All shows are at the North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd, Madison. See you here soon!!
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 7;00 PM
10 Strings and a Goat Skin
What happens when you grow up on an island up in Northern Canada so relatively remote that there’s nothing to do but watch icebergs floating by and playing music for your entertainment? This. Pure distilled musical energy. Great playing, as always, but tunes that are somewhat…different from the normal traditions. Songs of the sea, tune sets that are simply mind-blowing, they simply generate their own electricity.
So 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
This is one of the most fascinating musical journeys on the planet, with Jayme Stone, banjo player extraordinaire recreating the tunes and artists that the Lomaxes rescued from obscurity. Jayme will bring some of today’s brightest young stars on the music scene to help make this one of our most special evenings. Those who are regulars to our series know we don’t skimp on talent, with Grammy winners, world-travelers, State Department emissaries pretty much populating every show. But this; this is going to be one of those memorable concerts that you’ll be thinking about for years. 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
Thanks for a great season, and make sure to check out the Skunk Misery Ramblers when they’re playing a town green or back alley near you!
There’s no rest as we pick up with the same scary good music. The level of playing is heading into the stratosphere this year, with some interesting introductions for you, and some of the coolest indescribable mash-ups imaginable. Dates are a little tentative in some cases, but..
Saturday, September 17, 7:00 PM
Rhythm Future Quartet
Headed up by Jason Anick (a Fire in The Kitchen veteran) and violinist for John Jorgensen’s Gypsy Jazz Quintet, the Quartet is rooted in gypsy jazz, but takes off in directions that would make Django and Stephane proud. Gypsy swing for the 21st century, played by a group that displays unbelievable chops.
The usual Ashley’s ice cream, the usual adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00, and knowing Jason, probably a workshop.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7:00 PM
LES POULES A COLIN
From Canada comes Les Poules, which is one of those bands that I love so much. They play great, sing great, perform great, etc, but where they really shine is in the breadth of their music, from traditional French-Canadian to almost college radio-friendly alt/pop tunes. I love them, you’ll love them.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12
As regulars to the series know, I love stuff like this. Joe Brent takes this trio of classical/jazz prodigies (in their spare time, they appear as soloists for little orchestras like the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, etc..) and basically lets all heck break loose. Something starts out as classical, turns to jazz, and then might even sound like what heavy metal would if it were played on a violin, mandolin and bass. No descriptions fit, so I won’t bother to go further. Way out from outer space greatness.
DECEMBER 10, 7:00 PM
THE DAROL ANGER/EMMY PHELPS AND LOTS OF FRIENDS CHRISTMAS SHOW
Yeah, virtuosity abounds, but it’s more the fun and humor or general wackiness that Darol brings to every occasion that makes this Christmas show so much better!