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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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Tuesday - Saturday   10:00 am - 5:00 pm or Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm

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Please note that performers and dates are subject to change

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       Saturday, January 19, 2019

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

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

Frank Vignola's website

Frank Vignola's Hot Jazz Guitar Trio

Frank Vignola is one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever heard.”-Tommy Emmanuel. In addition to Tommy,Frank has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis,Les Paul,Ringo Starr, Lionel Hampton, David Grisman and New York and Boston Pops Orchestras! The trio of Frank Vignola,Vinny Raniolo and Gary Mazzaroppi combines pure fun with absolute virtuosity on stage and recordings. Somehow, they perform incredibly diverse sets while entertaining us with offbeat humor and sly choreography. Known for playing superb jazz standards and Django Rheinhardt tunes with authority,they also interpret Folk, pop, classical and rock works in their own style. Guitarist Vinny Raniolo always astounds us with his stellar rhythm and lead skills and his synchronous, high- speed plectrum riffing with Frank. Gary Mazzaroppi’s world-class bass artistry must be witnessed to be believed. He has collaborated with Lionel Hampton, Elvis Costello, Tal Farlow, Marian McPartland and John Medeski. The trio’s generous sets may include “It Might As Well Be Spring”,”Nuages”,“Shady Grove”,”Django and Les Tribute” and fine medleys “Walk Don’t Run/Perfidia/It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “Scheherazade/Flight of the Bumblebee!.

with Mike Burd

Saturday, February 16

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

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

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

The Kenn Morr Band website

Making their Roaring Brook debut tonight, The Kenn Morr Band bring their soothing original songs,solid folk-rock rhythms and good-time dance-inducing grooves to the Nature Center. This CT-based Folk and Americana quartet features singer-songwriter-guitarist Kenn Morr,multi- instrumentalist Tom Hagymasi on violin, mandolin,bouzouki, dulcimer and accordion, Pat Ryan on bass and harmony
vocals and Bob Gaspar on djembe and percussion. Their 7 albums have earned glowing reviews in the US,the UK and Europe. They currently tour in support of their latest release Along the Way and previous albums Higher Ground, After Image and Worth Imagining. Highlights from Along the Way include the songs “Run way”,”Blow Wind”,” Try Me Tomorrow” and “Mr. Wolfe”




  Saturday, March 2

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $15    At door - $20

Tonight’s special concert features highly talented artists whose musicianship has pleased audiences at fine venues in New England and New York. In giving back to the CT music community by taking up the mantle of Open Mic Host, they each exhibit the rare skills of patience, public speaking, time and sound system management and awareness of the needs of performers, audiences and venues alike. Bob Gotta has hosted The Buttonwood Tree Open Mic in Middletown for over 20 years. He has released a singer-songwriter-guitarist album The Seasoned Heart, recorded at Signature Sounds Studios, which helped place him on bills with Annie Haslam, Bill Morrissey, and Paul Rishell & Annie Raines. He offers originals ”Irish Fiddle Song,” “Dreams Come True,” and fine covers of Nick Drake’s “The River Man,” and Iris Dement’s “Our Town”. 

Affable Andy Styles has hosted Infinity Norfolk’s Open Mic for 5 years. Fun to be around, this skilled singer-guitarist will entertain with originals like “She’s the One” and covers of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” and The Beatles “Across the Universe”. 

Thomaston Opera House Open Mic Host Marty Brennan is a seasoned veteran of the Greenwich Village and New Haven Folk scenes.  He befriended Jorma Kaukonen,Ian Buchanan and other rising stars. A spirited singer and an adventurous interpreter of Folk, Blues and Old-style Country, with high-level guitar solos and colorful stories, he may favor us with”Nobody Knows You” and“Winding Boy”.

Rick Johnson hosts The Pine Loft Open Mic in Berlin.  With a quiet rhythmic power to his fluid guitar picking and baritone vocals,he sings originals and the best works of Mose Allison and other gems from the Folk, Jazz, and Pop genres.


Saturday, March 9

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Ed 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."

Beppe Gambetta

Saturday, March 23

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Beppe Bambetta's website

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Beppe Gambetta comes back in support of his 13th album Short Stories which ranked #4 on the Folk DJ Charts. He splits his time between North America and Europe,where he is a trans-national ambassador of music,performing with a clear hope that music cannot only entertain, but can also enhance and strengthen human relations.He believes that his travels,artistic research and communication with folks from other cultures is more important than the hot guitar licks for which he is known.  As a teenager from Genova,Italy, this guitarist,vocalist and composer was fascinated by the great American acoustic guitar masters of the 60’s and 70’s.  Beppe’s passion for blending American and European Roots to speak together with one voice has led to a fine career that has taken him to the stages of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium,NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and concerts in 50 US States, North and South America, Europe and Australia.  He is grateful to have performed with many heroes from the folk scene including Doc Watson, Darrell Scott, David Grisman, Norman Blake, Tony Rice and Gene Parsons.  Enjoy live versions of songs from his marvelous albums Short Stories, Good News From Home, Blu Di Genova and The American Album. Highlights may include “ Doc Watson Medley”,”Church Street Blues”,” Handsome Molly”,” Slow Creek”and “Brown’s Ferry Blues”.


Kerri Powers

Saturday, April 6

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Kerri Powers' website

American roots-influenced and soulful singer-songwriter Kerri Powers returns after a memorable RBNC debut last year and having released her latest Starseeds album. With a cool grace to her stage presence,inspired singing of lyrics to her fine songs and pulsating grooves to her Folk blues-style guitar picking,she lives up to her media praises. The Boston Globe says “There’s an authenticity at work here, a heart-tugging gravity and a lively intelligence to go along with the sass”.
The Hartford Courant cites her as “a Mark Twain-like trickster whose wry words, dramatic sense of dynamics and supple phrasing can celebrate joy and hope.”

Kerri Powers’ talents have earned her appearances at the Boston and Philadelphia Folk Festivals and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Her song “Diamond Day” was featured in the movie Chuck and other tracks graced both the Rescue Me and Justified TV Series. Concert highlights from Kerri’s albums may include songs “Free Bird Flying”, ”Grace and Harmony”,”Mine the River” and her fine cover of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home”.


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!

with their friend John Merino

Saturday, April 27

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Bruce Pratt's website

Jim Mercik video

Stan Sullivan's video

Longtime friends,the acoustic triumvirate of Bruce Pratt, Jim Mercik and Stan Sullivan take the stage with a lively solo-and-together evening of music. Their mutual love of American roots ,blues and contemporary folk brought them together as founders of West Hartford’s Cellar Door Coffeehouse with fellow performer John Merino.

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”.

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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