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Saturday, March 11- 8pm
Apple Hill String Quartet : Mozart at the Bookmill, with special guest violinist Jesse Holstein
Since its founding in 2008, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire, neglected masterpieces, and music from around the world, as well as world premieres and commissioned pieces. As resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in rural Nelson, NH, the quartet serves as the artistic curators and core faculty for Apple Hill’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop attended by 300 participants. During the regular concert season, in conjunction with Apple Hill’s Playing for Peace program, the quartet performs concerts and conducts residencies locally in New Hampshire, nationally in major U.S. cities, and internationally around the globe.
A native son of the Pioneer Valley, Jesse Holstein went to Oberlin for his undergraduate studies with Marilyn McDonald. He then went to NEC in Boston to get his master’s degree studying with James Buswell. Since 2001, Jesse has been a Resident Musician for Community MusicWorks-a youth and family-mentoring program that provides free instruments, lessons and a variety of programs in the West-End and South Providence. He has two cats, Count Chocula and Lord Nelson. Lord Nelson is an ordained on-line minister (this is true) and is available for weddings and services (this is probably not true).
Hosted by Chris Elliott and Lisa Austin (Austin & Elliott)
Saturday, March 25- 7-9pm
Nick Meyer Book Release Party
We are pleased to host a book release party for local photographer, Nick Meyer and his latest book of photographs, Either Limits of Contradictions published by Daylight Books. Copies of the book will be available for sale and photos will be on view.
EITHER LIMITS OR CONTRADICTIONS BY NICK MEYER
FOREWORD BY AARON SCHUMAN
POEM BY LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
Told in three chapters, Either Limits or Contradictions captures the ebb and flow that makes up life. As if the camera is an extension of his hand, Meyer's resulting photographs are candid, honest, and universal. They reflect feelings associated with youth and self-discovery, growing up and slowing down, and, in the end, coming to terms with death. The titles of the three parts are excerpted from a Neil Diamond song, a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, and a John Milton poem. They are taken out of context but reflect the underlying feeling of the images that follow them.
In his foreword in the book, artist, writer and curator Aaron Schuman writes: "Photography is often celebrated for its ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary -- to bring drama, meaning, attention, and imagination to what might otherwise go unnoticed. But here, the ordinary isn't so much transformed as it is transfixed, and allowed to shine in all its intricacy and unassuming glory."
Friday, March 31- 8pm
Nathan Hobbs Blehar | Hush Point
Nathan Hobbs Blehar, Northampton, acoustic guitar and voice
After a childhood and conservatory studies of saxophone and small group improvised music, and after moving from nyc back to his adopted home in the Pioneer Valley, Nathan aimed his focus towards the acoustic guitar and singing as an outlet. Stints of intense absorption of the music of Leonard Cohen, Karen Dalton, Bob Dylan, Sibylle Baier, Nick Drake, John Fahey, and inspiration from contemporaries Jeremy Udden, Robert Stillman, Mike Bagetta, Zak Trojano, and Bunk, have led to and continue to nurture the development of a personal style that reflects these influences as well as the private, quiet rooms in which it has grown. Nathan will be playing a mix of instrumental guitar pieces and songs with words, of his own and others compositions.
Hush Point, nyc, acoustic jazz
Featuring veteran trumpet player John McNeil (Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan), Hush Point's modern brand of west-coast cool is “setting the new standard for the painless jazz quartet” (JAZZIZ). On tour in celebration of their third album for Sunnyside Records, Hush Point III, the band continues to develop their “intimate and surprising music, using counterpoint to move quickly and unsentimentally toward the open spaces.” (NY Times) - info @ Hushpoint.com
“The foursome has a kinetic chemistry no less powerful for being kept under a constant, careful restraint.” Shaun Brady, DOWNBEAT
“The band focuses on subtle interplay and refined melodic improvisation, demonstrating an elegant rapport too often lacking in jazz today.” Peter Margasak, CHICAGO READER
“The quartet’s newly released, self-titled début album is among the most substantial jazz releases of the year so far.” THE NEW YORKER
“The quartet Hush Point conjures the possibilities of small group hipness. One that quips instead of guffaws, and prefers covertness to the obvious.” Mark Corroto, ALL ABOUT JAZZ NEW YORK
"Full Tilt": Public Reading Performance by Amherst Writers & Artists
Saturday, April 8 - 8pm; donations at the door
"Full Tilt": Public Reading Performance by Amherst Writers & Artists
The night will travel from the High Southwest Desert to the Vietnam War to High School Anxst to Black Fem Illegal Labor to Ancestral Love Letters. We write and read where we need to in the moment. Writing Full Tilt workshops guarantee take-off every time we write. We are free-range writers going where our pens lead and our craft beckons. We will share our writing adventures in stories and poems, taking you to places and times you have never been; taking you to experiences you can feel.
More info about Amherst Writers & Artists at https://amherstwriters.info
Saturday, April 22 - 8pm
Original Cowards|And The Neighbors
The Original Cowards are a rock&roll trio from Western Massachusetts whose sound takes in a slew of bands and eras. The influence of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, 60's garage rock, Dinosaur Jr., The Who, The Kinks, The Velvet Underground, and a whole lot more, can be heard over their first two albums. Like all of these bands, The Original Cowards go from raucous to tender and back again not only from song to song, but within the space of a single song. With their second album just recently released, the cowards have already begun writing and rehearsing songs for their third which should be finished in late 2017/early 2018.
Praise for Prepare the dose, first single off the new album Let's Begin
"Very cool song." david sokol Dj at WRSI the River, Northampton, Ma and contributing writer at no depression
"this song is psyick! record 9 more and you got a solid milleniapsych!!!" robert d. robinson lead wrangler of The connecticut river band, sore eros, and wiffle master of ceremonies @wifflemaster
"slays!!!" Robert v. Ives shredder and lead dragon in problem with dragons, recording and live engineer @robosound
"Woah sounds killer, nice work gentlemen." thom lopes
"psychkik guitar and vocals in moon power Blistering dose of a track." John allen author and lead madman/poet in the big bad bollocks
And The Neighbors is an acoustic duo inspired by the sounds of Appalachia blended with the sonic grit of the Lower East Side. Debra DeMuth’s voice with an emotive, old-time resonance is featured vocally and Dave Houghton (of indie-rock groups, Fancy Trash and The Reejers), adds a dissonant vocal harmony along with his well-mastered guitar playing which can sway between delicate to furious in an instant. Banjo, mandolin, autoharp, cigar box guitar, piano and organ, as well as chains and cello fill out their alt-country, folk-pop sound. Each And The Neighbors song offers something to say about love or life. The words are earnest, the vocals are raw yet beautiful and the melodies are their own.
Take a journey with And The Neighbors on their debut album, No Fences, which features guests such as Terry Adams from NRBQ and Robin Lane of Robin Lane and The Chartbusters as well as Neil Young’s Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere. No Fences holds nothing back as it takes you from thigh-slapping tunes to songs that want to wrap around you on a cold night. No Fences will introduce you to a duo reminiscent of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Loretta Lynn and Jack White, Richard and Linda Thompson, Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Debra, whose writing has been called, “honest and intelligent”, began her songwriting career as a means of healing from cancer. She lost use of her voice for a period of time from cancer surgery and found writing to be a way to affirm her gratitude for life. As her voice returned, her writing found melodies and Debra found that the only way to express them was to lend them her own singing voice. The first of these songs was called, “I Am Here” and appears on No Fences.
Dave has been a hard working front man for indie-rock bands for over 20 years. He has been called “a force of nature” and “everything you could ask for from a 21st-century singer-songwriter.” His catalog of songs spans well into the hundreds. With And The Neighbors Dave lends his unique ability to turn a traditional genre on its head and create a fresh brand of musical experience. Together, Debra and Dave are And The Neighbors.
Hosted by Chris Elliott and Lisa Austin (Austin & Elliott)
Saturday, May 13 - 8pm
Henning |Austin & Elliot
Henning is a singer, a celebrated songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a producer, and a performer. He makes albums and performs on his own and with his band Gentle Hen (previously known as School for the Dead). His most recent release “Another Sleepless Nap” is another collection of well-crafted, thoughtful, moving songs.
Expect an evening of swooping shifts of genre and mood as Henning shares bits and pieces of his vast collection of compositions. He’s known for his friendly, familiar, and often funny connection with an audience. Will he be creating a real-time custom made Madlab throughout the show? Will he be playing songs that are drawn from a passed around hat? We don’t know. But we do know that he’ll be turning that sweet, secret, book-strewn room into a cozy, welcoming, and memorable escape from the outside world.
Henning can also be seen performing in The Fawns, The Aloha Steamtrain, and Sitting Next to Brian. He recently produced beloved albums by Mark Mulcahy and Ray Mason. He also scored the music for the documentary "Life on the V" about the 1980's independent music video channel from Boston V-66.
Dark but catchy duo Austin & Elliott tap into traditional folk with a modern outsider's sensibility. With thought-provoking lyrics and driving guitar, Chris Elliott's original songs run the spectrum from genuine beauty to scathing irony. Adding Lilith Fair finalist Lisa Austin's cutting harmonies and powerful hand drum, the tension is dramatic: two voices telling vivid tales of love gone wrong and death done right. Elliott has been a finalist in USA Songwriting Competition, a two-time finalist in the Rose Garden Coffeehouse, and the winner of the Boston WUMBFM Songwriter Contest, when he won his unique handmade acoustic guitar by Alan Carruth. Together or solo, they have opened for or shared bills with Josh Ritter, Bill Staines, Atwater and Donnely, Rod Macdonald, Mary Gauthier, and more. Listen here: austinandelliott.com
"Chris Elliott and Lisa Austin… are injecting new, irreverent elements into the established folk and singer-songwriter playing field via their smart and modern lyrical sensibilities… fun original take on folk… Their shows are guaranteed to be a memorable experience.” -George Pacheco, CBS Boston’s Best Songwriters
"Dark and irreverent… a modern approach through the dark heart of classic country and Appalachian ballads.” - Joltin Joe Pszonek, Host of Radio Nowhere
"Call it folk with attitude or acoustic metal, it has a Black Sabbath "Iron Man" chord progression beneath Lisa Austin's spot-on vocals.” - Frank Gutch Jr, Acoustic Music Exchange
“Beautifully crafted tales of introspection and woe.” - Northeast Performer Magazine
“A timeless quality difficult to achieve” - Greg Grant - Online Folk Festival
“Quiet determination and thoughtful lyrics” - Rambles.net
“Great musicianship with intelligent writing” - Kevin Elliott, WEFT, 90.1 FM, Champaign, IL
"'Liza Jane' could easily be nominated as "Song of the Year" at the next Boston Music Awards show with its superb lyrics and mesmerizing musical accompaniment.” - Metronome Magazine
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