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.


 

Friday, April 10 at 7:30 pm
RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM
Tickets: $20 Advance / $24 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Offerings Jewelry in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT

                                         Rani Arbo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Americana/roots quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem.  This album release concert celebrates the brand new CD “Violets Are Blue,” a collection of sugar-free love songs infused with the band’s signature lush vocals, supple grooves, and most of all, joyous and generous spirit.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem bring fiddle, guitar, bass and junk percussion to bear on 100 years of American music, from Appalachian ballads to Brue Springsteen covers, songs by contemporary writers, and their own incisive originals.  Their sound is “tight, with stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar), a mix of New Orleans grooves, old-time gospel harmonies, bluesy swing fiddle, and fiery electric and acoustic guitar.  Rani Arbo, Andrew Kinsey, Scott Kessel and Anand Nayak take turns singing lead, with Arbo’s incandescent alto at the helm.  Together, they plumb the human condition with an infectious joie de vivre. “Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem dig deep into their collective souls, finding joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” (The Hartford Courant).

“Violets Are Blue,” Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem’s fifth CD, features original songs, as well as complementary covers, that are a distinctly grown-up take on love and relationships, both tempered and deepened by experience.  Like the gospel traditions that the band celebrated on 2012’s “Some Bright Morning,” the love songs on “Violets Are Blue” are expansive and inclusive - and ultimately uplifting.
 
Katy’s will provide a beer and wine cash bar.  For more information, visit www.raniarbo.com and www.nextstagearts.org.





Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 pm
THREEFIFTY, LIZZY MANDELL, PAUL SIEGEL
Tickets: $16 Advance / $18 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Offerings Jewelry in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT


                                                                  ThreeFifty

                                                          Liz Mandell           Paul Siegel

                                                                                     
Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric indie-instrumental and folk-pop music by Brooklyn, NY-based guitar duo Threefifty, plus Vermont-based singer/songwriters Paul Siegel and Lizzy Mandell.

Formed at the Yale School of Music, and molded by the multi-faceted music scene of New York City, Threefifty incorporates elements of post-rock, folk, minimalism and Baroque classicism.  Guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick compose predominantly instrumental songs, which range from the epic to the intricate to the austerely beautiful.  They have toured throughout the US as well as in the UK, Austria and Bosnia, released three albums and performed at TED Talks, BAM’s most recent Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival and NPR’s Soundcheck.  "Outstanding guitar work... intelligent, deep and subtle" - Guitar Player Magazine

Threefifty’s first record, released in 2006, is a testament to the duo’s pedigree and finesse as classical musicians.  Despite being self-titled, it contains more works from Scarlatti, Handel and Brahms than Parnell and Schulick themselves.  Their second record “Circles” features entirely original music, but doesn’t stray from the acoustic duo configuration that has always been Threefifty’s bread and butter.  Their newest album “Collapses” leaps forward into unmarked territory, a genre-bending triumph infused with the strength of their technique, the broadness of their palettes and their appeal as composers.

Contemporary folk singer/songwriter Lizzy Mandell’s soulful voice and compelling lyrics and melodies take listeners on a ride through the American landscape – from mountain farms to desert towns to ocean shores – and back home again.  In 2012, The Times Argus/Rutland Herald named Lizzy “Singer/Songwriter of the Year” and her “Made For Flying” CD “Best Album of the Year.”

Paul Siegel was born and raised in the lower Hudson River Valley, where urban and rural influences collide, and has been writing songs since the age of twelve.  His style uniquely fuses a sublime rhythmic approach with the beauty of precise melodic statement.  His voice ranges from a quiet intimacy to an enthusiastic growl evoking blues, folk and funk vocals.
 
For more information, visit www. threefiftyduo.com, www.lizzymandell.com and www.nextstagearts.org.
 


 


Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 pm
ALASDAIR FRASER AND NATALIE HAAS
Tickets: $20 Advance / $24 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Offerings Jewelry in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT

                                       Fraser Hass

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of cutting edge fiddle and cello explorations of Scottish, Celtic and global music by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. With a shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of traditional tunes, Alasdair and Natalie feature dazzling teamwork, swapping melodic and harmonic lines and trading driving rhythmic riffs.

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas is the fulfillment of Fraser’s long-standing musical dream to return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.  In the last 100 years, piano and accordion have largely replaced the cello’s gorgeous melodic tones and percussive energy as fiddle accompaniment in traditional music.  Alasdair and Natalie’s debut recording “Fire & Grace” won not only critical acclaim, but also the coveted the Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy.  The duo has represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival, and has been featured on nationally broadcast Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock and Mountain Stage.

Long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, Alasdair Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic).  Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland’s music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.  Through two summer programs that he founded nearly two decades ago, the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in California and a week-long course on the Isle of Skye, Alasdair has inspired hundreds of aspiring and accomplished musicians.
 
California–based cellist Natalie Haas is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, and currently teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston and with Fraser at his annual summer fiddle courses in California and Scotland.   She first attended the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11, and responding to Fraser’s challenge to find and release the cello’s rhythmic soul, she played her first concert with him four years later.  Now regularly touring with Fraser and creating a buzz at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe and North America, Natalie is in the vanguard of young cellists who are redefining the role of the cello in traditional music.
 
“ … you would think they’d been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then Haas opens her cello’s throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clakmannan [Scotland] winter.” - Boston Globe

Katy’s will provide a beer and wine cash bar. For more information, visit www.alasdairfraser.com, www.nataliehaas.com and www.nextstagearts.org.
 





Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 pm
JOHN GORKA
Tickets: $20 Advance / $24 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Offerings Jewelry in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT

                                                        John Gorka

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter John Gorka.

John Gorka is perhaps the quintessential iconic singer/songwriter of the 1980’s folk scene.  Hailing from New Jersey, he honed his craft and persona as a shy, wry and insightful singer/songwriter in the Greenwich Village “Fast Folk”  and Boston music scenes.  Gorka got his start at Godfrey Daniels, a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania which is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions in the country.  After releasing his first album with Minnesota-based Red House Records in 1987, he recorded five albums with Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman’s High Street Records between 1989 and 1996.  Since then he has released six more solo albums on Red House, plus one with label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse.  He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.   Rolling Stone magazine calls him “The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.”

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell.  John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and etown, and has appeared on CNN.  His song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford.

“Listening to John Gorka sing, one can get goose bumps all over.  There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone, and his twisted humor.” - New York Times
 
Katy’s will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert.  For more information, visit www.johngorka.com and www.nextstagearts.org. 






Coming Soon:

6/20/15 THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT - Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Nashville-based, Telluride Bluegrass Festival award-winning, bluegrass and Americana quartet The Barefoot Movement at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery in downtown Brattleboro, VT.


 

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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