Sat. January 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM Pete’s Posse
Vermont's own trad-roots power trio! Composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson, Pete's Posse never fails to surprise and excite! Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse's sonic landscape.
With a steady flow of powerful uplifting energy that spans their age gap, they tap into many traditions from the north to south, and east to west, to distill a distinct sound that is completely their own. The Boston Irish Reporter recently proclaimed the Posse puts forth "(a) kaleidoscope of sounds and styles with equal parts amiability and energy."
Since 2014 the Posse has racked up over 150,000 miles of touring, released 5 albums, and played numerous festivals including Shetland Folk Festival, Festival Memoire et Racine, New Bedford Folk Festival, and more!
The Posse's signature is variety: all multi-instrumentalists, the band plays a dynamic repertoire of folk-roots genres; songs and tunes, traditional and original. For over four years they've been bringing their brand of ‘Neo-Traditional Folk’ to festival stages, dance halls and concert series across the US, Canada and Europe.
Find out LOTS more about them at www.petesposse.com
Bluegrass Gospel Project alums Taylor Armerding, Andy Greene,
and Kirk Lord have come together to present original, time-honored, and contemporary Americana music to venues throughout New England.
Showcasing compelling, intricately braided vocals, richly textured instrumental work, and solid, innovative rhythm, the three band members bring decades of performing experience to the stage. Through their many years of musical collaboration, they speak soulfully with one voice.
Taylor Amerding . A founding member of the Boston-based progressive bluegrass band NorthernLights. In 2001, Taylor joined the beloved Vermont ensemble The Bluegrass Gospel Project, which delivered a diverse selection of sacred and secular material to audiences throughout New England until early 2017. Taylor also toured extensively with folk legend Jonathan Edwards, and since 2010 has been a member, along with his son, singer-songwriter Jake Armerding, of the acoustic supergroup Barnstar!
ANDY GREENE is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and one of Vermont's most versatile acoustic musicians. During the 1980s, he performed with the acoustic group Up the Creek followed by a stint with the bluegrass band Breakaway until the year 2000.
Andy was a member of The Bluegrass Gospel Project from 2001 until 2005, and in 2009 he formed The Modern Grass Quintet. The MGQ performed in Vermont and New York, recorded two CDs, and remained active on the festival circuit through 2015. In the fall of 2016, Andy was enlisted to play the banjo with Northern Flyer. He also teaches music and facilitates studio production.
KIRK LORD is a sought-after bassist and a well-respected member of the New England bluegrass community. His early years as a rock 'n' roll and R&B musician from the 1980s to the early 2000s. In 2008, Kirk became the bassist for The Bluegrass Gospel Project and a year later he helped form The Modern Grass Quintet. By 2016, he added to his list of credits membership in Northern Flyer.
Along with his extensive background as a bluegrass bassist, Kirk has shared the stage with numerous New England folk and Americana musicians, including Patti Casey and Colin McCaffrey. In addition to performing, he is an experienced stage and studio tech.
Find out more at https://revenantsband.com
Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron form the folk trio of Bread & Bones
"Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron demonstrated their sophistication as performers Saturday at the Music Box. They shared a warm and spontaneous sense of humor that kept everyone entertained through their almost two dozen songs. Ruane is a skillful player of guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele with a classic folk singers voice, and he composed most of the tunes. Duquette has a particularly lovely, pure voice with fine enunciation. Barron provides an excellent foundation rhythm on his electric bass guitar and upright double bass. Ruane and Duquette harmonize well vocally, that male/female contrast enriching the melodic lines. Traditional folk songs rounded out the interestingly varied repertoire of this group. Ruane's original songs had excellent melodies, combining imaginative lyrics with well-crafted tunes, frequently having demanding instrumental work." - David K. Rodgers, Hardwick Gazette
Richard and Beth perform as a duo and, as the trio known at Bread & Bones which adds bass player Mitch Barron to the mix. Richard plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele and pens most of their repertoire. The duo just released their newest recording: Notch Road. The songs evoke the landscape of Vermont and have the tenor of old ballads but can also go into some quirky fun. Richard and Beth have had a long history of performing together and their voices harmonize seamlessly.
Much more can be found out about them at: https://www.ruaneduquette.com/
"Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos."
-- Matt Watroba, Sing Out Magazine
Steve and Cindy have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their six duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe.
Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960's. Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded "Darcy Farrow" in 1965, Steve's songs have been covered by John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Josh Ritter, and many others. But Steve's own versions are some of the best, with his warm baritone voice and his unique finger-picking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers). Steve has many solo and duo (with Cindy Mangsen) recordings available. His solo album, Texas and Tennessee, was named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year by Tower Records. Steve has conducted songwriting workshops all over the US and Canada, and has been a long-time participant in The Kerrville Folk Festival. He is author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process, a standard text in songwriting groups.
Cindy Mangsen is "one of the finest singers in American folk music" (Come for to Sing). Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (Songs of Experience received the Editor's Choice Award from Crossroads), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and Michael Smith. Her latest solo album, Cat Tales, is devoted to "songs of the feline persuasion." Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada.
Find out much more about this duo at http://compassrosemusic.com
Robert is a multi-instrumentalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of music. He’s the host of VT Public Radio’s program All the Traditions. More info to come!