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 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





Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 pm
THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND and THE STOCKWELL BROTHERS
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

                        Lonely Heartstring Band

                                                                         Stockwell Brothers

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass and folk music with The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers.

The Lonely Heartstring Band is Boston-based, Berklee College of Music graduates George Clements (guitar, vocals) Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle, vocals) Charles Clements (bass, vocals) Matt Witler (mandolin) and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo).  Their music is a combination of old and new styles, melding the sounds of traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and arranging.  Featuring soulful instrumental virtuosity and soaring three-part harmonies, the quintet has generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and venues since 2012, and winning the 2015 IBMA Momentum Award.  Whether it’s a festival stage, theater or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse and heartfelt performance. 

“These Heartstring boys have carved out a fresh niche in modern bluegrass.  They adhere to the traditional format but take everything two steps forward.  Their roots are clear and so is their path to the future. They’re in a class by themselves.” - Tony Trischka

“These are musicians of dynamic imagination and massive musical talent” -  Elmore Magazine

"This fast-rising young quintet is the most notable bluegrass band to come out of Berklee well, maybe ever.” - San Diego Union Tribune

In five decades together, the Stockwell Brothers have played everything from classic bluegrass to folk rock to world beat music.  Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell’s music continues to span traditional and progressive styles, but their well-honed signature sound spotlights new singer/songwriter material recast with varied rhythms and original arrangements featuring three-part vocal harmonies.  They 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.

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





Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
ANTJE DUVEKOT and BROOKS WILLIAMS
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


                                                         Antje

                                                       Brooks

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot and Americana, roots and acoustic blues singer/songwriter Brooks Williams.

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.  Antje's fourth studio release, 2016’s "Toward the Thunder," centers around themes of courage, resilience and striving for something better, and as with most of her writing, a sense of hope and perseverance shines through the songs. 

Statesboro, Georgia native Brooks Williams began his career playing bars and coffeehouses of New York and New England, and was soon touring throughout Europe, North America and the UK.  He has performed on
major stages and festivals including Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Vienna’s JazzLand, the legendary Guthrie Center, Scotland’s Celtic Connections, Kerrville Festival and the UK’s Glastonbury Festival.  He’s ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, and was nominated for Best Male Vocalist by “Spiral Earth,” one of the UK's most respected roots music publications.

Brooks has recorded 28 solo albums on labels as diverse as Signature Sounds, Green Linnet Records, Reveal Records and Solid Air Records, as well as his own Red Guitar Blue Music.  His music has charted on North America’s FOLKDJ, the EuroAmericana chart and Blues Lists around the world, and WUMB-FM in Boston voted him one of their Top 100 Artists.  Starting out working with performers such as Chris Smither, Rory Block, Shawn Colvin and Leo Kottke, Brooks has most recently collaborated with the likes of Hans Theessink, Abbie
 Gardner, Boo Hewerdine and Guy Davis.  Brooks teaches fingerstyle and slide guitar workshops at music camps and colleges around the world.

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




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