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.


 

Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 pm
SAM AMIDON + BAND
Tickets: $18
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Offerings Jewelry in Putney
Venue: New England Youth Theatre at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro, VT

                                                     Sam Amidon

Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present singer, guitarist, fiddler and banjo player Sam Amidon and his band.

Sam Amidon grew up immersed in folk as part of a musical family based in Brattleboro, VT.  His parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, perform and teach traditional forms of song, dance and storytelling, and his brother Stefan plays drums with the Sweetback Sisters.  Sam started on fiddle at the age of three and by eleven had formed a band called Popcorn Behavior, with childhood friend Thomas Bartlett and younger brother Stefan, to play New England fiddle tunes.  They toured internationally, gathering attention from NPR, CNN and The Boston Globe, and released five albums.  Sam’s first solo album, released in 2001, was a collection of traditional Irish fiddle tunes, simply titled "Solo Fiddle."

Amidon’s subsequent albums of radically re-worked folk songs have included collaborations with Thomas Bartlett (with whom Amidon plays in Doveman) on “But This Chicken Proved False Hearted” in 2007, and composer Nico Muhly on “All Is Well” in 2008 and “I See the Sign” in 2010, both recorded in Iceland with producer Valgeir Sigurgsson.

“Lily-O,” Sam’s sixth studio release, consists of songs built around his music, with lyrics that he mined from obscure folk songs, some traditional and some that are more contemporary.  What Sam had initially envisioned as an album based on the improvisational material that he and jazz guitar great Bill Frisell developed together a couple of years ago while touring as a duo, turned out to be a collection of distinctive, enveloping songs rooted in folk music. Recorded fully live in the studio, with virtually no overdubs, “Lily-O” features Frisell, Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Chris Vatalaro on drums and electronics. 

"Amidon has one of the most inviting voices around today...In bridging the very old and the very new on a handful of albums and collaborations, he has managed to meld the rural and the urban, the organic and the synthetic, the oral tradition and the written score." - Pitchfork 

The New York Times calls Sam Amidon's “Lily-O” "a hauntingly beautiful new album" - check out the full review at  http://bit.ly/Lily-O_NYT

For more information, visit www.samamidon.com and www.nextstagearts.org.






Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 pm
SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111

Tickets: $22 Advance / $25 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney.
Venue:  Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT

                                                                    Sierra Hull
Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull and her Tennessee-based bluegrass quintet Highway 111.

Sierra Hull is a leading light in the new generation of bluegrass musicians.  Her phenomenal mandolin playing, eloquent vocals and musical maturity well beyond her years have drawn comparisons to Alison Krauss.  A seasoned performer, Sierra has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows, as well as at numerous music festivals including Merlefest, the Newport Folk Festival, Rockygrass and the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series.  She has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby McFerrin and Edgar Meyer.

The 23 year-old, Byrdstown, TN native began playing the mandolin at age eight, and quickly became known on the national scene for her fluid, inventive picking, winning several mandolin and guitar championships.  Mentored and befriended by Alison Krauss, herself once a child prodigy on the fiddle, Sierra self-released a CD “Angel Mountain” in 2002 and later signed with Rounder Records.  By age 14, Sierra had begun to sing onstage, and in 2008, she released “Secrets,” her national debut CD on Rounder Records, which is co-produced by Krauss and features bluegrass superstars Jerry Douglas, Ron Block, Dan Tyminski, Stuart Duncan and Tony Rice.  Sierra’s latest CD “Daybreak” showcases one of bluegrass’ few full-fledged virtuosic instrumentalist/singer/songwriters, with fleet-fingered mandolin playing, heartfelt and powerful singing and seven original songs.

“Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being. Success could not come to a more worthy person. I adore her.” - Alison Krauss
“Every so often, a talent comes along that makes us sit up and take notice. That time is now for Sierra Hull.” - Sam Bush
“A prodigy” - The Boston Globe

JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert.  For more information, visit www.sierrahull.com and www.nextstagearts.org. 


Coming Soon:

11/16 JONATHAN EDWARDS, LISA MCCORMICK, THE STOCKWELL BROTHERS - Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present veteran folk/rock icon Jonathan Edwards plus singer/songwriter Lisa McCormick and newgrass/contemporary folk trio The Stockwell Brothers.  Southern Vermont-based Lisa and brothers Bruce, Barry and Alan have toured with Jonathan in the past, and will again add their voices, guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass to "Sunshine," Shanty" and a handful of his other hit songs. 


11/28 CARAVAN OF THIEVES - Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz quartet Caravan of Thieves.  Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the
foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories.  It’s theatrical and humorous.  It’s musical and intense.  It entertains, dazzles and defies classification.

 

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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