Monday, October 22, 2012

notloB News, October

notloB News, October

Fall is our personal time of the year. Even the US government bestows an hour of time on or us when we switch from daylight savings to standard time.
With so many music choices in the greater Boston area we are grateful to have so many loyal patrons. You will notice three changes for additional music opportunities this season.
1)      Many of the concerts are mid-week. With every church on a town common from the Merrimack River to Cape Cod presenting on Fridays and Saturdays, we are giving traveling musicians additional opportunities when they need them. Mid-week.
2)      Musicians are being offered the opportunity to give pre-concert workshops. On October 10 patrons will be able to take either a fiddle or guitar or bodhran workshop!
3)      notloB founder Jeff Boudreau has entered into an agreement with the owner of the Burren (247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville) to present concerts in its 100+ seat back room. The Burren offers excellent food, a full bar and a fine sound system. The first concert there was Monday, September 24, presenting three-time notloB alumni Rushad Eggleston (Crooked Still, Tornado Rider), with Maeve Gilchrist and (again, notloB alumni) Mike Barnett (Boston Boys, David Grisman, Deadly Gentlemen) and “friends” (the friend being Nate Smith (Natalie McMaster, Sarah Jarosz) The next concert is Wednesday, November 14, notloB alumni Darol Anger and Emy Phelps with “family and fiends.” Note friends/fiends, there is no telling who these people will be but Jeff guarantees they will be of the highest caliber! Bookmark Lord Geoffrey Presents and its Facebook page.
Since June 2, 2007, notloB Folk Concerts / notloB parlour Concerts has presented close to 100 old-time, blue/newgrass, folk, Celtic and acoustic blues artists to audiences throughout the greater Boston area. Our current venue is the historic Loring-Greenough House (built in 1760, 40+ intimate seats) in Jamaica Plain. The concerts are volunteer-run and not for profit. 100% of the patron donations go to the artists and production expenses. 
 "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

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

In this edition 
  1. Thank you for supporting live music
  2. Upcoming concerts
October 10 ~ Gordon Belsher & Richard Wood concert and workshops
November 8 ~ Mike + Ruthy
  1. Other live music and event recommendations
  2. Volunteering
  3. Turn your radio on!
  4. Housekeeping
notloB Folk Concerts is unique in the greater Boston area in terms of the model (admission is by suggested donation, all proceeds, less production costs, go to the artists). The series would not be possible without the support of our loyal patrons and volunteers. Join us and bring a friend or two or three to an upcoming concert!
October 10 ~ From Prince Edward and including pre-concert workshops ~


"Picture it: A graceful tune to start off a set, with beautiful zippering lines, played while caressing the fiddle to his ear, eyes closed, off in a serene realm in a dance with time, as he lures us there with him. Then a cutting strathspey to kick it into a higher gear as he whoops out loud and smiles at the crowd — a total of six reels in a row, all executed with flawless precision, pounding in rhythm, intoxicating in a firing energy, which brings about numerous fits of
spontaneous applause from the crowd who spring to their feet in ovation immediately at the set’s end. Wood simply dropped every single jaw in the house — certainly making us all proclaim he is back, and he is better than ever." - Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian.

For more than two decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe, and Japan. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America,” Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains, a featured performer on CBC’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends,” and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.”

Richard has played for Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. In the late 1990s he toured the UK & Europe headlining concert halls and folk festivals. He’s since played at the Lincoln Centre in New York City, Epcot at Disney World, and was a featured performer in the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire.”

Richard is proud to have entertained Canada’s armed forces in Bosnia and twice in Afghanistan. He has five previous CD recordings and has won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards. MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century. 

With a new CD, rejuvenated energy and enthusiasm, Richard Wood, Prince Edward Island fiddler, artist, composer and entertainer has taken on the world once again. Richard has come full circle, not just in his musical career, but from the sheltered innocence as a child prodigy to learning life’s lessons the hard way.

"The best or more precisely, the most entertaning fiddler I have ever seen."
Shetland Times

"Prince Edward Island's Bow shredding Fiddling Sensation."
The Scotsman

"See him if you can."

"This stepdancing fiddler from Prince Edward Island exudes the qualities which will take him all the way to the top."
Aberdeen Evening Express

"Celtic Prince Conquers U.S. - Country superstar Shania Twain elevates Richard Wood to the summit of U.S. network TV on the David Letterman Show and Good Morning America."
The Toronto Star


Based in Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast, Gordon Belsher has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than 30 years performing at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions, and pubs.

As accompanist and featured vocalist with Prince Edward Island fiddlers Richard Wood and Cynthia MacLeod, Gordon has toured extensively across Canada, in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia.

His solo CD Call Up All the Neighbours was nominated for "Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year" at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards. His previous solo recording Reel in the Flickering Light, was also nominated at the 2003 ECMA's in the same category.

Whether playing before large festival crowds or in intimate folk club settings, Gordon Belsher’s engaging personality, charming voice, and versatility on a variety of instruments are a recipe for a memorable evening.

Career Highlights

- Woodford Folk Festival - Queensland, Australia
- Royal Visit! - Performing for the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in Prince Edward Island
- East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown performance with Richard Wood & Symphony Nova Scotia - Resident Conductor Martin MacDonald
- Opening for "Capercaillie" at the Celtic Footprint Festival - Chichester, England


$19 + $1 preservation fee 
reservation requests to notlobreservations at gmail dot com
notloB website -
Coffee from JP Licks
Pastries from Fiores


Prior to the concert Richard will be offering a fiddle workshop in the parlour for up to 20 participants. Cost of $20 each.
In another room, Gordon will do either a DADGAD guitar workshop, or a bodhran workshop for up to 5 participants (which depends on pre-registration). Again, cost of $20.
Reservations are required. Email notlobreservations at

November 1 ~ From Vermont ~

November 8 ~ From New York, and returning for their 7th and 8th notloB concerts, respectively,

Artist biographies and other information can be found in the Website

Reservations are strongly recommended –


October 4 – notloB alumni David Rovics – songs of social significance”at Community Church of Boston
October 7 from Noon-2 PM, Honk Parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square – “Reclaim the streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet”
October 9 – notloB alumni and national treasure Paul Geremia at Johnny D’s
October 28 - Music to Cure MS, the 10th annual concert in support of the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis at Park Avenue Congregational Church, Arlington.

opera, songs, chamber music
to support the 
Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 3-5 pm 
Park Avenue Congregational Church
50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington, MA

$20 in advance | $25 at the door 
MSers, students and elders: $10

November 2-4, Fiddle Hell, Concord, MA. Many notloB artists will be teaching and performing.
In support of the 8th annual Massachusetts Fiddle Hell, Jeff Boudreau will be producing/hosting a radio special Tuesday, October 16, featuring an interview with its artistic director, Dave Reiner, and music from its lead instructors and support musicians.
Details here
Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00pm at In the Tradition, WCUW, 91.3fm
November 3 - Sarah Jarosz with Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston.
November 9 - Jerry Douglas, at First Parish, Cambridge.
November 14 – notloB alumni Darol Anger and Emy Phelps with family & fiends at the Burren, Somerville. Info at Lord Geoffrey Presents.
See other concerts in NEFolk
notloB is volunteer powered. If you are interested, please read the volunteer policy and apply via email to want to volunteer!

notloB’s Jeff Boudreau hosts and produces “In the Tradition” every other Tuesday, 7-9pm, on community radio WCUW-fm, 91.3fm. Mostly old-time and traditional folk, stringband and country blues with an emphasis placed on local and nationally touring artists playing local venues.
10/2 ~ Russ Bellemer will be substitute host.
10/16 ~
The Fiddle Special, featuring an interview with Dave Reiner
10/30 ~ Howlin' at the Moon with very special guests Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas
11/13 ~ Acoustic blues, featuring Andy Cohen

6. Housekeeping. notloB Folk Concerts’ past artists include the Spider John Koerner, the Sacred Shakers, The Folk Brothers (David Massengill and the late 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 own home, as was done for the Bowman and Matt Brown, can be arranged.

Reservations / information.  Sending a reservation request is appreciated and is insurance against being turned away at the door if the concert sells out. It also helps as we can contact you when the occasional concert must be canceled due to severe weather or other circumstances. Please send an email to notlobreservations at gmail dot 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.

Keeping in touch.  There are several ways to stay informed of scheduled events:
Admission is by suggested minimum donation.  A suggested minimum donation (varies by concert) is requested. If you cannot support the artists with dollars, please consider volunteering your time and energy. Your donations cover venue rental, publicity (for amplified concerts sound system rental and sound engineer) 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. And please, no credit cards or checks, cash is appreciated.

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 at gmail dot com

Thank you for supporting live acoustic music!
Jeff Boudreau
notloB Folk Concerts

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