Saturday, July 11, 2009

Uncle Earl Personnel Change?

Although the g'earl's website still lists members as

uncle earl photo
Abby Kristin KC Rayna

....the Old Town School of Music, in its New Year's Eve concert announcement, states otherwise. Guess the long-anticipated personnel change is in effect, although not officially announced.

The very best of continued good luck to Abby and Rayna, and welcome Stephanie Coleman, and Paula Bradley.

By the way, there was something of a preview a few months back at Toad, when the "Spongy Cactus" lineup included Kristin, Stephanie, Jefferson Hamer and Charlie Rose in "under the radar" concert #1.


Thursday, December 31, 2009 | 7:00 & 10:30pm

Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave.

Infamous Stringdusters & Uncle Earl

New Year's Eve Show!

$40 General Public/$38 Old Town School Members/$36 Seniors & Children

On sale to Old Town School members July 24th, to general public July 31st


Ring in the New Year with two of the finest young acoustic roots bands on the road today – Uncle Earl and the Infamous Stringdusters. Bluegrass, old time, and top shelf stringband goodness are guaranteed with both groups having a barn burning track record in our concert hall. Uncle Earl will be flaunting their great new line-up of KC Groves, Kristin Andreassen, Stephanie Coleman, and Paula Bradley. Tickets to the midnight show include party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. This night is sure to be a celebratory hootenanny so plan to make a night of it! Fanciful dress requested but not required.
Infamous Stringdusters on MySpace
Uncle Earl on MySpace

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band

notloB Folk Concerts
Bringing traditional American, Canadian, British, and Celtic folk, folk revival, world, blues, roots and bluegrass/newgrass music to
Arlington, Newton and Somerville.

"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, notloB is keeping the folk tradition alive."
~ Jack Hardy


Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band

at the Unity Church of God

6 Williams Street (3 blocks east of Davis Square)


Friday, July 10

Doors 7:45, Concert 8:00

Suggested Donation $20 @ door

$18 w/ advanced reservation to notlobreservations (at)

at least 24 hours in advance

What is it they say about the family that plays together?

Well, even if they don't all live under the same roof, this family makes terrific music and has a rip-roarin' good time while they're at it. The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band features Jay, Molly, Jay's daughter Ruth Ungar Merenda, and her husband Michael Merenda. The band travel's with Ruthy and Mike's son Will, born January 28, 2008. He's not playing an instrument yet but is sometimes heard none the less.

With exceptional musicianship and a vast knowledge of a number of music styles, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are one of the most celebrated duos in American acoustic music. They achieved international acclaim in 1990 when their performance of Jay's composition Ashokan Farewell became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns' The Civil War on PBS.

You may know Ruth and Mike Merenda from their band, The Mammals. Ruth Merenda cut her teeth on traditional music, and grew up to be a top-flight performer. She brings fiddle, ukulele, guitar and deeply moving vocal performances to the Family Band. Mike Merenda favored rock and ska before being drawn into the world of acoustic music. He adds old-time banjo, guitar and percussion to the mix.

Four terrific musicians. Put them together and the sum really is greater than its parts. Double fiddles, sweet vocal harmonies and rhythmic energy abound as two generations collaborate to entertain you with music from the heart and soul of America.