Past Seasons’ Shows
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).