CELEBRATING 20+ YEARS OF SCARY GOOD MUSIC WITH A MISSION
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:
Saturday, January 13, 7:00 PM
Workshop at 3. Fiddles. Banjos. All about playing Old-Time with attitude.
Before there was a lot of this new-wave alternative fiddle/music stuff we present, there were a few lone wolves keeping the old-time flame alive, but nudging towards what was to come. There was Crooked Still, and The Mammals. They both influenced a generation of young players, and have been so powerful in their reach that conservatories have actually had to change their course offerings, and hire different staff. Hundreds of years of tradition swept away by two groups. Maybe a little overstated, sure, but not much. Time goes on, the two bands disassemble. More time goes on, and The Mammals are back. The old-time rockers, the social commentators, the instrumental wizards. It’ll be a fun time tonight. $25 adults, blah blah blah (that means $5 for kids high school and under.)
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 another all-star band to do all the things that he wished he had time for with Solas. This won’t be some stuffy retrospective. Yeah, while he will go back to 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
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
April 14 or 21 (how’s that for vague…nailing it down shortly):
Still working details with Low Lily and 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, where the bad guys always got theirs. And the fables to go along in between the tunes. 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. So we’re combining music that’s way better than an infected guy with a lute, and stories that still 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
This season-ender 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.