All shows are at the North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd, Madison. See you here soon!!
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Ticket Sales or Reservations:
1A: You don’t need reservations. Usually. Each show will tell you if it’s sold out. Reservations just guarantee you a seat, and the earlier you are, the closer you’ll be. We reserve for the main room only, and even then there’s usually a seat. If you just want to show up, we love you, but get there when the doors open at 6:30. The seats on the “side” are actually really nice, with great sound, just a different view.
1:To reserve seats or for more information for these shows please send us an email. All seats are assigned and reserved in the order in which they come in, so if you reserve early, you get good seats. There really aren’t bad ones, you’re 50 feet away at the very farthest. Everyone pays at the door, don’t worry about credit cards or mailing checks in.
2: If you’re browser doesn’t respond to the link, try workdog(at)mindspring.com or if all else fails, call Charlie Shafer at 203-668-3735. Yeah, you get my weird voicemail (contractor by day) but leave a message if I don’t answer immediately.
3: Simply include full name and how many seats you want, and everyone just pays at the door, cash or check.
4: No online ticket sales for a few reasons. First, we’re technical idiots, and we’d have to pay someone to do that, and ticket prices would have to increase just so you can buy a ticket, which you can do anyway without the fee. Second, refunds in case of a storm are a big pain in the neck! Third, and most important, I have philosophical issues with being stuck with a ticket that you’ve paid for when you can’t make it due to a family emergency or illness. Life’s hard enough without getting stuck with something you can’t use. We go by the honor system, and it’s worked great for 20 years.
We are the only concert venue with a mission.We want to educate, inspire, and yes, entertain. Not to waste space here, please look at the “workshops: the mission” page to see what we mean.
February 11; 7:00PM
James Hill and Anne Janelle
James Hill has been called the best ukulele player on the planet. Let’s get that over with, because it gets a lot better from there. There are two halves at work here. One is that James is the game-changer for the ukulele, meaning he has elevated it beyond the realm of novelty or regional music, and made it something special. He’s on the same level as other “game-changers”, like Yo Yo Ma on the cello, or Bill Monroe on the mandolin, or Darol Anger on violin, or Leo Kottke on the guitar. They take an instrument that everyone is familiar with, but create music so different and stunning that it changes the way people think and hear.
The other half is that James is a superb songwriter, a superb performer, and could probably have been a stand-up comedian, but with his wife, Anne, it all floats off into an alternative universe. I mean, not many people can write such great lyrics as, “her eyes were as blue as a Hank Williams song.” As a violin/cello/bass-centric series, I never thought I’d be hosting a uke player. But now I’m really excited that I am. Just over-the-top goodness mixed with our regular scary good virtuosic standards. Adults $20, kids high school and under, $5.00
March 4, 7:00 PM
The Brooklyn All-Star Ceilidh Band
Here we go with this explanation:
As Mike and Darol fell apart, we simply could’t let March go without a show, especially as this date is sandwiched between Mardi Gras and St. Paddy’s Day. So, with a bit of a scramble, and the help of some Fire In The Kitchen veteran performers, we’ve put together one of the strongest assemblies of talent anywhere. Which surprised me. Not just strong players, but really strong players that would rival any group playing anywhere. Bits of Nuala Kennedy’s kick-*%# Irish band, bits of 9 Horses, a little of this and that. It’s an all-star group that will be performing a set of tunes that you might hear in some parallel universe where Irish tunes go to mingle with New Orleans funk.
Adults, $20, and kids high school and under, $5.00
April 8. 7:00 PM
Ten Strings And A Goatskin
This is like yelling “Godzilla is coming” but being really happy about it. Last season was a packed sardine like sold out mess. I loved it. This is a legal performance enhancing drug. People were emailing me after last year’s show saying it was so fantastic they were actually crying. Plus, these guys are just plain fun. Season ender, here, and on a big-time party note. See ya here. Adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.