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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 Cruger 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).

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

Vermont based trio Pete’s Posse is composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica and vocals), his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion and vocals). Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards adding their voices to the mix. Songs and tunes, old and new, lyrical and driving: that’s the multi-generational heart and mind of PETE’S POSSE, at work and at play.


Pete’s Posse is three generations of musicians who have come together to create their own electrifying sound they call “multi-generational roots music.” In 2013 Pete and Oliver, building on a long-time mentor/mentee partnership, asked Tristan to join them to play a contradance, and a match was struck! Gig by gig their chemistry grew, and the Posse quickly developed a reputation for being an innovative, driving, sought-after, can’t-keep-your-feet-still power trio.

Within a year of their first performance, their self-titled album was out, and days later they were off on a nine week, 48-gig, 11,000 mile U.S. tour. It was on this odyssey that they began to add more vocals to the mix in a major way, expanding not only the dance floor experience, but also their desire for concerts. Their second album, “Down to the Core” was released in July 2015, a pure distillation of their first national tour. With it they attracted the attention of festival promoters and concert series large and small, as well as finding themselves much in demand for contradance weekends in the Northeast and beyond.

The Posse continues to engage audience members of all ages with their distinct and expansive energies, and their intuitive feel for one another’s playing. Being a restlessly creative bunch of self-styled ‘rehearsal addicts’, there are always new songs, dance sets, and concert arrangement in the works! So if you’ve heard them at a house concert or danced with them until 1 AM at a festival, you know there’s always a new favorite to listen for. The steady flow of powerful uplifting energy across the age gap is the engine that drives Pete’s Posse, and it shows no sign of letting up!

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is excited at the return of Pete's Posse performing for both the contra dances and in concert mode!
They will be performing on Friday, August 18 and on Saturday, August 19.
Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio     www.kenandbrad.com

The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddles and vocals pushing the boundaries of the American Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original Old-Time tunes and songs with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” 

They will be performing as a trio with bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices. Alex is one of the most in-demand and versatile bass players in the Mid-Atlantic. 

Ken & Brad released their first recording, Otter Creek, in 2011 which became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts. Brad’s original composition “Otter Creek” was the most played instrumental on the charts. 
Ken & Brad released Skipping Rocks, their second album, in September 2013. Skipping Rocks debuted at #4 on the Folk-DJ Charts and in the top 20 on the Roots Music Charts. Their third studio album 
The Swift House  is a new release that features Ken & Brad with West Virginia fiddler Rachel Eddy and Alex Lacquemont on bass.  "This is Old-Time music played in the purest way: at home, with family, with heart, and with a creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation." - Dulcimer Player News 

Concert appearances for Ken & Brad include performances at The Kennedy Center, The Walnut Valley Festival, The Old Songs Festival, The Birchmere, The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, and The Creative Alliance as well as numerous live radio broadcasts, concerts and festivals along the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Vermont and across the country from Wisconsin to Arizona. Prior to performing with his son regularly in 2009, Ken toured and recorded for many years with the legendary world music trio Helicon with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock. 

"This father-son duo project is both technically impressive and musically tasteful, a lovely exploration of both tradition and creativity (and of a warm musical relationship)." - CD Hotlist 
“There must be something special to that father-son thing." - Sing Out!

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival welcomes back Ken and Brad Kolodner with Alex Lacquement 
They will be performing on Friday, August 18 and on Saturday, August 19.

Low Lily     www.lowlily.com/


"[Low Lily has] an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound... it’s a blend that works beautifully."    PopMatters

The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.

Low Lily’s new self-titled album brings their influences together in a collection of six songs which includes original and traditional material on three voices, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, double b
ass, and trombones. Additional musicians include Corey DiMario (double bass) and Fred Simmons (trombones). The album’s first track, “House Carpenter”, debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts– the band’s second #1 song.


"Another reliable act who compellingly yet unassumingly mix contemporary folk and bluegrass sensibilities with a sensitive use of their keen musicianship."     Fatea 

"Fresh and inviting melodic lines...impressive."   TradConnect

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival welcomes Low Lilyas she leads our dance agenda  
on Friday evening, August 18 and throughout the day on Saturday, August 19


  
Mary Wesley     www.marywesley.com


Raised in the cradle of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Mary Wesley found her way to a Burlington contra dance in the fall of 2005 and was immediately hooked.  She was later happy to learn that the tradition is in her DNA – she is the granddaughter of two square dance callers!

It wasn’t long before she took to the mic herself.  She started calling in 2008 and keeps a full schedule, which includes gigs up and down both coasts.  Mary loves to share her infectious joy for traditional dancing with dancers of all ages and she has something to offer every crowd.  After unearthing her grandparents’ collection of dance records she was inspired to start practicing patter and add some squares to her arsenal.  She calls family and community dances with great joy and finds “chestnuts” absolutely irresistible.

After taking a course with Ralph Sweet and Nils Fredland at Pinewoods in 2011, Mary has also been working on building her repertoire of singing squares.  Her calls are sure to make dancers smile and sing along.

In her local community Mary stirs many pots.

Mary is proud to be a founding member of the Mad Robin Callers Collective – an innovative consortium of dance callers who work together to provide peer support and create opportunities for callers of all experience levels.  As a Mad Robin, Mary helps run a monthly dance series on 4th Fridays in Burlington, featuring the Collective at the mic.  She helped found Burlington’s “On the Border Morris,” Vermont’s only Border side, and now serves as their Fore-woman.  Mary also serves as an active board member of Young Tradition Vermont, a non-profit fostering youth involvement in traditional dance and music, for which she helps coordinate various workshops, concerts and an annual Youth Showcase.

When not dancing Mary moonlights as an archaeologist, museum caretaker and sometimes goatherd.

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival welcomes dance caller Mary Wesley as she leads 
our dance agenda on Friday evening, August 18 and throughout the day on Saturday, August 19

Stephen Seifert  www.stephenseifert.com/


Stephen has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 1991. He has toured with David Schnaufer, performed with orchestras around the country, and been a featured performer in Japan. Since 1996, he has taught and performed at festivals and dulcimer clubs in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Pensacola, Houston, and many places in-between. "I want to play all styles of music on the mountain dulcimer. I also want to help my fellow dulcimer players pursue their musical desires, whatever they might be, with the least amount of time-wasting detours." 

                     

                 The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome Stephen Seifert on Saturday, August 19


Lloyd & April Wright

Lloyd and April Wright have been singing, playing and performing together for over ten years.  Their style spans seamlessly between old time, bluegrass and country gospel.  April primarily plays guitar and Lloyd swaps between banjo, fiddle, dulcimer and mandolin and they both sing, making for quite an eclectic show.  

               April grew up singing in the church with her mom, dad and family.  Her dad, a Texas swing fiddler and preacher, and mom played and sang duets throughout the community.  They sang out of the Heavenly Highway Hymn Book and music was a big part of her life growing up.  Lloyd and April draw from what she learned from her upbringing and incorporate it into their own unique sound.  

               Lloyd has been playing music for over 20 years.  His family became interested in the Mountain Dulcimer when he was 13.  In their quest to find the roots of its heritage his family traveled to the Mountains of North Carolina.  This opened their eyes to the world of Old Time Music, an old style of music from early America, that even predates bluegrass.  Over the next few years Lloyd picked up the mandolin and banjo.  In 2000 he won the National Mountain Dulcimer competition and at the time was the youngest to ever win it.  In 2007 Lloyd drug the old fiddle out from under his parents bed and started to play it.  

               Lloyd And April have been married for 9 years and continue to grow musically.  Their current ventures are a weekly gig at April’s parents farm to table restaurant, where they perform with Lloyds mom and brother and April’s dad.  They have hosted The Old Mill Music Festival on their property for 5 years and it is a hit!  They perform as a duet, with their families, and with a full band called The Sawmill Vagrants.  April and Lloyd are drawn to the old styles of music.  They draw from their own knowledge and experience to create lovely melodies, harmonies and a down right foot stomping time!

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome Lloyd and April Wright on Saturday, August 19


Mean Mary    www.meanmary.com/contact


Known internationally for lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, & intricate story songs, Mary travels the genres of folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues.

Mean Mary (Mary James), a Florida native now based in Nashville, began life as a musical prodigy—could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film.

To date she plays 11 instruments and is known for her alluring story songs, incredible instrumental speed, & rich voice that can travel from deep emotion to sparkling trills. She is also an award-winning book author, and the fun loving star of Nashville TV show, Never-Ending Street.



The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome Mean Mary on Saturday, August 19


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 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 Scaggs 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 18 and on Saturday, August 19


Québécois

Québécois refers to a French-speaking native or inhabitant of the province of Quebec. Québécois music is rooted in a deep tradition tracing back to the colonization of Quebec during the 17th century.  There was a robust fur trade and the voyageurs, hardy Frenchmen who engaged in the transportation of furs by canoe, perpetuated this tradition and developed what would become traditional Québec folk songs. Their laborious life encouraged them to learn and sing songs: traditional songs were adapted into work songs. As they spent most of their time paddling great canoes along rivers or carrying cargo on their backs during portages, singing became a method to keep their paddling coordinated and their marching steady.  Québécois folk songs were traditionally sung unaccompanied, either solo or in unison. Many of them are done in call-and-response style, mirroring the tradition of western France, and explore a variety of subjects. While some are serious and melancholic, many more are bawdy, humorous, and full of joie-de-vivre, speaking for example of the charms of a pretty girl and a full bottle of whiskey, or making fun of a cuckolded husband.

Unlike its song tradition, Québec’s instrumental music has a lot in common with Irish, Scottish, and English dance tunes. Jigs and reels abound in Québec, owing to the influence of British and Irish neighbors. The most frequently used instruments of that time were the fiddle, bones and… feet! A well-known feature of Québécois folk music, podorythmie is a persistent galloping rhythm tapped out with the feet. Legend says that foot clogging developed during veillées (evening gathering), where the tight quarters made real step dance impossible. The button accordion, invented in 1829, became popular in Québec only at the end of the 19th century. In the same period, harmonicas, pump-organs, and eventually pianos came to be used in Québec. The six-string guitar did not emerge until at least the 18th century, and its use in traditional Québécois folk music is a 20th century development.

To honor the music of our neighbors to the North, PAMFest 17 is pleased to present a trio of musicians who are expert in the traditions of Québécois music:  Jeremiah McLane, David Boulanger and Owen Marshall.  They will perform both in concert and for a dance focused on the Québécois musical traditions.

Jeremiah McLane| Vermont
Accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane has a diverse musical background including blues, jazz, Celtic, Québécois, French and other roots influenced music. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, in bands such as The Clayfoot Strutters, Nightingale, The Goat Broke Loose, Allos Musica, Le Bon Vent, and Wheezer & Squeezer.  He holds a master’s degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory in Boston and in 2005 he started the Floating Bridge Music School, which is devoted to teaching traditional music from the British Isles, Quebec and Northern Europe, and North America, all genres that have influenced the music of his native New England. The Montpelier Times-Argus music critic Art Edelstein named Jeremiah musician of the year for 2016, citing his contributions in teaching, recording and performing is his various configurations.   

 Since 1990 Jeremiah has released over thirty recordings, including three CDs in the past year alone: a solo project entitled The Grinding Stone; Gnossienne with Chicago-based Allos Musica; and most recently The Wind Among the Reeds with bagpiper Timothy Cummings, which won the Montpelier’s Times-Argus Vermont album of the year award for 2016. His second solo recording Smile When You’re Ready, was nominated by National Public Radio in their “favorite picks”, and his fifth release Hummingbird, with Ruthie Dornfeld, received the French music magazine “Trad Mag” Bravo award, as did Goodnight Marc Chagall with Le Bon Vent. He has composed music for theatre and film, including Sam Shepard’s A Lie Of The Mind, and been awarded the Ontario Center For The Performing Arts “Meet The Composer” Award, and the Vermont Council On The Arts “Creation Of New Work” grant.

He has served on the faculty of the Sate University of New York in Plattsburgh, New York and currently teaches the Summit School for Traditional Music in Montpelier, Vermont and at the Upper valley Music Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He also teaches regularly at summer music programs throughout the United States including Ashokan, Centrum’s American Festival of Fiddle Tunes, Swananoah, Maine Fiddle Camp, Lark in the Morning, John C. Campbell Folk School, Pinewoods, Bay Area CDSS Camps, and many others.


David Boulanger | Québec

David is best known as a member of the legendary Québécois folk big band "La Bottine Souriante", which has been touring the world for almost 40 years now.
David is a highly respected fiddler, foot-tapper, singer, composer and arranger from Montréal. He was born in 1983 in Saint-Hubert on the south shore of Montréal, where he started to play the fiddle at 8. At 16 he started his first trad music band where he played the guitar, and in CEGEP (pre-university) and university he studied jazz composition, arrangement and violin.
He received several awards from the Canadian Folk Music awards: In 2007 for “album of the year” with his band “La Part du Quêteux”. In 2010 David was also nominated with his “Duo Duval Boulanger” for “instrumental group of the year” for the album “Pièces sur Pièces”. July 2011, he composed and arranged music for the circus, “Cirque Alfonse” for their show “Timber” which has toured around the world since. Currently, he has been performing for seven years with LaBottine Souriante – the epic grand trad band of Québec presenting music from Québec with a brass section, which has included releasing the much praised album, “Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée”. This album was nominated in the category “group of the year” in the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2012.
David Boulanger is an exceptional Quebecois player as well as a respected jazz violin player, composer and arranger in Montreal. He has gained widespread acclaim for his joyful and superb fiddling; a man of great talent, enthusiasm and humour.


Owen Marshall | Vermont

WITH THE MUSIC traditions of Quebec and Nova Scotia over the Vermont border and my exposure to traditional Irish music from fiddler Sarah Blair, I was immersed in the various textures and sounds of the Celtic music spectrum. In addition to the local music I heard as a child, my mother exposed me to a wide variety of music including Jazz, Western Swing, Bluegrass, Classical, Scandinavian fiddle music, Eastern European Gypsy music and traditional Tuvan music.

Most of my early youth was spent learning and playing music with my sister Elly Marshall. Together we preformed around the state of Vermont playing small dances and local concert series. Learning, collaborating and challenging each other was a crucial time in my musical development and is a relationship that continues to inspire me. As time went on my sister and I found ourselves consistently drawn to Irish traditional music. As I listened and played more traditional music, I expanded my playing beyond the guitar to other instruments including the tenor banjo, bouzouki and harmonium.

Being primarily an accompanist, I have gained a lot of respect for traditional music and I have learned to be comfortable crossing genres. Be it an Irish slip jig, a Québécois brandy, an Appalachian tune or a Cape Breton strathspey, I try to blend my own sound and approach with the sensibilities of each tradition. I enjoy the challenges of learning different tunes, collaborating with new musicians and identifying the common threads that run though the music of northern Europe and North America.


  The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome the 
Québécois
 music of Jeremiah, David and Owen on Saturday, August 19

Brendan Taaffe  www.brendantaaffe.com

"Your mbira playing is beautiful!"   —Pete Seeger

Photo of Brendan Taaffe in concert

Deeply versed in Irish and American traditions, it is on the mbira that Brendan Taaffe has found a truly distinctive voice, blending old-time ballads with traditional Zimbabwean rhythms. The ripple of the mbira, an instrument over a thousand years old, and Taaffe's lush tenor casts old songs in a new light, creating "the kind of hushed, lonely warmth you experience sitting by a fire in a drafty house."

A multi-instrumentalist on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mbira, Brendan has toured with many different groups, including nationally acclaimed dance band Magic Foot and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. In addition to performing solo, he currently directs The Bright Wings Chorus, a vocal ensemble, and is the frontman of The New Line, a band that blends mbira with banjo, electric guitar, and percussion, creating a bridge between American and African traditions.

Originally from Minnesota, Brendan now lives in Brattleboro, Vermont and tours regularly throughout the U.S. and Europe.

"In the tradition of Abigail Washburn's Sparrow Quartet or, more famously, Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland, Brendan Taaffe is a savvy composer who brings disparate musical cultures together with enlightening results. His new record with his band the New Line, Can’t Hold the Wheel, is an absorbing mixture of American and African musical styles, presented through a collection of reimagined Americana classics."
— Dan Bolles, Seven Days

CRANKIES!

A crankie is a scrolling illustration, wrapped up inside a wooden box and then hand-cranked so that it moves across a viewing screen. They used to be called 'moving panoramas' back in the day and are complete magic. I make my crankies with cut paper and incorporate them into my solo shows.

The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome Brendan Taaffe on Saturday, August 19

Annemieke Spoelstra McLane

Pianist Annemieke McLane (Spoelstra) was born in the Netherlands.

Mrs. McLane has studied classical piano and received degrees in Music Pedagogy and a Masters in Performance from the Conservatory in Zwolle, where she studied with Prof. Rudy de Heus. She has been awarded as the conservatory’s ‘Student of the Year’: “She has great intelligence in pedagogy and is a sensitive performer in well-balanced programs”.


Annemieke won the National Young Music Talent (Netherlands) for piano-accompaniment, praised for her touch and coloring. In Paris she was finalist at the international Nadia and Lili Boulanger competition.After her studies she has been coached by Tan Crone. (Who had studied with Nadia Boulnager and Rudolph Serkin). She was accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists at conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Zwolle. Annemieke has performed in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

In 2004, Annemieke made her way to Vermont. She was staff accompanist at the Boston conservatory (2004-2006). Annemieke teaches piano at Saint Michael’s College and at her studio, has accompanied the Saint Michael’s College chorale for 11years and is now pianist for the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. She was 2010-2012 pianist for the Vermont Youth Orchestra choruses. Since her move to the Upper Valley, she is also playing also for the Theater Department at Dartmouth college and is Music Director (including choruses) for the United Church of Strafford.

She collaborates with vocalists and instrumentalists in concerts and recitals.

She forms a duo with her husband accordionist Jeremiah McLane.
Their album Danse came out in 2012, with own arrangements of classical music based on folk traditions.
Together they are raising their son Luke, in Sharon Vermont.

Her first album “Toccare” was released in the fall 2009 “One word for the Schubert: mesmerizing” (Piano wereld). “One of Vermont’s finest pianists” (J. Lowe). Her 2nd solo album was released in August 2016, “Birds & Beethoven” “Little gems combined with masterworks and all of it is a joy” (J. Lowe)


The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is pleased to welcome Annemieke McLane 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 at the Peacham Cafe on Saturday afternoon, August 19 and Gary Darling will be leading a bluegrass jam in the jam tent above the Church at 10:30 on Saturday morning

  

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 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

Ethan Azarian      www.ethanazarian.net/

Ethan Azarian. Born in Vermont 1963, started playing guitar and banjo at age 7.

If you've got this far all you need to know is i paint pictures and make music and will do so for the rest of my life. 

In my formative years I played in the band Hollywood Indians circa 1980's. I moved to Austin in the early 90's and formed a band the Orange Mothers. In 2005 I started performing as a duo with fellow Orange Mother member Jeff Johnston. Jeff plays the saw and sings on the telephone making for a truly eclectic and original sound. The debut CD (Farmhouse Recordings) is a beautiful, haunting and captivating album due in part to the unique instrumentation: banjo, saw, telephone, piano, electric piano, xylophone and cello.

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