Monday, February 22, 2010

notfarG House Concerts Presents SARAH MCQUAID

Sarah McQuaid

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time: Pot luck dinner 6:30-7:30pm, concert 7:30-9:30pm

Venue: notfarG House Concerts, Grafton, MA

Suggested donation: $15


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Born in Madrid, Spain, raised in Chicago and holding dual Irish and American citizenship, singer/guitarist and songwriter Sarah McQuaid lived in Ireland from 1994 to 2007. She has since moved with her husband and two children to the home formerly occupied by her parents near Penzance, Cornwall.

I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning, the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut album When Two Lovers Meet, marked a distinct change of focus for the musician whose rich voice has been likened to “matured cognac”. Whereas her first album was a feast of Irish music, this is an enchanting celebration of old-time Appalachian folk, with Sarah’s arrangements punctuated by her own fine compositions and a cover of Bobbie Gentry’s classic ‘Ode to Billie Joe’.

Crow Coyote Buffalo, an album of songs co-written by Sarah with fellow Penzance resident Zoë (author and performer of 1991 hit single ‘Sunshine On A Rainy Day’) under the band name Mama, has also been garnering rave reviews since its January 2009 release; one critic described the pair as “Two pagan goddesses channeling the ghost of Jim Morrison”. (For more on Mama, see

Sarah’s third solo album, provisionally titled The Plum Tree And The Rose, focuses both on early music (including Elizabethan material as well as songs in Old French, Old Occitan, Italian, Middle High German and Latin) and on originals inspired by such topics as Bess of Hardwick and the garden created at Kenilworth by Robert Dudley for Elizabeth I. Its release is expected sometime in 2010.

As might be expected of one who has led such a peripatetic existence, Sarah developed a taste for the road early on: From the age of twelve she was embarking on ten-day tours of the US and Canada with the Chicago Children’s Choir. At eighteen she went to France for a year to study philosophy at the University of Strasbourg, where her performance at a local folk club drew a rave review in the Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace, saluting the “superbe chanteuse d’outre-Atlantique qui fit passer comme une vibration émotionnelle dans une salle conquise” (superb singer from across the Atlantic who caused an emotional vibration to pass through a conquered hall)!

In 1994, Sarah moved to Ireland, where she became a weekly folk music columnist for the Evening Herald and a contributor to Hot PressThe Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists,” and has presented workshops on the DADGAD tuning at festivals and venues across the UK and Ireland.

In the autumn of 1997, she recorded her debut solo album, When Two Lovers Meet, featuring traditional tunes and songs along with one original number. “Sarah’s voice is both as warm as a turf fire and as rich as matured cognac.... An astonishing debut by a unique talent,” wrote the Rough Guide To Irish Music. Despite the critical acclaim, a long break from the music scene followed, during which Sarah married Feargal Shiels and had two children, Eli and Lily Jane.

When Two Lovers Meet was re-released in Ireland on 23 February 2007. Sarah’s ensuing nationwide tour was highly successful, thanks in large part to a very well-received appearance on The View, the acclaimed arts television show hosted by John Kelly on RTÉ1. On 30 July 2007, the album had its first UK release. The December 2007 edition of fRoots described it as “a masterclass in restraint and subtlety. Authoritative singing and quietly insistent arrangements make for a sumptuous whole – recommended.” Tracks from the album were included in FolkCast’s December 2007 “artists of the year” podcast and in Crooked Road host Mike Ganley’s Top Ten picks for 2007.

The move to the other side of the Irish Sea was triggered by the death in 2004 of her mother, in whose former home she now lives and to whom I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning (a title taken from the lyrics of album opener ‘The Chickens They Are Crowing’) is dedicated.

Says Sarah: “My first album was immersed in Irish traditional music, which I still love – but this time round, I felt the need to revisit the Southern Appalachian songs and tunes that I learned during my childhood. My mother was my introduction to folk music. She never performed professionally, but she had a lovely natural style of singing and guitar playing.

“All the songs on this recording have powerful emotional resonances for me, and all are connected in one way or another to my mother. Looking back, I guess it was kind of a cathartic process.”

Like its predecessor, I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning was recorded in Trevor Hutchinson’s Dublin studio and produced by Gerry O’Beirne. Both also guest on the album, alongside percussionist Liam Bradley, Máire Breatnach on fiddle and viola and Rosie Shipley on fiddle.

A cerebral and consummate performer, she is adept at researching the material she plays and this 11-track album is no exception. It is accompanied by a 24-page illustrated booklet explaining the fascinating histories of the songs and how she stumbled across them. Says Sarah: “For nearly every song, I’ve either photographed my own source material for the booklet – tattered books, LP and 78 records – or included library scans of archive transcriptions, broadsheet ballads and so on.”

Sometimes elegiac, always elegant, the album includes upbeat, fun tracks steeped in the Appalachian tradition and others perfect for mellow, late-night listening. They range from opener ‘The Chickens They Are Crowing’, first heard by Sarah as a child, sung by the great Peggy Seeger on the 1958 recording Folksongs and Ballads, to ‘West Virginia Boys’, which started life as a blackface minstrel song in the music halls of New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Performed as an instrumental on this album, ‘Shady Grove’ is a song Sarah recalls singing with her mum on long car journeys, while she first heard ‘East Virginia’ on her mother’s scratched and battered copy of Joan Baez’s debut album.

She discovered ‘In The Pines’ in the 1980 Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter (as sung by actress Sissy Spacek) and couldn’t get it out of her head. Sarah recalls: “Strangely, driving home at the end of the day on which I recorded ‘In The Pines’, I switched on the car radio just in time to hear Nirvana’s 1993 acoustic version of the song being played on RTÉ Radio 2!”

Sarah’s exceptional voice is heard to great effect in the unaccompanied ballad ‘The Wagoner’s Lad’, whose origins can be traced back to the 1720s. Similarly, her stark and spellbinding rendition of the powerful Sacred Harp hymn ‘Wondrous Love’ is likely to give you goosebumps. It also resulted in her being contacted by renowned American folk singer-songwriter and Appalachian dulcimer player Jean Ritchie, who had recorded it back in 1956.

Jean saw a YouTube video of Sarah performing the song and contacted her asking where she had found the lyrics, initially thinking they differed from her own version. Says Sarah: “Having been listening to her album since my early childhood, I felt rather as I imagine a painter must feel who’d received an out of the blue message from Leonardo da Vinci!”

There are also two heartfelt compositions of her own. She describes ‘Only an Emotion’ as “a song in defence of sadness” and something of a gentle riposte to people who flippantly say “Cheer up, it might never happen!”, while ‘Last Song’ is the perfect album closer – a tender number written for both her mother and her daughter Lily Jane (who sadly never met each other), illustrating a perfect three-generation fusion of mothers singing their daughters to sleep.

Eleven years and a musical career break on from the original release of her debut album, Sarah is happy that the new album has achieved what she set out to do. “I really like that feeling of continuity and connection through music – the way it links people across generations and even on different continents. It’s been a very emotional project for me – not just because I’m keeping my mother’s spirit alive, in a sense, by singing the songs she loved but because in researching the origins and evolution of these songs and putting my own stamp on them, I’ve been taken right back to my roots.”

Now busy with upcoming tours and concerts in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA, Sarah will be returning to the studio in July 2009 to record her third solo album, once again with Gerry O’Beirne producing and Trevor Hutchinson engineering. Sarah is also slowly but surely working on a novel for which she’s received two Irish Arts Council Bursaries in Literature. She hopes to finish it one of these days.

And tune in to Worcester Community Radio WCUW (91.3fm, streaming at Monday, February 22 between 5-8pm when Sarah will be Patrick Moriarty's guest.

Sarah McQuaid in concert, 18 April 2009 from Sarah McQuaid on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Making traveling musicians feel at home


Making traveling musicians feel at home

Sarah McQuaid will perform next Thursday in a notfarG  House Concert.

Sarah McQuaid will perform next Thursday in a notfarG House Concert.

Big acts like U2 may stay at the Ritz when on tour, but hard-working talents on the folk scene often need a cheaper - if not free - place to crash. That’s where folk music promoter Jeff Boudreau comes in. When out-of-town performers play gigs at venues such as Club Passim or Johnny D’s, Boudreau puts them up in his Grafton home. In thanks, they perform house concerts in his living room.

“Like any house concert, 100 percent of the donations go to the musician. Having a musician the caliber of a Tony Bird or a Sarah McQuaid play in my living room is payment enough for me,’’ said Boudreau.

Boudreau also runs the not-for-profit notloB (Bolton spelled backward) concert series at public venues across the area, including Newton’s Jackson Homestead. In October, he started the notfarG House Concerts, continuing his theme by using the reverse spelling of Grafton. He has since hosted artists including David Massengill, Marylou Ferrante, and Claudia Nygaard. Furniture is moved out of the living and dining rooms, chairs are moved in, and up to 25 guests are allowed in.

“There’s no amplification; it’s just the musician and his or her instrument and the audience sitting a couple of feet away,’’ said Boudreau. “I like stage concerts with amplification, too. I like both environments . . . but the house concerts offer an alternative.’’

Concert dates arise as opportunities do. Next up is Tony Bird, who performs Sunday at 7 p.m. A Malawi-born musician who began singing out against racial oppression in South Africa in 1969, Bird is considered the Bob Dylan of the antiapartheid movement. Here, he’s known for touring with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the 1980s. Bird lives in New York City now, and while his sound still lilts with the rhythms of his homeland, his lyrics are sharply pointed at issues we face here.

“I first met Tony in an elevator at UMass in Boston and figured he had to be a musician. He had long hair and a beat-up guitar case held together with duct tape. So I just struck up a rapport with him before I knew who he was,’’ said Boudreau. “It turned out I was talking to the guy they call the father of South African folk rock.’’

Also coming up are concerts with Celtic and American roots singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid, and country-blues guitarist Andy Cohen.

Occasionally, when demand surpasses the 25-person capacity, the venue will be a nearby location such as the Grafton Historical Society, or an additional house show will be added.

notfarG House Concerts: Tony Bird, two shows Sunday, a matinee and at 7 p.m.; Sarah McQuaid, 7:30 p.m. next Thursday; location provided with reservation. Suggested donation $15. Reserve at,

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One minor correction. At the time of the interview it was not known if Lucky 13 would be presented as a house concert or at the Grafton Historical Society as a benefit for same. That has been resolved, it will be the latter. More information soon at (notloB Folk Concerts) & (Grafton Historical Society).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

notloB Folk Concerts presents TONY BIRD, 2/21

notloB Folk Concerts


Tony Bird

notfarG House Concerts, Grafton

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Doors/pot luck @ 6pm, Concert @ 7pm

Suggested minimum donation $15

"Brilliantly original songwriter Tony Bird... wonderfully fuses African and European folk styles into songs that are clever, fun, urgent."
-- The Boston Globe

"Most of my life I've been on a search for things that can unite life, rather than divide it, possibly because of my very divisive background in growing up with colonialism and racism in Africa. My music has ended up being a synthesis of universal spirituality, politics and nature."
~ Tony Bird

Tony Bird is a folk rock singer-songwriter who was born and grew up in Nyasaland (now Malawi) in Southern Africa. He is known for his Dylanesque vocals and for his songs which describe life in colonial Nyasaland from a progressive anti-colonial point of view. He made his first solo performances at the Space Theatre in Cape Town where his unique African style was reviewed favorably by press and promoters. He recorded two albums in the 70s. His comeback CD Sorry Africa, released in 1990 on Rounder Records in the USA and Mountain Records in Europe and Africa, included the hit song "Mango Time", which describes the happiness of the mangoes being ripe, once a year.

He toured with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the 1980s, who recorded his song "Go Willie Go".

notloB Folk Concerts
Bringing traditional American, Canadian, British, and Celtic folk, folk revival, world, blues, roots and bluegrass/newgrass music toArlington, Boston, Grafton, Newton & Somerville.

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

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Name change in store for Club Passim?

The word on the street is Club Passim will soon be officially dropping half of its more commonly used name: "Club Passim" (which is a hybrid that honors its predecessors, the original "Club 47" and 1980's "Passim") will become "Passim". (The current official name is "Passim Folk Music and Cultural Center", see its web home page banner, and from its footer:
Copyright © 2010,, LLC.
and Passim Folk Music and Cultural Center. All rights reserved.
As explained to me, the name change is part of a re-branding scheme that will result in the presentation of much more pop, jazz and indy music, at the expense of much less folk.

For anyone who has been watching Club Passim operations over the last year, this change is not a surprise. During that time its music presentations have included tribute nights to 1980's pop icons Madonna and Radiohead, severed its living link with Club 47, and cast adrift its folk archives mission. Reverting to the 1980's name, in that light, makes perfect sense.

Keep you eye on for further developments.

For Boston-area folk fans this may seem like strike three, yer out! ( 2008 we lost "Folk Radio WUMB", replaced with AAA "music mix" WUMB, and in 2009 we lost "Folk on WGBH" and "Blues on WGBH"), but fans of folk music should not despair. The saying is every cloud has a silver lining, in this case that is true. Believe me, this cloud will turn out to have a platinum lining.

Stay tuned for details.

From, copied 2/13/10

Passim History

It's hard to believe that thousands of musicians consider playing in a room no larger than 30' x 40' that intimately seats 125 in a basement in Harvard Square as "making it." But they do, because this brick-floored subterranean locale is Club Passim, one of the nation's legendary cultural icons and epicenter of great folk and acoustic music. A place where musicians like Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Jackie Washington, Peter Wolf, Taj Mahal, Patty Larkin, Goeff & Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin, and Suzanne Vega cut their musical teeth before playing larger venues.

Why Legendary?
For more than 50 years, Club Passim has been known as a premier national venue presenting new and established traditional, folk, and acoustic musical performers. In all its incarnations, from the original Club 47 (1958-1968) to Passim (1969-1994) and finally as its present Club Passim, the club has been a special place for both artist and audience member. Probably more than any other single site, Club 47 can claim to have produced a generation of performers, record producers, festival organizers, and managers who remain a great influence on today\'92s music industry. Club 47 may have been the most influential club of its kind during the 1960s folk boom, even more so than clubs in New York and Berkeley. The venue's role in America's musical and cultural history is still being assessed in books, recordings, television documentaries, articles, and autobiographies.
Making History
Club Passim first opened as a jazz venue in 1958 under the name of Club 47. The first few months were rocky as the club was shut down by the Cambridge police. The local blue laws at the time prohibited more than three stringed instruments in a place that served food and beverages. So they got a non-profit educational charter and reopened as a private club, making people members at the door.
It wasn't long before it earned a reputation for good music, coffee, and company. And it was here that a friend of then unknown 17-year-old Joan Baez rented the club out just to get her on stage. Baez quickly built a worshipful following and became a regular feature. Here, she introduced Bob Dylan who played between acts.
The Club was shut down by Cambridge police once again, but the performers rallied and held their own hootenannies to keep the music going. Supporters soon realized that they had built a strong community around the club-a strong, close-knit community that remains to this day. The Club Today-40 More Years When rock-and-roll electrified the music and became "the sound," its influence lessened folk's popularity and broadened the folk spectrum simultaneously. But when the '60s came to a close, so did the era of Club 47, which was reborn into Passim and run by Bob and Rae Anne Donlin, who kept its flavor true to its roots. Best of all, Club Passim remains a small venue, where the audience is close enough to feel reverberation of music, see the sweat of the brow, and be a part of the art. Club Passim remains that community that began 40 years ago. It remains a non-profit organization that relies on members, donors, and volunteers for support.
The key to Club Passim's continued success is its audiences, who support new musicians, take risks, and lend an educated ear. But it's more than the music that brings them back. A notation in the club's Memory Book, written by a fan whose association with the club spans its history, sums up feelings of others who've passed through the room: "...The beauty of this place is that in 30 years, those of you who pass through this sacred room will have equally wonderful memories of performers whose careers were launched here. I hope your memories, felt years from now, will inspire the feelings of kinship with special musical experiences that mine do for me. Come here often. The specialness of this room will grow on you."
Music as a Mission
Plans are well underway to ensure the mission of Club Passim continues. It's more than the sharing of good music. As a non-profit, the club believes it critical to preserve and promote folk and acoustic music by nurturing new artists, offering varied programming, and featuring both new and established talent. The challenge to fulfill this mission is to keep it financially sound by building its membership base and continue strong fundraising efforts through donations, corporate sponsorships and grants. We hope you join us this year in supporting the artists and helping us keep playing the music for another 50 years.

From, copied 2/13/10

Club Passim

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Club Passim is a folk music club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was opened by Joyce Kalina (now Chopra) and Paula Kelley in 1958[1], when it was known as Club 47 (based on its then address, 47 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge; it moved to its present location on Palmer Street in 1963), and changed its name to simply Passim in 1969. "Passim" in the name is pronounced with the accent on the second syllable and as if that were "seem"; it derives from passim (usually pronounced differently), commonly found in footnotes. It adopted the present name in 1994; a combination of the earlier two names. At its inception, it was mainly a jazz and blues club, but soon branched out to include ethnic folk, then singer/songwriter folk.[2]
Artists who have performed there include Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Tom Rush, Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Joni Mitchell and many others.
In the 1960s, the club (when known as Club 47) played a role in the rise of folk-rock music, when it began to book folk/rock bands whose music was unrelated to traditional folk, such as the Lovin' Spoonful.[3] The club's importance to the 1960s Cambridge folk scene is documented extensively in Von Schmidt's Baby, Let Me Follow You Down: The Illustrated Story of the Cambridge Folk Years[4]. Scott Alarik described Club 47 as being "the hangout of choice for the new folkies" during that time.[2]
Today there is a Passim School of Music and Culture for Kids program. The School of Music offers workshops and classes to both teens and adults. [5] During the day it is a restaurant (Veggie Planet) which also serves food during performances.

[edit] Musicians

In 1961, Bob Dylan was said to have played at the club between sets for free so that he could say he had played at Club 47.[6] Dylan: A Biography gives a detailed account of Dylan's first visit to Club 47, where he saw Carolyn Hester perform and performed between Hester's sets in the hopes of impressing club manager Paula Kelley.[7]
Bonnie Raitt chose to attend Radcliffe College in Cambridge in order to be near Club 47, though the club closed temporarily after her first year as a student (1967).[8]
Bill Staines mentions Club 47 in his autobiography, The Tour: he saw his first coffeehouse performance there in 1962, as a sophomore in high school, and described Club 47 during the 1960s as "one of the premiere folk venues in the country."[9]
During the 1960s, Joan Baez sang regularly at Club 47.[7]
Bruce Springsteen was refused a gig at Club Passim.[10]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Cohen, Ronald (2002). Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970. University of Massachusetts Press (Amherst)
  2. ^ a b Alarik, Scott. "From Club 47 to Club Passim", in Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground (2003). Black Wolf (Cambridge, Mass.)
  3. ^ Unterberger, Richie (2002). Turn! Turn! Turn: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution. Backbeat (San Francisco).
  4. ^ Von Schmidt, Eric (1994). Baby, Let Me Follow You Down: The Illustrated Story of the Cambridge Folk Years, second edition. University of Massachusetts Press (Amherst)
  5. ^ Official Website
  6. ^ White, Timothy (2001). James Taylor: Long Ago and Far Away. Omnibus (London)
  7. ^ a b Spitz, Bob (1989). Dylan: A Biography. Norton (New York).
  8. ^ Gaar, Gillian G. (2002). She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll (second edition). Seal (New York)
  9. ^ Staines, Bill (2003). The Tour. Xlibris
  10. ^ Club Passim. (n.d.) "History of Club Passim." Retrieved on 2007-04-02.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Under the covers

"Music mix" WUMB (UMass Boston, 91.9fm, is touting a one-time program to air this Friday

2.8.10 | Join us Friday -- Under the Covers!
Imagine The Mammals covering Nirvana or Catie Curtis (pictured) covering a song from Morphine. Those are the kinds of treats that we’ll have for you on Friday as we celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early with Under The Covers. All day long we’ll feature nothing but covers done by your favorite WUMB artists. Click here for more details about these and other WUMB specials this week.

Great original program name. Or is it?

It seems Berklee's streaming internet station has been producing a show of cover songs since Fall, 2009.

Under The Covers

Live on the air Monday, 11pm

Photo_174 Everyone has a song that they have listened to over and over again and can sing every lyric perfectly. Under The Covers is a show dedicated to cover songs. Now you can hear your favorite tune with a new twist.


Cody Robbins


I am a bassist from Tulsa, OK. I play primarily jazz but i'm also in an alternative rock band called Sevi D and The Wilds. In high school my combo won the North Texas Jazz Festival and I received the Outstanding Soloist Award there as well. If you're into movies check out a new one by Brooke Adams called "Pet Peeves" where you'll find the score composed and performed by Sevi D and The Wilds. Peace Out, Happy Trails.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A benefit concert for the New England Folk Music Archives

notloB Folk Concerts


A benefit concert for the


The New England Folk Music Archives preserves, promotes and documents the ongoing cultural legacy of folk music and its connections to New England through education, collaboration and entertainment.


Sam Weiser on violin & viola,
SONiA Guitar and Vocals,
Phoebe Hunt Violin and Vocals,
Seth Kibel on Clarinet and Saxaphone,
Laura Cerulli on percussion,
Saso Sver on Guitar and Mandolin
and Nathaniel Smith on Cello

Friday, February 12

Doors open 7:30pm
Concert 8:00 pm

General Admission $15.00

Tickets ~

Proceeds from this concert help support The New England Folk Music Archives and its programs.

Production coordinated by notloB Folk Concerts

Fifteen-year-old Sam Weiser began playing the violin at three. By ten, Sam was concertmaster and soloist at the Norwalk Youth Symphony. He is the first Manhattan School of Music pre-college student to double-major in classical and jazz violin. He studies classical violin with world-renowned educator Patinka Kopec and jazz violin with Sara Caswell. Sam was the 2008/2009 recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, honoring the journalist and musician murdered in Pakistan in 2002, and was honored to be an emissary for music as a universal communication between all people. Sam was also the 2009/10 winner of the National American String Teachers' Association Alternative Styles Award.

Sam attended his first Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp in Nashville in 2002, where he was introduced to string music of multiple genres. His exposure to the variety, talent and vitality there began an artistic journey that frees him to embrace all music on the violin without boundaries. He has continued to attend O'Connor's camps ever since, and has made lasting friendships and created deep musical bonds there with world-famous instructors and musicians of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Sam also performs with Mark in the American String Celebration Tours and at fundraisers for the camps.

Sam met Grammy® nominee and world music artist SONiA of disappear fear on the FODfest (Friends of Danny Pearl) tour in 2008, along with many other talented musicians who donate their time. After just a few shows, Sam and SONiA bonded musically and personally. Sam wanted to record a CD to raise money for charity, and was thrilled to have SONiA help translate the diverse genres of music he hears in his head into reality. Sam signed with disappear records, and his debut CD, 'Sam I Am', will be released Feb 16, 2010. Guest artists on the CD include Phoebe Hunt of Belleville Outfit, Sara Caswell of The Caswell Sisters, Mike Block of the Mike Block Band/ Appalachia Waltz Trio, Lulo Reinhardt of the Lulo Reinhardt Project (Django Reinhardt's great-nephew), and Dennis Chambers of Santana and SONiA of disappear fear. All profits will go to the Daniel Pearl Foundation and FODfest.

Sam is a tenth grade honors student. He is a fanatic Mets fan, a NY Giants lover, a crazed Madden game aficionado and a rabid fantasy football and baseball team enthusiast. He is also a Fishman-endorsed artist, the youngest ever, and only uses Fishman pickups and amplification equipment.

Sam Weiser's Instruments: Violin, 5 String Wood Viper Electric Violin, 2009 artisan-made Jonathon Cooper 5 String Viola, David Segal Viola, Mandolin, Guitar.

More info / purchase tickets at

Artist's website:
notloB Folk Concerts
Bringing traditional American, Canadian, British, and Celtic folk, folk revival, world, blues, roots and bluegrass/newgrass music toArlington, Boston, Grafton, Newton & Somerville.

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

Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 Northeast Folk Festivals, updated 2/1/10

Updated 2/1/10.

The report is in two halves.

  • The first part has actual dates per the festival's website updated for 2010. When the website also has performer names they are listed.
  • The second part has best-guess dates based on past history.

The number in the "2010 tread" column is the first message about that festival. Please go to it and append comments about that particular festival there.

  • The source is a database within the NEFolknRoots news and discussion group. Feel free to share the information, but please cite the source.
  • This is a best effort to compile festival information into one location, but festivals are subject to change, you are advised to check with the producer before purchasing tickets or attending.
  • Email suggestions/corrections to

Northeast Folk/Roots/Bluegrass Festivals

Email suggestions/corrections to Program & performers subject to change, always verify with the festival.
Start Date v End Date Festival URL Genre City State 2010 Performers 2010 Thread Comments
1/8/10 1/9/10 BCMFest Celtic Cambridge & Medford MA 8063 BCMFest is the musician-run, winter music festival which celebrates the Boston area's rich heritage of Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton music and Dance.
1/30/10 1/30/10 NORTHERN ROOTS Traditional Music Festival Traditional American Brattleboro VT 9098 The Brattleboro Music Center's third annual Northern Roots Festival brings together local and regional musicians representing the best of various northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English, Swedish and French Canadian.
2/12/10 2/14/10 The Flurry Traditional dance Saratoga NY 8983 A Weekend Festival For Dancers & Music Lovers Of All Ages! Dances - Performances - Singing - Instrument Workshops Concerts - Jamming - Crafts...And More! Over 600 performers in eight venues. Over 250 events for all ages! Contact:
2/12/10 2/14/10 Joe Val Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass Framingham MA 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) 8494 Join the Boston Bluegrass Union and celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham. We have expanded workshops, educational programs, a great lineup of national and regional talent, music vendors, and around the clock picking. Our 2006 festival won the coveted "Event of the Year" award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
2/25/10 2/27/10 New England Americana Festival Americana Boston MA 8988 The New England Americana Festival is a music festival celebrating a long tradition of deep rooted American folk music. Over time, these roots have sprung many strong branches, the fruit of which we hope to share and celebrate throughout the 3 night festival of music and art. Bands from throughout the Northeast will be coming to share their versions of American folk music - their take on a profound tradition - a demonstrative road map on keeping true and pushing forward. Not unlike folk of all traditions, Americana passes down a history of the experience of a people and holds equal value upon artist as well as audience. The sharing of folk art rests upon the interdependence of audience and artist, sharing in a communal experience - the basis upon which the festival rests.
4/23/10 4/25/10 New England Folk Festival Traditional folk and dance Mansfield MA 9178 1/31: "The grids will be up on the site tomorrow, so it must be that time of year again. Hope to see all of you at the festival."
6/3/10 6/6/10 Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass folk & pop folk Preston CT Dailey & Vincent (Friday) Marty Stuart (Saturday) The Greencards (Sat & Sun) Peter Rowan (Friday) The Gibson Brothers (Friday) Dry Branch Fire Squad (Sat & Sun) The Farewell Drifters (Thur & Fri) Kenny & Amanda Smith (Saturday) Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (Thursday) The Boston Boys (Fri & Sat) Amy Gallatin (Thurs & Fri) Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa (Saturday) Rockin’ Acoustic Circus (Sunday) Darin & Brooke Aldridge (Sunday) Red Molly (Saturday), …and presenting our Folk Music Stage, featuring… The Kennedys (Sat) Dala (Sat) Vance Gilbert (Sat) Red Molly (Sat) Tracy Grammer (Sat) 9016
6/10/10 6/13/10 Roots on the River Festival Roots, Americana Bellows Falls VT Canadian singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith anchors this 4 day festival. 6 shows, 5 venues, 4 days. Outstanding lineups, great food reasonably priced, free parking, deluxe ticket packages. 10th Annual ROTR Festival set to open on Thursday, June 11 2009. Josh Maiocco, Chris Smither, Sonny Landreth, Ninja Monkeys, Spike Dogtooth, Roger Marin Band, Junior Brown, Jenee Halsted, Sweetback Sisters, Caroline Herring, Red Molly, Hayes Carll, The Bottle Rockets, Jeffrey Foucault, Fred Eaglesmith, and more to be added. 8899
6/10/10 6/13/10 Strawberry Park Cajun/ Zydeco Festival Cajun & Zydeco Preston CT Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie–Sat & Sun Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys–Fri & Sat Pine Leaf Boys–Sat & Sun Brian Jack & The Zydeco Gamblers–Sat & Sun Chris Ardoin & NuStep–Fri & Sat Donna the Buffalo–Saturday Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew–Thur, Fri & Sun Girl Howdy–Sunday Li’l Anne & Hot Cayenne–Thur & Fri Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp — Thur & Fri The derailers–Fri JimmyJo & The Jumbol’ayuhs–Fri & Sat The Hot Tamale Brass Band –Sat 9188
6/17/10 6/20/10 Jennybrook Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass Tunbridge VT Gibson Brothers, Seldom Scene, Don Rigsby & Dudley Connell, Leroy Troy & The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, , Audie Blaylcock & Redline, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, Summertown Road, Acoustic Blue, Smokey Greene, Hemingway Brothers, Brenda Mathews & Friends, and your host bands, The Seth Sawyer Band and The Sawyer Brothers. 8676
7/3/10 7/4/10 New Bedford Summerfest Contemporary folk, Celtic New Bedford MA ? 9101 1/29: "the festival is on. It will be Saturday and Sunday, July 3 & 4, 2010...." 1/30: Website remains unchanged from 2009 festival. From Facebook: "Information will be on in a few days but the page is problematic right now...we are working on issues."
7/16/10 7/18/10 Solarfest, Folk, jam, focus on VT musicians. Tinmouth VT ? 8631 We are looking forward to bringing you another great year of world-class entertainment, the best workshops the Northeast has to offer, plus over 100 vendors and exhibitors showcasing a wide variety of renewable energy and sustainability products, clothing, crafts and delicious food. Tickets go on sale in April. Performers and presenters will be listed as they are confirmed. Workshop proposal and volunteer applications will be available in mid-January. Mark your calendars for SolarFest 2010 - July 16, 17 and 18! For more than 15 years, demonstrating the power of positive energy!
7/23/10 7/25/10 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Contemporary singer-songwriter Hillsdale NY SCOD, The Brilliant Inventions, Swing Caravan and chuck e costa 8554 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
7/23/10 7/25/10 Lowell Folk Festival Traditional & ethnic folk Lowell MA ? 9187 With hundreds of thousands of visitors attending annually, the experience is ever-changing. The four producing partners: The City of Lowell, the Lowell Festival Foundation, Lowell National Historical Park, and the National Council for the Traditional Arts, have continued organizing and presenting the Festival annually during the last full weekend in July.
7/29/10 8/1/10 Gathering of the Vibes Festival Singer-songwriter, bluegrass, psychodelic, soul, rock, reggae. Bridgeport CT ? 9186 Gathering of the Vibes is an annual music, arts and camping festival now in its 15th year. Vibes has grown into a four-day festival that has featured such world-class talent as Crosby, Stills and Nash; all living members of the Grateful Dead; the Allman Brothers Band; James Brown; the Black Crowes; Buddy Guy; George Clinton and P-Funk; Bruce Hornsby; Les Claypool; and many, many more big names, while continuing to showcase extraordinarily talented, young, up-and-coming bands to the 15-25 thousand people who attend each year.
7/30/10 8/1/10 Newport Folk Festival Traditional & revival, roots, singer-songwriter, pop. Newport RI ?
Had gotten to be pop, last year came back to some folk.
8/5/10 8/8/10 Podunk Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass E. Hartford CT Blackstone Valley Bluegrass David Davis and the Warrior River Boys The Earl Brothers Freight Hoppers The Gibson Brothers The Greencards Hot Buttered Rum Josh Williams Band Mike Cleveland & Flamekeepers Next Best Thing Packway Handle Band Rhonda Vincent & the Rage Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Southern Rail The Expedition Show 8059
8/8/10 8/8/10 Wachusett Valley Folk Festival Folk, singer-songwriter, pop folk, comedy. Westminster Ma Ashbrook Haynes – Brooks Williams – Don White – Maeve – Mustard’s Retreat – Pesky J Nixon – Susan Werner – Vance Gilbert

8/28/10 8/29/10 LIMM Seafood Craft & Music Festival Sea Shanty West Sayville NY ? 8156
9/3/10 9/5/10 Rhythm and Roots Festival Cajun, Zydeco, Blues Charlestown RI ? 9189
9/25/10 9/26/10 Working Waterfront Festival Sea Shanty New Bedford MA ? 9190 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival. Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.
10/9?/10 10/10?/10 Taunton River Folk Festival Traditional and revival folk and blues. Taunton MA ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival. The Taunton River Folk Festival is a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation organized to promote and support live traditional folk music and the arts in Greater Taunton, Mass. The Festival's theme is unifying music, community and environment to increase awareness and stewardship of our precious watershed area. The festival directly supports the efforts of the Taunton River Watershed Alliance ( Performers in the Festival all participate in workshops, panel discussions and jam sessions, in the spirit of 'front porch' music - the very essence of the folk tradition.
5/?/10 5/?/10 North Shore Folk Festival tba Salem MA ? 8312 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
6/?/10 6/?/10 Beacon Riverfest & Traditional Beacon NY ? 8629 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
6/?/10 6/?/10 Clearwater Folk, blues, roots Croton-on-Hudson NY ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
6/?/10 6/?/10 RI Sustainable Living Festival Folk & contemporary singer-songwriter. W. Coventry RI ?
Sponsored by the Apeiron Institute. As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
7/17?/10 7/18?/10 Green River Festival Americana Greenfield MA ? 9116 As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
7/?/10 7/?/10 Champlain Valley Folk Festival "Honoring Traditional Music and Dance in the Champlain Valley" Ferrisburgh VT ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
9/6/10? 9/6/10? Bread and Roses Festival Folk Revival Lawrence MA ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
9/?/10 9/?/10 Joe Davies Folk Festival Contemporary folk, blues, singer-songwriter, pop. Middleborough MA ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival.
9/?/10 9/?/10 Boston Folk Festival Contemporary singer-songwriter, pop. Boston MA ?
As of 1/24/10 the website has not been updated since the 2009 festival. "pop" you ask? Here's the evidence - Kerri Powers' 2009 performance of the Bee Gee's "To Love Somebody" -