Friday, January 29, 2010

notloB Folk Concerts News, February, 2010

Bringing traditional American, Canadian, British, and Celtic folk, folk revival, world, blues, roots and bluegrass/newgrass music to Newton and Somerville and Grafton!

notloB Folk Concerts are volunteer run and not for profit. Patron donations go to production expenses and the artists.

In this edition

  1. Winter Season Concerts in Somerville, Newton and Grafton
  2. Mailing list – back to roots
  3. Reservation address changed
  4. Fans of Folk Radio WUMB
  5. Other traditional folk, folk revival, roots, bluegrass, blues and Celtic concert recommendations.
  6. Dinner and a show.
  7. Volunteer and needs wish list.
  8. Housekeeping.

1. Winter Season Concerts in Somerville, Newton & Grafton

Two old friends return, two performing art center-caliber artists in intimate surroundings, and a new production partnership is being formed.






Friday, January 29

Jim Infantino

Jackson Homestead, Newton

Suggested minimum donation $15, $5 children under 12, $50 immediate family max. 25% less for museum members. All donations go to the museum and artist.

Singer Songwriter,

Rockstar Geek

Friday, February 12

Sam Weiser

Unity Church of God, Somerville


A notloB production of a benefit concert for the New England Folk Music Archives

Sunday, February 21

Tony Bird

notfarG House Concerts, Grafton

$15 suggested donation

From southeast Africa, Tony Bird, a Malawi-born song man, is a complete original.

Thursday, February 25

Sarah McQuaid

notfarG House Concerts, Grafton

Suggested donation $10-15

"Sparkling guitar and compelling alto voice ... reminiscent of Pentangle’s best efforts…"

Sunday, March 07

Geoff Bartley

Jackson Homestead, Newton

Suggested minimum donation $15, 25% less for museum members. All donations go to the museum and artist.

Geoff's 3rd notloB appearance!

Wednesday, March 10

Andy Cohen

notfarG House Concerts, Grafton

$10 suggested donation

Country Blues 101

2. MAILING LIST. The “ReverbNation” mailing list is full, we are using again notloB Music. If you are on both you can unsubscribe from one or the other (ReverbNation is “just the facts”, once per month and once per concert; “notloB Music” is a news and discussion group that sends additional information about the local folk music community as well as the occasional free ticket contest/give-aways and other fun stuff.

3. NEW INFORMATION & RESERVATION ADDRESS. Effective immediately, send reservation and information requests to, do not use the old Comcast address.

4. “Supporters of folk and blues on WGBH” has served the community well as a grieving and venting and organizing device. We should have had something similar two years ago when “folk radio” WUMB was lost to AAA “music mix.” Such a group does now exist, but it is private. If you would like an invitation, please send an email, containing name and your feelings about “folk radio” vs. “music mix” to

5. OTHER CONCERT RECOMMENDATIONS. We believe the wider information about quality concerts is spread, the larger the folk/roots/Celtic/blues/bluegrass community will become. This is especially important as the world, national and local economies sour. Spread the word, support local live music and build the community. We wish there were one unified, uncensored music calendar for such events (for a listing and analysis of such resources, click here), but until it exists, these are notloB Folk Concerts’ recommendations.

January 30 - Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival

@ New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro, VT

Featuring the best of Irish, Scottish, English, Swedish, & French Canadian traditions.

February 6 – Fire on the Mountain

@ Harvard University, The Barker Center (Thompson Room)

Time: 10:30am - 8:30pm

Come hear some of the most renowned bluegrass musicians and scholars perform and discuss the style! Three panels (on bluegrass scholarship, instrument-making and bluegrass performance) will be followed by an evening concert featuring three Grammy Award-winning musicians.

To view the complete schedule, please visit:

Participants include:

Alison Brown ’84 – Grammy Award-winning banjoist and co-founder of Compass Records

Sam Bush – Grammy Award-winning mandolinist and co-founder of the New Grass Revival

Lynn Dudenbostel – World-renowned guitar- and mandolin-builder

Matt Glaser – Jazz/bluegrass violinist, director of the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee School of Music

Bobby Hicks – Grammy Award-winning bluegrass fiddler, former member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys and Ricky Skaggs’s Kentucky Thunder

Michelle Kisliuk – Associate professor of Music at the University of Virginia, recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award

Neil Rosenberg – Grammy Award-winning author and professor emeritus of Folklore at the Memorial University of Newfoundland

Jack Tottle – Mandolinist, founder of the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU)

Garry West – Bassist, producer, co-founder of Compass Records

Clint Miller '11 and Forrest O'Connor '10 will also participate.

February 6 Ladysmith Black Mambazo

@ Sanders Theater

February 9 Tony Trischka, Andy Statman, Matt Glaser and The Boston Boys

@ Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant

February 11 Town Mountain: Bluegrass from Asheville, NC

@ Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant

The Johnny D's mailer describes them thusly: Imagine the band that occupies the common round between traditional bluegrass, outlaw country, and pure old time mountain music and you'll have a pretty good idea of where this NC band is coming from. Harnessing the frantic enegy of the modern punk string band, yet still respectfully rooted in the traditonal of Bill Monroe. I saw these guys a couple of times in the late night suites at IBMA and look forward to hearing them with a good sound system. They had great energy and really seemed to enjoy themselves.

February 12-14 Joe Val Bluegrass Festival

@ Sheraton Hotel, Framingham

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper (Sat) J.D. Crowe and the New South (Sat) Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Sat) Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass (Fri) Special Consensus (Sat, Sun) Josh Williams Band (Fri) The Gibson Brothers (Sun) Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out (Sun) White Mountain Bluegrass (Sat) Sierra Hull and Highway 111(Sat) Buddy Merriam and Back Roads (Fri) Bluegrass Gospel Project (Sun) Southern Rail (Sun) The Reunion Band (Sat) The Spinney Brothers (Sat, Sun) Acoustic Blue (Fri) Joe Sings Joe (Sat) Back Eddy Bluegrass (Sat) Rabbit in a Log (Sat) Berklee Bluegrass All-Stars (Fri)

February 13 - The 18th Annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball

@ Cranston, RI






February 14 – A Concert for Loved Ones in Haiti

@ Colonial Theater, Pittsfield

Artists from the Berkshires and surrounding cities come together to show solidarity and help bring money and more awareness to the devastation from the earthquake in Haiti!

This once-in-a-lifetime event will feature performances by Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, The Mammals, The Guthrie Family and more!

February 26 - DAVID BROMBERG with Special Guests Paul Rishell and Annie Raines

@ First Parish Church

Harvard Square, Cambridge

This information was as accurate as we could determine at the time it was transcribed from the sources. Verify with the artist/producer/venue before heading out.

Read more folk/roots concert and event notices in NEFolknRoots. If you have folk/roots events to add, please join and post.

6. DINNER AND A SHOW. Somerville concert patrons can save 10% when dining at the House of Tibet Kitchen, 235 Holland Street, 617-629-7567 (in nearby Teele Square). ...and Newton patrons can and also save 10% when dining at the Ginger Root, 136 Adams Street, 617-928-3337.

Simply make a concert reservation, print and bring your confirmation email and show it to restaurant staff. 10% excludes alcohol and taxes. Please tip at the pre-discount rate.

For both fine restaurants, before being seated please identify yourself to the staff as attending the “notloB concert”.


@ UCG ~ admission table, merchandise, hospitality & lighting.

@ all venues ~ publicity & flyer/handbill duplication and distribution.

If you are interested, please read the volunteer policy and apply via the email address listed there. Benefits await.

8. Housekeeping.

The fine print. notloB Folk Concerts are volunteer run and not for profit. We present the best local and touring roots, newgrass, traditional and contemporary folk, Celtic and blues artists at several venues around the greater Boston area. Past artists include the Spider John Koerner, the Sacred Shakers, The Folk Brothers (David Massengill and Jack Hardy), Peggy Seeger, Geoff Bartley, Mary McCaslin, Bob Franke, The Rowan Brothers, The Ungar Family Band, Aoife O’Donovan, Kristin Andraessen, Mike and Ruthy Ungar Merenda, Sometymes Why, Pat Wictor, Jud Caswell, Dennis Brennan and many others. Concerts in your home, as was done with the Bowmans in May, and Matt Brown in October can be arranged.

Reservations / information. At most concerts an incentive for making a reservation is offered. Send email to at least 24 hours prior to the concert. Information about the concert series, the venues and the artists can be found at the website or by sending an email to the reservations address.

Keeping in touch. There are several ways to stay informed of scheduled events:

Volunteering / Street team. This is a 100% volunteer-run effort. Concerts would not be possible without volunteer assistance. All interested in helping can read the Volunteer Policy. “Guerilla” publicity builds community by spreading the word to family, friends and neighbors. Posting flyers in your neighborhood music shops, book stores, coffee shops and workplace is appreciated. To register, go to, then send an email to requesting printer-ready files. Be a regular guerilla and you’ll receive a nice reward.

Admission is by donation. A suggested minimum donation (varies by concert), often with discount to those making reservations and sometimes to students and seniors, is requested. Your donations cover rent, sound system rental, sound engineer, publicity and other production expenses. 100% of the balance goes to the artists (many of whom travel many miles). Sometimes there are shortfalls, so extra donations are gladly accepted.

Photography, video recording, & sound recording. No still, video or sound recording is permitted without permission of the artist and the house. If you would like to share photos of past concerts, email the pictures and/or web link to

Keep your lamp trimmed and burning!
Jeff Boudreau

notloB Folk Concerts
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"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, Notlob is keeping the folk tradition alive."

~ Jack Hardy

"The concerts always have a warm atmosphere and are fun to play. From a musician's perspective, I really appreciate the effort Jeff puts into his shows. Nobody on the Boston folk scene works harder to pull a concert together."

~ Alastair Moock

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