Concert Schedule

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

To reserve seats or for more information for these shows please send us email.

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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.


It’s all about the Skunk Misery Ramblers, our all-ages, all-abilities fiddle club that rehearses Sunday afternoons at 4, at various locations around Madison, Guilford, and beyond. During the remainder of March, we practice indoors. Once the good weather hits, we’re outdoors, and I’ll post where we’ll be every weekend. Feel free to join in, or just sit back and watch us we create exciting new versions (due to general incompetence) of vaguely familiar tunes! For information, just email Charlie at When I say all abilities, I really mean it. Do not be afraid! it’s way more fun to play music with a big group, regardless of skill level, than to do just about anything else.

SKUNKS: Still indoors, waiting for some warm weather! Stay tuned!

FALL, 2016

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. If you were here for any of John Jorgensen’s shows, you know how good Jason is. His band? Don’t worry, they’re every bit as good as anyone could ever hope. I think you’ll be pretty surprised that people can actually play that well. That good. Jason’s now a professor at Berklee, so he’s training up a whole new crop of young jazzers as well.


The usual Ashley’s ice cream, the usual adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00, and knowing Jason, probably a workshop.



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. If you were at the Ten Strings and a Goatskin show, Rowen was talking about this band from Montreal that they were friends with, and how they were so amazing that they wanted them on their new album. This is them. Colin’s Chickens. I love them, you’ll love them.

Adults, $20, kids high school and under, $5.00

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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. Adults $20, kids as usual $5.00



DECEMBER 10, 7:00 PM


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! As we get closer, and know exactly who Darol will be bringing, I’ll be able to tell more, but that’s the improv life of Darol for you. No matter who shows up, they’ll be the usual wondrous musicians. Adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00



Ok, and the winter is pretty hot, too. Details to follow in very short order, but ether’s the quick list:


January: Driftwood

February: James Hill

March: Darol Anger and Mike Marshall

April: Ten Strings and a Goatskin return!