Celebrating 20 Years of the Finest Acoustic Music

Watermelon Wednesdays is beginning this anniversary year on Saturday, April 20. While most of our concerts will continue to be at the historic West Whately Chapel (and on Wednesdays!), this show will be in the newly renovated Whately Town Hall in the center of Whately.

This show is sold out. Please check back again soon; I’m currently finalizing the schedule for the regular summer season. More great concerts on the way. And thank you for supporting live music!

The concert features two trios of the finest in North Americana traditional string music. Shows opens with Bruce Molsky (fiddle), Allison de Groot (banjo), and Paula Bradley (guitar), (all on vocals). They are followed by Brittany (fiddle) and Natalie Haas (cello) and Yann Falquet (guitar). After that, who knows? This is truly an all-star team of trad musicians, who have played and recorded together many times over the years. (For more information about the performers, see below.) I can’t guarantee watermelon or a bat show at intermission, but there will be some light fare and drink (nonalcoholic) available.

The show begins at 7.30pm. The Town Hall is located opposite the Whately Inn at the intersection of Haydenville and Chestnut Plain Roads. For more information call Paul at 413-665-3741.

For tickets (advance tix are strongly recommended!) go to: Town Hall Concert

The program and the players:

First up will be Grammy nominated fiddler, Bruce Molsky (fiddle, vocals), Allison de Groot (vocals, banjo), and Paula Bradley (guitar, vocals). 

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Bruce is, as WBUR put it, “one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time.”  His specialty is old-time music, but he covers almost every variety of traditional fiddle music.   Allison, a native of Canada, is a virtuoso of the claw-hammer style of banjo playing.  She has toured the world playing with the masters of all sorts of traditions and styles.  Paula has toured with the legendary old-time band, Uncle Earl, as well as Tony Trischka in Jawbone.  She heads up her own ensemble, Twangbusters, and is featured in the classic honky-tonk band, Girl Howdy. 

Second on the bill are the Haas sisters, Natalie and Brittany, with Yann Falquet.

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Nashville resident, Brittany Haas started her touring career playing fiddle in Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings when she was 14.  She’s played with Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Steve Martin, Gillian Welch, and other stars of the American traditional music set.  She is also a member of the house band for Live From Here (formerly known as Prairie Home Companion).

Her sister, Natalie, plays cello, tours with Scottish fiddle master, Alasdair Fraser, is a graduate of Juilliard School, a member of Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio, is an associate professor of music at Berklee College of Music and has appeared in over 50 albums including those by Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Solas, and many more.  She is easily one of the most sought after cellists alive.

Yann Falquet, like the others, is steeped in the traditional music of many cultures and also has a degree in jazz. He is the guitarist for the Quebecois “supergroup” Genticorum.  His record with Pascal Gemme won the Canadian Folk Music award for best traditional album of the year in 2016.

This concert is produced by Watermelon Wednesdays, a 501 c3, nonprofit musical education organization based in West Whately.  It is sponsored by the Whately Cultural Council. 

More shows are on the way!!! I’m finalizing the summer program.

See below for some of our past concert offereings