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CONCERTS at Roaring Brook Nature Center

The 38th 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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kRon Anthony & Denny Collin
Opening: Bill Morrell

CANCELED due to weather -
please check back for rescheduled date

Saturday, February 17   


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $15    At door - $20

Click here to watch Ron Anthony & Denny Collin

Click here for Bill Morrell's facebook page

Southern CT songwriters Ron Anthony and Denny Collin will win you over with their first song and take you along on a wonderful musical ride. Decades of singing, writing and playing acoustic and bass guitars allow these artists to cook up marvelous grooves with graceful authority while singing with sure expression. Ron has opened shows for Bonnie Raitt, John Fahey and Michael Bolton! Recently, Ron won Best Solo Blues Artist hosted by The CT Blues Society. Ron and Denny will perform songs from Ron's Live At Slate's and Berkshire Serenade CDs.

Taking the stage to open tonight's show, Plainville's Bill Morrell who stands nearly 6 1/2 ft tall under his cowboy hat, will show that he's got more to offer than classic country songs. The fact that this rich-voiced, left-handed guitarist plays a 7-string Roger McGuinn model Martin guitar is a clue that he's been influenced by not only Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and Hank Snow, but also by Waylon & Willie, CSNY, George Harrison and The Byrds.


kkJim Mercik & Alvin Carter
Ebin-Rose Trio

        Saturday, March 24


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $15    At door - $20

Click here to listen to Jim Mercik & Alvin Carter

Click here for Ebin-Rose Trio's website

Hartford based Jim Mercik and Alvin "Abu" Carter bring their magical blend of music back to RBNC on a split-Bill with The Ebin-Rose Trio. Songwriter-guitarist Jim Mercik has accompanied Eric Andersen, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Bruce Pratt and Hugh Blumenfeld; he was a member of the Roadbirds, The Strange Rangers and The Congo Square Ramblers. He studied guitar with Dave Van Ronk. Singing and playing acoustic, resophonic guitars and banjo, he covers music from Delta Blues to songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and Tom Waits. Performing with him is amazing percussionist "Abu" Alvin Carter. Patriarch of a talented family of percussionists, Abu's masterful lead and support drumming and radiant good-vibe personality make every performance memorable. Song highlights include "Buddy Bolden's Blues," "Jockey Full of Bourbon," "Buckets of Rain," and Jim's fine original and Smithsonian archived, "ls This Enough for You?"

The Ebin-Rose Trio describes their music as Celtic-Americana. They summon up alternately lively or flowing, ethereal arrangements to support original and cover songs that feature clear vocals and lyric lines that last in your memory. Their classic folk and folk-rock influences include Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Pentangle, The Byrds and Joni Mitchell. The acoustic trio features Brian Wolfe on guitar, tiple, octave mandolin and National Steel while Rose Wolfe sings lead vocals. Bobo Lavorgna plays upright bass and sings harmony. ERT will perform songs from their EPs Bare Wires, Bright As the Sun and Wind Pictures. Highlight songs include "Blue Attitude," " Ohaiyo," "English Rain" and "Hang On to Your Hope."


  Saturday, April 7


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Click here for Brooks Williams' website

Statesboro, Georgia-born and now UK resident, Brooks Williams has not played Roaring Brook in years and we are so glad to have him back! Over 25 years of performing and having recorded 22 albums, he is earning media reviews that any artist could be proud of. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists for his masterful fingerpicking and bottleneck slide playing, he is earning great marks for his vocals and songwriting too. "Stirring up soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty roots grooves, he really rocks."--fRoots. The Irish News says "Melodic virtuosity on the guitar that runs like liquid from his fingers." "He's a lovely player, a lovely singer and a great writer. The real thing.”--Martin Simpson. Enjoy Brooks' superb original songs and instrumentals, classic blues from Bessie Smith, Blind Willie McTell and Memphis Slim. Compelling covers of work by Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. Listen for "Statesboro Blues," "Mother Earth," and "Belfast Blues."


        Saturday, April 14


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Click here for Garnet Rogers' 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 songwriter-guitarist with a rich voice and vibrant guitar work to match, returns with songs from his very impressive 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.” A self-proclaimed "guitar geek," he favors Gibson Guitars made by women during WWII. We are certain that Garnet will honor requests for his beloved "hits" and lift your winter spirits with humorous tales from the road..

kHarvey Reid & Joyce Andersen

        Saturday, April 28


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Click here for Harvey Reid's website

Click here for Joyce Andersen's website

An exceptional fiddler, lead and harmony singer and stage performer, Joyce Andersen has played Merlefest with Harvey Reid, The Conan O’Brien Show with Marshall Crenshaw 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 Seeger. 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.”


        Saturday, May 5, 2018


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $25    At door - $30

Click here for Pat Donohue's website

Grammy-winning guitar instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and performer of jazz, folk and blues Pat Donohue returns to play two generous sets of music for his longtime and newer Roaring Brook fans. Pat is a profoundly talented guitarist and has heard his songs recorded by Suzy Boguss, Kenny Rogers and Chet Atkins with whom he recorded his tribute "Stealin' from Chet." Pat's wonderful humor and songwriting will warm your heart as he sings "Irish Blues," "Road to Kingdom Come," "Jazz Name" or "Would You Like To Play the Guitar?" Now that he is a graduate of Prairie Home Companion, he can play us his phenomenal tune, "Freeway Man," his Grammy-winning version of Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn," Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train" or Miles Davis' "All Blues." Request your favorites from Pat's 15 albums including Backroads, Two Hand Band, Vicksburg Blues and American Guitar.