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BUNNY'S A SWINE
Saturday, March 15 - 8 pm
Bunny’s A Swine was born in a hot attic in the summer of 2008. Our sound has been called tweegrunge (by some), awkpop (by ourselves), and indie rock (by others). We are a trio of drums, electric guitar, and three-string guitar (which is just like electric guitar, only with just three strings on it).
Friday, March 28th - 8 pm
Diane Cluck is a Virginia-based singer-songwriter. Her ecstatic vocal style has been noted for its uniquely clipped, glottal beauty. She accompanies herself on instruments ranging from guitar to piano, harmonium, zither, percussion, and toy accordion, and often plays alongside cellist Isabel Castellvi.
Diane releases her seventh album, Boneset, through Important Records on March 4, 2014—a rich journey seeded with birds, death, wealth and poverty, boldness and heart. “Cluck’s sparse compositions seem to float defiantly from some fortress the conscious self had long left behind”, a reviewer from The Providence Phoenix recently wrote. Fellow folk musician Devendra Banhart championed her early, referring to her as “my favorite singer-songwriter in all of New York City”, and choosing one of her songs for his Golden Apples of the Suncompilation. Other supporters / collaborators include CocoRosie, who invited Cluck to open shows in the U.S. and Europe and released her Countless Times album through their personal label imprint. Sharon Van Etten, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Laura Marling have all cited Diane’s work as influential.
Friday, April 18th - 8 pm
Saturday, April 19th - 8 pm
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards are a folk duo from Massachusetts whose songs resonate with the lover of Americana and old country music, commanding familiar traditional melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, and backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo. They began in the basements, coffee shops and art spaces of New England, and have since tested the stages of more traditional folk music venues, colleges, living rooms and bar rooms from Boston to Austin, Denver to Nashville, Asheville to Portland, and back 'round again. Hundreds of concerts have been given and thousands of records have been sold, all on their own steam and without the support of major industry assistance. Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like Garnet Rogers, Melanie Safka, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, John Gorka, Joan Osborne, Mustard's Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum and Brownbird.
Recent Quote: "What a magnificent, transcendent album. Powerful, spiritual, gorgeous harmonies, great songs. I knew you guys were good, even very good, but this CD is the best you've done." - Nick Noble, WICN (Worcester MA)
Friday, May 2nd - 8 pm
ARI and MIA
Ari & Mia, Boston's Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.
Ari & Mia "blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles,’ says SingOut! Magazine. Both sisters studied at Boston's New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. In May of 2013, they released their new record, Land on Shore, to critical acclaim. Their previous album, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011. Ari won ASTA's 2009 Alternative Styles Award for her innovative cello-playing and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category.
Friday, May 9th - 8 pm
MAL DEVISA and HONEYFITZ
Mal Devisa is Deja Carr, a poet and musician. Born in the Bronx, she now calls Hadley, Massachusetts home. She is a student at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School where she focuses on creative writing, music and African American studies. Carr is also the lead singer of “Who’da Funk it,” the Pioneer Valley’s premiere local female-driven band known for their genre- and gender-bending music. Her music and poetry reflects the realities and triumphs of her own life, all while critiquing and commenting on society at large. Carr has been active in the local community since age twelve. In five years, she has won several awards including the Smith College Poetry Prize, LAW Day Spoken Word Prize and has performed at many venues/festivals.
Elihu Jones is Honeyfitz. Jones is a seventeen year old from Whately Massachusetts who has been making music for a number of years. He has recently employed a fancy ol’ loop pedal. Jones is a student at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School where he focuses on Visual arts. His music goes around and around.
Saturday, May 1Oth - 8 pm
CARRIE FURGUSSON/ BERNICE
“Devilishly catchy folk-pop tunes and melodic ballads, exuberantly heartfelt lyrics...infectious joy”
- The Valley Advocate
Based in Northampton, MA, singer-songwriter Carrie Ferguson creates soaring folk-pop with haunting melodies and smart, gorgeous lyrics. Carrie’s sophomore album, The List Of Whales, was just released in January 2014. Her songs have been featured on WUMB in Boston, WRSI The River in Northampton, and other New England stations. Carrie was chosen for the 2013 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase, and has opened for Antje Duvekot, Cheryl Wheeler, Meg Hutchinson, Charles Neville, and Livingston Taylor.
Bernice Lewis: 2009 National Park Service Artist in Residence, Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim, AZ Artist Associate in Songwriting, Williams College Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, Founding Member
“Bernice writes beautifully and deeply.”
- Dar Williams
“Bernice is really one of the keepers of the flame of Real Songwriting.”
- Rosanne Cash
Saturday, May 17th - 8 pm
RAY MASON and the LONELY BROTHERS
A very special evening with the Lonesome Brothers celebrating Jim Armenti's Birthday!
Before there was Americana or Alt/Country or Singer Songwriter or Roots Rock or any of the other record store bin labels of today; when new wave was crashing and hair bands were making video history... ...there was the LONESOME BROTHERS
Seven CDs full of original songs and thousands of gig miles later, there still is.
From the lowliest bar in the tiniest town of Western Massachusetts, to Town Hall in Manhattan, to Newport, RI, the Lonesome Brothers put it down like it's supposed to be put down.
Original, creative, pumping, swaying, digging, rocking, blues busting, curve making, straight shooting, no bullshit songs and solos distinguish the Lonesome Brothers from any other band you've ever heard.
Get on the dance floor now, before the song ends -- this ain't no jam band.
"The Lonesome Brothers clearly know their stuff. In our cold, cruel, post-vinyl world, their distinctive warmth offers a welcome respite from so many bands that confuse digital perfection with a good-sounding recording. This western Massachusetts trio winds its way through well-crafted songs of country-tinged rock with considerable skill and an unflagging commitment to feel."
-Carolyn Wennblom, No Depression
"You had my vote."
-Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion
"A songwriting behemoth of a band..."
-Ken Mauri, Daily Hampshire Gazette
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