Twilight Music presents concerts by international, national and regional performers at  Next Stage and Greenhoe Theatre in Putney, VT, and Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, VT.

We also produce the annual Twilight on the Tavern Lawn concert series in Putney,
a free seven-concert series.


 

 Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 pm.
CANTRIP and LOW LILY
Tickets: $20
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Putney Food Co-Op in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT
                                             
                                                   Cantrip

                                                   LowLily
             
Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present an evening of high energy Scottish music by Cantrip, and American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration by Low Lily.

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style.  Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.

Cantrip sprung from a local music session in Edinburgh, Scotland fifteen years ago.  The band name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief, and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the trio’s musical arrangements as well as the compelling potency of their musicianship.  Dan Houghton (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, vocals) was born in Ghana, but was transported to Scotland shortly thereafter, where he was surrounded by the indigenous music.  He has won the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers' Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events, as well as the Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier.  Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals) came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock.  He has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling.  As a US native, Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in Boston, and studies with guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music.

"Cantrip must have one of the strongest group personalities on the folk circuit.  Their presentation is all energy as they channel modern swoops & slides of sound into the traditional repertoire. Their music comes from wild landscapes & wild places of the spirit." - The Orcadian

The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music, creating a unique brand of acoustic music that is rooted yet contemporary.  Liz Simmons (vocals, guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals, fiddle) are masterful players, composers and arrangers with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds.  Liz has developed a unique vocal and guitar style that draws from her musical history in the folk and ballad traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England and America as well as contemporary folk music.  She has performed with EVA, Long Time Courting, the John Whelan Band, Hannah Sanders and others.  Flynn has toured worldwide with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music, including the legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan and modern bluegrass band Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway.  Lissa grew up in Maine as an active member of the folk community, graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music and has performed as a solo artist and with Solas, Childsplay and Halali.

“Low Lily has an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound... it’s a blend that works beautifully.” - PopMatters

For more information, visit www.cantrip-music.com, www.lowlily.com and www.nextstagearts.org.  



Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 pm.
ANTJE DUVEKOT and THE STOCKWELL BROTHERS
Tickets: $17 Advance / $20 At the Door
Info and Advance Tickets:: 802-869-2960
Venue: Main Street Arts at 35 Main Street  in downtown Saxtons River, VT 

                                                                      Antje


                                                     Stockwell Brothers

Main Street Arts presents a contemporary folk and bluegrass twin bill featuring Antje Duvekot and The Stockwell Brothers.  

Antje Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer/songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism.  Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette.  They are the keys to the powerful, even revolutionary, empathy that informs everything she writes.  She has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act.

Since the release of her debut studio CD “Big Dream Boulevard,” which was voted #1 Folk Release of 2006 by the Boston Globe and was named to the Top 10 Releases of the Year by National Public Radio's Folk Alley, Antje has been touring  extensively, criss-crossing the US and Europe.  She is a compelling live performer and has played at major festivals, including Newport, Mountain Stage, Philadelphia, Falcon Ridge, Great Waters and Kerrville.  Her second CD “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer” was voted top album of 2009 by lauded folk station WUMB 91.9 FM in Boston.

“She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody.  Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade and always generate the heat and light that real art should.” - Neil Dorfsman, producer of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Dire Straits

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features contemporary singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies.  They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.

Featuring 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest winner Bruce Stockwell, The Stockwell Brothers have performed alongside artists from Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs to Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Jonathan Edwards and Asleep At The Wheel, recorded with Mike Auldridge and Phil Rosenthal of the bluegrass supergroup The Seldom Scene, and toured throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe.  As a trio, they have released two albums, “Stobro” and “Leave My Dreams Alone.”  “Tasty arrangements; brotherly harmonies, perfectly blended instruments and great songs.” – Music Revue 


For more information, visit www.antjeduvekot.com, www.stockwellbrothers.com and www.mainstreetarts.org.




Friday, May 27 at 7:30 pm.
YANN FALQUET & PASCAL GEMME and KEITH MURPHY
Tickets: $18 Advance / $22 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Putney Food Co-Op in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT

                                                                   Falquet and Gemme

                                                                   Keith Murphy

Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present Quebecois duo Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme, plus Newfoundland/New England solo balladeer Keith Murphy, for an evening of traditional songs in French and English as well as highly crafted traditional fiddle music.  

The pairing of Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme with Keith Murphy offers a rare breadth of musical ground, from Keith's beautifully spare solo songs with elegant guitar accompaniment to the breathtaking level of musical interplay between Yann and Pascal.  This twin bill also offers a unique and long awaited chance for these three musicians to explore some musical collaborations based on their shared passion for the music of Quebec.

Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme started their musical journey 20 years ago, busking on the streets of Montréal.  They have since played over a thousand shows in twenty countries with the Quebecois trio “Genticorum,” and they now return as a duo to present an intimate show based on the close musical bond forged by years of touring together.  Yann and Pascal are both master entertainers, and this format provides plenty of space for their musical personalities to shine. 

Pascal’s fiddling, Yann’s guitar accompaniment, and the duo's vast repertoire of traditional songs and tunes are all presented with elegance and effortless musicianship.  With a college degree in jazz and an interest in many musical styles, Yann has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music that is inspired by the playing of musical accompanists from Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland and North America.  Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene, as a performer, teacher, music producer, studio musician and festival artistic director.

Over the years, Keith Murphy has shaped the sound of a dozen musical collaborations, from the ground breaking trio “Nightingale,” the Boston based fiddle extravaganza “Childsplay” and his work with master singer Tony Barrand to his forceful presence in several dance bands.  Keith’s voice has often helped define those sounds.  In his solo project, he focuses on a rich  mix of songs and ballads from his native Newfoundland as well as New England, his adopted home these last 20 years.  In particular, Keith has revisited some of the most well known, classic Newfoundland folk songs - songs he grew up with and now reinterprets after years of musical traveling.  He creates a rich palette of textures using multiple open tunings and rhythmic ideas on the guitar, while also bringing in influences from French Canada which have long been part of his musical profile.

An accomplished composer and arranger in the realm of traditional music, theater and film, Keith is a faculty member of the Brattleboro Music Center and the founder and artistic director of the BMC’s Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival in Brattleboro, VT.  His 2005 album “Bound for Canaan” showcased his refined sense of balance between innovation and tradition, while his most recent CD “Suffer No Loss” is a beautifully spare recording in the style of early classic recordings of the traditional English and Celtic music revival.

For more information, visit www.falquetgemme.com, www.blackislemusic.com and www.nextstagearts.org.



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Twilight Music Info: stobro@svcable.net, 802-254-9276

Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery 139 Main Street Brattleboro, VT
Next Stage  15 Kimball Hill Putney, VT
Greenhoe Theatre Landmark College River Road South Putney, VT
New England Youth Theatre 100 Flat Street Brattleboro, VT

 

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