Friday, November 10, 2017

notloB Music to present Nic Gareiss for the fifth time, January 21, Harvard

notloB Music to present Nic Gareiss for the fifth time.*

This "in the round" dance concert will be presented in the intimate setting of the historic Hildreth House. Suggested donation is $20, with a $5 discount for seniors. Coffee will be provided, please bring a dessert to share. The room is small, seating is very limited, so reservations via eventbrite are recommended.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 
Doors: 4:15pm
Concert: 4:45pm (sunset).
Hildreth House
13 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451
(for GPS, enter 15 Elm St., Harvard MA)


Solo Square Dance is a one-person percussive dance show created and performed by Nic Gareiss commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Dance Halls Act which banned citizens from dancing in homes. The show features new pieces inspired by this and other such dance bans, including the Elmore City, OK dancing ban that inspired the film Footloose and the most recently lifted dancing ban in Pound, VA (only lifted in 1999!) which required that dancing permits not be granted "to anyone who is not a proper person, nor to a person who is not a person of good moral character".  The 60-minute show, set in houses, explores the dialectic of public/private life and probes the subversive power of dancing+sounding bodies, recasting percussive dance as a vehicle of liberation and social transformation. 

Coffee will be provided, please bring a dessert to share.


Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His work re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Dervish, Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Buille, Solas, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. Gareiss' essay, "An Buachaillín Bán: Reflections on One Queer's Performance within Traditional Irish Music & Dance" appears in the book Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance edited by Clare Croft on Oxford University

Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, worldand Celtic concerts in unique listening room environments throughout the greater Boston area. Tickets are available at For more information see its website – – or Facebook page - - or email

#125 02/12/14 4TET (Jordan Tice, Brittany Haas, Cleek Schrey and Nic Gareiss) @ Watertown Private Residence
#148 01/17/15 Brittany Haas and Nic Gareiss @ Park Avenue Congregational Church
#149 01/18/15 Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss @ Carriage House of Violins
#171 10/10/15 Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss @ Gregorian Rugs
#194 01/21/18 Nic Gareiss @ Hildreth House

Thursday, November 9, 2017


presented by notloB Music

Since 2007, notloB Music has been presenting “old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world, and Celtic concerts in unique listening room environments throughout the greater Boston area.” Its next concert will be world-renowned fiddler Darol Anger (David Grisman Quartet founding member, Republic of Strings, Mr Sun) and singer-songwriter Emy Phelps, with surprise special guests.

Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30pm
Common House, 25 Half Moon Hill, Acton, MA
$20 advance 
$25 cash at the door

Darol Anger on his holiday show: “We think that the midwinter season has always been a highly emotional and special time for human beings, and we mean to celebrate in music the many layers of spirituality and celebration that has always happened around this time. Emy's a genius at finding songs that elevate peoples' spirits, and her long career working with children has helped her hone her talent. We’ll bring some amazingly talented younger musicians that our audience will love. Our band is not afraid to tap deep emotions, whether they be humor, love, or wassailin’.”

"Emy & I take our job very seriously in any time of year, but especially now. Any serious entertainer needs to consider their role as a healer of some sort. Music has served this very purpose since it began thousands of years ago, and that hasn’t changed, no matter how many notes and chords we add in there. This is the time of year when everything seems to have died and we have to trust that everything will rise again. For most humans, this seems to be a time for reflection, for spiritual questioning and renewal, family, and celebration or mourning of what we have gained and lost throughout the previous year-or years.

"We believe that what people mostly could use right now is to be together in a positive environment which encourages sharing. This year, all Americans have had real setbacks and fractious difficulties and it seems certain that things will get worse next year. Everyone- and I mean everyone- will need spiritual strength for the challenges that are rising. We’re going to support that frame of mind in our concert, with some really beautiful songs from all traditions, and we’re going to encourage a lot of singing along."

notloB Music could not agree more. This will be its eighth collaboration with Darol, and fifth with Emy.
#88 Thursday, April 12, 2012 Darol Anger & Emy Phelps w/ special guest Sharon Gilchrist @ Loring-Greenough House
#96 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Darol Anger and Emy Phelps with Family and Fiends Maeve Gilchrist, John Mailander, Mila Phlps-Friedl, and Molly Tuttle @ Burren
#110 Friday, May 31, 2013 The Grant Gordy, Darol Anger, Joe Walsh and Karl Doty Quartet @ Watertown Private Residence
#113 Saturday, October 5, 2013 Darol Anger and Emy Phelps with Family and Fiends @ Watertown Private Residence
#121 Saturday, December 7, 2013 The Anger - Haas - Parks - Jonsson Quartet, The International Gals of Quartetdom, The Four Corners Quartet, The Resurexon Quartet @ Jamaica Plain UU
#156 Saturday, April 25, 2015 Darol Anger and The Furies @ Park Avenue Congregational Church
#177 Friday, December 4, 2015 Darol Anger and The Furies: On A Winter's Night (Darol Anger, Emy Phelps, Ethan Jodziewicz and Mari Chaimbeul) @ Unity Somerville

Present your eventbrite ticket and get 15% off your dinner bill at Not Your Average Joe's, 305 Main Street, Acton, MA, 01720 - 978-635-0101 -


Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world, and Celtic concerts in unique listening room environments throughout the greater Boston area. Tickets are available at For more information see its website – – or Facebook page - - or email

Saturday, October 21, 2017

21st Annual Greater Waltham Healing Garden Benefit Concert ,Oct 21, 2017 French American Victory Club, Waltham, Massachusetts

Learned about this on Cousin Lyn's "Hillbilly at Harvard" radio program. The information below is copied from Patio Records' website.

21st Annual Greater Waltham Healing Garden Benefit Concert

7:30 PM Oct 21, 2017
French American Victory Club
193 Elm Street
Waltham, Massachusetts

$20.00 in advance 
$25.00 at the door
(prices in USD)
All proceeds towards a Healing Garden for Mount Auburn Hospital

Sponsoring live and recorded music to create garden patios at cancer treatment centers

Friday, October 13, 2017

notloB Music Alumnae Album Release Tirfecta

Congrats Laura, Mike, and Molly, we knew you when!

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - California Calling
October 6
“... using traditional forms to subvert the tradition.” —No Depression
Mike Barnett - Portrait in Fiddles
October 13
With: Mike Bub, Michael Daves, Stuart Duncan, Casey Campbell, Chris Eldridge, Grant Gordy, David Grier, David Grisman, Sam Grisman, Alex Hargreaves, Bobby Hicks, Ethan Jodziewicz, Dominick Leslie, Rob McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Tim Mensy, Tim O’Brien, Jeff Picker, Noam Pikelny, Buddy Spicher, Bryan Sutton, Tony Trischka
Molly Tuttle - Rise
October 13
“Her songs, singing and solos, much like her demeanor, tend to have an inward-looking elegance to them; they’re the outward expressions of a searching mind and a longtime dedication to cultivating her craft.” —Jewly Hight, NPR

Order yours now.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

notloB Music presents Shawna Caspi in an intimate house concert in Harvard, 9/27

notloB Music has been on hiatus since April, but we're back to present Shawna Caspi from Ontario.

"Shawna Caspi is a mighty singer, a fingerstyle guitarist, a story sculptor, and a truth-teller, performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth-teller, she has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour.”

“Shawna Caspi has the rare gift of presence, a warm presence that immediately invites audience engagement, from the first strum of her skilled guitar playing to the last exquisite note she sings. Shawna’s lyrics show, her music and delivery tell; her songs are beautiful stories that stay with listeners long after the CD is spun, long after the gig is over.”
– Andy Frank, Toronto, ON, Founding Partner, Roots Music Canada

Where: A private residence in Harvard, MA. Address will be given when reservation is made.
When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Doors 7:00pm, Start 7:30pm
Bring: A dessert to share and BYOB.
Suggested Donation: $15-20
Reservations / address:
More Info: 978-226-8862
Facebook event:
Artist’s Website:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Third Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival Heats Up, Adds Little Country Giants

The Third Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival Heats Up, Ads Little Country Giants

Hillsdale, NY, August 20, 2017 
Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529.

Increasing the anticipation locally and in the American Roots Music community, Oldtone Productions added Little Country Giants to the line up. Delivering pure, simple, and timeless rustic songs touching on country, bluegrass, and rural blues, husband-and-wife duo Cameron Federal and Russell Cook produce artful work on par with the finest of the expansive genre. This last minute booking rounds out an already-busting-at-the-seams smorgasbord of the best in traditional musicians gathering for the festival.

Producer Kip Beacco stated; “It’s hard to imagine it can get much better, short of bringing back some of our Roots heroes who have long since passed on. We keep getting lucky -- we were able to secure Little Country Giants at the last minute.” 

“Participation is preservation” is the motto of Oldtone Productions. This event is a full participatory festival with performances, workshops, informal jam sessions and all-ages entertainment on the main stage, workshop and dance stages, and throughout the campground. Participants and artists are dedicated to playing Old-time music in the Old-time way. The artists perform old and new songs which reflect the timeless themes of love, loss, family, and adventure, with an underlying sound that is pure and organic, like it was in the days gone by. 

"Kip, Matt, and Jim have a really clear vision of the experience they want to create and a deep passion for this music." states producer Beth Carlson.

The lineup this year starts with nationally known bands Foghorn StringbandThe RevelersJesse LegéDavid Davis and the Warrior River Boys and  Karl Shifflet and Big Country Show, and many regional and local bands. Down County Social Club, Country Life Real Estate, Catskill Tents, Ghent Wood Products, CMH Rapid Care-Copake, and Harney Tea have all sponsored bands, with St. James Place sponsoring the up-and-coming popular regional band Bill and the Belles who played Dewey Hall and Naumkeag at Night on their recent Northeast tour. 

The music and dance at the festival includes Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Swing Jazz, and Folk, all robustly informed by their traditional origins. Local vendors and locally sourced food is a highlight of the festival experience. 

Day tickets and camping passes are available at:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

See you at the Hoot?

Come reconnect with your community and enjoy beautiful music! Aug 25–27, 2017

The 5th Annual Summer Hoot
Just one week away!
August 25, 26, and 27 at The Ashokan Center

Come reconnect with your community and enjoy beautiful music! Now five years running, the Hoot builds community and connects generations through a shared love for music and nature.

Attend for a few hours or the whole weekend! On-site lodging and camping can be reserved. Local food, beer, and wine will be available. Advanced weekend and day passes guarantee entry and parking!

Weekend pass: $75 • Day pass: $25–$45
VIP Pewter Posse pass: $200+

Buy tickets now!
"Pay-what-you-want" tickets will be available at the gate while space allows.
Volunteers get free weekend passes!

Support your Hoot!

Experience the Hoot:

Come to the 2017 Summer Hoot!

Performers include:

The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy) • Arm of the Sea Theater performing Dirt: The Secret Life of Soil • Geoff Muldaur • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason • The Sweetback Sisters • Rhett Miller • Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers • Sarah Lee Guthrie with the Hoping Machine singers • Dan Bern • Heather Maloney • The Revelers • Hamell on Trial • The Down Hill Strugglers & John Cohen • Billy Wylder • Upstate Rubdown • Lily & Duncan • Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine • The Bunkhouse Boys • Joan Henry • Chas Justus • Caller Megan Downes

    Plus a range of family-friendly activities:

    Local craft and food vendors // Arts and crafts with FiberFlame // Morning gong baths with Love Waves // Hiking, canoeing, other nature activities // Blacksmithing // A kids’ parade, other kids’ activities // Intimate concerts in the Pewter Shop // Workshops: Band in a Box, Songs for Social Change, flatfooting, fiddle & banjo // Empowering environmental workshops led by Earth Guardians’ Aidan Ferris // And late-night revelry: jam sessions, sing-a-longs, & a square dance!
    The Summer Hoot is excited to partner with Whova, an event app! Whova allows you to see the whole weekend schedule, build your own itinerary based on the performances, activities, and workshops you don't want to miss, get notifications of last-minute changes, connect with other Hootsters, and more.
    Find Whova on the App Store
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    Jay & Ruthy show off the raffle prizes!
    A $5 raffle ticket could win you your choice of a beautiful violin, bow, and case from sponsor SHAR Music, or free enrollment in an Ashokan Music & Dance Camp in 2018! You don't need to be at the Hoot to win (though we hope you will be)—winner will be chosen on Monday, August 28 at notified via email or phone.
    Enter the raffle

    Lodging options:

    Bunks are available in the Women’s, Men’s, and Co-Ed Longhouse rooms for $50 per person. Bed with pillow provided—BYO bedding, towel, and toiletries.
    Camping passes are available for both “quiet” and “music-all-night” areas for $50 per vehicle. No RV hookups are available. Private fires and dogs are prohibited.
    All lodging prices are for two nights (Friday & Saturday) and include breakfast both mornings (Saturday & Sunday).
    Lodging details
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    Ashokan Music & Dance Camps Alumni
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