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CONCERTS at Roaring Brook Nature Center

The 39th Concert Season

"Playing at Roaring Brook is like playing inside a Martin Guitar"
- Eric Andersen -

Unless indicated otherwise, all concerts are scheduled for
Saturday 7:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM

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Call the Nature Center at 860.693.0263 during regular hours:
Tuesday - Saturday   10:00 am - 5:00 pm or Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Hot teas, coffee & home-baked treats are available during
concert intermissions


Please note that performers and dates are subject to change

Advance Sales Policy:
Purchasing your tickets in advance is recommended
for all shows due to space limitations and may be done
by calling the Nature Center at 860-693-0263
during regular hours: Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM or Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM.
Mastercard or Visa numbers will be required.

When you arrive at the concert, you will have your choice of paying
by cash, check or charge card.
All advance ticket sales are final.

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       Saturday, January 19, 2019


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Click here for Bill Staines' website

Roaring Brook favorite Bill Staines is a left-handed neo-traditional troubadour who, on a right- handed guitar played upside down, creates perfectly crafted songs that everyone wants to sing along with or turn into a book!   Bill's song, "A Place In The Choir" which became an illustrated book resonates with all age groups. The Irish group Celtic Thunder performed Staines' song in a PBS concert. To date, the videos from that single song have registered over five million views on YouTube.

Bill's catalog of 300+ songs has earned cover spots on albums by Nanci Griffith, Peter Paul and Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy and hundreds of other artists. Bill has released 26 albums and played 50 states over the past 5 decades. He has traveled over a million miles before coming to play for you tonight. Join with Bill on the Great choruses to “Roseville Fair,” “River,” “Child of Mine” and “Wild, Wild Heart.”


        Saturday, January 26


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $22    At door - $25

Click here to visit Frank Vignola's website

Click here to hear Frank Vignola's Hot Jazz Guitar Trio


with Mike Burd

Saturday, February 16


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25-

Click here for David Mallett's website

Tonight we offer our annual welcome to Maine's famed songwriter-guitarist Dave Mallett and his many fans who will be rewarded with stellar live songs from his 17th release Celebration. In a review of the album for Country Standard Time, Lee Zimmerman placed Mallett within a troubadour's hierarchy that includes Gordon Lightfoot, David Olney and the late John Stewart. Lee wrote: "His gruff-sounding vocals and unerring sense of gravitas convey a rugged sense of resilience...a sonorous sense of impending urgency that compels even a casual listener to lean in closer. Indeed, Mallett doesn't waste time getting to the point! The title song rattles off a litany of society’s shortcomings with a sound that leaves no doubt as to his authoritative stance. Yet even when the subject turns to love and longing - as conveyed through “Girl With the Golden Hair,” “Ring For You” and “You Deserve the Best” he’s no less determined and certainly every bit as inspired. These are songs instilled with eloquence and endurance, and they resonate accordingly. As a result, Celebration qualifies as an instant classic, the kind of album that can be cherished and appreciated with every successive listen. Also, you will enjoy Mike Burd's magnificent bass playing as Dave tries his best to honor your requests from his first 16 albums.


  Saturday, February 23


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Click here for The Kenn Morr Band website



       Saturday, March 9


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Click here for Edward Gerhard's website

Grammy Award winner Ed Gerhard's music is welcomed around the world. Ed tours in the US, the UK, Canada, Europe, Japan, China and Korea. His guitar work can be heard on his 9 albums and on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen, Bill Morrissey and in the Ken Burns films, Mark Twain and The National Parks: America's Best Idea!

Ed Gerhard's music celebrates the guitar as he arranges notes into melodies, chords into textures and phrases into motifs that resonate in one's mind and soul.As Scott Alarik wrote in The Boston Globe, "Gerhard does not write instrumentals, he writes songs only a guitar can sing." Concert highlights may include his brilliant arrangements of Dylan's "Just Like A Woman," " House of the Rising Sun," Anna McGarrigle's "Heart Like A Wheel" and his own "On A Pennsylvania Hill."

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