CELEBRATING 20+ YEARS OF SCARY GOOD MUSIC WITH A MISSION
Looking to play here? We like to hear from musicians we don’t know about but… if you want to see if you’ll fit, look at this page here.
All shows are at the North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd, Madison. See you here soon!!
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A special Note: We don’t require payment up front. It’s on the honor system. However, a recent spate of no-shows might force us into a change of policy. I would hate to do that, so if you reserve, come. If the program starts to suffer due to no-shows, non-refundable pre-purchases will be necessary, and the prices will increase due to the processing charges. Not something I want.
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 reserve, the closer you’ll be. In most cases, we reserve space for walk-ins. get there at 6:30 if that’s the case!
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.
2: If your 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. Just leave your full name and number of seats, and I’ll get back to you.
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. Virtually EVERY concert is a fundraiser for a local non-profit.
Now, the schedule:
The Seamus Egan Project
Saturday, February 17, 7:00PM
It’s fitting that Seamus comes right on the heels of the Mammals show. For both are ground-breaking trendsetters, both living legends. Seamus, former leader of the now-defunct supergroup Solas, gets the chance to put together a trio to do all the things he couldn’t do with Solas. He’ll bring the irrepressible Moira Smiley (an amazing talent unto herself, you may remember her from her appearance here with Jayme Stone) and Kyle Sanna on guitar, another Fire In The Kitchen vet. (You might start noticing a trend here; the greatest players all hang together, and appear with different projects depending on who has a concept they really want to tour.)
This won’t be some stuffy retrospective. Sure, he’ll touch on the pre-Solas days, he’ll also be presenting bunches of new compositions that push the boundaries of what Irish music is all about. Any regular to the series knows we’re not into stuffy trad music, no matter where it’s from. Seamus will push the boundaries yet again, no worries there.. Adults gotta pay $25, kids high school and under, $5.00
The East Pointers
March 17, 7:00 PM
What is it about Prince Edward Island? It’s tempting to say that due to the extreme cold in winter, the semi-isolation of the place, especially years ago, that all the residents had to do in winter was play Scots and Breton-based music and write great maritime songs. But then, other islands around the world never evolved that way, so what gives? I’ll let anthropologists and musical historians try to come up with an answer and share to with us. Until then, we’ll just love the fact that that’s what happened. And it’s no secret we love the musicians from the far northern maritimes of Canada. From Beolach years ago, to Vishten, to Ten Strings and a Goatskin, it’s all about huge amounts of energy and skills. The East Pointers have already made a name for themselves around the world, literally, and we’re thrilled to have them as this year’s emissaries from the Canada. Yes, it’s St. Paddy’s day, but we’ll be getting our Celtic kicks from the Prince Edward Island sort of Celtic.
Adults, $25, kids high school and under, $5.00
with JENNIFER MUNRO
It’s a new sort of thing: Low Lily and Jennifer Munro teaming up for a completely new musical/story-telling event. Actually, there’s nothing new about it, as music and storytelling have mixed for centuries. It’s just fallen so far out of the norm for concerts that it seems like it’s all-new. Think of all those bards, strolling through the medieval plague-infested streets, strumming their lutes and singing tunes like “The Daemon Lover.” Tunes with a moral. The bad people always got what they deserved, and life was great. In between the tunes, there were stories of far away places, the modern equivalent of books…er, Facebook. We have no lute, and I’m not sure I want one. Low Lilly rocked the summer fund-raiser we did, so a bunch of you know how good they are. Jennifer Munro, a resident of town, is also a professional storyteller who travels the world plying her craft. So we’re combining music that’s way better than an infected guy with a lute, and stories that may or may not have death and dismemberment. This is so cool. Adults $25, kids HS&U, $5.
THE NORDIC FIDDLER’S BLOC
Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM
About a year ago, I got a flurry of emails from both Brittany and Natalie Haas, seeing if I could possibly squeeze the Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc in as a favor to them, as they were all good friends from various festivals, and the Bloc was trying to get introduced into the U.S. I say this not to drop names, but to show you two things: how the really good musicians are all very closely bonded with each other and always try to do whatever they can for friends, especially when they travel to foreign countries. The one thing I’ve discovered through the years is that the very best musicians we’ve had here also end up being the very nicest people. The other is that for the Haas sisters to get this excited, they must be really good. It didn’t take a lot of investigation to see that they are really good, indeed.
This is the epitome of what we do here. It’s the melding of fiddle styles from way up north in one blazing fiddle melt-down. It’s the bomb. You get: Olav Mjelva from Norway, Anders Hall from Sweden, and Kevin Henderson from the Shetland Islands. Three guys who are all exceptional, joining together to get a sound so rich you won’t believe your ears. Stunning stuff. Adults, $20, kids HS & U; $5.
And, as a late-season addition, our “all-star” show of the year..
June 2, 7:00 PM
NATALIE HAAS, MAEVE GILCHRIST, YANN FALQUET, NIC GAREISS
Every year we do a sort of throw-together thing, where amazing musicians all find they have some free time, get together, and organize a “pop-up band.” This year, it’s two Berklee faculty friends, Natalie and Maeve, along with Natalie’s husband and Genticorum founder, Yann Falquet, and percussive dancer extraordinaire Nic Gareiss. I can’t tell you exactly what will happen. At this point, they don’t even know. I have made a couple of musical requests, which if they’re smart they’ll ignore. Anyway, a late spring show for us, but we can’t pass up something like this, can we!! Adults, $20, kids $5 and under, maybe a free workshop (we’ll see how much money is left in the kitty!) and I don’t know, how about a pizza truck or something? Or some sort of cookout? Clearly a little disorganized right now, but we haven;t had a Fire In The Kitchen food event in a few years now.