Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Imagine a listening room environment...

"Since June 2, 2007, notloB has presented close to 100 folk*, old-time, bluegrass / newgrass, string band. Celtic and acoustic blues concerts to audiences throughout the greater Boston area. Our primaru home is the historic Loring-Greenough House (built in 1760, 40 intimate seats, unplugged) in Jamaica Plain. The concerts are volunteer-run and not for profit. 100% of the patron donations go to the artists and production expenses."

Imagine a listening room environment, either in a private residence or the historic Loring-Greenough House (see below) or a tiny gallery space where the world-class ARTISTS, not the some corporation takes the proceeds. Now you get an idea of what a notloB concert is all about.

As tonight's Rushad Eggleston concert at Outpost 186 sold out in less than 72 hours and the upcoming Brittany Haas (Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Crooked Still), Natalie Haas (Alasdair Fraser), Lily Henley and Kellen Zakula with Rene Del Fierro concert is about to, patrons are beginning to catch on that getting onto the mailing list in order to make reservations when concerts and workshops are announced is a sound policy.

So, what's on the horizon?

notloBMusic / notloB Parlour Concerts presents...

Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas, Lily Henley and Kellen Zakula w/ Rene del Fiero
Monday February 18, 2013
Venue is a private residence in Watertown
servations and advance donation are required
Suggested donation $20-25* 

Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for over 12 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Their first album together, Fire & Grace, was awarded Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004. Natalie has also toured with Mark O'Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio. She and O'Connor premiered his double concerto for violin and cello, ¨For The Heroes¨, with the Grand Rapids, East Texas, and San Diego Symphonies. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and Irish super-group Solas. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with cellist Fred Sherry, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her music journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by director Fraser, she began to investigate the cello's potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes, and to this day, the two continue to resurrect and reinvent the cello's historic role in Scottish music. Natalie's skills as an educator make her one of the most in demand teachers at fiddle camps across the globe. She also teaches privately and in a workshop setting, and has held an associate professorship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Natalie now makes her home in Montreal, where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.

BRITTANY HAAS is a 5-string fiddle player from the Bay Area, currently residing in Nashville. She grew up honing her craft in fiddle camps nationwide and came to her unique sound through the old-time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative styling of Darol Anger. A prodigious youth, she began touring with Darol's Republic of Strings at the age of 14. She simultaneously studied baboons in the evolutionary biology department of Princeton University and joined seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still. She has toured with them since, and also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (her cellist sister), Abigail Washburn and the Waybacks, She played fiddle on Steve Martin's Grammy Award winning CD, "The row" and performed in his band on Letterman and SNL. She released her debut self-titled solo album at 17, produced by Darol Anger and featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Alison Brown and others. 

LILY HENLEY is a singer, songwriter and fiddler who is gaining recognition as one of the most unique and passionate voices on the acoustic music scene. Born in Boston and raised accross more than 20 locations, Lily brings a diversity of experience and depth to her music; synthesizing her many influences to breathe life into a style all her own. 

KELLEN ZAKULA - An accomplished old-time fiddle player, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter, Kellen artfully blends together traditional Appalachian music with the burgeoning contemporary songwriting and folk music scenes of the northeast, and is regularly accompanied by world class musicians, including fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Bridget Kearney, and mandolin virtuoso Jake Joliff.

RENE DEL FIERO - Guitarist/producer Rene del Fierro was born and raised in California's Bay Area. His mother Betsy (a music teacher specializing in orff schulwerk) and father George provided heavy exposure to a wide range of music from the time he was born. For his eleventh birthday he received his first guitar and soon after discovered the Blues, which ignited a deeper passion for music and became the foundation of his playing . In his early teens, Rene began playing in local bars and clubs, usually with musicians three or four times his age, as he was more interested in the music of their generation. Rene attended high school at SOTA, an arts school in San Francisco before moving to Boston where he attended Berklee College of Music. Here he discovered a passion for music production, majoring in Music Synthesis. Rene began playing professionally around 18. Since then he has performed and/or toured with Santana, Lauryn Hill, Wycleff Jean, and Berrington Levy to name a few. Rene currently resides in Brooklyn where he does freelance production and guitar work.

* RESERVATIONS AND PRE=PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. When payment has been received you will be given the address. email notlobreservations@gmail.com for instructions.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Fellswater is a four piece Celtic ensemble that plays a wide range of music from Traditional to modern compositions, and draws from the heritage of all the Celtic nations, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Our instrumentation changes depending on the musical selection and includes whistle, flute, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki,violin, smallpipes and border pipes.
Betsy Ketudat, Fiddle
Jim MacConduibh, Guitar/Bouzouki
Sarah MacConduibh, Flute/Whistle
Matthew Phelps, Smallpipes
Fellswater's website: http://fellswater.com/
Suggested donation $10-20 sliding scale + less 20% JPTC member discount + $1 preservation fee
20% discount for Loring-Greenough museum members. 
Reservations suggested and strongly recommended, email notlobreservations at gmail dot com
Coffee from JP Licks
Pastries from Fiores Bakery

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes and Catherine Bowness 
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00
Preceded by separate admission workshops*

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes is an award-winning fiddler from Charlottesville, Virginia. She began fiddling at the age of three and has studied with many wonderful musicians on the folk music scene including Beth Telford, Jerry Holland, Cleek Schrey, Matt Glaser, John McGann and Darol Anger. Bronwyn is a fluent player of Irish, Cape Breton, Scottish and American traditional music. She has performed throughout the U.S, Ireland and France and has traveled to Ireland extensively to study with local traditional musicians. She has been featured on Irish RTE One television and the Irish Comhaltas Live Programme. At the age of sixteen she was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she is currently in her final year.

Bronwyn has won numerous fiddle contests in Irish and Scottish fiddle styles. In 2006 at the age of fourteen, Bronwyn placed third in the Open Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship. She holds the 2007 Virginia State Fiddle Champion title and has also won at the 2008 and 2009 Mid-West Fleadh Cheoil fiddle competition. 
Bronwyn performs frequently at Berklee and around the Boston area. She performed with Mark O'Connor at the Berklee Performance Center in 2009 and was featured in the Fall 2010 String Showcase held at the Berklee Performance Center. She is part of the group Atlantic Seaways, which is a collaboration of young traditional American and Scottish musicians from Berklee, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance in Glasgow and Strathclyde University in Glasgow. In 2011 they performed in Lorient, France at the Inter-Celtic Festival. In March 2012 she went on tour in France with the international Irish music and dance show Celtic Dances, run by music directors Liz Knowles and Kieran O'Hare. In addition to being a highly accomplished performer, Bronwyn is also a skilled group and private teacher. She taught at the 2010 Kanack School Fiddle Camp and currently teaches privately in Boston.

Catherine Bowness
In her hometown, Koitiata, New Zealand, Catherine (BB) began her musical studies with banjo tutor, Mark Warren. A few years later she received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival to travel to the USA and study with world renowned banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Bill Evans. She won the Uncle Dave Macon banjo competition in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at just 15 years old and came runner up in the Rockygrass bluegrass banjo contest in Colorado. In 2007, she was invited to join Colorado bluegrass band, Long Road Home, for their tour of summer festivals in the USA. BB has performed throughout New Zealand and Australia with the bluegrass band, Twisted Oak, in a banjo duet with tenor banjoist, Alex Borwick and most recently with Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan in their country/bluegrass trio, ‘Sandpaper Tango’. In 2010, she recorded her debut album, Village Green, which features original compositions and collaborations with some of the best acoustic musicians from all around NZ. BB travelled on a Massey University scholarship in 2011 to study at the Miles Davis program in Jazz studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This year, BB has completed her BMus in Jazz performance at the NZ school of music, being the first person to be accepted on the banjo. 

Prior to the concert, from 6:45 to 7:45pm (you can arrive at 6:30) 
Bronwyn will teach an Irish fiddle workshop.
Catherine will teach a bluegrass banjo workshop.
For both, class size is minimum of 4 and a maximum of 20.
Each workshop will be in a closed, private room.
$10/person, payable directly to Bronwyn and Catherine.
Reservation required, email notlobreservations@gmail.com

Suggested donation $10 plus $1 preservation fee. 20% discount for Loring-Greenough museum members. 
Reservations are strongly recommended for the concert, email notlobreservations at gmail dot com
Doors 7:30pm.

When making your reservation, specify if it is for the workshop, the concert, or both, and the number in your party.

Coffee from JP Licks
Pastries from Fiores Bakery

Check back for April and May concert news.

The historic Loring-Greenough House, notloB's home in Jamaica Plain

notloB's home, the historic Loring-Greenough House
12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The history of the Loring-Greenough House begins in 1760 when Joshua Loring, a commodore in the English Colonial naval forces constructed the large four-square frame residence in the historic center of Jamaica Plain.  An outstanding example of Georgian Colonial architecture, the House was the hub of a large and actively developed farm that was Loring’s chief interest following his retirement from military service.  His life as a distinguished member of the Colonial gentry came to an abrupt end with the bitter factionalism of the incipient Revolution.  He fled the House in August 1774, for the greater security of Boston. He and his family permanently left Boston for England, in 1776...
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.

notloB Folk Concerts are dedicated to the memory of Jack Hardy (d. March 11, 2011), who, with David Massengill and Peggy Seeger, graced our stage November 1, 2008, and John McGann (d. April 6, 2012), who performed with Flynn Cohen, Matt Heaton, and Danny Noveck  on November 20, 2012. 
Rest in peace, Jack and John!

 Traditional arts are those art forms that are learned as part of the cultural life of a group of people whose members share a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or culturally united geographic region. Folk and traditional arts are shaped by the aesthetics and values of a shared culture and are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community through observation, conversation and practice. 
Source: The National Endowment for the Arts
notloB takes this very seriously, it is a pop-free zone!

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