigs a year. Both are currently studying at Berklee College of Music on scholarship. Scholarships have enabled them to study eclectic string styles at numerous camps, including the Randy Elmore Fiddle Camp, Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop, Dave Alexander’s Big Texas Swing Camp, Berklee Global String Intensive, and the Berklee Roots Weekend. They have been able to study privately with legendary fiddle players Billy Contreras, Mike Barnett, and Buddy Spicher, and with jazz violin master Christian Howes. They were the winners of the 2010 Old Settlers Music Festival Youth competition, and have been featured performers on SUN and KOOP radio in Austin. They were especially honored to have been the 2014 recipients of the Daniel Pearl Memorial violins. They have appeared in print in Texas Monthly, Huffington Post, the Austin Chronicle, and most recently, on the cover of Texas Polka News! Ethan Setiawan & Ella Jordan Wednesday, March 28, 7:00pm https://www.facebook.com/events/410731256048451/
ETHAN SETIAWAN is a Boston-based mandolin player who’s won such accolades as the National Mandolin Championship, the RockyGrass Mandolin Championship, and a full-ride scholarship to Berklee College of Music. An involved member of the Boston alt-bluegrass scene, his path has wended its way through traditional bluegrass, to Bach partitas, to free jazz, and his debut full-length album is made up of original tunes drawing from all these wells. The album was conceived and crafted as a whole; the tunes were written for the band, who were chosen for the tunes. To write the album, he dove deep into the compositional techniques and tunes of some of the pioneers of the current wave of bluegrass: Bela Fleck, Matt Flinner, David Grisman and Mike Marshall, to name a few. After months of writing, discarding, and editing, a body of tunes emerged as clear candidates for a record. Over several years, the community around Ethan in the Northeast and Midwest evolved into the perfect band for a project such as this. The band features Julian Pinelli and Avery Merritt on fiddles, Sam Leslie on guitar, and Jacob Warren playing bass. Skilled engineer and mandolinist Dan Bui of Twisted Pine engineered and mixed the album. The recording process took place at the Record Company in Boston, and the resulting album contains close friends and bandmates, a batch of carefully crafted tunes, and the freshest grooves in bluegrass. He has shared the stage with Julian Lage, Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Casey Driessen, the Steel Wheels, Don Stiernberg, Matt Flinner, and Jacob Jolliff, and has performed at venues such as Savannah Music Festival, IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest, Prairie Home Companion, the Walnut Valley Festival, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Freshgrass, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, and Club Passim. He’s a member of bands Theory Expats, The Leafless, Corner House, The Harmolodic String Band, and OctoPladd (notloB Music concert #182, 3/23/16).
MINNIE JORDAN is a talented cross-genre violinist currently splitting her time between Massachusetts and Texas. Although violin is her primary instrument, she is also a skilled vocalist, mandolinist, and tenor guitar player.
Growing up on a ranch in rural Texas, Minnie was immersed in the sounds of Western Swing and Texas fiddle. She began playing publically at age 9 in a duo with her younger sister, Ella. The two busked and played Texas Oprys, honing their chops and ultimately winning the youth talent competition at the renowned Old Settlers Music Festival, where they showcased in 2011. In 2014 Minnie was awarded use of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, made by Jonathan Cooper, and awarded at the Mark O’Connor String Conference.
Minnie continues to perform at festivals and other venues in both the Boston area and central Texas. She has also worked as a session musician, and recorded the theme song for the NYC Employees Deferred Compensation ad series. She has performed on festival stages at FreshGrass, MEOWcon, and the Texas Music Jamboree.
Minnie has actively sought to expand her musical horizons by studying with some of music’s most gifted contemporary teachers and players, including Billy Contreras, Christian Howes, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, and Buddy Spicher, among others. Her efforts led to her accepting a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. While there, she was admitted into the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where she receives instruction from preeminent players in the genre as well as participating in community outreach efforts.
In addition to being a talented musician, Minnie has won awards for her visual and textile art and academic achievement.
ABOUT THE CAFE Arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe's
offerings, which include sandwiches/wraps, salads, coffee, teas and pastries as
well as beer and wine. Free parking in the back lot, on street (mind
the signage) and two satellite lots. Handicap accessible.
The cafe is located inside Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.
parking in the back lot and on street, satellite lots if full.
Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is
on the MBTA Red Line. Also served via MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be
caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at
the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop, or from Sullivan Square (Orange
Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton
Bicycle: Take the SomervilleCommunity Path from Davis Square to its end, then surface streets.
More info at http://artsatthearmory.org/about/getting-here/get
notloB Music to present Nic Gareiss for the fifth time.* This "in the round" dance concert will be presented in the intimate setting of the historic Hildreth House. Suggested donation is $20, with a $5 discount for seniors. Coffee will be provided, please bring a dessert to share. The room is small, seating is very limited, so reservations via eventbrite are recommended.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Doors: 4:15pm Concert: 4:45pm (sunset).
13 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451 (for GPS, enter 15 Elm St., Harvard MA) Reservations
Solo Square Dance is a one-person percussive dance show created and performed by Nic Gareiss commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Dance Halls Act which banned citizens from dancing in homes. The show features new pieces inspired by this and other such dance bans, including the Elmore City, OK dancing ban that inspired the film Footloose and the most recently lifted dancing ban in Pound, VA (only lifted in 1999!) which required that dancing permits not be granted "to anyone who is not a proper person, nor to a person who is not a person of good moral character". The 60-minute show, set in houses, explores the dialectic of public/private life and probes the subversive power of dancing+sounding bodies, recasting percussive dance as a vehicle of liberation and social transformation.
Coffee will be provided, please bring a dessert to share.
Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His work re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Dervish, Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Buille, Solas, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. Gareiss' essay, "An Buachaillín Bán: Reflections on One Queer's Performance within Traditional Irish Music & Dance" appears in the book Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance edited by Clare Croft on Oxford University Press. www.nicgareiss.com