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"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, notloB is keeping the folk tradition alive."
~ Jack Hardy
Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain
“One of the best guitarists in the world.”
—Dave Van Ronk
“Hull is something of a guitar god in his native midwest, where he’s been
dazzling audiences for over 30 years with his lush ﬁnger-picking and quicksilver
ﬂat-picking. He is also a sly raconteur with an encyclopedic knowledge of vintage
—Scott Alarik, Boston Globe, March 2004
“There’s a million good things I could say about Dave Hull but I’ll narrow it down to two: He’s an excellent picker, both ﬂatpick and ﬁngerstyle, he collects some ﬁne instruments, and we’ve been at a lot of good places to eat together.”
“Hey Dave, thanks for sending me your Loyalty Waltz album. I just put it on to use as background music for something I was reading. Damn you, I never read a thing. Listened to the whole album straight through. Nice album, my good man. Keep on.”
Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull’s guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America’s music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic.
A gifted composer as well as a strikingly original interpreter of older tunes, Dave calls what he does “classic American guitar.” Folk legend Van Ronk called Dave “one of the best guitarists in the world.”
Most of all, Dakota Dave’s music is great fun. As Douglas Green (Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky) puts it, “There is an imp within Dave Hull that always expresses itself on the fretboard; a witty, intelligent yet respectful imp who frolics in his music, an imp Dakota Dave neither fights nor lets take control, but simply absorbs into the heart of his style.”
On stage or in the recording studio Dave has performed with Utah Phillips, Doc Watson, Robin and Linda Williams, Dave Van Ronk, John Renbourn, Paul Geremia, Spider John Koerner, Cam Waters, Sally Rogers, Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Garrison Keillor, and Norman Blake, and many others. His albums include three with early performing partner Sean Blackburn and six solo efforts (the acclaimed Hull’s Victory and Reunion Rag, both on Flying Fish) with four more, New Shirt, Sheridan Square Rag, The Loyalty Waltz and Time Machine on Arabica Records. Airship, a duo album with singer/guitarist/fiddler Pop Wagner was widely praised. His three albums with guitar and mandolin ace Kari Larson (also on Arabica) have become legendary. Most recently, Dave recorded an album of mostly traditional music duets with the noted guitarist Duck Baker, When You Ask a Girl to Leave Her Happy Home.
Dave is a recipient of a 2013 Traditional Arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts board.
*WORKSHOP: "The Art of Making Arrangements" $30 (less 20% JPTC members). RESERVATIONS AND PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED. Arrive 6:30, workshop 6:45-7:45pm.
CONCERT: Doors 7:30, concert 8-10pm. $20 at the door, $15 in advance. 20% discount for JPTC members + $1 preservation fee.
COMBINED WORKSHOP AND CONCERT: $10 discount for combined concert + workshop.
email notlobreservations at gmail dot com
In your reservation request please specify you are reserving for the workshop, the concert, or both.
As always, coffee will come from JP Licks and pastries from Fiores Bakery. Assorted teas will also be available.
All are invited to the notloB Open House and Pickin' Party - Celebrating Six Years and 100 Concerts, Sunday, June 3 at the historic Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain.
It all began June 2, 2007, with Sometymes Why (Ruthy Ungar Merenda, Kristin Andreassen and Aoife O'Donovan). Six years and 99 concerts later the series continues. Thanks to all who have made this all possible!
Ed Stanley and the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club (owners of the Loring-Greenough House).
Naiomi Arenburg and Brad Paul, producer/hosts of "Folk on WGBH", who had many notloB artists on their former programs before Saturday night concerts.
Park Avenue Congregational Church, Arlington
Randy Winchester and the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, Somerville
The Jackson Homestead, Newton
Bettie Walker of Unity Somerville.
Dana Westover (sound at Unity).
Sweet Finnish Bakery
All the volunteers
Alll the artists
All the patrons.
No reservations are required, just come by.
Because the Loring-Greenough House is a beautiful 262 year old historic museum, we ask that only very well behaved children be brought inside.
A donation of $5-10+ per person will be taken, with the proceeds going to the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club.
1 06/02/07 LGH Sometymes Why
2 06/09/07 LGH Mike & Ruthy Merenda w/ Torey Adler
95 02/18/13 Watertown B. Hass, N. Haas, L. Henley & K. Zakula
96 02/23/13 LGH Fellswater
97 03/09/12 LGH Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Catherine Bowness and George Clements
98 04/19/13 LGH Dakota Dave Hull
99 05/??/13 LGH TBA
100 06/02/13 LGH 6th Year Anniversary Open House
4. LORD GEOFFREY PRESENTS - Lord Geoffrey is a scurrilous card-carrying member of the Boston-area folk scene whose mission in life is to re-kindle the great folk scare by presenting in unique rented spaces (galleries, historic homes, church sanctuaries, clubs...) vintage musicians of that era as well as up-and-coming young whippersnappers!
notloB’s brother series has the opportunity of presenting Julliard-trained cello virtuoso Mike Block in his new project with world percussionist Tupac Mantilla, but none the usual unusual venues are available. If you are aware of a suitable space – an art gallery, a yoga studio, a black box theater, a museum, a private home…please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible!
Appending recommendations in the monthly newsletter was making it too big, please read my recommendations in Cecilia’s Choices.
Founder Jeff Boudreau recognized the need to create a unified "go to" resource for sharing unique, unusual and superior greater Boston live music and arts events. La crème de la crème, so to speak. From their own sources augmented by member input, Cecelia's Choices editors recommend concerts, recitals and other performances as well as workshops, classes and opening information, many of which are "off the radar" or unique or uncommon. No more need to join umpteen different genre-specific Facebook groups and pages, just come here to choose from the cream. Please contribute your event on the main page for consideration to be featured as the date draws closer....
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 postponed or cancelled due to severe weather or other circumstances. Please send an email to email@example.com least 24 hoursprior to the concert. Information about the concert series, the venues and the artists can be found at the website.
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Admission to notloB Parlour Concerts is by suggested minimum donation. If you cannot support the artists with dollars, please consider volunteering your time and energy. Your donations cover venue rental, 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. And please, cash only (no credit cards or checks).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
History. Since June 2, 2007, notloB Parlour Concerts has presented close to 100 old-time, blue/newgrass, folk, Celtic and country blues artists to audiences throughout the greater Boston area. Our 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."