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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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Harvey Reid

Saturday, April 13


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Harvey Reid's website

“A skilled,unique musician working in that uncharted zone where country, bluegrass and progressive folk musics all meet” - Bluegrass Unlimited.  Acoustic multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, author, inventor and educator Harvey Reid returns, performing highlights from his 19 album and 42-year career. A double National Champion on Autoharp and Fingerstyle Guitar, he also plays Dobro, bouzouki, 6-string banjo and mandolin.  Acoustic Guitar listed Harvey’s Steel Drivin’ Man in the Top 10 Essential Folk Albums/CDs of All Time! Guitar Player Magazine chose his Solo Guitar Sketchbook for their Desert Island Top 20 list.

Showcasing 40 years of matching fine lyrics with well-composed arrangements is Reid’s Songs From A Long Road - The Songwriter Album. Among his recordings and repertoire, you will find songs you know, songs you don’t, and many fine surprises.  From his Celtic songs and tunes you may enjoy “Londonderry Aire”, ”Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore” and "Si Bhig, Si Mohr”. From gospel music he plays a fine medley of “Amazing Grace / What A Friend / Swing Low”. From Blues Reid revives “Matchbox Blues”,”St. James Infirmary” and “One Kind Favor”.  With much justice, Harvey interprets the classic American songs “Summertime”, ”Vigilante Man”, “Wildwood Flower”and “Hard Times Come Again No More”. Surprise Reid repertoire gems include J.J.Cale’s “Call Me the Breeze”, Jagger & Richard’s ”Spider to the Fly”, ”Moon River” by Mancini and “Fur Elise” by Beethoven!


Saturday, April 27

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Bruce Pratt's website

Cormac McCarthy's website

Jim Mercik video

Stan Sullivan's video

Crossing paths on the folk festival and club circuit over the years,longtime friends Bruce Pratt, Jim Mercik, Stan Sullivan and Cormac McCarthy take the stage in a lively solo-and-together evening of music.United by a mutual love of contemporary folk and American roots and blues music, they will also remember their late master songwriter friend Bill Morrissey in humorous anecdotes and/or performance of one or more of his songs.

Former Hartland Folk Festival and RBNC Music Director Bruce Pratt joins us from Southern Maine, with well-sung, finely-crafted original songs and wonderful renditions of songs by Mississippi John Hurt and other roots giants. After driving Ramblin’ Jack Elliott down the backroads and super highways of folk music for years, Bruce has become an engaging storyteller. Not limiting himself to songwriting, he has received high praise for his novel The Serpents of Blissfull, his book of poetry Boreal and his just-published collection of short stories The Trash Detail.  Expect songs from his albums perhaps including “Drivin’ Through The Delta”, ”April”and “Ain’t It Just Like The Weather”.

Southern Maine’s Cormac McCarthy returns with songs from his fine albums Collateral, Curious Thing and Picture Gallery Blues. He was influenced early on by recordings of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Eric Andersen. Later, while he was Bill Morrissey’s college roommate, he devoured the works of James Joyce and Mississippi John Hurt! This all worked out well as Cormac has won many Boston Music Awards, has twice appeared on Mountain Stage and has performed at
three Newport Folk Festivals!

Hartford-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Mercik hosted WWUH 91.3’s Blue Monday radio program for 10 years and elevated his guitar-playing skills by studying with folk legend Dave Van Ronk. An impressive solo artist, he also performed with The Road Birds, The Hugh Blumenfeld Band,The Congo Square Ramblers, The Strange Rangers and as a duo with Alvin “Abu”Carter.  Playing flat-top, arch-top and National Steel slide guitars and banjo, he’ll offer a satisfying group of songs including his Smithsonian-archived song “Is This Enough”, Dylan’s “Buckets Of Rain,” and Tom Waits’ “Jockey Full Of Bourbon”.

Hartford’s Stan Sullivan is an award-winning singer-songwriter, 6 &12-string guitarist and blues performer.  He is a ten-time finalist at the Walnut Valley Festival New Songs Showcase in Winfield, KS and has twice won the Old Roxbury Days, CT Fingerstyle Guitar Contest. Expect his guitar tunes “Last Of The Line” and “Sunnyland Drive”, newer original songs “On The Connecticut” and “ Our Love Shines” plus Stan’s Celtic-ish rendition of Sting’s “Fields Of Gold.”

Garnet Rogers

Saturday, May 4

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Garnet Roger's website

"Garnet Rogers lives up to his impressive billing by creating a musical world full of courage comfort and hope. He soothes, he amazes, he enlightens and he can also rock when he wants to. There is not much more one can ask from a musician." - Dale Connelly, Minnesota Public Radio.

The tall Canadian song-writer-guitarist with a rich voice and vibrant guitar work to match, returns with songs from his very impressive new recording Summer's End. He shines again as a first class interpreter with fine songs "Sailor's Rest" by Stan Rogers, “Did Trouble Me” by Susan Werner, and “My Old Man” by Ewan MacColl. Garnet includes songs he wrote in memory of others, “Shadows On The Water” for Bill Morrissey, “Sleeping” for his father, and “The Road to Tobermory” for great friend Bill O'Neill. Rogers offers the best, most poetic lyric content we've heard from any artist in a long time. Several more songs depict heroes, places politics and time including the surreal album closer, “A Fireside Chat.”

Also available at the show and online is his new book, “Night Drive”- the story of Stan Rogers and the rock and roll struggles of a folk trio. We are certain that Garnet will honor your requests for his “hits”and read a bit from his book. Receiving rave reviews in North America and Europe, it is a humorous and wild memoir of his years on the road with Stan Rogers, his brother.


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