Twisted Pine is a Boston based band that was once bluegrass, but now has a more poppy vibe. With virtuosic playing and tight harmonies, driving rhythms, and clever songwriting, the band is, according to the Boston Globe, “ A wider version of a string band, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still.” Great live show, maybe the most exciting acoustic band around! Bring a chair and refreshments.
Geoff Bartley, notloB Parlour Concerts #208 Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard MA 01451 Friday, October 7, 7:30pm Geoff Bartley (1948 - ?) is a folk-blues guitar player singer-songwriter and recording artist. His last two CDs, 2009's "Put the Big Stone Down" and 2011's "Mercy for the Dispossessed", were promoted by Kari Estrin Management in Nashville and went to No. 1 on folk radio. In the 1980s, Geoff won four guitars at the National Fingerpicking Champion-ships in Winfield, Kansas. Some of his songs and co-writes have been recorded by other artists in New England, Canada, Ireland, and Nashville, and some are included in the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine collection in Washington, D.C. A new CD called "Particles of Light" will become available in late summer 2014. Since 1994 Geoff has played guitar and sung harmony for folk treasure Tom Paxton. Geoff was also instrumental in bringing the HD-40LSH Tom Paxton Signature Model Martin guitar into production in 2004. In 2007, Geoff's song A Letter from Prison about Nelson Mandela was recorded by the progressive bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters, on their CD "Fork in the Road" on Sugar Hill. Subsequently, that recording was used in the independent 2008 Lionsgate film "The Lucky Ones". Before his main stage appearance at the 2009 Boston Folk Festival, the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association awarded Geoff its Jerry Christen Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Geoff presents two nights of acoustic music every week at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both nights have been voted Best of Boston. In further recognition, the Cambridge Mayor's Office in conjunction with the Boston Bluegrass Union proclaimed February 13, 2004 to be Geoff Bartley Day. Songs and instrumentals he has written … Read More »
Belleville Roots Music Series is excited to host one of the most compelling new voices in the roots music world, Molly Tuttle & her band Golden Highway. Molly, a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter with a lifelong love of bluegrass, is on tour celebrating her debut release on Nonesuch Records, Crooked Tree.
Molly Tuttle wins 2022 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year!!! https://bluegrasstoday.com/2022-ibma-bluegrass-awards/ Belleville Roots Music Series is excited to host one of the most compelling new voices in the roots music world, Molly Tuttle & her band Golden Highway. Molly, a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter with a lifelong love of bluegrass, is on tour celebrating her debut release on Nonesuch Records, Crooked Tree. Her band of bluegrass virtuosos, features mandolinist Dominick Leslie, banjoist Kyle Tuttle, fiddle player Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, and bassist Shelby Means On Crooked Tree each track showcases Tuttle's guitar technique, for which she was the first women ever named 2017 Guitar Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as her voice—an instrument that shifts from warmly understated to fiercely soulful with equal parts precision and abandon, occasionally treating the listener to some high-spirited yodeling. More Molly Tuttle at: www.mollytuttlemusic.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollytuttle/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mollytuttlemusic/
Born in Miami, during World War II, Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. The son of a Tulane University professor, he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle on his mother’s ukulele. “Uncle Howard,” Smither says, “showed me that if you knew three chords, you could play a lot of the songs you heard on the radio. And if you knew four chords, you could pretty much rule the world.” With that bit of knowledge under his belt, he was hooked. By the early ’90s, Smither’s steady nationwide touring and regular release of consistently acclaimed albums cemented his reputation as one of the finest acoustic musicians in the country. In October 2020, More From The Levee, the follow up to the 50-year career retrospective Still on the Levee, was released. "Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, Smither’s roots are as blue as they come. There is plenty of misty Louisiana and Lightnin’ Hopkins in Smither’s weathered singing and unhurried picking. So fine." -Rolling Stone Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school. Gaining attention in the 1980’s with Colorado’s Hot Rize, O’Brien scored a country hit with Kathy Mattea’s cover of his song Walk the Way the Wind Blows in 1986. Soon artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks also covered his songs. Collaborators include his sister Mollie O’Brien, old time musician Dirk Powell and songwriter Darrell Scott, as well as Steve Earle, Bill Frisell, Mark Knopfler and Sturgill Simpson. O’Brien formed his own record label, Howdy Skies Records, in 1999, and launched the digital … Read More »
Rushad is a mystical realm-hopping jester of infinite glee, whose unprecedented extremely fast bouncy cello style blows minds of all kinds. A charming entertainer with unbridled passion, his joy is so contagious that many showgoers complain of sore facial muscles afterwards (the name Rushad means “joyful soul”). A whimsically adventurous sense of melody shines through in all shades & styles on any of the many instruments Rushad bejicks “to keep it fresh”. Sometimes he reads mystical poetry in his own language, speaks in tongues, channels aliens, throat-sings, beat-boxes, or does skits as different characters such as Negative Ralph, Country Bob, The Goblin, or Guru Fafa which he has a right to embody because of his half-indian heritage. Somewhat of an acrobat, Rushad can spin on one leg, hang upside down, do splits, play in plough pose, and catch flying fruits in his mouth while playing fast intricate cello rhythms. A distinguished flatpicker, his innovation and skill are admired by many guitar luminaries. Although some of his music is avant garde and experimental (he has an amazing deathmetal cat-voice), he is an expert at making personal anthems to those for which he is playing. ADMISSION: By free-will offering, suggested cash donation adults $15-20; teens and seniors $10; children $5. 100% of patron donations go to the artist. RESERVATIONS: http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com ARTIST’S WEBSITE: https://fliartists.com/artists/american-traditions/rushad-eggleston/ VENUE: The concert will be presented at FIVESPARKS - https://www.fivesparks.org/ - 7 Fairbanks Street, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451, the restored 1890 town library building. Doors Open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Patrons are welcome to view the galleries. COVID PRECAUTIONS: Full vaccinations, boosters, and masks requested. Please read additional Fivesparks' COVID-19 protocols for events at https://www.fivesparks.org/ ABOUT NOTLOB PARLOUR CONCERTS: Since 2007, notloB has presented … Read More »
Belleville Roots Music Series presents Tony Trischka in a Deep Dive Earl Scruggs Show Featuring Michael Daves on vocals and guitar, Maddie Witler on mandolin, Brittany Haas on fiddle, and Jared Engel on bass. Banjo master, composer, and instructor, Tony Trischka, has created the Deep Dive Earl Scruggs Show as a tribute to the man who inspired him to take up the banjo, Earl Scruggs. One of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world, Tony Trischka has achieved legendary status in his 50+ years as a consummate artist. He's inspired generations of acoustic musicians with his technical and conceptual advances, and opened the way for such players as Béla Fleck, Alison Brown, and Noam Pikelny. His seventeen solo albums are part of every banjo-lover's musical reference.