Tuesday, February 18, 2020

notloB Parlour Concert announces February - June acoustic concerts in Harvard, MA

Harvard – On Sunday, December 15, notloB ParlourConcerts came out of a long hibernation to present its 200th concert, an old friend, cellist Rushad Eggleston at Fivesparks. The well-attended concert has sparked a monthly stringed instrument-based acoustic music series in Harvard's refurbished and repurposed 1891 library. Admission to the concerts is by donation, with 100% going to the artists.
Dates and artists subject to change, see 
notloB ParlourConcerts for current information.

Artist biographies.

Saturday, February 22
Noah y Maurizio
Re-imagining the String Band”

Noah y Maurizio is a Boston-based band that comes out of the vibrant musical environments of the Berklee College of Music and the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival.  The individual members of the group are widely recognized as emerging artists in the acoustic music scene, but come from varied musical backgrounds - Traditional and Contemporary, Appalachian and Venezuelan, Brazilian and Jazz influences combine to give Noah y Maurizio a unique sound and broad appeal.  Their debut album “Acoustic Travelogue” is set to come out in Spring 2020.
Noah and Maurizio met and became friends in 2017 while studying Jazz Composition at Berklee.  In 2018, Noah and Parker Ousley attended the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival and bonded over their love of many different kinds of music, workshopping tunes with each other and eventually performing together at the festival with Canadian fiddle player extraordinaire Clara Rose.
Upon returning to Berklee, Noah talked to Maurizio about putting together a group to explore each other’s music, and suggested involving Brazilian guitar guru Joao Perrusi, and they experimented with leading downsized Jazz orchestras for a time
In February of 2019, Clara reached out to Noah saying she was coming to visit Boston for a week, and they decided to put together a few shows to celebrate!  Noah contacted Maurizio and asked if he wanted to try something very different than the Jazz Orchestras they’d been leading, and Maurizio said sure. Parker Ousley and Joao Perrusi came onboard to round out the group, and Mandolin maniac Ethan Setiawan topped it all off.  After a furious week of rehearsing brand new material, the shows went off without a hitch, and the group even found time to record an entire album with the great engineer Alex Leiva.
After Clara returned to Canada, Maurizio and Noah agreed that they had found something special, and wanted to continue the project.  They brought on the indomitable Sofia Chiarandini to take up the all-important role of fiddle player, and became Noah y Maurizio!
Since then they have played at Grey Fox 2019, WBUR Cityspace, Rabb Hall, and all around the Boston area.  
"Noah y Maurizio's debut album is an inspiring display of brilliant solo and ensemble playing, as well as beautiful tune writing and arranging.  This is a special group with a unique sound - definitely worth keeping an eye on this group!" - Mike Block

Saturday, March 21 
Josie Toney Stringband, featuring Sam Leslie on guitar, Gabe Hirshfeld on banjo, and Mike Siegel on upright bass.
Josie Toney is a versatile musician drawing from a deep familial background in traditional music. Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Josie now lives in Boston, MA. Josie has performed at Festivals around the country, such as Grey Fox, FreshGrass, Old Tone, and 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival. She is a sought after private instructor, and has taught at Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA, Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford’s Old Time Rollick at Ashokan, and the Passim School of Music in Boston.
Josie is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, where she received the Sam Eisenson Award for Country Music. In September of 2019 she won the FreshGrass fiddle championship. Josie’s acoustic string band showcases a variety of early country music, from the Old Time of the Appalachian Mountains to songs from Honky Tonk Heroes like Hank Williams and Kitty Wells. This concert will feature Sam Leslie on guitar, Gabe Hirshfeld on the banjo, and Mike Siegel on the upright bass.
“Josie Toney is one of the compelling, wonderful new voices bringing traditional music into today’s musical fabric. In performance, her lifetime and love of playing will draw you in immediately, with fearless, heartfelt singing and powerful fiddling (sometimes both at the same time, something I really love). Josie’s musical energy and chops are nothing short of uplifting, a joy to hear!” - Bruce Molsky

April (date tba)
The Ruta Begggars
A Vegetable and Band”

Friday, May 22
Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton


Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton are two of New England’s most experienced acoustic guitar players, each having performed with some of the finest performers in folk music. They also double on mandolin and bouzouki and create sophisticated arrangements of traditional and original material, including influences of Irish traditional music and bluegrass. Acoustic Guitar magazine says of Matt, “Powerfully rhythmic playing” and Dirty Linen magazine calls Flynn “a versatile string virtuoso.”

Saturday, June (date tba)
Evie Ladin and Keith Terry
Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance.
Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville
A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence. –Grant Alden, No Depression
Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street Journal
Evie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics. In 2019 they celebrate the release of the fourth CD of original music, Caught On A Wire, with the Evie Ladin Band, a tight trio with Erik Pearson.


Suggested donation: children and seniors $10, adults $15-20.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time.
Reservations: https://tinyurl.com/notlobeventbrite

About notloB Parlour Concerts
Since 2007, notloB Parlour Concerts has presented over 200 Folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic, and World (mostly) acoustic unplugged concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/notlobmusic/
email - notlobreservations@gmail.com
Phone – 978-226-8862

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

notloB is Coming out of Hibernation, presenting Rushad Eggleston December 5 & 15

notloB Parlour Concerts has been in a long hibernation (its last concert, entitled "Celebrate Midsummer Eve with Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert" was June, 20, 2018), waiting for a "special" artist to present for its 200th. That "special" artist has turned out to be the one and only Rushad Eggleston, founding member of Darol Anger’s Republic of StringsCrooked Still, and Tornado Rider, and six-time notloBBer.

Concert #200 will be Thursday, December 5, appropriately at Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge, a familiar notloB haunt, which was the home to 29 presentations between February, 2013 and July 2015; coincidentally, the first there was #100, headlined by Eggleston.  #201 and 202 will be Sunday, December 15 at a new venue in Harvard, MA, its 19th century library re-purposed as a gallery/performing arts center, "Fivesparks." 

Jeff Boudreau, notloB’s chief cook and bottle washer, has had his eye on Fivesparks for some time and actually had two concerts planned but first a construction delay then a completion delay nixed both. "The first cancellation was particularly hard to take", opines Boudreau, as it would have been a fabulous birthday present. Fivesparks construction did not began until two months after the planned date. The second had been planned for March, 2019.

"But now we're back with a trifecta", explains Boudreau. Rushad called just a couple weeks ago, not knowing I had moved to Harvard in 2017, asking for a "Boston gig". After establishing I was now 35 miles west of Inman Square, he asked if we could do two gigs, one each in Cambridge and Harvard. Having seen Rushad perform numerous times for children at the Rhythm and Roots (Rhode Island) and Grey Fox Bluegrass (New York) festivals I came up with the idea of two Harvard concerts, an afternoon children's and evening adult. That is how things evolve when working with Rushad." Boudreau is hopeful the Eggleston concert will be the first of a new curated acoustic music series with old notloB friends, who include notable fiddlers Darol Anger, Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas, Hanneke Cassel. See the complete artist list at https://www.facebook.com/pg/notloBParlourConcerts/about/

About the artist:
“Eggleston is a
n eclectic, whimsical, inventive performer and personality…a cello player with a difference. Calling himself the Ambassador of Sneth and Wild Cello Goblin, Eggleston improvises in fiddle styles on the cello. Now touring the world—from Italy to Belgium and beyond—as a solo performer on cello, vocals, and kazoo, he wears a jester costume and sings in his own imaginary language.”

Thursday, December 5, 8pm at Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA
notloB's 200th concert!
Suggested donation $15-20.
Sunday, December 15, 5pm (kids) & 7pm (adults) at Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard, MA.
Suggested donation $10 kids, $15-20 adults, $10 seniors.

Reservations for all: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/notlob-parlour-concerts-6730833315
Doors open 15 minutes prior to performance time.
Questions/more information:
email - notlobreservations@gmail.com
Phone – 978-226-8862

 Jeff Boudreau and Rushad Eggleston
Outpost 186
February 12, 2013
Photo credit Jon Strimish

About notloB Parlour Concerts:
Since 2007, notloB Parlour Concerts has presented 200 folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic, and World concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Fifth Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival, September 5-8, 2019, Hillsdale, NY

The Fifth Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2019


September 5-8, 2019 
Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529

The 5th Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival: Preserving American Music
Musicians and Festival Attendees Dedicated to Preservation through Participation
September 5-8, 2019
1011 Co. Rd 21, Hillsdale, NY 12529Website

HILLSDALE, NY. The Oldtone Roots Music Festival features three stages with traditional music performances, dances, workshops, contests, and children’s activities. The founders’ goal is to preserve American roots music and dance with an intimate and interactive festival that includes opportunities to engage with main stage artists in workshop settings. Jamming in the campground late into the night is encouraged. In the evenings festival goers and artists dance under a tent that perches over a spectacular view of the rolling upstate NY farm valley of Matt and Lisa Schober’s Cool Whisper Farm. It is not unusual to find main stage performers dancing in the dance tent or jamming late into the night in the camping areas. Caleb Klauder of the Foghorn String Band has this to say about Oldtone 19: “I’m going to the Oldtone Roots Music festival because their hearts are in the music and the music there has soul.”

The festival is unique amongst Roots music festivals for its popularity with the artists themselves as well as the attendees, who can often be heard talking about the “Oldtone vibe”.  Well known cajun Artist Jesse Lege (Bayou Brew) stated; “If I had to pick one best festival, and I have traveled to many, near and far....Oldtone is the biggest, most relaxed, friendliest little festival you’ll ever spend a weekend at... like having it in your own backyard.” 

The festival has a core of returning popular Oldtone veteran artists: the Foghorn String Band, Tuba Skinny, the Down Hill Strugglers, Jesse Lege & the Bayou Brew, Run Mountain, Tamar Korn, Travis Stuart, and the Russet Trio, all who have performed since 2016. This year the line up also includes well known bands and artists and exciting new acts: Alice Gerrard & the Piedmont Melody Makers, Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings, Bruce Molsky and Allison de Groot, Jerron Paxton, The Alex Leach Band, Sinner Friends, and more. The full line up and schedule can be found on the Oldtone Roots Music Festival Website. 

Oldtone is known for its family friendly atmosphere with puppet shows and interactive entertainment for children. Local food and craft vendors add to the village feel of the four day long weekend festival, and this year, local craft beers from Big Elm, Chatham Brewery, S&S Farm Brewery, and Svendale will be a highlight as well as local hard cider, and wine from Millbrook Winery

Photo from Oldtone Festival 2018 by Juris Mardwig

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The fourth annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival, September 6-9, 2018, Hillsdale, NY

notloB Music recommends...
The fourth annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival
September 6-9, 2018
Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529
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The 2018 Line-up
Anna & Elizabeth, Cedric Watson, Hubby Jenkins, Mike Bub in the Lineup for Oldtone This Year

Hillsdale, NY, April 11, 2018 The Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2018, September 6-9, 2018
Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529.

Oldtone Productions continue their  carefully curated old-time music line up with the return of some Oldtone favorites and some exciting new folks. Roots music fans will be delighted to hear that the Appalachian Mountain duo Anna & Elizabeth (recently featured in the New Yorker) will be bringing their harmonies and their art to the Hillsdale festival. Also new this year are Oldtime Blues artist Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Creole artist and former member of The Pine Leaf Boys Cedric Watson, well known upright bass player Mike Bub (Del McCoury band). Other new artists include Five Mile Mountain Road (bluegrass), cajun fiddlers Joel Savoy and Kelli Jones, roots trio Pete’s Posse, and the Balkan Romani Gypsy duo Eva Salina and Peter Stan.

The returning lineup makes up Oldtone’s core, with some of the most exciting roots artists today. The Oldtone host band, is the well-known Foghorn String Band from Portland, OR, Oldtone’s favorite Cajun band Jesse Lege and the Bayou Brew will be returning to the Main and Dance Stages, as will the old time darlings Bill and the Belles. Bill and the Belles are the house band for Farm & Fun Time which is hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen, (the show is hot in the Roots music world right now). The Down Hill Strugglers are also making waves, and band member Jackson Lynch recently played the Half Moon with his band Jackson and the Janks, the Hudson hot spot that Oldtone partners with for their SuperTone promotional shows. Nora Brown, the young up and coming roots banjo player captured the festival’s hearts and minds last year with her appearance on the “tweener” stage and has a place on the Main Stage for 2018.

Oldtone organizer Kip Beacco stated; “I can’t begin to tell you about all the amazing artists we’ve got coming this, year, it’s breathtaking.”

“Oldtone is the good ol’ days. I have never had such fun playing music as I did in the dancing tent in the Oldtone Country Revue - the smell of sawdust from the freshly built stage, the twinkling lights, and the warm summer air on our skin as dancers twirled and two-stepped by. Oldtone is a dream.” stated singer Lauren Ambrose. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Northeast Fiddlers Convention, June 9, Hancock Shaker Village

This Saturday!

Oldtone Productions and Hancock Shaker Village present:

Bill and the BellesNils Fredland, and Tara Linhardt. The day includes workshops with Bill and the Belles, Fredland, and Linhardt, jamming in historic barns, instrument contests with cash prizes (courtesy of Rock On), a concert and a Square Dance.  Hancock Shaker village demonstrations available throughout the day, included in the ticket price. Follow @northeastfiddlersconvention on instagram and Oldtone Native on FB for news and details. Pre-registration required for the instrument contests. Email maggie@oldtonemusicfestival.com to register for the contests. 

June 9th from 2pm to Midnight!
Hancock Shaker Village events available for Fiddlers' Convention ticket holders as early as 10 am.  

10am     Village opens 
(Hancock Shaker Village displays, trails, and demonstrations available to NE Fiddlers' ticket holders
2-4pm   Workshops
4-5pm   Open Jam in the Round Stone Barn
5-7pm   Fiddle & Banjo Contest
7-8pm   Open Jam
8pm-Midnight Square Dance

Contestant Sign-up is REQUIRED!   Space is limited, and walk-ins are not guaranteed a contestant spot. All signups get Oldtone & NE Fiddlers' Convention stickers at check-in!
Fill out the form below or email Maggie@oldtonemusicfestival.com to register for the contests.

Judged Contests for the following categories*:
Fiddle  /  Banjo   /  Guitar  /  Mandolin  /  Dobro
2018 Prizes for each category are:
1st PRIZE: $100 cash! + 1 Full Camping ticket to the 2018 Oldtone Roots Music Festival
1 ticket to the 2019 N.E. Fiddlers’ Convention
2 tickets to Supertone Music Festival
Fiddlers’ Merch Bag
2nd PRIZE: $50 CASH!
A ticket to the 2019 N.E. Fiddlers’ Convention
Fiddlers’ Merch Bag
3rd-PRIZE: Fiddlers’ Merch Bag!
For Contest Rules CLICK HERE

We anticipate these sections to be small in class size and intimate, the leaders will assess the skill levels in the room and try to address a wide range of instruction and knowledge in their particular subjects. No sign-ups are necessary for the workshops, and reservations are not accepted.
Workshop Instructors:
Tara Linhardt: Mandolin: “Monroe and Beyond”
Kris Truelsen: Guitar & Band Styles: "Evolutions from the 20s & 30s”
Grace Van’t Hof: Banjo: “Bluegrass Drive to Old-Time”
Kalia Yeagle: Fiddle: “All Things Fiddle”
Karl Zerfas: “The Bass”
Nils Fredland: "Square Dance History Through Your Feet"

Tickets on sale here
Day tickets (10am-7pm) $20 advance/$25 day of.

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Hancock Shaker Village is located at
1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201

Friday, May 4, 2018

notloB Recommends... "NONE BUT THE BEST"

the latest production by IN GOOD COMPANY.

This musical play tells the remarkable story of a 19th century Boston Publisher and philanthropist, Daniel Sharp Ford, whose weekly periodical had the largest circulation of any periodical in the country at that time.  Unlike his contemporary business titans of the Gilded Age, he didn't build mansions in Newport.  Instead, he used his wealth to feed and clothe the poor, and to provide vocational training to enable them to support themselves during the tumultuous period between the Civil War and the end of the 19th century.

There are two performances
Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 6th at 4pm First Parish in Waltham 50 Church St, Waltham, MA 02452

Monday, April 16, 2018

notloB Music presents Gatorland and Left-Right Strings, 4/16, @ Arts at the Armory

Continuing our quasi-annual collaborative with Darol Anger...

Gatorland is a Berklee acoustic string ensemble dedicated to playing the music of mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall, featuring some of the most accomplished young acoustic musicians working today.
Ethan Setiawan, mandolin & mandocello
Ben Knorr, guitar
Korey Brodsky, guitar & mandolin
Joseph Byrne, String Bass
Ella Jordan, fiddle
Audrey Budington, fiddle
Hanna Rose Baker, fiddle

Sharing the bill, The Left-Right Strings
Cecilia Vacanti – Viola
Hannah Rose Baker – Five string fiddle
Casey Murray – Cello
Emilie Rose – Fiddle

Both ensembles are coached by Prof. Darol Anger.
This Wednesday, 4/18, at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville.
The Café offers delicious espresso and other coffee drinks, Mighty Leaf teas, hearty sandwiches on artisan breads, fresh salads, savory soups, yummy baked goods, fine desserts, beer & wine, and more.
Free will offering.
More info – 978-226-8862 or notlobreservations@gmail.com