Concert Schedule

All shows are at the North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd, Madison. See you here soon!!

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Fall/Winter 2015




Back by popular demand, last year they were one of the most talked-about shows. A friend of the series was up at a UCONN graduation ceremony, and she overheard the folks in front of her talking about this cool little church that had this great Christmas bluegrass show, and how it was one of the best nights of music she’d ever had, anywhere, and that included New York, Boston, L.A., and so on. Well, it turned out that lady was here, watching the Barefoot Movement. They are too cool.. And if you think this is just some goofy band, think again. They’re Telluride Best Band winners, and frequent visitors to the Billboard charts. It’s an Appalachian, old-time, mountain music Christmas spectacular!!

A great evening of family fun, the perfect antidote to all those other Christmas shows that have been around for years and years..

Adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00


Saturday, January 9, 7:00 PM

The Big Mari Black Contra Dance Nightmare!!

MariblackwebNot that Mari Black is a nightmare, she’s anything but: an amazing and accomplished fiddler, er, violinist, er.. she does everything extraordinarily well, as in she’s been the featured soloist with symphony orchestras. But this is the time we do our sort-of-annual dance thing, and in the past, the dance floor has been LOADED with people and fun. It’s a zoo. If you’re at all O.C.D., it’s a nightmare. If you want great music, and great fun, it’s heaven. I mean, heaven. Mari leads a killer trio (she’s won so many competitions on the national and international level it’s scary) and she’s bringing a caller so we do things right this time. But don’t worry, we’ll be a big confused mess so fun will be guaranteed.

Bring the kids! It’ll be a big ol’ goofy good time. There’s a fiddle workshop that afternoon, so shake off those post-holiday blues with simply the most fun you can fit in the room. Yee Haw! Adults $20, kids 5, ice cream and workshop, free…



10 Strings and a Goat Skin

tenstringswebSo as not to insult anyone, I need to tell a story using generic names. It was at a festival last year, and this was a fiddle styles workshop/demonstration with some really big name Canadian and American fiddlers. Really big names. So big that Rowen Gallant, the 10 Strings fiddler, thought that there must be another Rowen Gallant, because what the heck was he doing in that lineup. Well, they start to play. First, one by one, the big names play, with big cheers from the various fan bases of each player. Finally, Rowen plays. Silence. Then, a roar like no other. Rowen simply blows everyone away, without even trying. He’s actually embarrassed that people are cheering so loudly. Some of the Big Names look over, quietly but visibly steaming. They know it: there’s a new train roaring through town, and they’re not on it. Flat out stupid great music from prince Edward Island, Canada. Adults, $25, kids high school and under, $5.00


March 12, 7:00 PM

Jayme Stone’s Alan Lomax Project

JaymestonewebOk, this is just a placeholder photo until the current lineup gets their picture taken. But, who cares. This is one of the most fascinating musical journeys on the planet, with banjo player extraordinaire recreating, with modern hotshot players and singers, the tunes and artists that the Lomaxes rescued from obscurity. This is simply one of the most beautiful, important, vibrant, exhilarating, inspiring shows you may ever see. Adults $30, kids high school and under, $5.00



Ummm… still working on it. Have a couple of options, but all revolves around last-ditch college visit stuff. If you’ve had kids, you know the drill…

In the meantime, some of the folks we would like to have and are talking away with are:

Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss

Katie Glassman and Snapshot

Jeremy Kittel Quartet

So, if they are in your area, check them out when you can!!