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    • Thursday, July 13, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sunday, July 16, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Immanuel Retreat Center

    with Eugene Friesen
    and special guests
    Joel A. Martin, piano
    Myles Bullen, poet & rapper

    It’s a new day for the cello! It seems like everybody wants a cello onstage with them. From singer/songwriters, Brazilian combos, bluegrass bands, and every breed of rock group, people are inventing new uses for the cello that bring this special instrument into contemporary settings.

    Come join a community of cellists exploring new ways of collaborating and using our instruments. Innovative rhythmic techniques, accompanying singers and other soloists, creating cello parts in a “band” setting, practicing for being a lead voice in an ensemble – these are issues demanding creative solutions for the contemporary cellist.

    Among the many questions addressed at the workshop: How do I practice to cultivate originality? How do I expand my comfort with chords? How can I create melodies through thorny chord progressions? How can I add more rhythmic tension and variation in my improvising and composing? How can I create rich accompaniments by covering the bass notes and harmony while keeping a groove? How can I make cello parts that don’t get overwhelmed by drums and bass?

    As well as some hardware questions: Should I have an electric instrument? What type of pickup helps me to cut through a rhythm section while retaining my great cello sound? What electronics do I need to make the cello a compelling arena-sized voice?

    In the Creative Cello Workshop you'll meet creative and collaborative players, share stylistic tips, jam with other cellists, explore new repertoire for cello ensemble, perform new pieces, and have the opportunity to improvise and play solos in a group.

    Eugene Friesen has worked with hundreds of innovative cellists in jazz, rock, and folk settings. Eugene’s classes at the Berklee College of Music  - and three decades of workshops throughout the United States and at international cello festivals - have influenced a generation of players who are changing the face of the cello for audiences worldwide.

    Eugene will also be teaching his personal techniques including “Afro-Pizz,” a double-handed pizzicato technique featured in original pieces like “Shadowplay” and “Street Corner;” his signature multi-glissando featured in “Dances of Rasputin;” polyrhythmic col legno, etc.

    Across all disciplines, collaboration is the new norm of creativity. To gain practice in collaborative work, we encourage participants to bring original music and sketches to the Workshop. We will play each other’s music and through the process of “workshopping,” we will discuss alternatives, work together, try new ideas and prepare pieces for public performance.


     "Eugene's workshop was the best pure music-making I have experienced in many years.  His openness, depth of knowledge, and mastery of the cello led everyone to unlock doors to personal expression that will stay open for a long time.  This weekend was a gift." 
    --  Crispin Campbell, Cellist / Educator, Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan


    "Oh, I see how this works.  Yesterday you couldn't get me to play a solo, and today you can't get me to stop!"
    --  Janet Haarvig, Cellist and Composer, Montana


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    Four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, conductor and teacher. He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and Dream Theater, and has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families. A pioneer in the teaching of improvisation to classically trained musicians, Eugene has led workshops throughout North America and around the world. His book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians(Berklee Press) was published in 2012. Eugene’s newest CDs are: Colorful Transitions, a collection of jazz, Brazilian and originals with Lyle Lovett’s pianist Tim Ray; Trio Globo’s Steering By the Stars; and Love Songs of the Americas, a collection of songs in Spanish, Portuguese and English featuring Mexican vocalist Mili Bermejo and the Berklee World Strings. He is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. More information on Eugene can be found at: www.eugenefriesenmusic.com

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    Joel A. Martin is an award-winning concert and jazz pianist who has performed his innovative Jazzical compositions as well as jazz and classical pieces both domestically and in Paris, London, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Joel has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Springfield Symphony and Hartford Symphony Orchestras premiering Jazzical: Dueling Orchestras. He has been featured on BET (Black Entertainment Television) in "BET on Jazz," NBC-TV and performed his original Jazzical compositions at the Savannah Music Festival, Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, Snug Harbor, Kennedy Center, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In addition to his prodigious productions and concert schedule, Joel is also touring with famed soprano Kathleen Battle in international concert appearances.

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    “Spoken Word Performer. Teaching Artist. Play Expert. Myles Bullen is a radical poetic rapper who touches on self empowerment, social issues, uplifting oppression, and creating community. He performs in Schools, Living Rooms, Juvenile Prisons, Rehabilitation Centers and Conscious Music Festivals around the U.S.”
    The well-traveled, hip-hop poet is also a creative writing educator teaching poetry to teens in juvenile detention centers, public and private schools, and other art related programs. Myles has explored most of the United States as well as parts of Europe touring his music, writing and teaching poetry.

    “It took Myles less than 20 minutes to build rapport with the students on the first day, and by the end of that session, they were all writing. See, Myles can freestyle – really, really well. And when he started freestyling about the students, all of the tension in the room melted away, and suddenly everyone was around him giving high-fives and asking him questions. But Myles isn’t just someone who builds rapport; he also gets great work from students, and takes himself seriously as a professional. 
    -Nick Schuller, Program Director of The Telling Room


    • Friday, July 14, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church
    • 53

    Friesen & Martin
    Eugene Friesen, cello; Joel A. Martin, piano
    with 
    Myles Bullen
    poet/rapper

    Vermont cellist Eugene Friesen brings pianist Joel A. Martin to Bellows Falls for the local debut of “Friesen & Martin.” The duo explores the intersection of jazz, classical and world music styles with a melodic and rhythmic improvisatory style born from decades of concerts on six continents.
     
    Friesen & Martin will be joined by poet/rapper Myles Bullen. Based in Portland, Maine, Bullen has a fresh, positive message and a rhythmic vitality that provokes thought and emotion in multiple generations of listeners. Blending rap into an innovative chamber setting, “Planet Talk” is a unique exploration of multiple styles with an emphasis on beauty, love, and community.
     
    Cellist Eugene Friesen is well known to local listeners. A multiple Grammy Award-winner with the Paul Winter Consort, and professor at the Berklee College of Music, Friesen is active internationally as a performer, composer, and recording artist. He lives in Bellows Falls and is music director of the Stone Church Arts concert series.

    Joel A. Martin is an award-winning concert and jazz pianist who has performed his innovative Jazzical compositions as well as jazz and classical pieces both domestically and in Paris, London, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Joel has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Springfield Symphony and Hartford Symphony Orchestras premiering Jazzical: Dueling Orchestras. He has been featured on BET (Black Entertainment Television) in "BET on Jazz," NBC-TV and performed his original Jazzical compositions at the Savannah Music Festival, Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, Snug Harbor, Kennedy Center, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In addition to his prodigious productions and concert schedule, Joel is also touring with famed soprano Kathleen Battle in international concert appearances.

    Spoken word performer, teaching artist, and “play expert” Myles Bullen is a radical poetic rapper who touches on self empowerment, social issues, uplifting oppression, and creating community. He performs in schools, living rooms, juvenile prisons, rehabilitation centers and conscious music festivals around the U.S. The well-traveled, hip-hop poet is also a creative writing educator teaching poetry to teens in juvenile detention centers, public and private schools, and other art related programs. Myles has explored most of the United States as well as parts of Europe touring his music, writing and teaching poetry.

    • Friday, July 21, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sunday, July 23, 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Immanuel Retreat Center
    • 14


    Learn to consciously use the voice and music as tools for personal transformation, creativity and connection to spirit. This SOUNDS OF TRANSFORMATION workshop will introduce practices of humming, toning chanting, mantras and simple improvisation. Tools that can be used in creating a daily sound practice to continue after the workshop. We will explore new ways of experiencing music and how to use music and sound more effectively in daily life. In addition to sound the group makes together, Ruth will be creating live music using voice, medieval harp and flute created specifically for the group of people gathered.

    "I love the work I’m doing now as a musician and a sound healing practitioner because it uses all the skills that I have worked on throughout my life: singing, flute playing, keyboard, harp as well as spiritual practices that I have engaged in for many years. I create music live for individual clients and workshops, reiki circles, yoga classes and massage. When I work with people, I encourage them to use music more consciously and especially to use their own voices as a tool for transformation, healing and connection to spirit. Music, sound and vibration are amazing tools and I think in times to come, people will realize more and more what a powerful gift they are for both healing ourselves and the planet. "  - Ruth Cunningham


    FACULTY

    Ruth Cunningham is a classically trained musician, a sound healing practitioner, and a founding member  Anonymous 4. She combines these skills to improvise music that connects people to the healing and spiritual power of music. She specializes in improvisational sacred music from varied spiritual traditions in both liturgical and concert settings. Her solo program Light and Shadow encompasses a mixture of music including several traditional chants from Western and Eastern traditions as well as Ruth's own compositions and improvisations. The texts include Medieval Latin Marian texts, Sanskrit texts, prayers, and poems by Ruth's sister Elizabeth Cunningham. She accompanies herself on Medieval harp, Renaissance flute and recorder, piano and shruti box.

    With Anonymous 4, she performed in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East and made twelve recordings with harmonia mundi and one, Voices of Light by contemporary composer Richard Einhorn, for Sony Classical. After leaving Anonymous 4 for a number of years to study music and healing, Ruth rejoined the group in 2007 and sang with them until the group disbanded in 2015. 

    Ruth's most recent CD releases are Light and Shadow: Chants, Prayers and Improvisations and Harpmodes: Journey for Voice and HarpShe has released two CDs of multi faith chants with colleague Ana Hernandez: Blessed by Light and  HARC: Inside Chants. Among her other recordings are Sacred Light with harpist Diana Stork on the At Peace Music label and Ancient Beginnings which is part of the Open Ear Center’s music for healing series.  She is featured on Invoking the Muse a CD with Frame Drummer Layne Redmond released on the SoundsTrue label.

    She was part of the women's ensemble of Early Music NY and participated in their CD Music of Medieval Love . She has also performed and recorded with the Renaissance vocal ensemble Pomerium. She is a regular member of the professional choir at St Ignatius of Antioch in New York City. As a sound healing practitioner, Ruth works with individuals and groups on using the voice and music as tools for healing and transformation. She collaborates with other healers and musicians in a variety of settings and is interested in integrating sound healing and performance. Ruth played and taught a sound healing class for the Integrative Stress Management Program at St Vincent's Hospital in NYC from 2001-2007. In 2001-2002 she was among the musicians who offered their services at St. Paul's Chapel, which served as a refuge for the workers at Ground Zero.

    Ruth received a B. Mus. in Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and taught recorder and renaissance flute at the Amherst Early Music Workshops for sixteen years. She is certified as a cross cultural music healing practitioner (CCMHP) by the Open Ear Center where she studied with Pat Moffitt Cook. She has also studied vocal improvisation with Rhiannon.

    To listen to Ruth's music and singing, visit her website, www.ruthcunningham.com.


    • Saturday, July 29, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Currier Hall
    • 14


    The image, the sound, even the presence of the harp can evoke beauty, magic, stillness, peace. What is it about the harp that draws us? Why do so many cultures claim the harp as their national instrument and why such variety in one instrument called the harp? What is this association we commonly have with harp and the angels?


    Join Judi Byron, Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner as we explore these and many other questions. We will look at the harp’s rich history through time and cultures; examine Harp Therapy, a new practice from an age old tradition; look at the science of sound through the harp’s healing lens and get to put your fingers on some harps and play! There will be on hand a variety of harps to explore. 

    Judi has a degree in education, is certified in both Therapeutic Harp and Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy and has played the harp for over 30 years. She leads workshops and lectures on the “Healing Harp”. She has provided palliative care through the harp at The UVM Medical Center in Burlington (formerly Fletcher Allen Hospital), and plays at the bedside for the sick and dying both in hospitals and nursing homes as well as in private homes. She travels Vermont playing sing-alongs for residents of nursing homes, adult day care and rehab and has had much success with patients accessing memory through song.

    Judi is a harp performer, teacher, choir director, liturgical musician and multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, guitar and steel pans along with the harp, though not at the same time! Judi entertained the Trapp Family Lodge’s guests through harp music in the dining room and was the Lodge’s Music Director leading and teaching programs for kids and adults. Judi attended the University of Massachusetts where she received her degree in Education, and Berklee College of Music in Boston where she majored in jazz performance. Judi is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and Vermont Music Teachers Association and teachers privately from her studio in Duxbury, Vermont.

    Judi is the proud owner of nine harps from a wee 10 stringharp to a double strung 68 stringed one-of- a-kind “sidewinder”. Small harps will be available to rent for the workshop (day) or by the month if you would like to pursue learning to play the harp.

    Judi is available for instruction. Call (802) 244-7237 for more information or email jubaladyharps@comcast.net.


    • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sunday, September 03, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Immanuel Retreat Center

    Pulse Tools for the Total Musician 

    Join Grammy-Award-winning master drummer Glen Velez, vocal phenomenon LOIRE, and acclaimed cellist Eugene Friesen for a rare opportunity to expand your rhythmic awareness and project new dimensions of energy into your performance. 

    Frame drummers, instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to join this special guided process of discovery into the 
    inner world of flowing time and creative collaboration.

    Glen and LOIRE's innovative approach uses stepping, gesture and rhythm vocals as the basic tools for exploring pulse flow and time awareness. We then apply this knowledge to our instruments or voice in coached ensemble settings. 

    This innovative approach uses body movement, drum language and vocal improvisation as the basic tools for exploring pulse flow and time awareness. Frame drums and shakers - essential shamanic instruments - help guide our sonic adventures. (Glen Velez Signature Series drums and shakers will be provided.) 

    Eugene Friesen, author of “Improvisation for Classical Musicians,” is known for catalyzing improvisation in group settings.  Participants in “Your Rhythm, Your Life” will apply new-found rhythmic skills in ensemble settings that encourage free play, listening, responding and discussion. 

    Registration: 


    FACULTY:

    LOIRE (Lori Cotler)
    "… jaw-dropping dexterity with her acrobatic vocalizing and rapid-fire articulation” (Chicago Classical Review). 

    LOIRE (aka Lori Cotler) has garnered an international reputation as one of the most captivating performers of our time. Using exotic rhythms as her muse, she executes with the human voice phrases that do not seem possible in their rhythmic speed and clarity. Loire's emotionally-charged melodic inventions and evocative percussion-driven interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions are informed by raw melismatic improvisations, jazz-scat and pop stylings, along with lightning-fast South Indian drum language. 

    After earning a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, followed by a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from New York University, she became a professor of Music Therapy and Voice at the New School (2001-2006) and worked extensively in the clinical field. In addition to conducting regular master classes at The Juilliard School in New York City, LOIRE's unique teaching method is being embraced at prestigious conservatories and universities throughout the world. She has performed in Taiwan, Mexico, Israel, Brazil, and throughout Europe and the United States. Her live performances have been broadcast on Spanish National Radio 4, German Public Radio, Italian National Radio 3, Radio Freistadt (Austria), DRS (Swiss-German national radio), WNYC and National Public Radio in the US. 

    LOIRE is a core member of TA KA DI MI project led by Grammy-winning master percussionist and composer Glen Velez.  She has been receiving rave reviews for her leading role as anchorwoman in the THE NEWS: a reality opera composed by the renowned avant-pop Dutch composer JacobTV. In September 2013 she will be performing a 'Peace' edition of THE NEWS in Rotterdam for the new King of Holland and will be on tour with the Nationale ReisOpera company in 2013-14. LOIRE's signature vocal style can be heard on a wide variety of recordings, film scores, television commercials and CD collaborations with world-class musicians and composers. She is currently in the studio recording her first solo album LOIRE: a voice unchained
    , to be released Autumn 2013. For more info, visit: www.loricotler.com  

    Glen Velez
    "A galaxy of timbres and inflections ... remarkable rhythmic fireworks" (The New York Times). 

    A four-time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez is the founding father of the modern Frame Drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. During his illustrious career, Velez has single-handedly popularized this ancient drum for the modern world. His virtuosic combinations of hand movements and finger techniques, along with his original compositional style - which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing) - has opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe.  

    Velez is the first percussionist to gain international recognition as a successful solo artist using frame drums. In 1989 Velez’s undeniable mastery caught the attention of twentieth century composer John Cage, who Composed a piece especially for him, titled 'Improvisation for One-Sided Drum with or without Jingles.' 

    His most recent work, presented as the Glen Velez TA KA DI MI Project, features the virtuosic rhythm vocalist LOIRE (Lori Cotler) and other guest artists. Velez is also a core member of TRIO GLOBO featuring Eugene Friesen and Howard Levy. 

    Velez is an adjunct professor at the Mannes School of Music in New York City and conducts regular master classes at The Juilliard School and Tanglewood Summer Music Program. REMO and Cooperman Drum Co. created an exclusive line of Glen Velez Signature Series Frame Drums, as well as Glen Velez Signature Series Shakers by Anklang Co. of Germany. For more info, visit: www.glenvelez.com


    Eugene Friesen
    "Friesen uses the cello as a biting, crunching rhythm instrument." (The Miami Herald)

    Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, and teacher. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he has been featured on recordings and in concerts all over the world with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families. 

    A pioneer in the teaching of improvisation to classically trained musicians, Eugene has led workshops throughout North America, Brazil and Europe. His book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard) co-authored by Wendy Friesen, was released in June of 2012. 

    Recent compositions include Glory, for choir, soloists and orchestra premiered at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in June of ’12, Low 5’spremiered by the Rembrandt Chamber Players of Chicago, The Soul of the White Ant premiered by Los Angeles' Pacific Serenades in 2013.

    He is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  More information on Eugene can be found online at: www.eugenefriesenmusic.com 
    • Friday, September 01, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church
    • 59


    LOIRE, vocals 
    Glen Velez, drums
    Eugene Friesen, cello



    LOIRE (aka Lori Cotler) has garnered an international reputation as one of the most captivating performers of our time. Using exotic rhythms as her muse, she executes with the human voice phrases that do not seem possible in their rhythmic speed and clarity. Loire's emotionally-charged melodic inventions and evocative percussion-driven interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions are informed by raw melismatic improvisations, jazz-scat and pop stylings, along with lightning-fast South Indian drum language. 


    A four-time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez is the founding father of the modern Frame Drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. During his illustrious career, Velez has single-handedly popularized this ancient drum for the modern world. His virtuosic combinations of hand movements and finger techniques, along with his original compositional style - which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing) - has opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe.  


    Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, and teacher. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he has been featured on recordings and in concerts all over the world with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families. 




    • Sunday, September 10, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:20 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church
    • 200


    North Sea Gas: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan

    Over thirty-five years and stronger than ever!! "North Sea Gas" is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!



    They have released 19 albums with "Fire in the Glen" being the most recent and are constantly adding new material to their shows. Their prior album, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for the set of tunes on the album. All of their previous albums continue to be very popular with fans all over the world evidenced by the Scottish Music Industry Association awarding FOUR awards in October 2014 for: "Dark Island" (gold); "Lochanside" (silver); "Glencoe Massacre"(silver); "Edinburgh Toon"(silver).

    Their show, and their albums, consist of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material put together in a style all their own. This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Turkey, and many other destinations both in and outside of their home in Scotland. Every year there are appearances on TV and Radio on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" (one of the biggest radio shows of its kind in the USA), and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) TV stations in the U.S.

    In the past the band recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million, played in Istanbul, Turkey for the British Consulate, and recently had the honor of performing at the famous Rosslyn Chapel.

    In addition to regular tours abroad, they have taken their show to theatres, arts centres and community halls around Scotland. Touring and seeing their native land is something the band really enjoys.

    We could say more but put simply "North Sea Gas" are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the "Gas" shows a wonderful atmosphere and universal appeal.

    For more info, visit their website HERE.

    HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT "NORTH SEA GAS".....

    "The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies." (Celtic Radio - Boston) http://www.celticradio.net

    "No airs and graces just fantastic music"...
    EdinburghGuide.com (Edin/Festival) 

    ".....they inherit the mantle vacated by The Corries and The McCalmans with tight vocal harmonies and well-chosen material.....provide a solid well-honed sound vocally strong and musically complimentary.....most commendable about North Sea Gas is their ability to balance up tempo material with quieter more thoughtful moments and treat each with commitment and professionalism. "Fire in the Glen" is an excellent showcase for their talents and shows them taking the Scottish ballad group mantle with fire and grace." 
    John O'Regan Freelance Music Journalist, Broadcaster, Lecturer Limrick, Ireland

    Dave Gilfillan

    Dave Gilfillan, founding member of North Sea Gas, is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where his interest in music started at an early age. He first learned how to play the guitar as a teenager and frequented folk clubs where he was fortunate to have met many early pioneers of the folk music scene in Scotland. He plays guitar, banjo, mandola, bodhran, foot drum, harmonica and whistle. Dave has built up a reputation for rousing sing-along vocals and big heartfelt ballads. Add to that a sense of on-stage fun and tongue-in-check humor and you can see why his brand of folk music has taken him, and North Sea Gas, all over the world. For him, to sing on stage seemed a natural thing do to.


    Ronnie MacDonald


    Ronnie McDonald, is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, lived in Australia for many years, but now lives in Edinburgh. "Mac," as he's also known, has been invovled with music and in bands most of his life. He joined the band in 2002. He plays guitar and bouzouki and sings both lead and harmony vocals.




    Grant Simpson


    Grant Simpson, originally from Lossiemouth in the northeast of Scotland but now also living in Edinburgh, has been playing fiddle since he was a very young child. He is the youngest member of North Sea Gas, joining them in 2006. Besides playing fiddle he also sings harmony vocals, the occasional solo, and plays guitar, bouzouki and mandola.




    • Saturday, September 30, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Chapel
    • 70


    Gary Stroutsos, world flute master, will take us on a journey around the world, from China to Cuba to the Native American West. Woodwinds Without Borders will showcase the music that Gary has explored and mastered throughout his long career as a professional musician.

    While of Greek, Italian, and Lebanese, Stroutsos is acknowledged to have made a distinctive contribution to the preservation of American Indian music and culture, and plays with some of the finest American Indian artists working today, including collaborating with Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson, a work which expresses the enduring legacy of the American Indian flute and its recent revitalization into today’s society.

    In a recent interview about his work, Stroutsos comments: “I have had a unique career of recording flute music inspired by travels and really awesome masters.  My passion is to share with listeners the cultural legacies which my teachers have shared with me, particularly my journey with my friend and mentor, the Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson.  We brought to life traditional love songs learnt from American Indians, and recorded these flute songs live inside Canyon de Chelly, the spiritual ancestral lands of the Navajo.  I continue to discover more of the wealth of flute traditions, these time-honored traditions which span many generations: this history is the real mystery of the flute, both haunting and enduring.  Bringing music to life for new listeners is part of my vision of my own work, because music touches the soul, making it our true universal means of communication.”

    In over twenty releases, Stroutsos has created a body of work which  expresses a passion for sound travelling: music without borders.


    • Saturday, October 14, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church


    The Dave Keller Band: 
    Dave Keller: vocals, guitar 
    Ira Friedman: Hammond B3 organ, piano 
    Gary Lotspeich: bass 
    Brett Hoffman: drums 

    The Mo' Sax Horns: 

    Jessica Friedman: baritone sax, alto sax 
    Joe Moore: tenor sax

    Dave Keller is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. 

    Growing up in Worcester, MA, Keller loved music, but didn't learn guitar until 16, and didn't sing much until 20, when he stumbled upon the blues and never looked back.

    In 1993, Keller moved to icy Vermont, launching The Dave Keller Band in 1996. In 1998, he began an enduring friendship with deep soul singer Mighty Sam McClain. His relationship with Sam, as well as with soul/blues greats Johnny Rawls and Robert Ward, added further depth to Keller's music.

    Renowned for his live-wire shows -- where you'd find him fifty feet out in the audience, teasing whisper-soft licks from his strat, singing off-mike to the enrapt crowd, before digging into the strings and tearing the roof off the proverbial sucker – Keller earned a devoted fanbase extending far beyond Vermont. He 'paid his dues' – and his bills – with thousands of gigs, from coffeehouses and bars to the largest festivals in the northeast.

    In 2009, Keller was discovered by legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl, and featured as singer and co-writer on Earl's award-winning CD, Living In The Light. But just as Keller's music began taking off, his marriage imploded.

    Channeling the pain of his divorce into his music, Keller won the 2012 International Blues Challenge (IBC) Best Self-Produced CD Award (Where I'm Coming From), and earned a 2014 Blues Music Award (BMA) nomination for Best Soul/Blues Album (Soul Changes), which he recorded with Al Green's original Hi Rhythm Section in Memphis.

    With each album, Keller has grown more adept at turning his personal experiences into universal ones. His new CD, Right Back Atcha (Sept. 2016), continues that course, showcasing his powerful voice, his dynamic guitar playing, and his meaningful, memorable songs.

    And who are The Mo' Sax Horns? Joe Moore (tenor sax) possesses the most impressive resume of any soul musician in Vermont, having played all over the U.S. with legends including Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers and the Isley Brothers, as well as projects like Jon Fishman's Pork Tornado. Jessica Friedman (bari sax) is a top shelf baritone sax player, known for rocking stages with the late Sandra Wright, and more recently with The Michelle Sarah Band. John Harrison (alto sax) has worked with Otis Rush, Bobby Radcliff, and Buster Poindexter, and currently leads the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir.

    Dave Keller's devotion to his art is mirrored in the devotion of his ever-widening community of fans. “Everywhere I go, I see people who are hungry for connection. For something real. I think I give them that.”


    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church


    "With loving care they take the haunting melody and build a priceless masterpiece. In Davidian’s playing the strength of a Keith Jarrett comes through clearly…" 
    – Paul J. Youngman, jazzreview.com

    "…Davidian wanders from light, flowing melodies to moments of abstraction and even dissonance, giving listeners enough familiarity while venturing into more daring, uncharted territory."

    – Jack Silverman, The Nashville Scene

    The Joe Davidian Trio (“JD3”) is an American jazz trio comprised of some of the nation’s hottest up-and-coming young lions. Bandleader and pianist Joe Davidian lives in New York City where he performs regularly, including appearances with jazz legends Chester Thompson, Ira Sullivan, Joe Lovano, and Duffy Jackson. Davidian's passion for jazz education has landed him professorships at University of Vermont, Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University, and he also maintains an active roster of private piano students in NYC.

    Bassist Dr. Jamie Ousley, voted “Best South Florida Jazz Musician of 2011,” is Professor of Jazz Bass at Florida International University in Miami, FL.

    Austin McMahon, JD3’s drummer, has released two albums under his own name, and teaches jazz improvisation at Harvard University and at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.



    The Joe Davidian Trio performs a mix of original works and jazz standards. They have been touring internationally since 2000, presenting concerts and giving masterclasses on improvisation and ensemble playing. In 2008, JD3 released the critically acclaimed album “Silent Fire,” featuring each trio members’ compositions. In April of 2013, JD3 released Live at the Jazz Cave: Volume One, which documents a four-year span of performances at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church

    The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world.  This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

    With the release of their debut album Waterbound in early 2012, which features their fresh styles, compositions, as well as collaborations with singers Ruth Moody and Norah Rendell, the quartet grabbed the attention of critics and fans across many genres.  This recording fueled a busy summer of festivals across Canada, a month long tour of Germany in the fall, and world wide sales and radio play. The year was capped with 3 awards, bringing the album, and the band further into the public eye; Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Fretless walked away with both Ensemble of the year, and Instrumental Group of the Year.

    Musically, the goals of the group are to expand the rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangement style of the many folk genres they play using only string instruments. There are countless fiddle styles across Canada and around the globe that have been stagnating over time, and The Fretless is working to incorporate a new approach and a new audience. As a band, all four members have come from very different traditional and contemporary backgrounds, and are influenced by a vast array of art. However they are unified in their goal to continually develop their amalgamated sound in order to push traditional music as far as possible.

    The Fretless is an innovation in music that must be heard.  They harbor all the energy of fiddle tunes, while shattering all expectations in writing, creativity and performance.


    • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church
    • 70


    Castlebay has been musically weaving together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands since 1987. Members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performance style. Their concerts feature poignant ballads sung in Lane's ethereal soprano and Gosbee's rich baritone interspersed with joyous dance tunes played on Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and tin whistle. Castlebay treats the audience to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic. The duo also presents special theme concerts on various aspects of Celtic lore, nautical life or Colonial America.

    "What captivated [the audience] were Julia and Fred's musicianship, the apparent casualness with which they weave their listeners into magical worlds of storytelling, song, and harp, and their down-to-earth (and sea) Maine coast and Celtic tunes, tales, and salty humor".

    Castlebay has toured the Eastern U.S., Ireland, England and Scotland playing at festivals and arts centers, as well as on radio and television. The duo maintains a commitment to cultural education, exchanging music and lore with colleagues. They provide folklore and music programs for schools, museums, libraries and Elderhostels exploring Celtic lore and tradition throughout the eastern US and the British Isles. The duo has released 27 recordings including both original and traditional songs, Christmas harp recordings, and the "Tapestry" collection, a 6-part instrumental series.

    Why Tradition?

    The people who inhabit a region resonate to their environment, working with it to survive and even to enrich their lives. Work habits and social behaviors arise according to their relationships with seasons, weather and the condition of the land. From these come belief systems, folklore, art and music. Immigrants carry the ancient traditions of their race as well as internalizing the influences of the new place.

    In the drive for "progress and success" awareness of connections and responsibility for each other and our environment has been obscured. One of our biggest needs is to understand and appreciate community and resources, both environmental and spiritual. The knowledge of these relationships is paramount in Celtic tradition and has relevance in modern society.

    The music and lore of both the Celtic lands and New England is alive with imagery associated with our relationships to each other and the natural world. The stories and songs are a vehicle for explaining them and attempting to transform, or be transformed by them. Hearing and understanding ancient stories and music inspired by elemental experience can help us refill our own wells of creativity and reweave the web of connection. They are timeless, and provide revelation, and even healing, for both the bard and the audience.


    • Saturday, December 09, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
    • 59

    To Warm the Winter's Night

    What is it about Celtic music that truly does warm the heart and soul? Maybe it's all those days of damp, bone-chilling clouds and rain in Ireland and Scotland, where music has to stir the blood and inspire the spirit more than in other climates. Maybe it's the Celts' innate understanding of the forces of light and darkness, life and death, and their ability to walk between worlds with courage and will.

    Aine Minogue, a wonderfully gifted Irish harper and singer, has created music that takes us wandering the winter landscapes of soul and settles us before a blazing fire. Aine brings a sumptuous feast of song, poetry, and dance music, perfect for celebrating the Winter time with joy.

    This magical evening, graced by Aine's otherworldly voice of beauty and wisdom, is music our ancestors listened to, to warm their winter nights.  Now it's your turn to enjoy.

    "... the beauty of her poetry and music evokes images from the misty past celebrating the seasonal feasts of the Celtic world. Her creativity shines...."
     BILLBOARD MAGAZINE


    Born and raised in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland, Áine Minogue is an award-winning harpist, singer, arranger and composer who has entertained Presidents and Prime Ministers, as well as traveled extensively to perform at concerts across the United States and around the world. 

    At the age of 12, while at boarding school in County Galway, Áine discovered her true love - the harp.  After completing school, she spent three years developing her incomparable talent as a harpist at Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland’s most treasured landmarks and the perfect setting to accentuate the harp's emotional and lyrical connections to Irish history.

    With a dozen solo album recordings to her credit, Áine has been nominated for several awards for her work as a record producer. Her recordings include Were You at the Rock, To Warm the Winter's Night, The Mysts of Time, Between the Worlds, Circle of the Sun, The Twilight Realm, Celtic Meditation Music, Celtic Pilgrimage, Celtic Lamentations, and Close Your Eyes, Love. She also has collaborated on a series of music videos with filmmaker Michael Yip entitled Winter, A Celtic Meditation.

    Áine’s music, in varying styles including Celtic, World, Folk, Spiritual and New Age, has appeared on compilations for industry labels such as BMG, Decca, Universal, Virgin Records, Windham Hill and Putumayo. Many of these albums have topped Billboard Magazine’s World, New Age and Classical Charts for months at a time. In addition, she has completed extensive soundtrack work for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and MTV.  

    She has a Master’s Degree in Traditional Irish Harp Performance from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her music is on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. You can follow Áine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


    • Friday, March 23, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church


    “Boundaries? What boundaries? Mandolinist Andrew Collins ignores them all!”
    --- Penguin Eggs
     
    “Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction, Toronto mandolin virtuoso pulls out all the stops”
    --- Toronto Star
     
    “To call Andrew Collins a master of the mandolin would be putting it mildly.... artfully arranged string music perhaps best described as 'chambergrass' shines through – 4/5 stars"
    --- Exclaim! Magazine

    The mercurial, 5x JUNO-nominated/7x Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself – through no actual fault of his own – at the epicentre of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene. He didn’t invent it – but he's certainly a major contributor, having co-founded seriously noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, the Andrew Collins Trio.

    As Collins gathers up innumerable awards and nominations by these various ensembles, Collins, who’s comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello – is zeroing in on the work he does with his beloved trio: fellow string guru Mike Mezzatesta, whose versatility and mastery shine through on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and in-the-pocket James McEleney, holding it down on the bass, mandocello and vocals.

    Showcasing a popular collision of bluegrass, folk, jazz, classical and swing, not to mention a dizzying number of instruments on stage, Collins and Co. appear to live by the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” – all the more because their new CD, And It Was Good, even tackles the Creation story itself – likely keeping him just ahead of the devil’s grasp. Their equally dynamic genre hopping show is further enhanced by Andrew’s captivating lead vocals and James’ soaring harmonies.

    On the new offering, the Trio push into new territory, brilliantly rendering each of the 7 days to secular, musical fruition in this new, Chamber Grass disc. And It Was Good IS good – a labour of love inspired by the late Oliver Schroer, if not overseen by his musical specter. The result is a lush-sounding, multi-layered composition bringing fresh meaning to an age-old story while demonstrating the depth of musicianship from each of these three inspirational players.
     
    Despite taking musical cues from David Grisman, Andrew, Mike and James have ventured further down this path of Newgrass and beyond – melding multiple genres after absorbing each of their boundaries – all towards extrapolating brave new musical worlds that can only be thought of as their own ‘creation’. Nothing less will do.



    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church
    • 70


    "Joe Jencks is the type of musician that will cause you to drop that morning newspaper or pull your car to the side of the road when you hear his songs. He is the type of artist that will turn heads in his direction when he walks onto a stage. His voice will instantly draw you into his passionate songs. He is the type of musician whose music will become a part of you."
     -Ron Olesko, WFDU –FM Teaneck, NJ

    Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago, IL. From venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe Jencks has spent the last 18 years touring full time. His songs have traveled to every continent via his own performances, radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs. 

    In 2010, Jencks co-founded a dynamic new trio called Brother Sun with colleagues Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor. The trio performs widely throughout the United States and Canada. Brother Sun's 2016 release - "Weights & Wings" was the #1 CD for 2016 on the Folk DJ Chart, and 5 songs charted in the top 50 for the year - including Joe's composition, "Mary Don't You Weep & Moan" at #3 for the year! The trio's 2013 release "Some Part of The Truth," was #1 for 2013, and also took #1 song for 2013 with Joes composition: "Lady of The Harbor." Fusing, Folk, Roots, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. For more information, please visit: www.brothersunmusic.com

    In addition to his performance work, Jencks' skills as a vocal harmony arranger are in demand. With over 30 appearances as a guest vocalist and arranger on various studio recordings, he brings a unique rich sound to the work of other artists.

    On the stage, in the studio, or in the classroom, Jencks applies conservatory training to contemporary genres, bridging styles and techniques. Drawing on his Irish heritage (dual U.S./Irish Citizen), Jencks uses his lyrical voice to enchant, heal, and inspire. Jencks has won numerous songwriting awards and is also highly regarded as a song interpreter. Joe's latest solo release, Links In A Chain, highlights this aspect of his work.

    Links In A Chain is Jencks' 7th solo CD, and was released in the fall of 2009, and rose to the top of the folk DJ Chart. The recording features six new original compositions and six songs written by some of Jencks' mentors and influences. Included are songs by folk legends Phil Ochs and Bob Gibson, as well as a vivid rendition of the American classic, Joe Hill. In his original compositions, Jencks explores a wide range of topics, including family history, staying in love, and a brand new piece in the Irish tradition called On Eireann's Shore. This beautifully lilting love song genuinely honors his heritage, and sounds as if it could have been written a century ago. A Grammy winning team of engineers and supporting musicians contribute to make the recording an exceptional piece of work from start to finish. Guests include: Jon Carroll (Mary Chapin Carpenter's pianist) on keyboards, Pat Wictor on slide-guitars, Jim Robeson (Bass & recording engineer) and Charlie Pilzer (mixing and mastering engineer). 

    Joe's 2007 release The Candle And The Flame, gained international acclaim and also made it to the top of the Folk charts in the US. This recording combines many facets of Joe's diverse musical background and weaves them all together in an aural tapestry that is warm and exquisite. Jencks has the passion of Gospel singer, the knowledge of a classical vocalist, and the soul of an Irish Tenor. And at the center of Joe's music is an abiding love for humanity that transcends the everyday and boarders on the mystical. 

    Joe Jencks is a member of the A.F.M. Local 1000: North American Traveling Musicians Union, and the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.


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