Friday, February 16, 2018

notloB Music Returns to Arts at the Armory Cafe for 7th season

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 -
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

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.

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

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.

notloB Music

Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 Folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic and World concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
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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.

Getting there.
The cafe is located inside Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.
Free parking in the back lot and on street, satellite lots if full.

MBTA: 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 Road stop.
Bicycle: Take the SomervilleCommunity Path from Davis Square to its end, then surface streets.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

notloB Music to present Nic Gareiss for the fifth time, January 21, Harvard

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).
Hildreth House
13 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451
(for GPS, enter 15 Elm St., Harvard MA)


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

Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, worldand Celtic concerts in unique listening room environments throughout the greater Boston area. Tickets are available at For more information see its website – – or Facebook page - - or email

#125 02/12/14 4TET (Jordan Tice, Brittany Haas, Cleek Schrey and Nic Gareiss) @ Watertown Private Residence
#148 01/17/15 Brittany Haas and Nic Gareiss @ Park Avenue Congregational Church
#149 01/18/15 Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss @ Carriage House of Violins
#171 10/10/15 Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss @ Gregorian Rugs
#194 01/21/18 Nic Gareiss @ Hildreth House

Thursday, November 9, 2017


presented by notloB Music

Since 2007, notloB Music has been presenting “old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world, and Celtic concerts in unique listening room environments throughout the greater Boston area.” Its next concert will be world-renowned fiddler Darol Anger (David Grisman Quartet founding member, Republic of Strings, Mr Sun) and singer-songwriter Emy Phelps, with surprise special guests.

Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30pm
Common House, 25 Half Moon Hill, Acton, MA
$20 advance 
$25 cash at the door

Darol Anger on his holiday show: “We think that the midwinter season has always been a highly emotional and special time for human beings, and we mean to celebrate in music the many layers of spirituality and celebration that has always happened around this time. Emy's a genius at finding songs that elevate peoples' spirits, and her long career working with children has helped her hone her talent. We’ll bring some amazingly talented younger musicians that our audience will love. Our band is not afraid to tap deep emotions, whether they be humor, love, or wassailin’.”

"Emy & I take our job very seriously in any time of year, but especially now. Any serious entertainer needs to consider their role as a healer of some sort. Music has served this very purpose since it began thousands of years ago, and that hasn’t changed, no matter how many notes and chords we add in there. This is the time of year when everything seems to have died and we have to trust that everything will rise again. For most humans, this seems to be a time for reflection, for spiritual questioning and renewal, family, and celebration or mourning of what we have gained and lost throughout the previous year-or years.

"We believe that what people mostly could use right now is to be together in a positive environment which encourages sharing. This year, all Americans have had real setbacks and fractious difficulties and it seems certain that things will get worse next year. Everyone- and I mean everyone- will need spiritual strength for the challenges that are rising. We’re going to support that frame of mind in our concert, with some really beautiful songs from all traditions, and we’re going to encourage a lot of singing along."

notloB Music could not agree more. This will be its eighth collaboration with Darol, and fifth with Emy.
#88 Thursday, April 12, 2012 Darol Anger & Emy Phelps w/ special guest Sharon Gilchrist @ Loring-Greenough House
#96 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Darol Anger and Emy Phelps with Family and Fiends Maeve Gilchrist, John Mailander, Mila Phlps-Friedl, and Molly Tuttle @ Burren
#110 Friday, May 31, 2013 The Grant Gordy, Darol Anger, Joe Walsh and Karl Doty Quartet @ Watertown Private Residence
#113 Saturday, October 5, 2013 Darol Anger and Emy Phelps with Family and Fiends @ Watertown Private Residence
#121 Saturday, December 7, 2013 The Anger - Haas - Parks - Jonsson Quartet, The International Gals of Quartetdom, The Four Corners Quartet, The Resurexon Quartet @ Jamaica Plain UU
#156 Saturday, April 25, 2015 Darol Anger and The Furies @ Park Avenue Congregational Church
#177 Friday, December 4, 2015 Darol Anger and The Furies: On A Winter's Night (Darol Anger, Emy Phelps, Ethan Jodziewicz and Mari Chaimbeul) @ Unity Somerville

Present your eventbrite ticket and get 15% off your dinner bill at Not Your Average Joe's, 305 Main Street, Acton, MA, 01720 - 978-635-0101 -


Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world, and Celtic concerts in unique listening room environments throughout the greater Boston area. Tickets are available at For more information see its website – – or Facebook page - - or email

Saturday, October 21, 2017

21st Annual Greater Waltham Healing Garden Benefit Concert ,Oct 21, 2017 French American Victory Club, Waltham, Massachusetts

Learned about this on Cousin Lyn's "Hillbilly at Harvard" radio program. The information below is copied from Patio Records' website.

21st Annual Greater Waltham Healing Garden Benefit Concert

7:30 PM Oct 21, 2017
French American Victory Club
193 Elm Street
Waltham, Massachusetts

$20.00 in advance 
$25.00 at the door
(prices in USD)
All proceeds towards a Healing Garden for Mount Auburn Hospital

Sponsoring live and recorded music to create garden patios at cancer treatment centers

Friday, October 13, 2017

notloB Music Alumnae Album Release Tirfecta

Congrats Laura, Mike, and Molly, we knew you when!

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - California Calling
October 6
“... using traditional forms to subvert the tradition.” —No Depression
Mike Barnett - Portrait in Fiddles
October 13
With: Mike Bub, Michael Daves, Stuart Duncan, Casey Campbell, Chris Eldridge, Grant Gordy, David Grier, David Grisman, Sam Grisman, Alex Hargreaves, Bobby Hicks, Ethan Jodziewicz, Dominick Leslie, Rob McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Tim Mensy, Tim O’Brien, Jeff Picker, Noam Pikelny, Buddy Spicher, Bryan Sutton, Tony Trischka
Molly Tuttle - Rise
October 13
“Her songs, singing and solos, much like her demeanor, tend to have an inward-looking elegance to them; they’re the outward expressions of a searching mind and a longtime dedication to cultivating her craft.” —Jewly Hight, NPR

Order yours now.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

notloB Music presents Shawna Caspi in an intimate house concert in Harvard, 9/27

notloB Music has been on hiatus since April, but we're back to present Shawna Caspi from Ontario.

"Shawna Caspi is a mighty singer, a fingerstyle guitarist, a story sculptor, and a truth-teller, performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth-teller, she has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour.”

“Shawna Caspi has the rare gift of presence, a warm presence that immediately invites audience engagement, from the first strum of her skilled guitar playing to the last exquisite note she sings. Shawna’s lyrics show, her music and delivery tell; her songs are beautiful stories that stay with listeners long after the CD is spun, long after the gig is over.”
– Andy Frank, Toronto, ON, Founding Partner, Roots Music Canada

Where: A private residence in Harvard, MA. Address will be given when reservation is made.
When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Doors 7:00pm, Start 7:30pm
Bring: A dessert to share and BYOB.
Suggested Donation: $15-20
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More Info: 978-226-8862
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