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  Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing featuring Sarah Amos    http://www.bobamos.com
 

With the release of two new critically acclaimed bluegrass CD, Borrowed Time, and Sunrise Blues Bob Amos has assembled a talented bluegrass ensemble, featuring some of New England’s favorite acoustic musicians, to perform his new material at selected concerts and festivals.

BOB AMOS & CATAMOUNT CROSSING features Bob on banjo, guitar and vocals, Sarah Amos on vocals, Freeman Corey on fiddle, Chris Crug
er on bass, Gary Darling on mandolin and Steve Wright on guitar.  The band puts on a very entertaining high energy show, with stellar vocals,  terrific original material, plus some great new interpretations of some bluegrass classics.


Bob Amos became an internationally recognized and acclaimed bluegrass musician and songwriter as the leader of the popular award winning band FRONT RANGE. From 1990-2003 FRONT RANGE recorded seven CDs, five for indie heavyweight SUGAR HILL RECORDS, and received top notch reviews and heavy airplay on bluegrass radio programs throughout the world. With the release of his newest CDs Borrowed Time and Sunrise Blues which  have received wonderful reviews and airplay on bluegrass radio shows all across the country,  Bob is once again in the bluegrass spotlight with a whole new batch of stellar original songs, and a terrific new band, BOB AMOS & CATAMOUNT CROSSING to present this new material to the public


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On Friday and Saturday, August 18 &19, the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is proud to present Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing
 Original and traditional bluegrass featuring Sarah Amos (vocals),Freeman Corey (fiddle), Gary Darling (mandolin), Steve Wright (guitar) and Chris Cruger (bass).



Luke Donforth is a contra caller, choreographer, musician, and dancer. As a caller, he brings a warm and inviting playfulness to the stage. He is based in Burlington, VT; but is willing to travel to share the joy of dancing: VT, NY, NH, MA, ME, MD, CT, OK, TX, GA, WI, FL, CA, WV, PA, and two Canadian provinces so far.

Luke calls new and traditional contras at weekly dances, festivals, barn dances, weddings, and parties. 

Weather and schedule permitting, Luke has been known to bring truffles to sell at regular dances. Contra dancers often want to take home the fabulous music of the bands they hear, but not the caller calling. Instead of a caller CD, enjoy the rich smoothness of hand-crafted truffles.

Some of Luke’s Dances are available here. He’s happy to share his dances, and you can e-mail him with comments, questions, or suggestions about them.

If you want to hear and see him at work, here’s a video of Luke working with theFree Raisins at the Catapult Showcase, and another one of him working with Uncle Farmer. Photos from past and notices of upcoming gigs can be found at Luke Donforth, Dance Caller on Facebook.

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival welcomes Luke Donforth - dance caller extraordinaire
Luke will be calling for contra dances on Friday evening, August 18 and on Saturday morning, afternoon and evening, August 19.



  
Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones     http://dittyville.com/

 

“Smokey and sweet – like the finest aged whiskey – that’s what Carl and Erynn’s singing and playing brings to mind.  A lovely touch in their playing and a beautiful melding of melancholy and cheerfulness which is exactly what I love to hear.” 
- John Doyle (2015)

“Marshall & Jones are not to be mistaken for anyone or anything else. More than ordinarily gifted, they find new truths in a musical style already notably devoid of falsehoods. 
– Jerome Clark Rambles.net (2015)

“You can hear love, intention, generosity, humor and soul in the music of Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones. They welcome us in and awaken a deep sense and feeling for traditional music that is carved right into our bones.” 
- Dirk Powell (2015)

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths. They are married – in life and music. When they play, their instruments and voices blend like two forks of the same  river. Southern song-duets and soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse concert sets. They play with ease, spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse. Carl’s honest songs can make your heart ache. Erynn’s spirited fiddling can enthrall. Together Carl & Erynn’s expressive, musical meanderings can transport the soul.

Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of day-to-day life in the South. Carl’s songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice, and others. His song Last Time On The Road was on the grammy-award-winning album Unleased by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Originally born in Macon, Georgia, Carl currently lives in Galax, Virginia with wife and musical partner – fiddler, Erynn Marshall. In the 1980’s he played mandolin with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake as part of the Rising Fawn String Ensemble and during the same period won 3rd place and a guitar in the fingerpick-guitar category at Winfield, KS. Carl has recorded many CD’s including Traveling Star featuring his original songs and a 2015 duet album Sweet Memories Never Leave with Marshall which has received great reviews. Carl is known for his fine musicianship on many stringed instruments, keen sense of humor, evocative songwriting, and as a charismatic teacher. Carl has performed or taught all over the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information please visit: www.dittyville.com

Erynn Marshall has carved out a niche for herself as an old-time fiddler in North America and abroad. She has played for thirty-five years, performed and taught at many music camps in the US, Canada and Europe.  Erynn learned the nuances of old-time fiddling from visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers and singers for many years. Her fieldwork culminated in the book, Music in the Air Somewhere about West Virginia fiddle and song traditions (WVU Press). Erynn has also appeared in three films, recorded a DVD and five CDs including Sweet Memories Never Leave – a 2015 duet release with Carl Jones. She has won many awards including first place in fiddle at “Clifftop” – The Appalachian Stringband Festival –  in West Virginia (the first woman and person from outside the US to do so). Erynn lives in Galax, Virginia, tours with Carl Jones and the Bowbenders stringband. For more info please visit: www.dittyville.com

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival welcomes Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones on Friday afternoon, August 18 and throughout the day on Saturday, August 19


Dana & Susan Robinson  http://www.robinsongs.com/

The genius of a
Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.

Underpinning the songs is the undeniable rhythm of their trademark guitar/banjo sound. Whether it is quiet or driving, there is a steady and unrelenting groove to the music that supports the lyric and delivers the story in an effortless and magical way.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980’s, Dana settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” (no electricity and phone) on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue. Dana launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, Elemental Lullabye, and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.

Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002. Sue was working in the environmental field in California when she met Dana at a house concert. Upon moving to North Carolina a short time thereafter, Sue launched into studying with many of the great oldtime musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.

                                                    The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival welcomes Dana & Susan Robinson on Saturday, August 19


The Bayley-Hazen Boys   Bayley-Hazen Boys on Facebook

The Bayley-Hazen Boys take you on a rollicking ride from the hills of northern Vermont down through Americana to the southern Appalachians. Combining their fresh interpretation of time-tested traditional material with a wealth of original songs, these musical veterans blend soulful ballads, tight vocal harmonies, and hard driving instrumental work into a sound evoking the spirit of the early Stanley Brothers and Bill and Charlie Monroe.

The Bayley-Hazen Boys are as authentic as their namesake - the military road constructed during the Revolutionary War from Newbury to Lowell. With an energetic and entertaining stage presence, the “Boys” add a fun element to any show. Historical stories and yarns about musicians (famous or not) provide the background to their music. Explanations of the creation of the original songs are fascinating to listen to. Audiences large and intimate, young and old will love the interaction with the band.

Gary, Chris and Steve founded the well-known bluegrass group “Gopher Broke Bluegrass”. Gopher Broke recorded three albums, appeared at festivals, public and private performances throughout New England (and beyond) from 1999 to 2009, and were recognized as “one of Vermont’s genuine artistic treasures” by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.
The Bayley Hazen Boys continue this level of professionalism with their distinctive old-time bluegrass mountain music, a style becoming increasingly scarce today.  Be sure to pick up a copy of their very well received 2013 CD "Another Blue Ribbon". 
Bluegrass Unlimited says: "This unassuming recording grows better with each listening. It’s like staring at the woods—the longer you look, the more you see. The longer you listen, the more you hear!"

The Bayley Hazen Boys feature Gary Darling on mandolin, Chris Cruger on bass and Steve Wright on guitar and five string banjo.
The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is proud to present our friends and neighbors - The Bayley-Hazen Boys
They will be performing throughout the day on Saturday, August 19.

  

Midnight Capers Morris & Sword

In fall of 1980 some dedicated dancers got together at a workshop on Garland dancing taught by Dr. Tony Barrand. The group kept dancing together and due to one member’s dance experience the focus shifted to Cotswold Morris dancing. After a vote to name the Team in early 1981 the Midnight Capers was born. The Midnight Capers danced several traditional Cotswold village styles until 1986 when founding member Larry Becker with choreographic help from Lisa Ginett brought out a new tradition called Kingsbury Branch.
The Midnight Capers have written many dances in this style and danced our own Kingsbury Branch almost exclusively since that time in many locations in New England in various performances and on many tours with other New England teams. We hope that you will enjoy our great dances!
The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is proud to present the Midnight Capers Morris & Sword
They will be performing at mid-day on Saturday, August 19 with a demonstration in the parking lot area in front of the town hall at 12:15
 followed by a workshop in the gym starting at 12:45


Alan Greenleaf  

Singer-songwriter Alan Greenleaf is one of Vermont’s most prolific and beloved songwriters. Robert Resnik considers Alan “the best songwriter in Vermont” 

He is a self taught finger picking guitar player whose songs and lyrics reflect the people and country around him. 

The stories he tells are greatly inspired by his years as a farmer in Northern Vermont. His music draws from many American traditions, including country, Appalachian, Blues and Jazz. 

And of course, he wrote the official song for the Strolling of the Heifers.

 

                           The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is happy to have Alan Greenleaf return to the festival on Saturday, August 19