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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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kkKate Campbell & Sloane Wainwright&

Saturday, October 7


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Click here for Kate Campbell's website

Click here for Sloan Wainwright's website

Possessed of the lyrical grasp of Lucinda Williams and the eloquent vocal timbre of Emmylou Harris, Kate Campbell is a major talent." Timeout London "Kate Campbell belongs in the company of literati like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith and Lucinda Williams." Critics compare her ability to capture settings, depict characters and tell a full story within the limits of the song form to novelists and short story writers. Drawing from her 16 recordings, she'll entertain and inspire you with powerful, evocative and humorous songs about pop culture and prehistory, peace, racial equality, religious faith, political change and nostalgic views of American Life. Highlights include, "Miles of Blues," "Crazy in Alabama," "New South," "Galaxy 500," "Jesus and Tomatoes" and "Visions of Plenty."

No singer commands the stage like New York's Sloan Wainwright. The strongest voice in the extended family that has included Wainwrights, Roches and McGarrigles returns with a dynamic, creative program of moving songs. She'll be accompanied by the superb guitar, mandolin, keyboard and vocals of Stephen Murphy. Standout songs tonight may include "Live Out the Best of Your Life," "Today," "Box of Rain" and "Too Nice for Too Long." Sloan's broad vocal range and theatrical flair serve her well on stage and at master songwriter and vocal workshops like Richard Thompson's Fret's and Refrains and WUMB Radio's SAMW Music Camps.


kMuriel Anderson
Special Guest: Stan Sullivan


SUNDAY, October 22

Doors open - 6:30 pm     Concert - 7 pm

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

Click here for Muriel Anderson's website

Click here for Stan Sullivan's video

After you hear Muriel Anderson perform her composition "View From Space," "Vincent," "Cuban Lullaby," "Sakura" and "Irish Medley," you will hear why Guitar Player Magazine recently chose her for their 50 Sensational Female Guitarists issue. We witnessed her become the first woman champion at the National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, KS in 1989. Muriel started composing music at about age five. After earning a music degree at DePaul U., she studied with the classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening and Nashville legend Chet Atkins. She has performed/recorded with Chet, Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Stanley Jordan, Victor Wooten, Earl Klugh, Duane Eddy and The Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her album Heartstrings accompanied the astronauts on the Space Shuttle Discovery. An engaging performer, Muriel transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese Koto, then a bluegrass band, one-minute launching into a Beatles tune and the next a Rodrigo Concerto!

A portion of tonight's program will be highlighted by a backdrop of striking visuals by celebrated photo artist Bryan Allen as Muriel provides her live music soundtrack. Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitar instrumentalist Stan Sullivan will begin the evening with new and tried and true selections that have pleased audiences while leading off shows for Adrian Legg, Janis Ian and Richard Thompson. He is a multiple songwriting showcase finalist, who has twice won the Roxbury, CT fingerpicking Guitar Contest..

kGeoff Muldaur

Saturday, November 4

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

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"I was immediately taken with both Geoff Muldaur's rich, soulful voice, masterful phrasing and guitar playing when I first heard him."--Lucinda Williams. Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. Starting his career in the 60's as a soloist, he soon joined Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band and later formed Better Days with harmonica and vocal legend Paul Butterfield. These days, he tours solo, as a duo with Kweskin or as band leader with The Texas Sheiks. Geoff's repertoire presents him as a singer-songwriter-guitarist and as a well-informed interpreter of folk, blues and gospel music. Peter Coyote calls Geoff "one of the living masters of American home-grown music." In addition to appearances on NPR's Fresh Air and A Prairie Home Companion, Geoff has made legendary performances in various formats at the Newport Folk Festival, Cambridge's Club 47 and San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. He has collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Garcia, Dave Alvin, John Sebastian, Amos Garrett, Eric Von Schmidt, Cindy Cashdollar and Eric & Suzy Thompson. Vocally and instrumentally, Geoff has developed his own sound by fusing the influential music of Bukka White, The Mississippi Sheiks, Sleepy John Estes and Blind Willie Johnson. It is a joyful experience to hear his marvelous, vibrato-rich voice singing the great songs "Memphis," "Blues in the Bottle," "Sweet Sue," "Southern Nights" and " Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

kDave Mallett

Saturday, November 18


Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

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Maine's master songwriter-guitarist David Mallett returns with his consummate bass accompanist Mike Burd to perform two generous sets of songs for you. Mallett's 17 superb albums demonstrate that he composes many kinds of high quality songs. Several hundred artists have chosen to record them, including Alison Krauss, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Kathy Mattea. On his latest recording Celebration, he reaches an even higher level in his craft, his inspiration and in the contemporary relevance of his work. Practically a prayer, "Girl With the Golden Hair" is a breathtaking, vivid ode of tender longing for a fair woman who vanishes from a seaside paradise without leaving a reason to understand or footsteps to follow. With Mallett's warm baritone leading the way, the song is worthy of comparison to Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country" or Richard Thompson's "Beeswing." Like his earlier topical songs "Ten Men" and "You Say That the Battle Is Over," his latest "Celebration" and "Two Sides to Every Story" are smartly-written, sober views of how our world is changing and the work and judgement we must apply to make it better. We look forward to tonight’s concert where you may request favorites from Dave’s 300 song repertoire, perhaps including "The Garden Song," "Phil Brown," "Artist In Me" or "Summer of My Dreams".

Stephen Bennett

     Saturday, December 2LED

Doors open - 7 pm      Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Click here for Stephen Bennett's website

Stephen Bennett, the King of the Harp Guitar and acclaimed master of acoustic Fingerstyle 6-string, 12-string, baritone and National Steel guitars, returns with music from many genres and for all seasons. He is a one-man guitar festival and his shows are the most entertaining music appreciation sessions you could ever enjoy. With majestic tone across all strings and stellar taste throughout 30 recordings, Bennett does sure justice to culturally-revered music such as "Clare De Lune," "Beale Street Blues," "Strawberry Fields Forever," “Round Midnight" and "Londonderry Aire." It is a special treat to hear his heart-warming guitar/vocal renditions of "Wichita Lineman" and "What A Wonderful World". Equally satisfying is when you experience his original music as he performs tunes "Perestroika," "The Elk Below," "Shadow Catcher" and "For Pete," from his aptly-titled album Tone Poet.

kBill Staines

        Saturday, January 20, 2018L20ED

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

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"Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off-carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew"-Nanci Griffith. Bill Staines' songs and concerts are all about honesty. He writes about what he knows. Informed about the folk troubadour tradition through the songs of Pete Seeger, Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot, he writes about the American landscape and its people. He knows about hard traveling, hard work and luck. He is lucky to have immersed himself in the vibrant Boston/Cambridge folk music scene of the 1960's. There, he rubbed shoulders with Tim Hardin, Phil Ochs, Mississippi John Hurt, Mimi Baez Farina & Richard Farina and other artists. Since1966, Bill has written 300+ songs, performed in 50 states and driven 2 million miles! The key to his career is found in one of his album titles. In spite of all the miles, the years and the performances, he lives and works Beneath Some Lucky Star. Bill savors the magic of community that is created when a melodic, well-written song with a great singalong chorus is shared with a folk music audience. Join in with our national treasure Bill Staines on his superb songs "Roseville Fair," "River," "A Place In The Choir," "Child Of Mine" and "Wild Wild Heart."