Sunday, May 31, 2015

Alistair McCulloch with Eamon Sefton perform in Newton 7/21

Alistair McCulloch and Eamon Sefton

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 8pm
Carriage House of Violins, 1039 Chestnut Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

Alistair McCulloch is one of the most sought after fiddlers in Scotland today, both as performer and teacher. His versatility and breadth of repertoire have kept him at the forefront of the tradition for twenty years.

Alistair McCulloch hails from Ayr in Scotland and is one of the country's best known fiddle performers, teachers and composers. Past winner of many fiddle championships, Alistair is fiddle instructor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has tutored many of the new generation
 of rising stars.

To date Alistair has performed in over 20 countries, also including China, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Nigeria, Venezuela, Canada and throughout Europe. To date, he has released three solo albums, most recently 'Four Seasons in One Day' – says the Scotsman "As the mountain of fiddle CDs rises even higher, this one can climb straight to the summit ridge".

His tunebook the 'Alistair McCulloch Collection' was recently reprinted and he is currently working on a new collection featuring a number of commissioned tunes. Commissions have included a suite for William Grant & sons of Glenfiddich whisky and an orchestral score to celebrate the visit of the Olympic torch to southern Scotland.

Alistair has directed several fiddle groups and ensembles including the dynamic young group 'Innovation' and was formerly a soloist with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. His playing style is driving and precise, described by the Living Tradition as "fresh, fiery and full of fun".

Alistair is an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher and has recently been invited to tutor at the Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week in North Carolina, the Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddling in New Zealand and Boston Harbor Fiddle School.

Alistair will be accompanied on guitar by Eamon Sefton, who studies at Berklee and is a two-time notloB veteran (Cat and the Moon, Fresh Haggis).

First two rows $25, general admission $20. A limited number seats are available on a first-come/first-served basis to seniors and students, $15. 
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Court Win for Bristol Bay!


Si Kahn at WCUW, 2012. Photo by Jeff Boudreau

Yesterday, a judicial panel upheld a previous ruling supporting conservation of Bristol Bay and dismissing a lawsuit brought by the Pebble Partnership against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As former Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, puts it, 'the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska is not a tough choice. The question of whether to build a massive copper mine in the heart of the planet’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery has a simple answer: no. Pebble is the wrong mine in absolutely the wrong place.'

Scientists completed a thorough, three-year review of the mine and its impacts on the watershed finding that the mine would destroy pristine wetlands, that roads and pipelines would slice through salmon-spawning streams, and that toxic chemicals would likely damage Bristol Bay’s waters.  The nearly 40 million sockeye salmon that return each year to spawn in the Bristol Bay watershed support a $1.5 billion economy and 14,000 jobs.

Alaska Native American communities have assessed the mine’s impacts on their livelihoods and way of life, and have reached the same conclusion. Commercial fishermen in Alaska say that “large-scale mineral development activities present serious risks for the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.” They are among the 70 percent of Alaskan voters who believe the Pebble Mine poses a threat to the state’s fishing industry.

Nothing will change the fact that the Pebble Mine is the wrong mine in the wrong place.

We will continue to keep you posted on any new developments.  Thank you for working with us to protect Bristol Bay!

In Music & Solidarity,
The Team at
Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Guitar man Roy Williams merges Western swing and Gypsy jazz

5 minutes after we sent the Roy Williams and The Human Hands press release, Ed Symkus/Daily News Correspondent responsed requesting we set up an interview.
And here it is!

  • SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Guitar man Roy Williams merges Western swing and Gypsy jazz

  • Roy Williams leads his band in a night of jazzy, danceable music at Outpost 186 in Cambridge May 26.  Courtesy PhotoRoy Williams leads his band in a night of jazzy, danceable music at Outpost 186 in Cambridge May 26. Courtesy Photo

  • By Ed Symkus/Daily News Correspondent

    Posted May. 19, 2015 at 12:01 AM
    Updated May 19, 2015 at 12:08 PM 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

notloB Music Joins Mass-Creative as a Member Organization

In response to its recent solicitation...


You know that arts, culture, and creativity make Massachusetts a great to place to live, work, play, and visit. EvenThe Boston Globe declared “arts are not merely an add-on – a luxury, but an essential component of the state’s quality of life.”
Thanks to the 300+ organizational members and 20,000+ supporters that make up the MASSCreative community, together we’ve elevated the role that arts and culture play in building vibrant and connected communities across Massachusetts.
When you join 300+ other arts and cultural institutions as a member organization of MASSCreative, you help us strengthen our work to bring more resources to the arts and cultural community. Let’s work together to:
  • Increase public funding for artists and cultural organizations. You made your voices heard at the State House when last year’s state budget passed with a $1 million increase in state investment in the arts and cultural community. And this year, we are one step away from boosting funding for the arts by another $2 million. 
  • Ensure all kids have access to quality arts education. Let’s make sure our children can learn the creative and innovation skills they need to thrive. Let’s push the Board of Higher Education to make arts education a requirement for admission to the state university system. 
  • Preserve cultural spaces and revitalize our downtowns. Let's make sure artists have places to create, train and perform by convincing Gov. Baker to keep annual investment in the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund at $15 million.
  • Elevate the role that arts and culture play in Boston. Let’s make sure our biggest city develops a bold Cultural Plan and Boston’s new Cabinet-level Chief of Arts and Culture has the public backing to get the job done. 

Thanks for all your support and keep up the great work,
Matt Wilson, MASSCreative Please join as a member organization by June 30 to help us meet our end of the fiscal year goals.

...believing in its mission and past good works, notloB Music has become a Mass-Creative member organization. If you are an individual artist or a creative entrepreneur or are associated with a larger arts organization, we urge you to doing the same.

Founded in 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, blue grass, string band and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lisa Garvey out at WUMB

Not a fan of either the program or the station, I learned of the termination in Radio Discussions.

DavidZ is offline

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Jul 2003

Thread: Lisa Garvey out at WUMB

"I tuned in this morning to the 'A' Train on WUMB and Perry Persoff was hosting the show. He said he was the interim host. I checked out Lisa Garvey's Facebook page and she posted that they let her go last week before her show."

Her announcer profile has been removed from

Since it references her Facebook page, here is Lisa's announcement and the following fan comments:
earned this via

Morning friends. I'm sorry to tell you that I won't be on the air today. I was let go from WUMB this morning.
Like · Comment · 

...and this was posted four days later.

I had hoped that all your letters and emails might help but I asked my managers at WUMB to reconsider terminating me and they said no. (Don't know if they plan to keep the show going without me. I sure hope not). Anyway, thank you so much for your support and kind words. It means a lot to me. More than you know. LG

Re "
(Don't know if they plan to keep the show going without me. I sure hope not)" don't hold your breath, when WUMB terminated Barnes Newbury, it continued with a new host.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stash and the Soul Kruhers

Stash and the Soul Kruhers
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street
Inman Square
Friday, June 12, 8pm

Half Polish-half Colombian guitarist Stash (short for Stanislaw) Wyslouch grew up on heavy metal before submerging himself in bluegrass and country music. His history in hard rock still manifests itself in his propensity for wringing unexpected sounds out of his guitar and belting at the top of his vocal range.

Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2010 Stash has been touring full-time with the progressive bluegrass band, Rounder Recording Artists The Deadly Gentlemen having released two albums as guitarist and singer of the group, "Carry me to Home" (2011) and "Roll me, Tumble Me" (2013). His resume also includes membership in The Boston Boys, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, and a US-State department sponsored tour with The Earth Stringband in 2011, being the first all-American band to play in the country of Timor-Leste.
With Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers in Joliette, QC at the Memoires et Racines festival July 2012

Stash has played at many well-known festivals and venues including Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (Oak Hill, NY), Old Settler's Music Festival (Austin, TX), Northwest String Summit (Portland, OR), DelFest (Cumberland, MD), Rockygrass (Lyons, CO), Big Sky Big Grass (Big Sky, MT), Merlefest (Wilkesboro, NC), Savannah Music Festival (Savannah, GA), River City Roots (Missoula, MT) among some of them. His touring career has taken him across the globe to Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, Japan and Laos.

Stash has shared the stage with The Del McCoury band, David Grisman, The Yonder Mountain Stringband, Sarah Jarosz, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, Michael Daves, Darol Anger, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more. After nearly a decade of touring and recording, Stash is working on his first solo release as a band leader delivering his unique and edgy blend of heavy metal and American roots music, to be released in the Summer of 2015.

Stash and the Soul Krushers are
Stash Wyslouch - guitar
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes - fiddle
Noam Wiesenberg - bass
Sean Trischka - percussion

$10 general admission, $8 seniors and students. Tickets are available through Eventbrite - As the room capacity is 35, we strongly recommend purchasing as soon as possible.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Roy Williams and The Human Hands Caress Inman Square

notloB Music Presents...
Roy Williams and The Human Hands
Tuesday, May 26, 8pm
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street - Inman Square - Cambridge
Roy Williams, an American songwriter, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist, writes music with a curious ear and an open mind. From the classic pop tunes heard on the first cassette Roy owned—The Beatles “Live at the BBC in 1963”—to the incomparable instrumental canon of Django Reinhart, Roy’s influences eclipse genre categorization, a trait that is reflected in the adventurous spirit of his own original songs... continued here
Joining Roy this evening will be Jeff Picker - bass, Alex Hargreaves - fiddle, Nick Anderson – percussion.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

notloB's 8th Birthday / Artist Appreciation Party

notloB Music Presents...
notloB's 8th Birthday / Artist Appreciation Party

Eight years and 150+ concerts, it's been a wonderful experience. To say thank you to each and every artist who has ever performed for us we're throwing a party!
Who knows who will be showing up? For a list of artists in notloB's "quiver" click here, then click on "long description."
Bring your instruments and pic and jam. Maybe we'll organize a featured set or two.
Bring food to share and your own beverages, too.
Free to all notloB artists, all others will be asked to make a free-will donation ($5-10) to cover expenses.
Friday, May 15, 8pm - ?
Registration required