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CONCERTS at Roaring Brook Nature Center

The 37th 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

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kkFrank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo

Saturday, April 1

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Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $22    At door - $25

The duo of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo combines pure fun with absolute virtuosity on stage and recordings. Somehow they can entertain us with offbeat humor and choreography while playing impossibly diverse set lists. Known for playing jazz standards and the music of Django Reinhardt with authority, they also play folk, pop, rock and classical pieces, they medley themes in unexpected combinations. Frank's Monday night gigs at NYC's Iridium Club with Les Paul were amazing! “One of Les Paul’s favorite guitarists.”—Boston Globe. Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola's recording, Just Between Frets is one of the most tasteful and musical CDs that any two guitarists have recorded. Frank and Vinny have headlined many top music festivals around the world. Vinny Raniolo keeps Frank very honest as he alternates between rhythm and lead guitar roles. Watch for the PBS broadcast of "Four Generations of Guitar" which features Vinny Raniolo as part of the younger generation. Would you believe a set including "Walking On The Moon," "Tears," “Night In Tunisia,” “Sounds of Silence,” "Swing '39," "I Shot the Sheriff" and an encore medley of "Scheherazade" and "The Flight of the Bumblebee?" Frank and Vinny can make it work!

kConcert for Pete Huttlinger
Featured Artists:

Stephen Bennett, Mark Sganga,
Glenn Roth & Stan Sullivan

Saturday, April 8

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $22;  At door - $25

Four talented friends of the superb and inspiring musician Pete Huttlinger come together to celebrate his life and legacy. Their main goals are to entertain you and to raise money for The Pete Huttlinger Fund for Congenital Cardiac Research at The Vanderbilt Medical Center. Confronting special physical challenges, Pete graduated from Berklee College of Music and toured as a sideman with John Denver, LeAnn Rimes and John Oates. He performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroad Guitar Festivals, at Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Pete released many acclaimed albums including The Santa Rita Connection and Naked Pop, plus 16 Homespun Music Instructional videos. Pete and his wife Erin co-authored a book titled Joined at the Heart, which chronicled their amazing life together.

Stephen Bennett is a guitar festival unto himself, playing the majestic harp guitar, plus 6-string, 12-string, National Steel and baritone guitars. A champion of fine melodies and grooves, he has shared stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Pat Donohue, Andy McKee and Pete Huttlinger.

Mark Sganga, the 2009 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion is a composer, vocalist and educator who has shared the stage with Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Coryell anand Herbie Hancock. His 5 CDs offer jazz, Brazilian & pop.

Glenn Roth's steady gig is playing in the NYC's subways, but he takes time off to share the stage with Tuck & Patty and Don Ross and to place in the Top Five in the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championships.

Stan Sullivan is a multiple Songwriting Showcase finalist who has twice won the Roxbury, CT Fingerpicking Guitar Contest and has opened for Richard Thompson and Rory Block.

kJohn Gorka

FRIDAY, April 21

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Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $25    At door - $30

It has been far too long since John Gorka, the Rolls-Royce voice of Contemporary Folk has graced our stage. He is busy performing his superb songs across North America, Ireland, The UK and Western Europe. A pivotal point in the career of this New Jersey-born Minnesota resident came when, as a college student, he discovered Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse in Bethlehem, PA. Manning the soundboard and mixing sound for folk legends Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Claudia Schmidt and Tom Paxton and being the resident MC inspired him greatly. Trusting his talents and his instincts, he chose the gypsy life of the troubadour. The hard work and traveling enabled him to become a peer and to tour with major folk artists Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Nanci Griffith, Eliza Gilkyson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Songs from Gorka's many albums have earned extensive airplay on folk radio and his "When She Kisses Me" crossed over as a video on VH-1's Current Country and CMT's Nashville Network. John's artistry has earned him performances on NPR's Mountain Stage and Austin City Limits. Come and enjoy the rich, resonant vocals, expressive guitar phrasing and multifaceted songwriting of this master artist from his latest albums Bright Side of Down, Before Beginning, So Dark You See and Old Futures Gone.

kHarvey Reid and Joyce Andersen

Saturday, April 29


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Click here for Joyce Andersen's website

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Roaring Brook is proud to present the remarkable husband-and-wife pairing of master multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter Harvey Reid on the same night with fiddler-singer and songwriter Joyce Andersen. Not only is Harvey a double National Champion on fingerstyle guitar and Autoharp, he writes fine lyrics, too. An exceptional fiddler, lead and harmony singer and stage performer, Joyce has played Merlefest with Harvey, The Conan O’Brien Show with Marshall Krenshaw and Carnegie Hall with The McKrells. Together they have collaborated on many recordings, including The Song Train, a monumental 4CD boxed set. "...beautifully conceived and produced" - Mike Seegar Their current project—besides raising their sons Otto and Levi—is promoting The Liberty Guitar Method which Harvey has discovered. It’s a two finger method for playing two-chord songs thus promoting home-made music with the family. With over 30 recordings to their credit it is hard to pick favorites. Listen for songs “Silver Midnight Moon” and “Talkin’ Organic Food,” from Harvey’s 2013 releases Songs From A Long Road and from The Autoharp Waltz “Scarborough Fair and “Scotland Bridge.” Joyce’s fine solo albums Love and Thirst, Right Where I Should Be and Swerve! encompass a range of styles from bluegrass to ballads, blues, jazz standards gospel and rock music. Show stoppers include “I Will Shine,” “Don’t Explain” and her cosmic song, “Filled With Love.”

kGarnet Rogers

Saturday, May 6    CCANCELEDLED