Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nate Sabat and Elise Bouer/Sumaia Jackson and Friends, 11/12

Nate Sabat and Elise Bouer/Sumaia Jackson and Friends
Wednesday, November 12, 8pm (doors 7:45)
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street
Students/seniors $8, all others $10

Nate has played for notloB in so many bands and we have crossed paths at so many festivals and concerts (he is fast becoming our favorite acoustic bass artist) we cannot remember when we discussed doing a feature concert, probably at the Blue Hat, Yeah! concert after he played a Norweigen mazurka that he told me of his new project....and here it is!

Nate Sabat, bass
A graduate of the voice program at New York City’s renowned LaGuardia High School, Nate Sabat’s musical roots are in choral singing. However, he started playing bass just before he began at LaGuardia, and, years later, was accepted to the Berklee College of Music as an upright bass principal. There, he has made it a goal to delve into the thriving Boston acoustic music scene, inside and outside of Berklee. He has only recently began playing Scandanavian folk music, and intends to continue to pursue it, hopefully in Sweden or Norway for an extended amount of time.

Elise Boeur, violin and hardingfele

Canadian fiddler Elise Boeur ties together diverse influences with a deceptively light touch - her distinctive, silvery tone belongs to a world of its own. Following her intensive study of Norwegian traditional music at Høgskolen i Telemark, Boeur is joyfully exploring the reaches of contemporary Scandinavian folk music on violin and hardingfele.

Sumaia Jackson, fiddle
Boston-based fiddler, Sumaia Jackson, has roots in Scottish and Irish fiddle styles, and for the past few years has delved into the rich tradition of Appalachian Old Time and American fiddle. Throughout her years on the West Coast, Sumaia was immersed in California's diverse music scene, blending elements of Jazz, Bluegrass, Scandinavian and Celtic styles. She continues to incorporate aspects of each of these styles into her playing creating a vibrant, groovy sound.

Outpost 186 is an all-ages venue.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Do ya think the "local" Patch editions may be controlled from some central bunker?

In our Facebook news stream from their pages.

A bus driver was pulled over while transporting the Hopkinton cross country team.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Katie McNally Trio featuring Neil Pearlman and Shauncey Ali at Carriage House Violins, 11/6

Come see The Katie McNally Trio featuring Neil Pearlman and Shauncey Ali in Carriage House Violins - of Johnson String Instrument's beautiful performance space.

Katie has performed for notloB no fewer than three times!
May 16, 2009 Newton Celtic seisiún led by Sean Smith, featuring Katie McNally & Doug Lamey
March 02, 2012 Katie McNally & Eric McDonald
January 18, 2013 Katie McNally & Eric McDonald
So when she learned we were producing concerts at Carriage House and asked to be a part of the series, our automatic response was an emphatic YES!
That her trio includes 2x notloBBer Neil Pearlman was icing on the cake.

Thursday, November 6
Doors 7:00pm
Concert 7:30pm
Carriage House Violins - of Johnson String Instrument
1039 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

Join Boston-based fiddler Katie McNally for an evening of bold and exquisite tunes bursting from the Scottish and Cape Breton traditions. Tickets are $15 general public, $10 Carriage House students. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit (eventbrite URL coming soon). Tickets will also be on sale at Carriage House.

Described as “the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA”, Katie McNally grew up steeped in the vibrant Scottish and Cape Breton music community in Boston and is the 2009 New England Scottish Fiddle Champion. She was a student of Hanneke Cassel and has performed at venues such as the Newport Folk Festival, The Freight and Salvage, The Barns at Wolf Trap, Symphony Space, and various folk venues throughout the country. Katie performs regularly with all-female Celtic band Long Time Courting, has been a member of the New England fiddle supergroup Childsplay since 2009, and joined world-renowned Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez on his tour of North America in 2012. 

In her New England tour, Katie will be teaming up with two of the most innovative voices in acoustic music in the US, genre-bending pianist Neil Pearlman and Madison-based violist Shauncey Ali. Katie’s evocative and melodic playing combined with Shauncey’s powerful harmonies and counterpoint—all anchored by Neil’s rhythmically driving piano accompaniment—creates a uniquely arresting take on traditional music.

For more info and to take a listen, visit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

notloB once again goes north of the border to present two wonderful rising traditional musians!

NotloB Music Presents... 
Adrianna Ciccone & Allison DeGroot 
Québecois & Old Time Fiddle & Banjo

Adrianna Ciccone
Fiddler, Stepdancer, Instructor, Tunesmith 
Boston-based fiddler & step dancer Adrianna Ciccone is quickly establishing herself as a distinctive voice in the new-acoustic music scene. Her style, while rooted in the Ottawa Valley & Québecois fiddle traditions, continues to be inspired by the many different regional fiddles styles of Canada and the world including Appalachian, Métis, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish & Scandinavian music. 
Adrianna’s desire to explore new musical languages is reflected in her compositions and arrangements which draw from traditions of the past while forging a unique musical identity.  She has written over 40 fiddle tunes, and her compositions have started to enter the repertoire of traditional musicians throughout North America. 
“What makes her extraordinary is her gift of not just technical virtuosity, but the ability and desire to try new ideas, musical languages and make the instrument truly speak."  
- Bruce Molsky
This distinctive style has brought the Timmins, ON native many awards and achievements.  She is a Maritime Open Fiddle Champion & American Grand Masters Fiddle Championship Finalist.  Adrianna’s arrangement of Québecois fiddle tunes for string orchestra was played by Berklee World Strings during their 2014 United States tour, in which she was a featured soloist. 
Adrianna is also an active & experienced instructor.  For nearly a decade she has been passing on Canada's rich musical heritage to students of all ages and levels.  She maintains a lively studio in both Northern Ontario & Boston, as well as throughout North America via Skype Video lessons. 
In May 2014 Adrianna graduated magna cum laude from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music & a minor in American Roots Music.  She is recording her debut studio album in January 2015.

Allison DeGroot
Allison de Groot is one of Canada’s top claw-hammer banjo players.  She combines love and passion for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality. In 2008, Allison founded the Canadian country quartet Oh My Darling, which has toured all over the world from Trafalgar Square in London, The Living Room in New York City, to mainstage slots at festivals like the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Tønder Festival in Denmark.  Allison has made pilgrimages to the Appalachians, attending the Old Time Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia and immersing herself in old-time communities in North Carolina. Although firmly rooted in old-time and traditional music, Allison has shown her ability to collaborate and create outside this genre, pushing the boundaries of the clawhammer banjo.

In 2012, Allison was awarded the Slaight Family Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. where she has studied intensively with Bruce Molsky and Wes Corbett. Allison is involved in both the American and Canadian music scenes, and splits her time between Boston, MA and Winnipeg, MB.

"Allison de Groot is the kind of emerging artist who's virtuosity is built both on her strength as a player, performer and composer, and on her appetite for new (and old) ideas. She's transforming the banjo in a beautiful way, both for herself and for others who enter her musical space."
-Bruce Molsky. Fiddler, banjoist, guitarist & vocalist.

TICKETS now on sale through Eventbrite.
If not sold out,remaining tickets will be sold at the door beginning 7:00pm.

Thursday, November 6 - The Katie McNally Trio featuring Neil Pearlman and Shauncey Ali - Newton
Wednesday, November 12 - Nate Sabat and Elise Bouer/Sumaia Jackson and Friends - Cambridge
Wednesday, November 19 - David Grier, Michael Barnett and Dominick Leslie - Somerville
​Sunday, November 30 - Mr. Sun​ w/ Mila Phelps​ - Somerville
Saturday, December 6 - Tony Bird - Brookline

Friday, October 10, 2014

notloB Music Presents... 
Andy Reiner, Jason Anick & Mali Obomsawin
Friday, October 10, 2014, 8pm
Carriage House Violins - of Johnson String Instrument
1039 Chestnut St., Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
Tickets $15, $10 Carriage House/Johnson String students.
This will be the first of many more to come monthly fiddle-centric concerts notloB Music will present at Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls. Its performance space is beautiful, intimate and acoustically sound. Stay tuned for ticket price and how to order.

Andy Reiner, an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator originally from Lexington, MA, began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He has since developed his own style through creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Earning a BM in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Andy into a flurry of touring and teaching around the globe - includ
ing Heavy Metal with Devil in the Kitchen, Folk/Hip-Hop with FiddleFoxx, Swedish/Appalachian with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Electronic/Celtic with Firecloud, and Bluegrass with The Earth Stringband, which toured Southeast Asia on the 2011 American Music Abroad tour for the State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Andy currently tours as a solo artist and composes fiddle tunes, songs, new works, and arrangements for string orchestra. He teaches improvisation, composition and fiddle styles privately and at music camps across the US. Andy’s compositions have been performed by the Berklee World Strings at the Kennedy Center, the Berklee Performance Center, and national ASTA conventions.

One of the youngest instructors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is rapidly making a name for himself in the world of jazz violin and mandolin. In addition to leading his own ensemble and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at Hartt Conservatory.

“Jason Anick’s sheer joy in playing is evident from the first track on Tipping Point. While tipping his hat to Stéphane Grappelli, Jason maintains his own distinct voice -- especially in his own compositions. Equally gifted as a musician and composer, Jason attracts new listeners to the violin and mandolin. Tipping Point is an uplifting and refreshing project deserving of countless repeated listenings.” — Regina Carter

“Jason Anick has given us some unique contemporary pieces for jazz mandolin. His playing has a wonderful clarity and creativity and his compositions offer a modern jazz approach to our instrument which is truly refreshing and inspired.” — Mike Marshall

Mali Obomsawin is an upright bassist from the woodlands of western Maine. She was raised on folk music and now studies jazz and classical music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Mali's main gig is playing in a trio with songstresses Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke, and she has also shared the stage with Stash Wyslouch of the Deadly Gentlemen, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, and the Western Den. Mali's goal as a bass player is to bridge the gaps between jazz, classical and folk music in the grooviest way possible. When not playing bass, she has been known to sing, mess around on various other stringed instruments, write her own songs, and dance clumsily.

Tickets $15 general admission / $10 Carriage House students

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Blanca & Chuchi Alcuadrado, Celtic music from Burgos

Blanca & Chuchi Alcuadrado

Wednesday, October 8
Doors 7:45, Concert 8:00
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge

Tickets ($10 students/seniors, $15 all others) available HERE.

"This will be amazing concert! Go see them if you live in Boston!!! OCT 8."
-Natalie Haas

"Hey Northeast friends.... BLANCA AND CHUCHI (from Spain) whom we all know and love from Alasdair Fraser's camps, Crisol, VOM and Sierra are going to be in Cambridge as well as a few other spots in early October. Here is their Oct. 8 gig info.... They are both amazing performers reviving the music of Burgos and the rest of Castile with strong Irish influences. They are really fun too."
-Barbara Bentley Haas (Natalie's mom)

Blanca & Chuchi Alcuadrado are two young Spaniard musicians in the vanguard of their respective instruments, young but with enough background and experience. They play violin and acoustic guitar respectively — two "traditional" instruments with which they revive the music of Burgos and the rest of Castile, though with strong Celtic music influences. Obsessed with music since childhood listening to her grandfather Simon, a dulzaina player from the city of Burgos, Blanca was determined to record an album in homage to him and found her best ally in Chuchi, guitarist of the prestigious group Vallarna. With a packed house, as always, the duo offered their particular vision of various traditional dances including paloteos, wheel dances, habas verdes, sword dances and jotas, plus some of their own compositions, songs that sounded very happy in their hands. Blanca & Chuchi Alcuadrado form a duo with a great future. So far they have collected their excellent work in a remarkable album released last year under the title of Mayo, whose secret lies in its natural and sincere offering without artifice.
-Carlos Monje, DIARIOFOLK