Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Gang Who Could Not Shoot Straight, Part Two....

...or...WUMB cannot say the "f" word.  In two ways.


Part one - The words "folk" and "roots" have been purged from WUMB's mission statement

From the UMass Boston office of enrollment, it currently reads:
Serving radio listeners through WUMB-FM, the university’s NPR music station in Boston; and promoting WUMB Radio and its relationship to UMass Boston. Through WUMB, producing such activities as Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire, Guitar workshops, the Boston Folk Festival on the UMass Boston campus, and community engagement projects.

Until recently, and since the switch from folk to AAA, it had read:

Serving radio listeners, particularly the folk and roots music audience, through WUMB-FM, the university's public radio station; and promoting WUMB-FM and its relationship to UMass Boston. Through WUMB, producing such activities as Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire and the Boston Folk Festival on the UMass Boston campus.
Bolding mine.

Part two.  The e-newsletter.

An electronic newsletter for the
WUMB folk radio community

Some two-and-a-half years since WUMB changed formats and its self-description went from "Folk Radio WUMB" to "Music Mix" (and now "Boston's Music Station"), management has finally realized that its monthly e-newsletter still bore the dreaded "f" word.  "Folk Ripples", last seen in the July edition,

WUMB E-Newsletter July, 2010

An electronic newsletter for the
WUMB radio community
July 2010

July 30th at Noon

Eilen Jewell in studio for Live at Noon

August 3 at 2pm

Rebecca Loebe live in studio

August 6 at Noon

Danielle Miraglia in studio for Live at Noon

August 11

Judy Collins in studio; time: TBA

Out Now

Renmin Park Vol. 1
(Latent Recordings)

Close Up Vol. 1

(Yep Roc)

Cha Cha Cha
(Lonesome Day)

(429 Records)

No Better Than This (produced by T Bone Burnett)

Tin Can Trust
(Shout! Factory)

(Downtown Records)

God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise

Junky Star (produced by T Bone Burnett
(Lost Highway)

Be My Thrill

Any comments? Let us know what you think.
Judy, Tom and Kenny - an Incredible Night of Music on August 11th - tickets to the event are tax deductible!

tomrush150 It will be an incredible night of music on Wednesday August 11th when WUMB presents Judy Collins, Tom Rush (in photo) and Kenny White together in concert for one night only. The event will kick-off the new multi-million dollar campaign to benefit WUMB. Tickets are available right now, and – they’re tax deductible. If you’d like to get more information about the event or learn more about our capital campaign click here.

Folk Music vs BP

drewlandry150 The White House oil spill commission got some advice in an unexpected form this past week: a stirring folk song from a Louisiana native who pushed those assembled to "just do the right damn thing." During a public comment period toward the end of the commission's meeting, Drew Landry, a native of Lafeyette, told the commissioners that the army of contractors brought in to clean up the oil flooding the gulf are largely wasting the region's limited financial resources. Click here to see the performance for yourself.

The New Faces of Folk

lauramarling150 Folk music continues to reinvent itself as it has throughout history. Here’s an interesting article that profiles some of the young emerging artists (like Laura Marling in picture) who are attempting to redefine folk music today. Click here to read the entire article.

Summer Acoustic Music Week – still room in August

samw150 Dick Pleasants is just back from the July Summer Acoustic Music Week, and reports that everyone had a tremendous time! We just want to remind you that there’s still some room available for the session coming up August 22nd through the 28th. Instructors for the August session include Kate Campbell, The Kennedys, Bob Franke and more! Click here to learn more about the Summer Acoustic Music Week experience!

New Avett Brothers Video

avettbros150 The Avett Brothers have just finished the video for their latest song “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise.” The song was written about “the temporary nature of buildings and our mentality” says Scott Avett, “accepting the temporary state we may be in”. The artwork was done by Ryan Mitcham. It’s a very creative video, click here to watch it.

Two Big Shows Next Week – and WUMB has tix to give away!

lilith_fair150Two big shows are making their way through Boston this week. The Lilith Tour featuring Sarah McLachlan and Winterbloom is happening on Friday, and Steve Earle & Hot Tuna are in town on Saturday. WUMB has tickets to give away for both of these shows. Just make sure to listen all week! Click here for more information.

Music Briefs...
  • Nick Lowe is touring the U.S. for the first time in years! Click here for a list of dates (including one in Somerville!) Click here to read more .
  • New York graphic designer Dan Cassaro has designed and recently released a map of New Jersey where all the names (streets, buildings, parks) are also lyrics from Bruce Springsteen songs. Click here to take a look.
  • What does the signature of a musician say about them? Here’s an interesting article where Dr. Donna Schwontkowski analyzes the handwriting of Johnny Cash. Click here to read more about it.
  • Concert promoter Charlie Levy published an open letter to the the artists involved in the “Sound Strike”, asking for them to reconsider the boycott and to use Arizona performances to register opposition to the law. Conor Oberst responded to that with a letter he wrote to Charlie. Click here to read it.
  • Country legend Hank Cochran passed away earlier this week. He was 74. Cochran was a Nashville titan in the 1960s, writing Patsy Cline's first Number One hit, "I Fall to Pieces." He later penned tracks for George Jones, Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn.

WUMB Radio can be heard on the web or on the radio in Boston (91.9FM), Worcester (91.9FM), Falmouth (91.9FM), Newburyport (91.7FM), Orleans (1170AM). now simply "Ripples".

WUMB E-Newsletter August 2010

An electronic newsletter for the
WUMB radio community
August 2010

August 26 at 7:30 a.m.

A live performance from SAMW featuring John Kirk & Trish Miller

August 27 at 7:30 a.m.

The Kennedy’s perform live from SAMW

August 27 at Noon

Cindy Bullens in studio for Live at Noon

August 28 at 11 a.m.

A Steve Winwood one hour retrospective

September 1 at 2 p.m.

Red Molly live in studio

September 3 at Noon

Vance Gilbert in studio for Live at Noon

Out Now
God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise

No Better Than This (produced by T Bone Burnett)

Tin Can Trust
(Shout! Factory)

Butcher Holler
(Signature Sounds)

Safe Upon The Shore
(Great Big Sea)

Dream Attic
(Shout! Factory)

(Skaggs Family Records)

Be My Thrill

The Well

Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions

Junky Star (produced by T Bone Burnett
(Lost Highway)

JENNY & JOHNNY (Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice
I’m Having Fun Now
(Warner Bros.)

Any comments? Let us know what you think.
WUMB-Now In Stow on 91.7 FM

wumblogo105 WUMB is very pleased to announce that the newest addition to our network signed on-air a few weeks ago − WUMG-FM in the Stow/Maynard area at 91.7FM, broadcasting with 500 watts of power. It’s in partnership with WAVM at Maynard High School. We expect the signal to reach south/southwest to Marlborough, Wayland and some of Framingham, north to Boxborough and Acton, and east to Concord! Look at our website for more information in the coming weeks.

Bob Dylan Artwork

dylanartwork105 You might remember the cover to the Band’s debut album “Music From Big Pink” with the artwork done by Bob Dylan. The fact is Bob’s been painting since the 60’s. He will have some of his new artwork on display at Denmark’s Statens Museum for Kunst on September 4th running through January 30th. This new collection is called the “Brazil Series” and will showcase his love for the atmosphere of the country. Click here to see some of the art for yourself.

WUMB Guitar, Mandolin & Banjo Clinic

guitaraclinic105 It doesn’t matter if you’re a master or just a beginner, the next WUMB Guitar Clinic is happening on Sunday October 3. There will be everything from Beginning Guitar with Martin Grosswendt, Melodic Songwriting with Cliff Eberhardt, Mountain Dulcimer with Lorraine Hammond, two finger banjo picking with Bennett Hammond, and everything else in between. Space is limited for this event! Click here for more information.

Arsenic and Clam Chowder

aresenicclam105 The Chicago area History Singers created new lyrics to the 1890's novelty tune, "Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?" with "Who Put the Arsenic in Mrs. Bliss's Chowder?" which you can see the video of here. The song helps to promote the new book by Boston-area author James Livingston, Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York which recounts the sensational 1896 murder trial of Mary Alice Livingston, a member of one of the most prestigious families in New York, who was accused of murdering her own mother, Evelina Bliss. The bizarre instrument of death, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, had been delivered to the victim by her ten-year-old granddaughter. You can purchase a copy of the book on here, and as with any purchase you make through the WUMB Web link to Amazon, WUMB will receive a portion of the sale.

It Was An Amazing Evening!

wumbgala105 WUMB's Capital Campaign 'kick-off' event on August 11th was an absolutely incredible event with lots of great food, incredible friends and phenomenal music featuring Carolyn Waters from the WUMB Summer Acoustic Music Week, Kenny White, Tom Rush, and Judy Collins. It was a terrific night that we won’t forget! Whether you were there or not, you can experience some of the magical moments here.

Americana Music Association Awards

mellencamp105The Americana Music Association announced the recipients of their Lifetime Achievement Awards, to be presented at the AMA’s 2010 Honors and Awards show during the 9th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference September 8-11 in Nashville, Tennessee. The honorees are John Mellencamp (in photo), Wanda Jackson, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz, and Brian Ahern. Performances are expected from Shelby Lynne, Todd Snider, Sarah Jarosz (WUMB’s Best New Artist of 2009) and more! Click here to read more.

Live from SAMW

kennedys150Make sure to listen to the Morning Show with Dave Palmater at 7:30 tomorrow and Friday as Dick Pleasants is up in New Hampshire at the Summer Acoustic Music Week broadcasting live! We still have some very special guests lined up for the rest of the week including a performance from John Kirk & Trish Miller tomorrow and The Kennedy’s (in photo) on Friday! Listen live here.

Music Briefs...
  • Sad news the last few weeks as we unfortunately lost some incredible musicians. Longtime Neil Young sideman Ben Keith passed away earlier in the month at the age of 73. Kenny Edwards, a co-founding member of the Stone Poneys, died last week after battles with cancer and a blood disorder. He was 64. And finally, we also lost Richie Hayward, drummer for the band Little Feat.
  • Ryan Adams is releasing previously unheard material in the Fall, and a new album in the new year. Read more about it here.
  • Roseanne Cash just released her memoir Composed (which should be a fascinating read) and will begin recording a new album with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in November.
  • The Grammy nominations will once again be unveiled in a prime-time special on December 1st. The awards will actually take place on February 13th.
  • The Bruce Springsteen documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town is set to premiere Sept. 14 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is directed by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. Look for the new Promise documentary upcoming on HBO and a reissue of the classic 1978 Springsteen and The E Street Band album, Darkness on the Edge of Town later this year.
  • Columbia Records will release Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Volume 9 – The Witmark Demos on Tuesday, October 19th, in conjunction with his first eight long-playing albums in a box set titled Bob Dylan – The Original Mono Recordings.

WUMB Radio can be heard on the web or on the radio in Boston (91.9FM), Worcester (91.9FM), Falmouth (91.9FM), Newburyport (91.7FM), Orleans (1170AM).

The continued use of the "f" word, first observed by this blog here, by a station that is so adamantly opposed to folk was a real annoyance.

Thank you for not using the "f' word, now just one question.  Why did it take so long?

....and stay tuned for The Gang Who Could not Shoot Straight, Part Three....

The August "Ripples" announces the new Stow repeater....

WUMB-Now In Stow on 91.7 FM

WUMB is very pleased to announce that the newest addition to our network signed on-air a few weeks ago − WUMG-FM in the Stow/Maynard area at 91.7FM, broadcasting with 500 watts of power. It’s in partnership with WAVM at Maynard High School. We expect the signal to reach south/southwest to Marlborough, Wayland and some of Framingham, north to Boxborough and Acton, and east to Concord! Look at our website for more information in the coming weeks.

...but the footer fails to list it
WUMB Radio can be heard on the web or on the radio in Boston (91.9FM), Worcester (91.9FM), Falmouth (91.9FM), Newburyport (91.7FM), Orleans (1170AM).

Keep an eye on this barnburner, folks (excuse me for using the "f" word), track record for this kind of an update is 2.5 years.


Update 11/22/10.

In the well-documented purge of the "f" word (folk, that is) from the WUMB-FM website and e-newsletter, there is one place it remains.  Copy and paste into your browser and see where it leads.


Current Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
IP Address: (ARIN & RIPE IP search)
Record Type: Domain Name
Server Type: Apache 2
Lock Status: clientTransferProhibited
WebSite Status: Active

   WUMB Radio 
   UMass Boston 100 Morrissey Blvd.
   Boston, MA 02125



Dig deeper, clicking on the domain registration page's "AboutUs: ALLABOUTFOLK.COM" leads us to, where we see more information about WUMB-FM.

Why does a "public" radio station licensed to a state university that has a a pop AAA format need such a domain supported with taxpayers dollars?  Especially when it has gone out of its way to send the "f' word down the memory hole!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blackstone Valley Folk, the Grafton Sessions


Marylou Ferrante of Millbury is the featured artist Thursday for the studio shoot of "Blackstone Valley Folk, the Grafton Sessions" at GCTV.
Photo by Beth Fredinger

The first public shoot for "Blackstone Valley Folk, the Grafton Sessions," will be this Thursday, featuring Millbury artist Marylou Ferrante.

The Grafton Community Television program is hosted by Grafton native and not-for-profit folk concert producer / WCUW-fm’s “In the Tradition” host Jeff Boudreau. Shows will be recorded in front of live studio audiences, with the program slated for debut on the local access cable station this Fall.

The show will feature Blackstone River Valley and other local artists who perform in the old-time, traditional, blues and Celtic music genre, with the occasional nationally touring musician who is passing through the Valley, Boudreau said.

All shows are recorded at the GCTV station, 296 Providence Road, Grafton (near the intersection of routes 122 & 122A, behind Charter Cable), with two shoots scheduled each evening, 7-8:15 p.m. and 8:30-9:45 p.m. Members of the community, including well-behaved children, are invited to attend for free, but seating is very limited and reservations to are recommended. 
The audience should arrive 15-20 minutes before the evening’s shoots.

Thursday's sessions will include Marylou Ferrante, who performs pre-war acoustic blues, and Whiskey Boys, a traditional fiddle/guitar duo based in Boston.

The schedule (subject to change):

One program already is in the can -- Jim Hurst, two time International Bluegrass Music Association guitar player of the year who passed through Grafton during a New England tour, will be the subject of the program’s premiere.

Blackstone Valley Folk, the Grafton Sessions on Facebook.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pete Seeger Debuts New BP Protest Song

Video: Pete Seeger Debuts New BP Protest Song

Songwriter talks inspiration behind "God's Counting on Me, God's Counting on You"

Pete Seeger may be 91 years old, but the iconic folk singer still has plenty to protest. On Friday night at New York's City Winery, Seeger debuted a new song he wrote about the disastrous BP oil spill as part of a fundraising concert for the Gulf Restoration Network and Global Green USA . "It's a strange, strange song," said Seeger about the new tune, which featured a simple finger-picked chord progression and gravelly ominous lyrics like, "When the drill baby drill turns to spill baby spill/God's counting on me/God's counting on you." Check out video of "God's Counting on Me, God's Counting on You" above.
After his set, Seeger told Rolling Stone he doesn't write many songs these days, but the oil spill inspired him to team up with folk singer Lorre Wyatt to write the track at his home in Beacon, New York. "I'm a fan of old songs that have a lot of repetition, spirituals," Seeger said. "Some of the greatest songs in the world only have one line, like 'This little light of mine.' "
It was a busy week for Seeger. On Wednesday, he traveled to Albany, New York, where he sang the new number outside the state senate chamber to protest hydraulic fracturing, a controversial natural gas drilling technique. "I performed for 40 newspaper and radio reporters," he said. "It made sense down there, too. When there's a great big problem lets get together and do something about it and not leave it up to the government, the rich the poor."


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

notloB Parlour Concerts announces its Fall season at the historic Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain


notloB Parlour Concerts announces its Fall season
at the historic Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain, MA ~ notloB Parlour Concerts returns to the historic Loring-Greenough House to present five acoustic concerts over a four month period.

date artist url
Wednesday, September 08  Jenee Halstead & Robby Hecht,

Friday, September 17 Tashina Clarridge & Jefferson Hamer

Wednesday, October 27  David Rovics
Saturday, November 06 A world-renowned artist whose name, due to contractual obligations cannot be revealed until the end of September.
Saturday, December 04  Julie Metcalf and Mariel Vandersteel,

All times are doors 7:30pm, concert 8:00pm (times may move up 30 minutes, check the website for the current information).

Artists, dates and time are subject to change, current information can be found at the notloB website - and/or by joining the mail list at or by sending an email to

The Jamaica Plain series is in addition to larger concerts presented at the Unity Church of God in Davis Square, Somerville.  That series' artists will be announced soon.

About the artists

Jenee Halstead

"You'll hear strains of Emmylou Harris ..."

A year-and-a-half removed from the release of her debut full-length The River Grace, Hollow Bones is a bold step forward for someone years ahead of her time. With a relentless and renewed spirit Halstead has a firm grasp on her abilities, never once pushing her limits. Much of the credit for said maturation goes to time spent in the bluegrass band The Broken Blossoms, an experience that she freely admits led to her maturation as a songwriter. "Being in the Broken Blossoms was an important part of me growing as a songwriter, it allowed me look to the future and figure out what I want to do. In the end, I realized I had to hone my own voice in songwriting and continue telling great stories."

Utilizing a roots backdrop once again, Hollow Bones draws heavily on the strengths of its session players, including guitarist Lyle Brewer, harmonica extraordinaire Jim Fitting, fiddle player Julie Metcalf and lap steel veteran Adam Ollendorf. Recorded live in producer David Piper's studio, the EP has a defined sense of intimacy and timelessness that allows its charms to leap from the speakers. Opening cut "Damascus," has a well-worn, earthy sentiment that seems primed for AAA charts. Halstead's full-bodied alto, give the song's arresting narrative a sense of conviction that is felt immediately. "Good Lookin' Boy," builds on the momentum of "Damascus," but carries it forward. "La Luna Roja," spins a yarn that is both poetic and undeniably romantic. On the album closer, the swampy "Banks of the Mississippi," she melds a story that seems plucked from a Faulkner novel.

Now in her fourth year in Boston, Halstead, a Washington State native, seems supremely comfortable and firmly established in her new locale. Hollow Bones has the confidence and professionalism that seems certain to propel her into the national spotlight. Make no mistake about it, the release of Hollow Bones is the emergence of a bona fide talent coming into her own, and the unwavering sense that she won't be Boston's secret for long.

Robby Hecht

“A beautiful, soulful voice…” –Jeff Coffin, Dave Matthews Band

The music of Robby Hecht represents a return to the early 70s golden era of acoustic pop where thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics were blended with timeless melodies to impact mainstream music and culture.  His 2008 debut album Late Last Night, produced by Lex Price (Mindy Smith) and mixed by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Josh Rouse) features an impressive list of guest performers including Mindy Smith, Jeff Coffin, Thad Cockrell, Jill Andrews of The Everybodyfields, John Deaderick (Patty Griffin), Andrea Zonn (James Taylor) and more.

Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Robby first began writing and performing while attending The University of Wisconsin-Madison, developing and pairing his soulful voice and unique finger-style guitar. After spending time living in Paris and San Francisco including a period fronting the band AllDay Radio, he eventually returned to his home state, settling in Nashville.

A 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winner, Robby has played folk/roots festivals and venues across the country, sharing the stage with such legendary artists as Richie Havens, Greg Brown, and Patty Griffin, and garnering comparisons to early James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee. Like these celebrated artists, Robby Hecht is a unique voice -- one that is stirring, instantly recognizable, and truly original.

-Winner, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest 2010
-Winner, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition 2008
-Winner, Wildflower Music and Arts Festival Songwriter Competition 2007
-Winner, Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Competition 2006
-Winner, Riverbluff Music Festival Songwriter Competition 2006
-Selected, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase 2008
-Finalist, Mountain Stage International NewSong Competition 2008

Tashina Clairridge

"Tashina is taking her music very seriously to the point where she will make a lasting impact on the people she touches with her talent in the future. She is in music for the right reasons and we as listeners will benefit from it".    -Mark O'Connor

Tashina Clarridge has played Fiddle for 22 years - since the age of two. She has performed throughout the western United States, taught hundreds of lessons and workshops, and won countless awards.
Raised in the mountains of northern California, Tashina studied with Megan Lynch and Rob Diggins. Her musical horizons were greatly expanded by frequent visits to Nashville for Mark O'Connor's fiddle camp where she studied with many fiddle heroes such as Darol Anger, Natalie MacMaster, Buddy Spicher, Matt Glaser, and Mark O'Connor. She is the current Grand National Fiddle Champion, a 6-time Grand National finalist, 6-time California State fiddle champion, and 2-time Western Open Grand Champion. Though her contest history clearly distinguishes her as a sparkling clean, studied player in the genre of Texas-style fiddling, it is her enthusiasm for many diverse styles of music that brings such a high level of creativity to her playing.
Tashina has performed at Carnegie Hall as part of Grammy winning bassist Edgar Meyer's young artists concert, and will be touring with Mark O'Connor this fall. She travels and performs throughout the western United States with her brother Tristan, the Bill Evans String Summit, and the contemporary bluegrass outfit, Due West. Together Tashina and Tristan have taught many lessons and workshops and have instructed at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference for the past 5 years.

David Rovics

 “the musical version of Democracy Now!”  -Amy Goodman
“the peace poet and troubadour of our time.” -Cindy Sheehan

David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable of who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.

Julie Metcalf

Fiddler Julie Metcalf began as a classical violinist in Worcester, MA. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to make music from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. When she was twelve, Julie discovered fiddle music and jazz through PBS and country radio, and began learning Celtic tunes on her own.

Julie studied classical violin at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Recently, she has immersed herself in the study of both traditional folk and contemporary styles of music, including Celtic, Appalachian, bluegrass, jazz, and Latin music. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Violin Performance.

Julie plays viola in the
Paper Star Trio, formerly the Folk Arts Quartet. The Paper Star Trio is a grooving chamber-folk string ensemble that plays contemporary arrangements of world fiddle music. She can also be spotted playing violin with Mariachi Palenque.

Mariel Vandersteel

Mariel Vandersteel grew up in the rich musical scene in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent high school playing for local contra dances as well as performing and touring with Alasdair Fraser and the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and the Black Brothers (the brothers of Frances and Mary Black), while she immersed herself in the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland. She received a cultural grant from the Milwaukee Irish Festival in high school and spent several summers studying traditional Irish music at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in Co. Clare and at the Irish Traditional Music Archives in Dublin, Ireland. 

Mariel moved to Boston in 2005 to attend Berklee College of Music as a scholarship student and has now received a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance. At Berklee she studied with cellists Eugene Friesen and Natalie Haas, violist Melissa Howe, violinist Mimi Rabson and mandolinist John McGann. While at Berklee, she was a founding member of the eclectic contemporary Scandinavian-Old Time string band, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers (BMUZ).

BMUZ has since gone on to perform at the Kennedy Center, the Freight and Salvage (CA), Club Passim (MA) and on the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour (KY). In 2008 they were selected out of 400 applicants to perform in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase. They were voted back to play in the Most Wanted Artists songswap at the 2009 FRFF. The band is currently working on recording a full-length album. In the summer of 2009, Mariel joined The Folk Arts Quartet, which has now changed their name to the Paper Star Trio. The PST is Julie Metcalf on viola, Emma Beaton on cello and Mariel on fiddle.

Inspired by her summers spent studying traditional music in Ireland and across the United States, Mariel decided to study music in Norway after graduating from Berklee. She is studying the hardingfele and Norwegian folk music at Høgskolen i Telemark Rauland. While in Norway, she has performed at outdoor festivals and in the local elementary school where she taught children about American folk music. 

Mariel has taught at Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, has been an assistant teacher at Fiddlekids, a SF Bay Area fiddle camp for children, and has shared the stage with Alasdair Fraser, Laura Risk, Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Haas, Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, Nic Gareiss, Andre Brunet, and Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire.
She currently lives in Norway and will return to Boston in 2010 where she will teach the fiddle and hardingfele and perform with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers and the Paper Star Trio.

About the series

Since June, 2007, notloB Folk Concerts has produced 75 not-for-profit concerts in the greater Boston area.  Allowing for production expenses, 100% of the donations go to the musicians.  The series is 100% volunteer-run and new applicants are always welcome. 

About the venue
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Loring-Greenough House is the last surviving 18th century residence in Sumner Hill, a historic section of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston. It is located at 12 South Street on Monument Square at the edge of Sumner Hill.

This mid-Georgian mansion was built as a country residence and farmstead in 1760 for wealthy British naval officer Commodore Joshua Loring on the original site of John Polley's estate established in the 1650s. Originally, the Loring-Greenough house was situated on a 60-acre (240,000 m2) estate. Loring, a Loyalist prior to the American Revolution, abandoned the house in 1774, just prior to the conflict, and he fled from Boston in 1776. The house was confiscated by colonial forces and in 1776 served as a headquarters for General Nathaniel Greene and, soon after, a hospital for Continental Army soldiers following the Battle of Bunker Hill.

In 1780, the house was sold to Isaac Sears, the rebel leader from New York, and was then purchased in 1784 by Ann Doane, a rich widow, who soon after married David Stoddard Greenough. Their descendants lived here for five generations until 1924. At that time the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club (until 1993 a ladies'-only club and today a community group) purchased the house, along with almost two acres of landscaped grounds, to convert it into a museum and save it from development.
The Loring-Greenough House is a very well-preserved structure of almost 4,500 square feet, on property that includes sweeping lawns, historic flower beds, handsome trees, and the two-and-one-half-story house itself. The property is fenced and gated with wrought-iron restricting access except for times when the building is open to the public. The Tuesday Club has been careful to preserve the house and grounds over many decades. The most recent restoration occurred with a $350,000 grant and included painting and other repairs.

The Loring-Greenough property is now a historic house museum still owned and operated by the Tuesday Club, which offers tours and other events throughout the year. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Massachusetts Landmark and a Boston Landmark.


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

notloB Folk Concerts (Somerville and Jamaica Plain) are volunteer run and not for profit.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

notloB Folk Concerts Seeks Artists for September and October

notloB Folk Concerts... (website) (mail list) (Facebook fan page)
...presents old-time, traditional folk, revival folk, Celtic, blues and bluegrass music.

For September we had planned to present a band from Maine but it has had a personnel change and is on hiatus.  We have not firmed our October booking and considering other artists/bands.

The venue, the Unity Church of God, seats 175 and is located just outside of Davis Square, Somerville.  Past artists include  
The Folk Brothers (Jack Hardy and David Massengill), 
The Hanneke Cassel Band, featuring Ari Friedman, cello & Christopher Lewis, guitar w/ Fionnuala O'Donovan (and surprise guest Emma Beaton)
Bob Franke and Martin Grosswendt
The Folk Arts Quartet & Broken Blossoms
Joy Kills Sorrow & The Boston Boys
FRFF "most wanted" showcase Abi Tapia and BMUZ
Spider John Koerner w/ Elizabeth Butters
The Ungar Family Band
Jonathan Byrd, Greg Klyma & Anthony DaCosta
Lissa Schneckenburger Band w/ Ari and Mia Friedman
Jeremy Kittel Band (featuring Tristan Clarridge, Simon Chrisman and Bodek Janke)
Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers (second time)
Sam Weiser - NEFMA benefit
Red Hot Blacktop
Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band
The Folk Arts Quartet (second time)

Who would you like to be presented in September and October?

Artists/agents - please read the Artist Booking Policy

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Grafton concert producer going on-air with cable music program


Grafton concert producer going on-air with cable music program

Jeff Boudreau produces a concert series, co-hosts a program on WCUW-FM and will soon be hosting "Blackstone Valley, the Grafton Sessions"" on Grafton Community Television. (T&G Staf/MARK C. IDE)

A surge of techno-rock escaped from the small, silver cell phone on a table in the Grafton Community Television Studio. After a few seconds of humorously moving his arms and hands to the beat, Jeff Boudreau, clad in a blue floral Hawaiian shirt, turned off the phone and said, "That's not my kind of music."

Mr. Boudreau, a Grafton native and not-for-profit concert producer, prefers the raw instrumentals and storytelling

of folk, new grass, Americana and traditional music, which will be the focus of his new television program, "Blackstone Valley, the Grafton Sessions."

"I've always had a love for traditional and folk music," he said. Boudreau also co-hosts the WCUW-FM program "In the Tradition," a folk, old-time, bluegrass, Celtic and country program, on Tuesday evenings alongside Russ Bellemer.

The TV program, which will be shot in front of a live studio audience every other Thursday evening, will feature performances by local musicians and nationally touring artists who pass through Blackstone Valley. The first taping will be Aug. 26, with performances from Marylou Ferrante, a Millbury native and pre-war blues musician, and The Whiskey Boys, a traditional fiddle and guitar duo composed of recent Berklee College of Music graduates David Delaney and Mark Kilianski.

Mr. Boudreau already has two recordings in the can for "Blackstone Valley, the Grafton Sessions." The date of the program's premiere has not been scheduled yet, but it will feature the bluegrass ballads of Jim Hurst, two-time International Bluegrass Music Association guitar player of the year, who performed at the Grafton television studio in May. The program's second airing will be of Blackstone Valley Bluegrass' July performance on the Grafton Common.

Mr. Boudreau began planning the program in March, while enrolled in an eight-week production course at the Grafton Community Television Studio. Successful completion of the course certified Boudreau as a producer at GCTS and enabled him to create "Blackstone Valley, the Grafton Sessions."

Boudreau compiled a list of performers by first reaching out to contacts he made through years of attending and volunteering at Northeast music festivals. "I had my wish list," he said.

Mr. Boudreau then publicized the show through a Facebook page, media press releases and a mailing list. The season was planned with intentional gaps for last-minute interests or musicians passing through the area, he said.

Committed musicians include Neptune's Car, Wide Open Spaces, Lenny Solomon Band, Andrew McKnight, Whalebone Farmhouse, Chuck Williams and Fall River's Michael Troy, who Mr. Boudreau said, "is a tremendous musician not recognized by commercial media."

The featured musicians are people he admires and respects, Mr. Boudreau said, "many of whom I'm lucky to call personal friends."

Although Mr. Boudreau welcomes musicians interested in performing at a television studio or touring musicians passing through the valley, he said he'll give considerable thought to musicians from the Blackstone Valley area.

"The best music I hear is local," he said. "I gravitate toward small, ensemble playing. I feel that music is personal, authentic... it's real."

Mr. Boudreau said he hopes to bring traditional music to Grafton and "to make this wonderful music genre better known to people that are unfamiliar with it."

Although he doesn't play an instrument, "I've got a very good ear, for talent, for tone," he said. And in 2007, this prompted him to create notloB, "a not-for-profit labor of love," which produces music series in the Boston area. He also created the notfarG house concert series, where artists perform in a home in Grafton (notfarG is Grafton spelled backward). Mr. Boudreau will resume with the concert series in September. For more information,

Seating is limited for the tapings of the "Blackstone Valley, the Grafton Sessions. " The studio is at 296 Providence Road, South Grafton. Reservations can be made through

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Name change in store for Club Passim? - part 2

As reported February 13, 2010 by this blog in an article titled "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".....

it appears the current board of directors have taken another step down the road intended to separate itself from the headwaters, Club 47.

Witness an email sent from Passim , date/time stamped Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 12:16 PM, titled "Save the date for Passim's 1st Annual Gala"

dateTue, Aug 3, 2010 at 12:16 PM
subjectSave the date for Passim's 1st Annual Gala

Save the date:

Sunday, October 17, 2010
5:00 - 9:00 pm


The 1st Annual
Hear and Now Gala


The newly transformed gymnasium at the Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge.*

Join us for an evening of music, conversation, and fun.
There will be food and drink, as well as a live and silent auction.

Artists in attendance include The David Wax Museum, Hanneke Cassel, and Margaret Glaspy & Julian Lage, with more to come.

Tickets will be on sale after Labor Day.

Proceeds from ticket and auction sales will benefit Passim
in the furtherance of its non-profit mission: to create an interactive and
inspiring music experience for all, building a vibrant community of artists, students and audience members.

We hope you will join us for what will be a memorable evening!

*As a result of a $5.9 million renovation, the gymnasium at the Radcliffe Institute is
one of the premiere event spaces in Cambridge.

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