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).
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,
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.