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Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore    www.mollieobrien.com

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore
Mollie O'Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to find, mine and reinvent other artists' songs.
They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own. As songwriters they add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music they inhabit and show us they’re completely at home with their musical selves.
Grammy winner Mollie has long been known as a singer who doesn’t recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. She is a singer at the very top of her game who’s not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses.
Rich, while known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, is also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O’Brien’s twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership.
Their latest release is Love Runner on Remington Road Records.

Photo by David Burns
On Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, 
the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is honored to present Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore 


Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing    http://www.bobamos.com
 
Bob Amos’s new CD Sunrise Blues was released at a special concert last June to a packed house of over 300 people in St. Johnsbury Vermont. This new album includes 10 original compositions plus new versions of two bluegrass classics. Initial reviews have been terrific!
Bob Amos’s previous CD, Borrowed Time received terrific reviews (see CDs page) and airplay on bluegrass radio shows across the USA. In the liner notes Lynn Morris (Lynn Morris Band, 3 time IBMA female vocalist of the year) and Marshall Wilborn (Lynn Morris Band, Johnson Mountain Boys, Long View, IBMA bassist of the year) have said: “ ‘Borrowed Time’ is Bob Amos’s first bluegrass outing since the last Front Range CD in 2003, and we must say he’s hit a home run!! We love this CD!”
From 1988-2004 Bob was the lead singer, guitarist and guiding force behind the internationally acclaimed bluegrass band Front Range, which recorded 7 CDs, including 5 for famed acoustic Indie label SUGAR HILL RECORDS. Front Range toured throughout America and Europe, and received heavy airplay on Acoustic, Americana and Bluegrass radio stations. Their CD One Beautiful Day won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Gospel Recording of the Year in 1995.

 SINGOUT! magazine reviewer John Lupton has called Bob “one of the most consistently interesting and intelligent songwriters in American music.”

Bob’s current band, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing features lots of Bob’s terrific original material, plus some innovative arrangements of classic tunes and songs. Bob’s daughter Sarah Amos plays a big part in the band’s signature big vocal sound, and their duets are proving to be big hits in their performances!  


On Friday, August 14, the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is proud to present Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing.  
and on Saturday, August 15, don't miss Bob and Sarah Amos as they perform in their father/daughter duo


Jamie Masefield and Doug Perkins with Special Guest, Robinson Morse      

Jamie Masefield and Doug Perkins with special guest Rob Morse - Trekking the worlds of jazz, bluegrass, and Latin with Vermont-grown flavor and improvisational mastery, Masefield & Perkins with bass man extraordinaire, Rob Morse will exhilarate the audience with their acoustic chops. This is the first time these luminaries of the local and regional jazz and bluegrass scene will play together performing strikingly original pieces as well as Bird and Monk, and Mingus.


On Saturday, August 15, the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to present Jamie Masefield and Doug Perkins with Robinson Morse

Pete's Posse   http://www.petesposse.com

 “This Vermont band embodies all the beauty of American roots music.”
— LE DEVOIR, QC, CAN

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.

On Friday, August 14 & Saturday, August 15 the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival
is pleased to welcome back Pete's Posse!

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones   http://www.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)

 Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia. They are married – in life and music. Southern song-duets and powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse sets. Erynn and Carl play with spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse by composing new, tradition-rooted music. Carl’s song, Last Time on the Road was featured on the grammy-award winning album “Unleashed” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. They have won many awards for their playing including Erynn’s 1st place fiddle win at Clifftop and Carl’s 3rd place fingerpicking-guitar win at Winfield – both premier festivals in the United States. They have 15 recordings between them including their duet CD Sweet Memories Never Leave. Erynn and Carl have recently toured in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and China. 

Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler who lives in Galax, Virginia and is known internationally for her traditional music. Erynn learned the nuances of Appalachian old-time fiddling from rare recordings and visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers. Still she puts her own spin on the traditional music she plays – sounding authentic, archaic and transportive while playing in a smooth and effortless way. Her tunes are becoming common repertoire in fiddle circles. Erynn won 1st place fiddle at “Clifftop” (The Appalachian Stringband Festival) and was the first woman to do so. She has recorded six albums and appeared in five films (Voices of Virginia, the Clifftop Experience I’ll Fly Away Home, Conversations with Old-Time Musicians,” plus the upcoming Never Met a Stranger). She is coordinator for Swannanoa Old-Time Week near Asheville, NC.

Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Macon, Georgia, Carl presently lives in Galax, Virginia. He studied music near Muscle Shoals, Alabama and was influenced by seeing Roy Orbison, Steve Goodman, and Mac Macanally record there. Carl 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. In the 1980’s he played mandolin with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake as part of the Rising Fawn String Ensemble.  Carl is known for his fine musicianship, charismatic teaching, sense of humor, and powerful songwriting. He has recorded on a couple dozen recordings including his original songs CD “Traveling Star” and Norman Blake’s “Original Underground Music of the Mysterious South.” 

“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)

On Friday, August 14 & Saturday, August 15 the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival
is pleased to welcome back Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones!



Annie and the Hedonists    http://www.annieandthehedonists.com/

Take a little bit of folk music and mix it with acoustic blues, Western swing, and vintage jazz from the 1920s and ‘30s, and you end up with Annie and the Hedonists.
 “Great singing, great muicianship, authentic and real,” says North Country Public Radio. “If this is hedonism, I’m in!”

Annie is a captivating singer. She delivers a lyric like it was a cherished bedtime story; as comfortable as your favorite sweater; as truthful as…well, I can’t think of anything that honest. Her band mates, Peter Davis, (guitar, banjo, clarinet, piano, vocal), Jonny Rosen, (guitar, vocal) and Don Young, (bass, guitar, vocal), and Lee Blackwell (Drums/percussion) are first and foremost accomplished, serious musicians. More importantly, they each have an innate yet individual sense of childlike wonder, which is evident on every track, becoming more intoxicating upon multiple listenings, (I suggest 1,000 or more). ---Joel Moss, Producer, Managra Music 

“Annie’s versatile, vintage-tinged voice is the perfect match for the Hedonists’ ace musicianship” “Jazz, blues, country, folk, bluegrass ... it's all here."  ---Albany Times Union  Known for its dynamic lead singer and the tight harmonies and superb musicianship of the Hedonists – the band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, including Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.  


"Everybody had a grin all night long," says Ithaca radio host Phil Shapiro of an appearance on his show Bound for Glory. "They'd slip seamlessly from old jazz to gospel, to country, to even a couple of Dylan songs. They know how to connect all this music, and do it so it's pure magic."
On Saturday, August 17 the Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome back Annie and the Hedonists




Jason Bergman -The Primal Boys   

Presenting American roots music, blues and bluegrass, the Primal Boys are Russell Seeger, guitar, and Jason Bergman, fiddle, with special guest percussionist Larry Eagle.

Seeger is a talented songwriter and guitarist who’s been around the New York scene since the 1970s when he was a member of the Sheiks. He recently released “Live in Peace” on Paradiddle Records, and had appeared on their Bob Dylan and the Kinks tribute albums. As a member of the Last Hombres, Seeger has toured the US, recording the album “Redemption” with drummer Levon Helm. Seeger has also performed with the Kennedys, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, John Hartford and Paul Seibel.   Bergman became a Barnet resident after performing on five continents as half the New York duo Jason ‘n’ Grayson. Here in Vermont he has been a member of Banjo Dan and the Midnight Plowboys, and the Woods Tea Company, as well as recording and performing with Colin McCaffrey, Patti Casey and Patrick Ross to name a few. Bergman is also a member of the Vermont Philharmonic and the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. He has a thriving presence as a music teacher at the St. Johnsbury Academy and at his studio in Barnet.

Drummer and percussionist, Larry Eagle keeps his musical portfolio diversified. He’s a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band (Grammy winner for traditional folk music) and played drums on pop star John Legend’s Grammy nominated second album. The 2013 Andy Statman album Superstring Theory is a quintet record featuring Andy Statman, Jim Whitney, Eagle and special guests Tim O’brien and Michael Cleveland. Eagle had recorded albums with artists as diverse as country\bluegrass superstar Ricky Skaggs and powerful jazz\soul singer Lizz Wright. Eagle has performed on the Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Good Morning America, PBS, the BBC and an ice-breaking Baltic Sea ferry out of Naantali, Finland.

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome Jason Bergman and the Primal Boys
on Friday, August 14& Saturday, August 15



Wild Asparagus

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to have Wild Asparagus with George Marshall leading our dances                           on Friday, August 14 and  Saturday, August 15



Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko

Sensei
Stuart Paton, Founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko spent most of his childhood in Japan, from age nine months through eighteen years. His earliest exposure to taiko included a first-grade fascination with the drums at an Obon celebration in Tokyo, and learning "Matsuri Daiko" from the composer of the score for his high school drama production. His formal study of taiko began in 1984 during a summer apprenticeship with Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the founder of the first taiko group in North America (San Francisco Taiko Dojo), and he founded the Burlington Taiko Group in 1986 not long after settling in Vermont.

Paton Sensei has established an artistic style for Burlington Taiko that combines movement, rhythm, voice, and the efficient and graceful movement of chi, or "energy," from the player to the drum. His affection for the group dynamic of taiko is evident both when he performs at the most advanced level, and when he instructs the most novice players.

His list of "Top 3" favorite taiko pieces includes six titles:
1. Kawara
2. Oni Daiko
3. Onbashira, Tsunami, Sokobayashi, and Yodan Uchi

His other hobbies include: reading sci-fi/fantasy/spy fiction, salsa and folkloric dancing, walking though marketplaces, yard sales, and antique shops, and composing new percussion pieces. He is also an active student, teacher, and performer of Cuban and Haitian congas and djembe.

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome Stuart Paton 
of Burlington Taiko on Saturday, August 15




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 Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is proud to present our friends and neighbors - The Bayley-Hazen Boys
They will be performing on Saturday, August 15 

Laurie Alsobrook
After retiring from a 42-year teaching career, Laurie jumped into the dulcimer world with both feet!  She is a dulcimer instructor and jam leader during the Dulcimer U Summer Week at WCU and at the Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat.  Laurie also was an instructor at the Dulcimer U Winter Weekend, in Lake Junaluska, NC in this past winter.   At the Florida Folk Festival, the Barberville Festival and the Will McLean Folk Festival, Laurie leads workshops and dulcimer jams.   Later in 2019, her workshops opportunities will also include the Alabama Folk School and The Sunshine State Dulcimer Gathering.

Laurie’s festival favorite is “The Dulcimer Petting Zoo,” when she enthusiastically draws folks into the dulcimer world with her many student dulcimers, offering an “I’ve never-touched-the dulcimer-before” workshop.  



The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is proud to present Laurie Alsobrook 
presenting a mountain dulcimer workshop and jam session on Saturday, August 15 


Aura Shards is a Brattleboro-based Hand Pan duo composed of Anders Burrows and Jed Blume:
Presenting all original compositions, Aura Shards features a selection of hand pans in different keys and styles, accompanied by an assortment of percussion and drone instruments. the size and complexity of the sound belies the number of instruments involved, weaving complex soundscapes that are at once both rhythmically intricate and engaging, yet also meditative and soothing.

        The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to present Aura Shards on                     Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15




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 15, 2019 with a demonstration in the parking lot area
 in front of the town hall at 12:15 followed by a workshop starting at 12:45


Rich Brown - a.k.a. The Juggler Man

The Juggler Man will return to PAMFest this year!   Rich Brown a.k.a. The Juggler Man, lives in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and he believes that everybody should have a chance to learn to juggle. If nothing else, it’s one way to get the cobwebs out of the brain. 

Rich has taught a lot of people to juggle – nearing a thousand over the years. It surprises people that it’s possible for a “normal person” to learn a basic three-ball cascade in 20 minutes or so.  He will be performing starting at 11 AM with his collection of tricks: diabolo, devil sticks, plate spinning, rope twirling, and lots more.  Look for him around the  Craft Fair/Family Tent area!