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Our August concert was a co-bill of artists Rachael Kilgour and Kirsten Maxwell – two artists who often collaborate together and who Dave had seen perform together at last year’s NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance). Here’s more on Rachael. Stay tuned for Kirstens performance. Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Telluride Troubadour Contest. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shared stages with the likes of indie artists Haley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler & Catie Curtis.
SEE is a singer/songwriter from New York. Having been heavily influenced by music throughout her childhood, SEE began to play the drums at age 13. In 2011 SEE took her music to the streets when she became the primary songwriter/drummer for a successful Alternative/Indie Rock band on Long Island. From 2011-2013, SEE acquired valuable skills in professional studio recording and video production. The band experience also provided SEE with a substantial amount of live performance opportunities including features on cable TV and FM radio broadcasts to playing live gigs in a variety of bars, colleges, and music venues throughout New York – including the legendary Bitter End in Greenwich Village, NYC. In early 2013 SEE first discovered her voice. Coupled with her strong song writing skills, it presented her with a fierce and undeniable skill set as a musician that ultimately gave birth to her solo career. SEE showcased her talents as vocalist, songwriter and solo performer, with the release of her original debut single/music video “Waiting For You” in October 2013. Recorded and mixed completely on her own, “Waiting For You” exhibits SEE’s ability to create music with a distinct calming atmosphere while still maintaining the format and memorability of a pop song. While simultaneously working on her original music, SEE has also been busy attracting fans to her unique style by releasing interpretations of popular songs from many of today’s most successful musicians. Now at age 19, SEE has released her debut EP, The Time Thief, on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and Youtube. Composed of all original songs, the EP is a personal and completely solo work that exhibits SEE’s extraordinary talents at composing memorable music and writing mindful lyrics while underscoring her remarkable and unique achievement at self producing in her home studio entirely on her own. For more, go to www.eyespysee.com.
Our August concert was on a really hot night, but we all chilled to the sounds of Toronto’s The Young Novelists. The Young Novelists craft contemporary folk songs with harmonies reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel or The Civil Wars. Their last album “made us strangers” earned them a number of accolades including a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist and the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. They were also finalists in the New Song Music Competition and won the Grassy Hill CT Folk Songwriting Competition. This husband-and-wife duo balance tender harmonies with darkly poetic lyrics. When their songs go to their heaviest depths, they are always balanced by their obvious enjoyment for making music together. Photo courtesy of Howard Greenberg
Recorded live on October 7, 2015. Considered by many to be the consummate songwriter, his songs take the listener on an emotional journey. Family, relationships, human nature or contemplation of life’s choices. O’Malley’s songs are universal, often written with a subtle humor. His latest CD, #4, was produced by Pete Kennedy and features newly written beauties and a couple of classics. His music and songs have been featured on scores of radio stations nationwide and around the world, including, WFUV, WSHU, WFDU, WNTI, WVIA, WFCR and WUSB, in the east, to KRCL (Salt Lake City, Utah), KZSC (Santa Cruz, Ca.), in the west, as well as, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Germany! “His soft voice and gentle finger style on the guitar enthralls the most jaded listener. The warm and intimate melodies that he crafts beautifully frame the direct and honest stories that he tells” – Huntington Folk Music Society For more on James, click here. Photo courtesy of Howard Greenberg
Our featured act for April was The Brother Brothers – Their sound is striking and undeniably captivating. Often leaning towards the darker, moody elements of Appalachian folk, and bluegrass traditions, their songs are laden with near perfect sibling harmonies or unison singing, compelling writing, and imaginative arrangements. They tour as an acoustic duo: David on cello and guitar, and Adam on the 5-string fiddle. With individual storied music careers under their belts, the brothers have finally teamed up to bring their experiences together. They Released their EP Tugboats in January 2017 and are planning to release their follow up full length album in Fall 2018. “The Brother Brothers have been in this together for life, and their familial connection comes through in the music, harkening back to some of the greatest family harmonies ever made. They approach their poignant and often charming songs with an almost startling sense of ease, and the tight harmonies are enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Their ability to pull the listener into their quietly energetic musical journey is a joy to behold. I can’t wait to be out on the road with Adam & David and hear their heart wrenching songs and spot on harmonies night after night!” -Sarah Jarosz. Photo courtesy of Steve Caputo.
This performance was recorded live as part of our 11th Annual Summer Concert Festival. With an eclectic song catalog and category-defying organic/electronic sound, people are taking notice of ATC.  They were 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Fest performers with The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, placed on the NPR Hot 100 List for SXSW, named Guardian UK Band of the Day, won Best Indie Alternative Song for “You Know Me” in the Independent Music Awards, and have over 15 million Spotify plays. ATC’s music has been licensed by Bose, MTV, NBC, ABC, Disney, Verizon, Toyota, and many more. The band started 2016 with showcases in Park City at Sundance with ASCAP, Toyota Music Lodge, and Cisero’s. They followed this up with their first Sixth man Rock Boat cruise with bands like Bronze Radio Return, Jukebox The Ghost, and Michael Franti. An Official act again this year at SXSW, ATC played showcases for McDonalds, the Grammy Museum, and was featured on Jeff Regan’s Alt Nation playlist of bands to watch at this year’s festival. Air Traffic Controller’s third album, BLACK BOX, was released on March 11, 2016. The new album features “People Watching,” “On The Wire” and “What You Do To My Soul.” The official music video for “The House” won Improper Bostonian’s “Boston’s Best” Music Video, as well as the 2016 New England Music Award for Best Video.  The House was also named by Boston Magazine as the best video for 2015, and has been in rotation on MTVU, MTV2, and on the homepage of Funny Or Die. For more, click here.
Chelsea Berry – Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with the edge, power, and finesse of legends. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Her vocals are controlled, smooth, and intensely powerful. Her original lyrics are reminiscent of the folk music of the sixties. Chelsea was born and raised in Alaska, and made her way through Montana, Nashville, and Chicago before settling in the Boston area 3 years ago. Her music is played regularly on Sirius XMâ€s The Loft radio, and she has been played on Bostonâ€s 92.5 The River, WXGR and WSCA in Portsmouth, NH, and many other stations in the Northeast. Chelsea has performed at many of New Englandâ€s most renowned listening rooms, including Bostonâ€s House of Blues, Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, The Firehouse in Newburyport, MA, Tupelo Hall in New Hampshire and VT, the Shalin Liu in Rockport, MA and Carnegie Hall in NYC. For more, go to www.chelseaberry.com.
Sarah Blacker – Sarah Blackerâ€s music is a unique blend of acoustic rock, folk, and jazz with stand-out vocals and quirky yet catchy songwriting, that set her apart from other female singer/songwriters in her genre. She is a highly impressive guitar player, mandolin player, and percussionist, with a sound much bigger than her size, and a DIY drive, which has impressed many in the music business. She is regularly compared to Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, yet is consistently told that her sound is all her own. Blacker was the recent winner of Radio 92.9/Boch Subaru‘s artist competition, and became the voice and face of Subaru of New Englandâ€s “Ooh, ooh itâ€s love,” TV and radio campaign airing throughout New England and the mid-atlantic region for several months this fall/winter. Blacker is now touring behind her new CD, both solo and with her band, All Kinds of Sugar featuring Chuck Fisher on lead guitar, and Sean McLaughlin on bass, with her sights set on the stars, and her heart behind the wheel. For more, go to www.sarahblacker.com.
The Deepwells Music Festival featured three main acts – the first of which was a Canadian group called Durham County Poets. Durham County Poets grew out of the lively music scene in Ormstown, Quebec, a town that was once called Durham county. They first performed at the Branches and Roots folk festival in 2011 and soon after released their debut album, ‘Where the river flows’ in 2012 with drummer/producer John McColgan at the helm. In 2014, amidst a busy year of shows, interviews and even some television, their second album, ‘Chikkaboodah Stew’ was released . With plenty of material still to be recorded and the creative juices still flowing, the Poets are forging ahead in hopes of leaving their stamp on Canadian music. Photo courtesy of Howard Greenberg.
Steamboats are an ensemble of picker-singer-songwriters who combine reverence for the American vocal group with an introspective sensibility all their own. Through years of gospel and acapella, singers Nick Throop, Mario Rincon and Jon Jaffee have honed their singing, their soaring harmonies choreographed around a single microphone during live performances. Bassist Patrick Murphy is percussive and melodic, supporting rotating arrangements of guitar, mandolin, banjo, and dobro. Steamboats are back from their record release tour and will be kicking off a monthly residency at Cupping Room Cafe in NYC. They’ll also be making regular runs throughout New England and The Hudson Valley where they have a growing. For more on Steamboats, click here. Photos courtesy of Howard Greenberg
It was a rowdy night for our May concert – babies talking, fire sirens going off, and an especially perky crowd. Dave had some “special” news to share, then the music kicked off with singer-songwriter, Alice Howe. Treasured by audiences across New England and the Pacific Northwest, the Boston native joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry. Her songwriting is rooted in place and memory, raised on old English ballads and 1970s California folk yet entirely her own. Her fourth solo album, You’ve Been Away So Long, will be released in early 2017. “Alice is always a hit whenever she opens for me. I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way, transporting, wistful…her vocal mastery and musicality are beyond her young years and her songs stay in my head for days.” -Antje Duvekot. For more on Alice, click here. Photo courtesy of Steve Caputo.
Will Evans has spent the last decade as the primary song writer, and drummer/ front man of the roots rock outfit Barefoot Truth. Four full length albums and several EP’s were recorded with Barefoot Truth, including their latest release “Carry Us On” which debuted at #10 on the Itunes rock chart. Recently Barefoot Truth has decided to take an extended hiatus, which has led Will to a new chapter in his musical journey. Will’s solo project gives him an empty canvas to explore and create a new sound to share with anyone willing to lend an ear. Influences are drawn from a diverse selection of musical genres including hip hop, pop and folk rock artists such as John Butler, Lauren Hill, John Mayer, Bernhoft, and Ray Lamontagne to name a few. For more, go to www.willevans.com.
Toby Walker – Tobyâ€s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure – but immensely talented – music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James “Son” Thomas,Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others. The talent, passion, and soul of a Toby Walker performance reflects these travels. Whether it is telling the humorous and heartwarming tales of other masters, talking about his inspirations, or astounding you with his mastery, his performances are a feast for the senses. The audience is moved in ways that delight them long after the encores. You can catch a taste of these stories on his Web site in “The Masters” section. But make no mistake about it – he is to be experienced live. Those fortunate enough to attend one of his shows will vouch for that. In 2006, Carnegie Hall acknowledged his rare talents and hired him to augment and teach in their “American Roots” program aimed at honor level middle school students. This one-of-a-kind series demonstrates the history of blues music and traditions, while teaching the history of African Americans as they migrated from the south into the north. His mastery of the blues was recognized in Memphis when he won the International Blues Challenge Award. For more, go to www.littletobywalker.com.
It was our final concert of 2014 as the mansion waited to get a holiday makeover for various seasonal events in December. The evening was electric with energy which is evident in the three recordings you’ll hear. After giving his thoughts, both good and bad, about the “Concert Window” trend, Dave got the music flowing with native Long Islander, Anthony James Morace. Give a listen and feel the electricity! Photo courtesy of Howard Greenberg.
Micah’s music is a touch of folk mixed with some soul and topped off with a little bit of heartbreak. The last 4 years have brought him coast to coast and back again playing clubs, colleges, living rooms and everything in between. With his strong affinity for bacon and flannel, some have deemed him the Ron Swanson of singer-songwriters. Picture the soulful powerhouse vocals of John Legend behind a guitar with a laid back style like Ray LaMontagne. Micah is a new buzz artist not to be missed. For more, go to www.facebook.com/micahmusic. Photo courtesy of Howard Greenberg
Nine Days – This alternative rock band from Long Island was formed in 1994 by John Hampson and Brian Desveaux, and released three independent albums in the 1990s before their mainstream debut album, The Madding Crowd, released in 2000. The band scored a hit in the United States from the album The Madding Crowd, with the single “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)”, which reached number one in the charts. Although the band is for the most part still together and occasionally performs shows, both vocal artists, John Hampson and Brian Desveaux, have pursued solo careers and their music is available for purchase from their individual websites. For more, go to www.facebook.com/ninedaysband.
Kerry Kearney, a slide guitar master, plays and works his instrument to limits that amaze even the most seasoned musician or cultured music fan. The sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock and custom made guitars are as unique as his song writing and original melodies. Kerry was voted “Best Guitarist of 1999” by the LI Voice and “Bluesman of the Year 2004” by the LI Blues Society. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Long Island Sound Award (L.I.S.A.) from the LI Music Hall of Fame and most recently, in 2013, he and his band mates were each inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. He has toured nationally and internationally with the Allman Brothers Band and Dickey Betts, and has performed with such contemporaries as Sonny Landreth and Robert Randolf. Most recently, Kerry and his band shared the stage with the great BB King at the NYCB Westbury Theater and at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY. Kerry was also the special guest of the Robert Cray Band with the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Paramount. For more on Kerry, click here.
Caleb Hawley – On paper, Caleb Hawleyâ€s resume reads as the standard Whoâ€s Who for up-and-coming songwriters. Then you hear him sing, and you realize there is only one word needed to describe this artist: Extraordinary. From his ability to write intricate lyrics with cutting-edge chords to his lightening fast licks and ear for taste and style, there is absolutely nothing average about this shaggy-haired, blue-eyed, multi-faceted musician. Receiving top honors in the prestigious New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010), and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (2011) for his songwriting, he also has a voice to place him in the final fifty on the 2011 American Idol Season. Hawley is as aggressive as he is perseverant in advancing his art and impressing audiences with his unique and catchy approach to music. While lyrically influenced by observational writers such as Randy Newman and Tom Waits, Hawley is also well known for his outstanding vocal capacity and range. The humble performer captivates audiences with soothing folk tunes in the same manner as James Taylor, and with the next breath blows them away with his powerhouse of soul, likened to that of Stevie Wonder. Audiences leave a Caleb Hawley show with a permanent grin, a heart full of laughter, and a tune to hum the whole way home. For more, go to www.calebhawley.com.
Matt Simons – After graduating Magna Cum Laude as the Presidentâ€s Award Recipient in Music from the prestigious SUNY-Purchase Conservatory with a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance, he decided musical academia was not the right path for him. Matt instead sought to follow his affection for songwriting and hasnâ€t looked back. Supporting his current release ‘Fall In Line’, Matt has been touring extensively on both the East and West coasts, the UK, along with numerous shows at the mainstays in New York City, where he resides. His heartfelt, passionate performance with the musical knowledge to back it up has proven to audiences all over the country to be a winning combination. For more, go to www.myspace.com/mattsimons.
Air Traffic Controller – Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller. With a refreshing, modern day, indie rock sound resembling The Decemberists, ATC further infuses its compositions with unforgettable pop sensibilities in the vein of Petty, McCartney, and Springsteen. Nominated for an MTV “Best Break-Out Artist” Video Music Award in late 2009 and winner of “Best Indie Rock Act” of the 2010 Boston Music Conference, Air Traffic Controller soon found itself on many of the Northeast media outlet’s Best-Of lists. The bandâ€s music has also been used by Disney World Resorts, Ecko and Hollister stores worldwide, and licensed to Lincoln/Mercury, NBC Television, and USA Network. WERS Radio calls Air Traffic Controller “One of Boston’s finest independent bands” and during the height of its radio campaign the bandâ€s debut became one of the top three most-added albums on college radio stations nationwide. For more, go to www.airtrafficcontrollermusic.com.
Opening our March concert was Sophie Buskin. Sophie is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter. Following in her father David’s footsteps (and contrary to his suggestion that she go into a more lucrative career like arbitrage) she has fallen into the wonderful world of acoustic music  – she and father perform together as BUSKIN. And after being inspired by the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference this fall, she has begun to step out and perform her own songs solo. Her website and first CD are expected out in early 2017. Photo courtesy of Steve Caputo.
The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre. Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups world wide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements. For more, click here.
Raised in Northern California, Margaret Glaspy has brought her indescribable voice to the east coast and New York City couldn’t be happier. A committed student to the music around her, her influences include Oumou Sangare, Feist, Jeff Buckley, and Nina Simone while she’s shared the stage with the likes of Rachael Yamagata, Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, Jon Scofield, among others. She’s got a sound and a writing style that is undeniable and well beyond her 25 years.  For more on Margaret, go to www.mglaspy.com. Photo courtesy of Howard Greenberg
We ended out our 13th Annual Deepwells Music Festival the same way we ended our first outdoor concert 13 years earlier – with Long Island’s most prolific band, Miles To Dayton. The M2D recipe is simple: four-part vocal harmony, clever songwriting, improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section that stirs up the creative stew. Having built a large grass roots following of fans young and old, Miles to Dayton has headlined performances at the Patchogue Theater and sold out the Boulton Center, with notable gigs at the Paramount Theatre, Great South Bay Music Festival and the NoFo Rock and Folk Festival. They’ve been the featured artist at the Acoustic Long Island Podcast and Summer Concert, emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and have performed in intimate listening rooms such as Club Passim in Boston, and the Living Room in NYC. Equally at home in the acoustic or full band setup, m2d has shared the stage with the likes of The Infamous Stringdusters, Rhett Miller, The Subdudes, Jorma Kaukonen, The Dirt Farmer Band, Tom Paxton, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and Richie Havens, to name a few. Photo courtesy of Steve Caputo.
Toby Walker – Tobyâ€s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure – but immensely talented – music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James “Son” Thomas,Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others. The talent, passion, and soul of a Toby Walker performance reflects these travels. Whether it is telling the humorous and heartwarming tales of other masters, talking about his inspirations, or astounding you with his mastery, his performances are a feast for the senses. The audience is moved in ways that delight them long after the encores. You can catch a taste of these stories on his Web site in “The Masters” section. But make no mistake about it – he is to be experienced live. Those fortunate enough to attend one of his shows will vouch for that. In 2006, Carnegie Hall acknowledged his rare talents and hired him to augment and teach in their “American Roots” program aimed at honor level middle school students. This one-of-a-kind series demonstrates the history of blues music and traditions, while teaching the history of African Americans as they migrated from the south into the north. His mastery of the blues was recognized in Memphis when he won the International Blues Challenge Award. For more, go to www.littletobywalker.com.
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Started
Sep 16th, 2011
Latest Episode
Oct 11th, 2018
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No. of Episodes
133
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33 minutes
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