Press Release: July 2013============================• Summer-long music series, Thursday nights, 6pm, July & August• Showcasing the great talent that resides in and around The Pioneer Valley AND the beautiful grounds of Williamsburg's Quiet Reflections Garden
• This year's FREE series is SPONSORED by the fine folks at FLORENCE SAVINGS BANK and is produced by Reelife Productions.
============================Williamsburg's Angel Park Music Series Coordinator, Tom Adams, reports that this years' music series is packed with some really fine talent from throughout the valley with genres that stretch around the globe. "We may be a small little town but the music comes to us from all corners of the world, notably Sana Ndiaye who will be playing the ancient "ekonting" (African banjo) on August 22nd. Of course, the park itself is a beautiful place to relax and see the performers do their thing, thanks to the hard work of Nicholas Dines, Donna Baldwin and other volunteers in town. We also are very lucky to have the sponsorship of Florence Saving Bank who make it financially possible to bring in such fine performers. Doug (Baker), is a really great guy who has been very helpful and supportive over the years"
The music series is a great companion to the Burgy Farmers Market that happens every Thursday right up until when the concert starts at 6pm. Adams notes "It's such a perfect combination...head to the Farmer's Market for your fresh farm products and then stroll over to Angel Park to listen to some great music with family and friends. It's what summer's all about! We're also rounding off this summer with a special kids-show with Tom Knight Puppetry act. Some folks had asked for programming for the kids and I'm sure Tom will deliver the goods with his entertaining puppetry and musical performance."
The schedule for this year is:
07/11 Acoustic BrewAcoustic Brew is a group of fellas who love makin' music together. They describe their music as Brewgrass - a bluegrass-infused blend of original compositions, traditional songs, and old school country and blues; generously seasoned with covers of classic tunes from bands like the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Band, Fred Eaglesmith and more. Earl Scruggs meets Phish at Merle Haggards barn.07/18 Moonshine HollerMoonshine Holler can only be described as "a two person music festival that captures the essence of American southern roots music." Featuring Appalachian ballads, blues and breakdowns on more musical instruments than they can juggle - fiddle, banjo, guitar, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele - the duet has performed across the country and abroad.07/25 Robin O'Herin, Andy Cohen & Andy TaylorROBIN OHERIN "I closed my eyes and thought I was in the Mississippi Delta"—fan at recent concert. 2009 Telluride Blues Challenge Finalist, Robin O'Herin, specializes in historically rich, often interactive concerts that include original and traditional American music, for small listening rooms, libraries, festivals and schools. Her concerts are warm, affirming experiences she shares with the audience. Let her take you on a journey of musical exploration through the Delta and Piedmont regions of the South. Song selections may include Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson and Robin's own original blues and fingerstyle ballads. ANDY COHEN- 2012 Lifetime Achievement Recipient, Andy Cohen sings the songs of that the folk tradition of this country was built upon, with a special focus on piedmont and ragtime blues. A former student of Rev. Gary Davis, he takes the Old Guys' music seriously, like it was Art Music, which it is. ANDY TAYLORDelta blues harp, delivered with the heart and intensity of a true bluesman!AUGUST08/01 Dave Watson • Andrew Lawrence • Shawn MansfieldOld Time Country Rambling Tunes that harken back to the early days of Hank Williams, Doc Watson & John Prine... back when people were still hoppin’ on trains and tossin the ole rucksack over their shoulders...08/08 Eva CapelliAdmittedly a late bloomer at 59, Cappelli’s star has risen on the local music scene in the past few years with her mellifluous voice, easy charm and devoted fans whose demographics don’t fit neatly into any A & R person’s marketing plan. After decades of deferring her musical ambitions to raise children, suffer through disastrous marriages, and toil in soul-sucking jobs, she’s rebounded like a cool Terminator mom that all the neighborhood kids wish was theirs. Late last year she released her third CD, Bits and Bobs, a hodge-podge of all the musical genres that have informed her journey as a singer and musician. She’s everywhere on a given day, hosting open mics or headlining gigs in tiny joints throughout the Valley. Her knowledge of musical idioms is solid as evidenced in her records — competent and confident jaunts through country, blues, and folk, mix it up with detours into jazz, world, Latin and even prog rock.08/15 Rambling Kindold school bluegrass with a modern twist08/22 Sana NdiayeBorn in Senegal in the village of Djembering (and current resident of Williamsburg!) He first played the ekonting as a small boy, following the tradition of the Jola people. An ancient and extremely rare three-stringed gourd instrument, the ekonting (which looks like a large banjo) is virtually extinct in Senegal. It sound is so soothing that historically it was used to bring peace to the villagers in times of unrest. While in Dakar, Sana met up with the early members of Gokh-Bi System (Neighborhood System), who were looking to expand their hip-hop group with traditional instruments. They soon became one of the most well known African hip-hop groups in the U.S., sharing the stage with a number of notable performers including Damian Marley, The Last Poets, Angelique Kidjo, Culture, Toots and the Maytals and Michael Franti. While he remains a working member of Gokh-Bi System and continues to tour with them to spread the message of peace, love and justice, he is also currently working on solo projects highlighting the beautiful music of the ekonting and traditional vocals08/29 Tom Knight Puppetry - >>SPECIAL END OF THE SUMMER KID’S SHOW <<Tom Knight has been writing and performing for kids since 1988. Formerly based in Ithaca, New York, he now makes his home in the Northampton area of Western Massachusetts. Tom brings his portable stage and hand-made puppets to schools, libraries, theaters and festivals throughout the Northeast, including Boston, Worcester, Northampton, Ithaca, Syracuse and Rochester.Tom Knight Puppets is a vibrant collection of original songs and skits, each 3-5 minutes long, with variety enough to keep even the very youngest children waiting to see what will happen next.Regards,Tom AdamsAngel Park Music Series Coordinator~~~~~
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