Friday, March 26, 2010

notloB Newsletter - April

notloB Folk Concerts News

April, 2010

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

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

In this edition

  2. Mailing list – back to roots
  3. Reservation address changed
  4. Turn your radio on.
  5. Fans of Folk Radio WUMB
  6. Other traditional folk, folk revival, roots, bluegrass, blues and Celtic concert recommendations.
  7. Dinner and a show.
  8. Volunteer and needs wish list.
  9. Housekeeping.

EQUALIZER – Thanks to a very generous patron, the Unity Church of God now has an equalizer in its sound system and Dana is able to make the concerts sound better than ever!






Suggested Donation


notfarG House Concerts, Grafton

Zoe Mulford



notloB returns to its first home! the Loring Greenough House


$15- at the door; $12- if reservation is made at least 24 hours in advance and Tuesday Club members; $10- for students and seniors; $30- max for families. Addition of a $1/person “preservation fee” that goes to the LG House.


Jackson Homestead, Newton

Hannah Sanders & Liz Simmons

$12, $10 for museum members and all making reservations at least 24 hours in advance. $45 immediate family maximum. All donations go to the museum and artist.


Unity Church of God, Somerville

Tao Rodriguez-Seeger & Friends



Jackson Homestead, Newton

Brendan Hogan

$10. $7.50 for museum members and those making reservations at least 24 hours in advance. All donations go to the museum and artist.


Loring Greenough House

Jim Hurst

$19 in advance, $24 (if available) at the door + $1 preservation fee.


Unity Church of God, Somerville

Long Time Courting

$15/door, $12/advance, $5-10 for students, kids, seniors


Jackson Homestead, Newton

Jo Williamson

$10, $7.50 with advance reservation, $5 children under 12, $50 immediate family max. $7.50 for museum members. All donations go to the museum and artist.


notfarG House Concerts, Grafton

Bill & Eli Perras


Jim Hurst, a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association guitar player of the year, will be in the area for several days and available for private lessons and group workshops. Email

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, please do not use the old Comcast address.

4. Turn your radio on.

notloB’s Jeff Boudreau co-hosts and produces “In the Tradition”, Tuesdays 5-8pm, WCUW, 91.3fm,
3/30: ROCKY KRAMM & KERI ANDERSON of Whalebone Farmhouse (live in studio, 6:30);
PEGGY SEEGER (notlob 10/09) phone interview @ 7:30.
4/13: TRI, live in studio.

4/20: LINDA LESLIE, NEFFA Program Chair, talking about the 65th New England Folk Festival, 7pm.

5. “Supporters of folk and blues on WGBH” has served the community well as a news sharing 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

6. 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.

Saturday, March 27

ed sanders talks sings & plays

Worcester State College


poet activist & musician Ed Sanders holds forth at fuller theater 2nd floor administration bldg.HE is the leader of the FUGS and the Author of many Books, a historian and maker of history. FIRST WORCESTER APPEARANCE. His career spans the last 5 decades. It's part of the Charles OLson centenery taking place at Clark/WPI/ & Worcester State,thursday thru Sat. opening the show will be a rendition of Olson's"Appolonious At Tyana" a piece for Words and Dance, with Sarah Slifer, Robert Steele, Mark Wagner, Bob Jordan & more. free will donation requested

Saturday, March 27

Jon Short House Concert


Saturday, March 27

Claire Lynch Band - Farewell Jim Hurst!

Portsmouth, RI
Common Fence Music Series
Box Office: 401-683-5085

This is Jim Hurst’s very last concert, his and Clair’s association spans more than 15 years and two bands. The two-time IBMA guitarist of the year is embarking on a solo career.

Monday, March 29, 8pm

Geoff Bartley’s Open Mike @ The Cantab Lounge
Feature @ 9:30: Bill McQuaid

Tuesday, March 30

BLUEGRASS Pickin’ Party 8pm
Feature @ 10pm: Jubilee Mule

Friday, April 2

"Meditations on the Passion"

The 30th anniversary performance of Bob Franke's Passion cantata

Venue: Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead

This year's performance includes Reggie Harris, Ellen Groves, Sally Rogers, Howard Bursen, the Short Sisters, Martin Grosswendt, Geoff Bartley, Kate Katzberg, and Mark Simos. There will be a single performance at 8pm. Suggested donation to defray costs is $15.

Saturday, April 10

Tony Bird, (African Folk-Rock)

Lincoln House Concert

Suggested donation: $20


Saturday, April 17

Peggy Seeger

It is with mixed emotions that I share news that Peggy Seeger is moving away from Boston. I spoke with Ms. Seeger this evening, she said the time is right to move back to England. I cannot use her exact words without permission, but they were humorous and delightful. Let's wish her well, and give her a big send off at the concert detailed below.

Peggy graced the notloB stage with Jack Hardy and David Massengill back in October, 2008. It will be my pleasure to have her as guest by telephone on "In the Tradition on Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30pm (WCUW, 91.3fm,

Farewell Boston Concert and Benefit for Eastern Service Workers Association (ESWA) at International Community Church, 557 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134. Opening at 7:30pm by Irish singer/guitarist Kate McD. (Doors open at 7:05) Suggested Donation of $20. Call ESWA at 617-265-9200 for tickets or donate at the door.

Continuing series…


@ WCUW-fm studios, 910 Main Street, Worcester

WCUW 91.3 is the proud recipient of a 2010 Worcester Cultural Commission Arts Lottery grant. This funding will allow WCUW 91.3 to continue presenting "low-cost" concerts in our FRONTROOM as well as at Clark University's Razzo Hall.

Live Performances in WCUW's "Front Room at 910 Main". WCUW has renovated and created an intimate performance space that looks good and sounds great.

Doors open at 7 PM. Tickets are $10, $8 WCUW Members/Students

April 3rd: Paul Geremia – 8PM

April 10th: Robin O'Hera / Jon Short - 7PM
April 17th: Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band - 7PM
May 8th: Diabolis Musica - Razzo Hall - 7PM

Tickets are available to all the concerts on-line at

Volunteers needed for all shows. Call 508-753-1012 to sign up.

Saturday, APRIL 10, 2010, 8:00 PM


Name change. Another group had rights to Djärv

St. John's Methodist Church
80 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA
Handicapped Accessible
Reservations & information: (781) 862-7837 or send email

Friday, April 30

Tom Paxton

Club Passim

The above concert and events 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.

7. 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.

9. 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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