Tuesday, April 27, 2010

notloB News, May 2010

notloB Folk Concerts News

May, 2010

Bringing traditional American, Canadian, British, and Celtic traditional folk, folk revival, folk rock, 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. Turn your radio on.
  3. Fans of former Boston folk programs on WGBH & WUMB
  4. Other traditional folk, folk revival, roots, bluegrass, blues and Celtic concert recommendations.
  5. Dinner and a show.
  6. Volunteer and needs wish list.
  7. Housekeeping.

CONCERTS! May will be a very busy month. We welcome for the first time Tao Rodriguez Seeger (Pete’s grandson and Peggy’s (notloB 11/08) grand nephew); for the third time Brendan Hogan and for the first time two time International Bluegrass Music Association guitarist of the year Jim Hurst. You will find detailed artist and concert information at the website.





Suggested Donation


Unity Church of God, Somerville

Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band


$15 at the door; $12 if reservation is made at least 24 hours in advance, UCG members and seniors; $10 students with ID


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. Visit his website for more information.

2. Turn your radio on.

notloB’s Jeff Boudreau co-hosts and produces “In the Tradition”, Tuesdays 5-8pm, WCUW, 91.3fm, http://www.wcuw.org
Past phone guests include Peggy Seeger, David Massengill, Geoff Bartley, Marc Fields (the Banjo Project) and Linda Leslie (NEFFA Program Chair). Past live in studio guests include Debra Cowan, Outrageous Fortune, Neptune’s Car and Jubilee Connolly and Gail Hunt from the band Jubilee Gardens.

Tao Rodriguez Seeger: Thursday, 5/29, WICN's "Folk Revival" 90.5fm, www.wicn.org, some time between 7-10pm.

Tao Rodriguez Seeger: Friday, 5/30, WCUW's "American Roots" 91.3fm, www.wcuw.org, 11:15am

3. Fans of former Boston folk programs on WGBH & WUMB.

“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 notlobreservations@gmail.com.

This past Saturday WUMB announced it was terminating Barnes Newbury’s long-running “Highway 61 Revisited. Their announcement:

4.24.10 | Changes with Highway 61 Revisited
After more than nine years as host of Highway 61 Revisited, we're sorry to announce that Barnes Newberry has decided to leave. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We're currently exploring options about what to do now on Saturday mornings from 8:00am-Noon, and we'd love to hear from our listeners. If you have any thoughts about the future of our Saturday morning programming, please write to us at wumb@umb.edu.

If you were a fan of the program I encourage you to do as they request. You can read more about the way the cancellation was handled in End of the Highway.

To learn more about the national trend of “public” stations dropping folk and roots music, I invite you to visit http://keeppublicradiopublic.com/

4. 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.

Friday, April 30

Hollender's Hosses Bluegrasz Ensembleh

David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee


Come, all ye pickers and grinners! Hollender's Hosses will be giving their premiere performance at the David Friend Recital Hall this Friday eve! Bring your own hoss and get ready for...

Etienne Cremieux, fiddle and beard
Ben Walters, doghouse bass and nosepickin'
Lukas Pool, guitar and drool
Melissa Wright, a-singin and a-mandolinin
Jackson Dulaney, dobro and smooth talkin
and last but certain-ly not least, Gabe Hirshfield, on the plunk and stomp.

Etienne and Gabe are members of Red Hot Blacktop, notloB 3/12/10

Monday, May 3, a double header


Stash's Senior Recital

Berklee - 1140 Boylston Street

My senior recital, it's gonna be so FUN! Wow, lots of fun MUSIC. WITH LOTS Of great great wonderful musicians. My life at this music institution is ending and i'm celebrating it with my friends.

We're going to play my tunes, other people's tunes, and tunes that nobody knows where they're from.

Duncan Wickel - Fiddle
Dominick Leslie - Mandolin
Sam Grisman - Bass

Guest Appearances by:

Eric Robertson - Mandolin and vocals
Ben Krakauer - Banjo

This recital is before Mandolin Night at Berklee in the Berklee Performance Center. and you can make it to both events, i'll be playing with the Boston Boys at Mandolin Night shortly after this recital.

The notloB connections – Stash w/ Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers 5/23/09 & 1/23/10 & Boston Boys 5/10/09; Samson w/ Joy Kills Sorrow & The Boston Boys, 5/9/09; Ben Krackauer, 11/6/09.


Mandolin Mashup Berklee Performance Center Student Showcase

Berklee - 136 Mass. Ave

Sierra Hull
Jacob Jolliff
Eric Robertson/Boston Boys
Dominick Leslie
Suzanne Oleson/Chasing Blue
and more!

Contemporary bluegrass, jazz, and original music featuring Berklee's finest student mandolinists.

A mere $3 for all this talent!

The notloB connection - Eric Robertson/Boston Boys 5/10/09.

Friday, May 7

The Eilen Jewell Band

Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley

The notloB connection – The Sacred Shakers, 1/31/09.

Monday, May 10

Women in Trad

Club Passim

From Liz Simmons

Hey friends,
Hope everyone is doing well! Just giving you a heads up that Hannah Sanders and I are hosting a Celtic Music Monday entitled Women in Trad on Monday, May 10th @ 8 PM- please go to the Passim website to purchase tickets- the price is $12/6 for members.

The lineup is six women who play traditional music: in the Scottish genre is Katie McNally & Bethany Waickman; holding down the Irish set will be Tess Ruderman & Catherine Joyce; and Hannah Sanders and myself will sing our usual traditional English songs with some American material thrown in for good measure :)

Please come if you can! It's going to be great fun and Passim serves beer and wine now!! ;)

Hope to see y'all there~

P.S. check out the websites of some of the performers:

The notloB connections: Liz Simmons & Hannah Sanders, 4/11/10; Katie McNally, 5/16/09; Bethany Waickman, 11/6/09.

Saturday, May 29

Bob Dylan Tribute hosted by Bob Jordan

WCUW, 910 Main Street, Worcester

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.

5. 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”.


@ Loring Greenough House ~ publicity, hospitality and set-up/take-down.

@ 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.

7. 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 notlobmusic@gmail.com 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 http://www.reverbnation.com/notlob, then send an email to notlobreservations@gmail.com 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 notlobreservations@gmail.com

Keep your lamp trimmed and burning!

Jeff Boudreau

notloB Folk Concerts
Website ~ http://sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic/

Blog ~ http://notlobmusic.blogspot.com

Folk news ~ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NorthEastFolknRoots/

Facebook ~ http://tinyurl.com/notlobfacebook

"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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