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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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nRon Anthony and Denny Collin
Opening Act: Doug Mahard

Saturday, February 18

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $15    At door - $18

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 on acoustic guitars and bass allow these artists to cook up marvelous grooves with graceful authority while singing with sure expression. Years ago, Ron opened shows for Bonnie Raitt, John Fahey and Michael Bolton! Recently, Ron won the Best Solo Blues Artist category in the Blues Challenge, hosted by the CT Blues Society. Ron and Denny will perform songs from Ron's Live at Slates and Berkshire Serenade CDs. In 2016, Doug Mahard released his creatively crafted CD Fidel Castro's Favorite Band and tuned Bob Dylan's piano at Foxwoods. Doug will get the show going with imaginative songs that look back, "Railroad Troubadours" or at now, "Big Planet of Love", performed with fine guitar skills.

 


Ed Gerhard

Saturday, February 25

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Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

Acoustic Guitar magazine says of Grammy award winning artist, Ed Gerhard that "his recordings and live performances have established him as one of the most exciting of the guitarist-composers." Premier Guitar magazine's Andy Ellis says that "his latest CD, There and Gone offers some of the richest steel-string sounds you've heard." Crossing cultural and language barriers with dramatically beautiful tone and technique, Ed has played across North America, Europe, Ireland, the UK, Korea, Japan and China. Ed's fingerstyle playing of 6+12 string guitars and blues slide guitars is truly amazing. A special part of every show occurs when Ed demonstrates why he is considered, along with David Lindley, Ben Harper and Greg Leis as one of the premier Weissenborn Hawaiian steel slide guitar players by playing several pieces on that majestic instrument. Perennial show stopping tunes include "The Handing Down," "Killing the Blues", "The Water Is Wide" and a poignant medley of "Imagine/ Across the Universe."

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kSeat of Our Pants

Saturday, March 4

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Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $15   At door - $20

Marlborough-based quartet Seat Of Our Pants makes it's RBNC debut tonight. They've come a long way from their self-described humble, yet exciting beginnings at Higher Grounds Coffeehouse in East Hampton CT. As Bruce John, Director of Bread Box Theater/former Shaboo owner says "SOOP always gives a tight vocal and stringed performance with a heartwarming delivery and message". Their live shows and two albums titled Higher Ground and Fresh Hot SOOP feature fine originals and covers of songs by Patty Griffin, Sally Rogers, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and Don McLean. Generating their great sound are band members Carolyn Brodginski on vocals, guitar, dulcimer, uke and mandolin, Mark Hall on vocals, cajon and percussion, Jeff Gorman on upright bass and harmonica and Mike Frantzen on fiddle. Describing their repertoire as Acoustic ontemporary Folk, they may favor us with the songs "Higher Ground", "The Touch of the Master's Hand", "Lucky Stars" and "Vincent-Starry Starry Night".


kBeppe Gambetta

Saturday, March 11



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Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $22

Born in Genoa, Italy and living in the USA, renowned steel-string guitarist, singer and composer Beppe Gambetta combines American roots with European passion. His stellar career, his original songs and tunes reflect a mosaic of musical influences; native Italian music, Celtic, Eastern European and Mediterranean dance tunes, classical fingerstyle and American flatpicking pieces. Starting from studies of his mentor Doc Watson, Beppe brought his flat-picking approach to a modern style, based on complex strumming, crosspicking, adding more triplets and using open tunings. He has performed with Doc Watson, Dan Crary, David Grisman, Tony Trishka, Don Ross and John Jorgensen. He has played premier venues across four continents including The Ryman in Nashville, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merlefest and The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. With a charming accent, disarming smile and sense of humor, Beppe relates stories of his musical journey and inspirations gained from encounters with Doc Watson, Pete Seeger and Italian songwriting legend Fabrizio De André. Most of all, Beppe wants to perform songs and tunes from his recordings The American Album, Good News from Home and Blu Di Genova. Selections may include “Church Street Blues,” “Slow Creek,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “Brown's Ferry Blues” and “Handsome Molly” plus breakdowns, mazurkas and serenades!


kKate Campbell & Sloan Wainwright

Saturday, March 18

   

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Click here for Sloan Wainwright's website

Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

"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, 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. Sloan will 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.

 


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




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Doors open - 7 pm     Concert - 7:30 pm

Tickets:  Advance - $20    At door - $25

"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. Other 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.