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Tim Connell & Cesar Garabini workshops and concert Oct. 21

The talent just keeps coming, folks.

We’re trying a new thing: an afternoon of mandolin and guitar workshops with Tim Connell and Cesar Garabini, followed by an evening concert of Brazilian choro music.

 

These guys are WORLD CLASS musicians, and they are coming to delight us right here in the listening room at McClary Hill Farm. They rocked everybody’s wold when they played to a packed house at the Stone Church Music Club during March Mandolin Festival, and we are SO excited that they are coming!

So we’re trying something for the very first time: 90-minute workshops with master artists in the afternoon, followed by evening concert.

Here’s how it will work:
You let us know which workshop you would like to join (guitar or mandolin) and bring your mando or guitar for a workshop from 2:30-4. All levels welcome. We’ll give you some suggestions for where to eat supper, and then you come back for the 7:30 show!

The workshops are $50, concert is $20, price for both together is $60. SPACE IS LIMITED!! Please RSVP to Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com to save yourself a spot for the show, the workshops or both!

More about the artists:

Tim Connell is well-known to acoustic music fans as a top-tier, virtuoso mandolinist, touring internationally with Mike Marshall’s Ger Mandolin Orchestra and several of his own projects including Rio Con Brio and Stumptown Swing.

Tim has also spent many years putting together a set of solo arrangements for the mandolin, from Brazilian choros to Irish jigs, from Beatles to Broadway.

Tim will perform with Cesar Gabarini, an equally virtuosic performer on the Brazilian 7-string gutiar. Born in Brazil and currently based in New York, Cesar is one of the top 7-string players in the world, performing a variety of styles and touring with top artists. The duo’s take on traditional Brazilian music and Gypsy Jazz is modern, playfully conversant and deeply groovy.

About Tim:
A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso mandolinist with over twenty years professional performing experience, Tim Connell has created a sophisticated and original global style on the mandolin. Widely regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of the Brazilian choro style on the mandolin, Tim has also developed his own unique voice for the instrument, described in a recent Mandolin Magazine cover story as “fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative.”
www.timconnellmusic.com

About Cesar:
Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Cesar Garabini has lived also in Florence, Italy, and New York. Attracted to the guitar as a young teenager, it wasn’t until he moved to Italy that he began to develop a passion for the music of his native Brazil, especially choro, bossa nova and samba. He plays the seven-string Brazilian classical guitar, mixing both traditional music and techniques with a modern sensibility and musicality.
www.cesargarabini.weebly.com

AND COMING UP:

November 2: Rhythm Future Quartet! Smokin’ gypsy jazz, people. SMOKIN’ gypsy jazz…

Hope to see you soon! Great progress being made on the brewery, too — come check it out…

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Susie Burke & David Surette, September 30

How have we not had these wonderful friends play at the farm before now?? Well, it’s WAY OVERDUE, people, and we are thrilled to welcome them…

Warmth, vitality, and spontaneity mark the performances of Susie Burke and David Surette, and have earned them a reputation as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Susie’s beautiful, complex voice and David’s graceful, nimble-fingered string playing combine with extraordinary results on their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a loyal following for their music, through a steady series of concerts and well-received recordings; their new duo recording, “Waiting For The Sun,” was released in the fall of 2015.

Mostly original songs, as well as material from some stellar
songwriters, this diverse and distinctive collection of folk, blues,
ballads and American roots music finds the duo in top form. Susie’s evocative voice has never sounded better, and is ably supported by David’s sparkling touch on the guitar and mandolin. Come out for a great night of music at McClary Hill Farm, and see and hear what folk fans all over New England have known for years: Susie and David are the real deal.

$15, 7:00, doors at 6:30.
RSVP to be sure you get a seat: Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com

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5j Barrow, August 31

We heard their Tiny Desk Concert submission and thought…”heck, yeah!” So 5j Barrow is going to bring some Greenwich Village vibe all the way up here to the bug-infested den that is New Hampshire…

 

5j Barrow has inspired audiences from the historic Apollo Theater to the open air of Washington Square Park, with soulful music, evocative imagery, and lyrics that touch the heart.  5j Barrow was named “Best Band in NY” after winning The Greene Space WNYC/WQXR’s Battle of the Boroughs 2014.  They have built a loyal following on the streets of the city and engaged audiences in the heartland with performances that are both intimate and rousing. 5j Barrow released their debut album ‘From the Dim, Sweet Light’ in 2014, and this fall of they’ll be releasing the first of 3 EPs produced by Grammy nominated producer, David Mayfield.

Something new here at the farm!

Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m.

$15, pay at the door.

Be sure to RSVP: Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com

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Daymark, Friday August 18

We’ve had three sell-outs in a row…and next up is Daymark, an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, border pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.

Each member of the trio had carved their individual musical pathways and style from diligent listening and study, extensive travels, and numerous performances in Ireland, Scotland, England, America, and Canada before meeting at the Northern Roots Festival in Vermont during the winter of 2016.  Over a long night of music, they discovered a natural and complementary fit of individual styles, as a well as a mutual interest in the same corners of the Irish tradition. Sharing a love for the music of generations past, in Daymark’s sound one can hear the echoes of Irish-American dance halls from the 1920s and 30s, alongside the lonesome tones of Donegal country fiddlers and the rollicking smoky pubs of Northern England’s immigrant neighborhoods. Taken together, these influences merge into a music that’s very much part of the present; it’s a sound that’s urgent and wild, held together by camaraderie that’s quite audible. This is the foundation of their music. What emerges is intimate enough feel at home down at the local pub, big enough to fill a festival stage or a concert hall.

Come on over for a fine summer night of music!

Friday, August 18, 7:30

$15 at the door.

Make sure to RSVP to save your spot: Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com.

 

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Rodney Miller with Stringrays, Wednesday, August 2

From the stages of Prairie Home Companion and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to our little listening room at McClary Hill Farm…we are thrilled to present legendary New England fiddler Rodney Miller with bass-and-banjo man Stuart Kenney and guitarist Max Newman: Stringrays! This will be a night to remember…and a memorable reunion. Turns out Lois and Stuart were best tree-climbing, bike-riding and music-listening pals back in the mid-70s and reconnected at Maine Fiddle Camp (yes, there was weeping.) This will be a great night of music and friendships made and renewed! 7 p.m., $15. Be sure to RSVP to Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com to save yourself a seat for this one!

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Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio, July 21

Putting a fresh spin on traditional Celtic music, the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio serves up a dynamic show full of foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes and classic Irish songs. Award-winning fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is joined by fellow New Hampshire natives Matt Jensen on guitar and Chris Noyes on upright bass.

Their shows blend the music of Ireland and Scotland with some of their own material, drawing on multiple genres to produce a unique sound that has been described as a “larger-than-life” and “brisk, lean and exceedingly lovely.”

In 2013 New Hampshire’s Traditional Arts Council named Jordan a ‘Master Artist” and in 2016 he was named “Best Fiddler” by New Hampshire Magazine. With various bands he has opened for Irish legends Tommy Makem and Derek Warfield of The Wolfetones, as well as Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and Blues Traveler among others. The trio has appeared live on NHPR’s “The Folk Show,” been featured on WMUR’s “New Hampshire Chronicle,” and performs regularly at listening rooms, pubs and Celtic festivals around New England. More info atwww.jordantwmusic.com

“Incredible artists with huge talent!”
-Noah Munroe, The Back Room At The Mill

“Excels at sweeping musical beauty…One can feel the strength and resolve of the people who have nurtured this music over the centuries…The fiddle practically cries with emotion throughout its melodic journey while true old world charm fills up the backdrop.”
– Bill Copeland Music News

$15 at the door. RSVP to Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com to be sure you get a seat!

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An evening of Irish music with Fodhla, July 14

A night of terrific Irish tunes with this great New England band…After 15 years of performing together and recording on each other’s solo albums, flute player Nicole Rabata and fiddler Ellery Klein decided a group together was long overdue. With the addition of Bethany Waickman on guitar, the trio found a sound rooted in the traditional Irish music Ellery and Nicole honed during years abroad in the Irish cities of Cork, Limerick, and Ennis. The trio is also influenced by the depths of Nicole’s virtuosic classical music career, Ellery’s Americana sounds, and Bethany’s soft-spoken, yet driving, guitar playing.

Bethany is a Maine Fiddle Camp friend, and we’re thrilled to have the band come play at the farm.

RSVP: Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com.
7:30 p.m., $15. Pay in advance if you want to be sure to reserve a seat, or take your chances at the door!

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Ari & Mia, New England’s Americana Sister Act, June 24

We’ve heard Ari & Mia under the big top at Maine Fiddle Camp, and we’re thrilled to have them come play in our humble little hall on McClary Hill. 

Here’s what “No Depression, the Journal of Roots Music” says about them: 

“Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steely-Eye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins.” 

Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. Tix $15. Don’t miss it. RSVP for your seats to Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com.

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Pete’s Posse, May 13 — come on over!

Pete’s Posse is making the trip over the river from Vermont on May 13. These guys call themselves “three generations of musicians who have come together to create their own electrifying sound they call ‘multi-generational roots music.’”

Pete’s Posse is anchored by the legendary Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica and vocals) with Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) and Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion and vocals).  RSVP to Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com. Showtime 7:30, $15 at the door.

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Matthew Byrne will be back on May 7!

We are totally thrilled that Matthew Byrne will be stopping in at the farm again on his latest trip down from Newfoundland . He’s been called “Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country,” and we agree. Maybe in two countries. His album Hearts & Heroes won “Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. And guess what? You can bring yourself home a signed copy from the show at the farm. Make sure to RSVP to Mcclaryhillfarmconcerts@gmail.com so we can save you a seat. Pay at the door. $15. Showtime 7 p.m.

 

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