Past Seasons’ Shows
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!