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.

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