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, October 5 at 7:30 pm
GENTICORUM and ZOE DARROW
Tickets: $20 Advance / $24 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

                                      Genticorum

                                                                             Zoe Darrow

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of traditional Celtic and folk music from Quebec, Nova Scotia and New England by Quebec-based trio Genticorum and fiddler/singer Zoe Darrow.

Over the past 18 years, Quebec-based Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit, releasing six albums and performing over 800 concerts in Canada, the US and Europe.  Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music.  They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, vocal harmonies, foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, energy and sense of humor make them a supreme crowd pleaser.

Genticorum is fiddler, singer and arranger Pascal Gemme, guitarist Yann Falquet and flautist, accordionist and pianist Nicholas Williams.  A leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene,  Pascal has played, collected and recorded music from all over Quebec, but is known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes.  With a Bachelor's degree in jazz, Yann has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America).  Nicholas’ rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of world and classical North Indian music. 

“It’s feel-good music that transcends any lyric, and the chance to see these merry wizards deliver the goods live is about as good as music gets." - Roots Music Canada

Fiddler and singer Zoe Darrow is a musician of rare intensity and expressive range who grew up playing Cape Breton and other Celtic music on a sheep farm in Blandford, MA, and graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in anthropology and music.  She released her first recording in 2001 at the age of 12, with her band the Fiddleheads.  The Valley Advocate named them "Best Celtic Band” in 2007, and Celtic Heritage Magazine acclaimed Zoe as an artist “destined to add savory spice to the global mix.”  She has toured and recorded with the likes of Tony Trischka, Tim Eriksen and Peter Irvine.

Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar.  For more information, visit www.genticorum.com, www.zoedarrow.com and www.nextstagearts.org.


 

Friday, October 19 at 7:30 pm
ELLIS PAUL and GARRIN BENFIELD
Tickets: $20 Advance / $24 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

                                                                           Ellis Paul

                                                                                    Garrin Benfield                                                                                                                                                          
Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriters Ellis Paul and Garrin Benfield.

One of the leading voices in American songwriting, Ellis Paul was at the forefront of singer/songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene in the 1990s, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic music circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style.  Though he remains among the most pop-friendly of today's singer/songwriters - his songs regularly appear in hit movie and TV soundtracks - he has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.  With a probing humanism shaped in part by the five years he spent as a social worker, Ellis frames the most divisive issues of the day into starkly personal and emotional terms in his songs.

Drawn to Woody Guthrie’s social consciousness and the humanitarian streak that ran through his work, Ellis is committed to Guthrie’s legacy and a personally authentic performance style has influenced a generation of artists closer towards the realness of folk music.  In 1996, Ellis joined the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, the Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco in a ten day celebration of Woody’s work held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and presided over by Guthrie’s daughter Nora.  Later, when Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma hosted the first Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in July, 1998, Paul was tapped as one of the headliners, and honored by being named an honorary citizen of Okemah in the process.  The connection with Guthrie continued into the new millennium when Nora Guthrie invited Ellis to put music to a set of her father’s lyrics.  He later participated in the “Ribbon of Highway” tour, a communal salute to Woody Guthrie featuring such luminaries as Arlo Guthrie, Marty Stuart, Ramblin’ Jack Ellott, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark and Janis Ian. ​

Ellis has released 19 albums, but his writing extends beyond his extensive collection of songs.  “Notes from the Road” is his critically acclaimed book of essays on his life on the American folk circuit, lyrics from his albums, stray poems and sketches from his journals, and his film “3000 Miles” is part concert film, part documentary and part instructional video.  His first children’s book “The Hero in You” was published in 2014.  It is a picture book adaptation of his Parent’s Choice Gold Medal Award Winning children’s album of the same name.  Ellis’ music has been featured on hit TV shows Ed and MTV's Real World and in the soundtracks of three Farrelly Brothers films - “Hall Pass,” "Me, Myself, & Irene" and "Shallow Hal."  Ellis has received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine, and won an unprecedented 15 Boston Music Awards. 

“Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we've been and where we might go if we so choose.” - Nora Guthrie
"A national treasure" - Peter Farrelly

Garrin Benfield's sound has been described as freestyle acoustic rock.  His music is a blend of moody, guitar driven rock and polyrhythmic groove all run through the filter of a very serious singer/songwriter.  He flat-picks his way through complicated and lightning-fast arrangements, often using a Loop Station to create mesmerizing soundscapes, darkened by his extensive use of effect pedals.  Garrin has recorded five CDs of original music, and his song “What You’re Hiding” - a stark tribute to Matthew Shepard - was featured in a production of “The Laramie Project.”

Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar.  For more information, visit www.ellispaul.com, www.garrin.com and www.nextstagearts.org



Coming Soon:  

11/23/18 - THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND and THE STOCKWELL BROTHERS - Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of bluegrass and contemporary folk music.

 

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