Tuesday, February 14, 2017

notloB Music is Awakening from Hibernation

Since our presentation of Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIssac & Eric MacDonald on June 1, notloB Music has been hibernating. But that will be ending soon!
We are returning to the land of notloB, where it all began. On Thursday, April 27 we will present one of the finest Scottish bands in the world in the 150 seat sanctuary of the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church (HUUC).

The announcement will be made on or about February 17 first to our mailing list then to our Facebook page and our new website (now under construction, due February 21)! Mailing list subscribers will be able to access tickets first, so if you are not already subscribed, now is a good time to do so.

We will also be presenting in listening rooms in the Greater Boston area.

The hibernation is over, notloB is back!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fare thee well, Katy Daley

"Today is Katy Daley's last morning show on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. Please join her this morning 7-10a for music & memories."
WAMU's Bluegrass Country

Fare thee well, Katy Daley.

Tune in at http://bluegrasscountry.org/
(do not tune in to the WAMU stream, you'll get NPR's "Boring Edition").

Thursday, January 19, 2017

notloB is awakening from hibernation

Since our presentation of Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIssac & Eric MacDonald on June 1, 2016, notloB Music has been hibernating. But that will be ending soon!

We have relocated to the land of notloB, where it all began, and hope to present locally in a 100-seat listening room.But we will also be presenting in Somerville where we have one firm date, Thursday, April 27, so mark your calendars for the return of one of the finest Scottish bands in the world! The full Spring series will soon be announced.
To be among the first to know what we have planned, please "like" (and share with friends, particularly those who live near 495 & 2, our Facebook page with friends and subscribe to our mailing list
And stand by for the new website!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

One mystery solved, another continues

Back on July 8, 2016, I noticed

Might anyone know...
At the intersection of Mass Ave and Lowell Street in Arlington are three free-standing rocks. I thought they might have something to do with the Battle of the Foot of the Rocks, but now I am not certain.
On closer inspection today I found the left rock contains a rectangular recess which could have held a bronze plaque.
Was it never installed?
If so, what did it say?
Was it installed and stolen?
Chiseled into the center rock are the words "Foot of the Rocks 1819".
The right rock contains a bronze plaque containing narrative of the Wellington family.
I was expecting but nowhere could I find a dedication or memorial to the Battle of the Foot of the Rocks. Perhaps that is what was on the missing(?) plaque.
Substantiated information is appreciated.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Best Available Tickets for The Christmas Revels

Best Available Tickets for The Christmas Revels

Filled with beautiful music, dance, folktales, holiday carols, and audience participation, The Christmas Revels is a family celebration like no other. Each year audiences get to travel with us, without leaving Cambridge, exploring a new culture and celebrating its people. This year’s ‘Acadian-Cajun’ production is overflowing with music, dance and rituals performed by some of the best musicians in the country. Do you have your tickets yet? If not, read on!
To help you find the best seats available check out Alan’s Ticket Availability Page. You’ll find a listing of all 17 performances and the approximate number of tickets currently available at each price range. There’s also an easy link to the Harvard Box Office where you can buy tickets 24/7. Don’t delay as tickets are going fast!

Speaking of The Christmas Revels, did you catch us on WBZ-TV on Saturday? Artistic Director Patrick Swanson and Christmas Revels guest artist Josee Vachon, one of our Acadian tradition-bearers and a wonderful singer, had a great chat with news anchor Kerry Connolly on ‘4 Your Community’. Josee performed a piece from the show as well. If you missed it here it is again.

Learn More about this year’s Christmas Revels

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Plan now for Fiddle Hell Weekend, Nov. 4-6, Westford, MA

I have attended just about every Fiddle Hell Massachusetts since its inception, and I don't even play the fiddle!
If you do, you can take workshops from some of the finest fiddlers in their genres in the world.
If you do not, come Saturday for the concert and contradance.

See you in (Fiddle) Hell!

Plan now for Fiddle Hell Weekend, Nov. 4-6, Westford, MA!

Bruce Molsky and Andrea Beaton (and our 50 other workshop and jam leaders) want to remind you that our fantastic musical weekend is just six weeks away! 

We'll be back at the Westford Regency with lots of free parking. More infohere.

I just posted the details of all 270 workshops and jams here,  Click on FridaySaturday, or Sunday Schedule on the left.  This is an incredible set of workshops and jams; having to choose which ones to join is truly the "hellish" aspect of Fiddle Hell!  To see details on the leaders, click on Session Leaderson the left.

Sign up for the weekend now: You can prepay here and save a little money. Or just pay when you arrive.  We have discounts for seniors, young adults, and kids, and a few scholarships if you can't afford the fee.

Book your room now if you need one: The Westford Regency is sold out on Friday and Saturday nights (although it never hurts to check at 978-692-8200).  However, there are rooms available at the Residence Inn Boston Westford at 978-392-1407 (8 minutes walk, across the road) and at the Hampton Inn and Suites 978-392-1555 (a mile or so down the road).

Take a look at our new common tune list:  For 2016, we've created a new list of 52 common tunes in addition to the original list, based on your suggestionson the Fiddle Hell survey over the last 3 years.

Tell your friends about the Saturday night concert (Nov 5th, 7PM): Twenty fiddlers, followed by a contra dance (dance or sit in with the band). Free parking, doors open at 6:30PM.
New instructors for 2016 include Bruce Molsky (oldtime), Katie McNally(Scottish), Skip Gorman (bluegrass, cowboy), Ellery Klein (Irish), Autumn Rose Lester (New England), David Surette (mandolin), Rachel Maloney and Chris Turner (oldtime, blues, East European, harmonica, and the new Friday nightt Whomp!) and Gretchen Koehler (New England, Canadian).  Susie Burke and Emy Phelps will also help with a workshop or two.

Returning instructors Alan Kaufman, Art Schatz, Andrea Beaton, Andy Reiner, Art Bryan, Becky Tracy, Bennett Hammond, Bethany Waickman, Bob Alessio, Cathy Mason, Clayton March, Darol Anger, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, David Moultrup, Ed Pearlman, Ellen Carlson, Eric Eid-Reiner, Eric Favreau, Frank Ferrel, George Fowler, Jason Anick, Jenna Moynihan, Jerry Wile, John Chambers, John Robinson, Joy Adams (cello), Julie Metcalf, Laurel Martin, Lissa Schneckenburger, Lorraine Hammond, Mariel Vandersteel, Mark Simos, Marshall Racowsky, Michelle Kaminsky, Oliver Scanlon, Paul Harty, Pete Anick, Pete Sutherland, Rob Flax, Shana AIsenberg, Tim Rowell, and Tom Morley will be back again to teach tunes and techniques at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, and to lead jams in various styles. Click here and then click on Session Leaders 2016 on the left to see details about our 2016 instructors, who are great players and experienced, supportive teachers.

In addition to fiddlers, mandolin players, violists and cellists are welcome. Other instrumentalists will need to check with me first.  We've added quite a few singing sessions and mandolin sessions in 2016, and there are alsooldtime banjo and guitar workshops.
Helpful Links
Fiddle Hell logistics, lodging, and leaders 
Fiddle Hell schedule (has daily schedules and details for 2016, overall grid coming in October))
New list of 52 common tunes and 2-CD set of original common tunes played fast and slow

Join the Facebook Group for Fiddle Hell Massachusetts   
Join the 2016 Fiddle Hell Facebook Event  
Follow Fiddle Hell Massachusetts (@FiddleHell) on Twitter 
Offer a ride or request one for Fiddle Hell 2016 at this 
free carpool site 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy #ArtsMatterDay!

Just do it!


Happy #ArtsMatterDay! Join hundreds of organizations and artists for an online celebration of arts & culture by sharing why arts matter to you. Let's take social media by storm and prove that arts matter in Massachusetts! 
Here’s what you can do:
Take an #ArtsMatter picture or video.

Follow MASSCreative on FacebookTwitter, & Instagram.
Share #ArtsMatter stories, pictures, and videos from your favorite arts organizations.

Check out our participating arts & cultural organizations.
While you're out at arts & cultural events, post about it with the hashtag, #ArtsMatterDay.

We're partnering with cities and towns across the Commonwealth to get candidates and voters talking about arts and culture leading up to Election Day on Nov 8. Ask the candidates via social media why #ArtsMatter to them.

Keep up the good work,
Matt Wilson, MASSCreative