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Saturday, Oct 4 - 8pm
AN EVENING WITH RAY MASON
20 albums, over 6,000 gigs and 48 years in the music business must count for something! Come and celebrate with me. Everyone is invited.
Ray will perform his "A Man And His Silvertone" album in it's entirety plus requests, old favorites and new tunes too.
What's different about this gig and the hundreds of others I play on a regular basis? Absolutely nothing! (But that's the point). I'm still just an old guy pounding the **** out of a 1965 Silvertone electric while singing songs about furniture and broken hearts.
“Jaggery audiences go silent and still like people appreciating raw, scary, beautiful wildlife.” That observation was made by web magazine,Cambridge Day, in reaction to the Boston-based five-piece, who work the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style (darkwave jazz? ethereal avant-rock? chamber art-pop?)
Moving from haunting lullabies to intricately-woven mixed-meter rants to catharsis-inducing mini-epics, the band borrows pages out of the books of both Kate Bush and Alice Coltrane, suggesting a classical, organic, avant-jazz-oriented Cocteau Twins or a “white witch” counter to the haunting Diamanda Galas.
Jaggery found its footing in New York, writing and performing under different monikers until 2004 when the band began to take its current shape: singer/songstress/pianist Singer Mali is flanked by a rotating lineup of musicians and instrumentation, including Daniel Schubmehl’sWest African and jazz approach to the drum kit, Tony Leva’s often prepared upright bass, Rachel Jayson’s avant-classical viola, andPetaluma Vale’s glistening Celtic harp and backing vocals.
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. http://dejarenecarr.tumblr.com
Nora Murphy - You might know her from The Lady Kiligrew downstairs at the Bookmill. Nora, guitarist and singer (of Bulldog and Kids On A Hill), will bring her jazz, pop, rock, and folk styles to her solo performance at the Bookmill.
Saturday, Oct 18 - 8pm
Bernice Lewis with The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra
With almost four decades of performing festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts, along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs, Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She is also a published poet, a producer, and an educator extraordinaire. Lewis — who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, and songwriting with Rosanne Cash and Cris Williamson — has been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage program, as well as at the Kennedy Center. In 2008, she was awarded an Artist in Residence position by the National Park Service. In 1987, she was a finalist in the prestigious New Folk Songwriting Contest at the Kerrville (Texas) Folk Festival, where she continues to be a main stage favorite. Her ballad, “Bridges That Hold,” was included in Peter, Paul and Mary’s Lifelines video (PBS). She was featured in Yoga Journal for her work with sound and yoga, and has shared the stage with many renowned artists, including Dar Williams, Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Pete Seeger, Ellis Paul, Rory Block, Livingston Taylor, Odetta, Christine Lavin, Marty Sexton, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Mary Gauthier… it’s a long list. She has a forty-year old daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon.
Friday, Oct 24 - 8pm
DANA and SUSAN ROBINSON
Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.
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