Celebrating 20 Years of the Finest Acoustic Music
Please note: larger shows will be at the newly renovated Whately Town Hall instead of the Chapel. Also note: not all shows are on a Wednesday (musicians are notoriously hard to pin down).
Come to the Watermelon Wednesdays 20th Anniversary Celebration and Party at the Whately Town Hall
Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 3-6pm
Musical performances by Rani Arbo and other special guests.
Tickets to the event are available online HERE!
Genticorum…musique du Quebec. To borrow from their website:
Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser.
Genticorum is Pascal Gemme, vocals and violin, Yann Falquet, vocals and guitar, Nicholas Williams, flute, keyboards, and accordion.
Della Mae is a GRAMMY-nominated, Nashville-based, string band made up of lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith, 2-time national champion fiddle player Kimber Ludiker, mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, and upright bassist Zoe Guigueno. Hailing from across North America, and reared in diverse musical styles, they are one of the most charismatic and engaging roots bands touring today. They have traveled to over 30 countries spreading peace and understanding through music.
Their mission as a band is to showcase top female musicians, and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.
They’re coming back, and I’m psyched! There’s nothing quite like the Sisters for a fun night of music. A concert by these wonderful musicians is, most simply put, a good time! Leonard Bernstein gave a series of lectures called The Joy of Music. If he were around today and knew of the Sweetbacks, he might have called it The Fun of Music. If you’ve heard them before, you know what I mean; if you haven’t, you won’t want to miss this!
Another ensemble from the epicenter of the new American acoustic music renaissance, Fade Blue is a wildly innovative and engaging group of recent grads from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Percussionist and synesthete, Julian Loida, collaborates with bandmates from Night Tree and Scottish harp virtuoso, Máiri Chaimbeul to form the New Acoustic quintet Fade Blue. Each collaborator is a featured instrumentalist/vocalist, composer, and stylist as they each bring their own cultivated personality and sensitivity to the soundscape. As all recent graduates of Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, Zach Mayer, Lily Honigberg, Chris Overholser, Máiri Chaimbeul, and Julian Loida create genre-bending music influenced by jazz, klezmer, Celtic, r&b, Afro-Cuban, classical, and avant-garde music.
I missed out on booking Rhiannon Giddens. I’m not missing out on Amythyst (who has toured and recorded with Rhiannon). This woman is a power-house of song, the blues, old-time, spirituals and is in the deepest grain of American traditional music. Come catch her in the intimate setting of the Chapel where music like this is meant to be heard, to be felt.
Five-time Grammy nominee for best jazz vocalist, Karrin Allyson will perform at the West Whately Chapel, accompanied by bassist Marty Jaffe and guitarist Brian Seeger. This will be Karrin’s fourth Watermelon Wednesday appearance. Needless to say, we love her and know you will too,
Mandolin master, Grammy and IBMA award winner Mike Compton and veteran banjoist/guitarist Joe Newberry pay homage to pioneering American musicians such as The Monroe Brothers, Robert Johnson and The Carter Family with an artistry unmatched in today’s bluegrass world.
But it’s not just about the music. It’s also about getting to know these two national treasures (along the lines of Mike Seeger and Doc Watson).
Aaron Weinstein virtuoso jazz/swing violinist (and mandolinist) will perform at the West Whately Chapel, June 12, 7.30pm. This is a must hear (to believe) show. Aaron will be on the teaching staff of this year’s Django in June. He has graciously agreed to play for us as part of Watermelon Wednesdays. He will be accompanied by guitarist Max O’Rourke.
A review of the Revelers from American Roots UK says it all: “The band consists of members of the tremendous Louisiana ‘Cajun’ bands, The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, so it’s fairly obvious there was always going to be their natural Cajun music embedded in anything the Revelers did, but with so much more added, giving them a strong sense of experimentation even in some ways echoing the popular music of the 1950s. All band members contribute vocals as will be heard from their excellent lead singing and tremendous harmonies…”
My sentiments exactly, which is why they’re coming back! This show will be great music and FUN!
Tony is coming back, this year to provide the grand finale, and grand it will be. Hel'll be joined by his mercuric (it is in constant flux) band, Territory, consisting of three incredible Berklee wunderkind (one of whom is credited with doing the computer design for Terminator V, and also plays a wild fiddle). As you may know from previous exposure to the "Master," Tony is one of the world's best banjoists, and, in my opinion, one of American music's greatest ambassadors as well as a great entertainer with a very wry sense of humor (not to mention, he's one of the nicest guys I know.) That should be reason enough to get your ticket asap.
New Quebecois folk trad (for lack of a better descriptor). Les Poules a Colin perform a sparkling, diversified, bilingual repertoire of intimate waltzes, reels and beautifully sung call-and-response songs. Since coming together in 2008, Éléonore Pitre (guitar, vocals), Sarah Marchand (vocals, piano, guitar, bohdran), Colin Savoie-Levac (strings, podo-rhythm, vocals), Béatrix Méthé (violin, vocals), and Marie Savoie-Levac (piano, bass, vocals) have toured, studied, created and recorded three albums.
Watermelon Wednesdays is proud to present this incredible quintet of singers, story-tellers, and dancers from Zimbabwe.
Black Umfolosi is a self taught Acappella (Imbube) singing and traditional dance group that was formed in 1982 by the then school age members who wanted to develop themselves and contribute to their community. Specialising in imbube music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance, Black Umfolosi has toured extensively nationally and internationally –Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. They have represented Zimbabwe at international events such as Expo 1992 in Seville, Spain and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.
The West Whately Chapel is the place to hear a string quartet, and the Parker is the quartet to hear. But you probably know that already.
They will be playing:
Leos Janáček: Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
Kurtag: Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanksky, Op. 28
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky"
The Human Hands are a collective of virtuoso jazz and bluegrass musicians from Brooklyn, NY. Along with Reider on accordion, they include violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Stay Human), guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman, Darol Anger, Aoife O'Donovan), mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, The Deadly Gentlemen), guitarist Roy Williams (Stephane Wrembel), and bassist Dave Speranza (Jim Campilongo).
Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time and bluegrass, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a harmony-driven sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/acoustic guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/acoustic and electric guitars/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/acoustic guitar/bass) each contributing singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show, anchored by their powerful three-part harmonies. Currently based in Boston, Lula Wiles released their debut album in May 2016 and have since recorded their sophomore album.
Celtic harpist virtuoso, Maeve Gilchrist, and Keith Murhpy, instrumentalist, composer, and singer, will grace the state of the West Whately Chapel for an intimate evening of heavenly and earthly musical delight. This will be a return performance for both artists. Maeve was last here in 2013 with Jordan Tice and soft-shoe dancer Nick Gareiss, Keith with his wonderful band Nightengale in 2007.
James and Anne played at the chapel last year. I have rarely had the same artists two years in a row, but I knew even before they finished the first half of their gig that I had to get them back as soon as possible. Fortunately, they're returning bringing not only their consummate instrumental and vocal artistry but also their incredibly highly entertaining and engaging manner. In such an intimate space as the chapel, performers have a chance to really interact with the audience. James and Anne gave a memorable performance that night; I can't wait to have them back on stage.