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We are pleased to offer three sets of Concerts 
in the historic Peacham Congregational Church 
Friday Evening,  Saturday Afternoon, and Saturday Evening
Friday Evening Concert                 Peacham Congregational Church, 5:30-10:30 PM
 Sky Blue Boys & Cookie – Here’s a special treat for you: Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner – known throughout the Northeast as the Sky Blue Boys – these two fellows with a mandolin and guitar and a single microphone between them, their music nearly seamless, built of habit, their voices fused in the special blend produced by kinship carry on the tradition of  "brother duets" like the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers and others.  And now they have teamed up with a dynamic and entertaining musician who adds a new instrument (the upright bass), new styles (the blues, some funky jug band music, plus a hint of jazz), and even a new gender to “the Boys’” performances.   

Brad & Ken Kolodner Trio - 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.  They are joined by bassist Alex Lacquement, one of the most in-demand and versatile bass players in the Mid-Atlantic. 

Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing - features Bob on banjo, guitar and vocals, Sarah Amos on vocals, Freeman Corey on fiddle, Gary Darling on mandolin and Steve Wright on guitar and Chris Cruger on bass. This dynamic, high-energy band puts on an unforgettable performance, with crisp powerful instrumentals, stellar vocals with tight harmonies,  terrific original material, plus great interpretations of  bluegrass classics.

Jim Rooney and Friends - Jim Rooney has been involved in music ever since he first appeared on the WCOP “Hayloft Jamboree” as a teenager in Boston in 1954. He was a musical partner of banjoist Bill Keith for over fifty years and played an important part in the folk revival of the ‘60’s, managing the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge, Mass, and then becoming a Director of and the talent coordinator for the Newport Folk Festival. Jim also worked as a tour manager and stage manager for the Newport Jazz Festival and produced the first New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1968.  In 1970 Jim moved to Woodstock, NY, where he managed the Bearsville Sound Studios for Albert Grossman and was a member of The Woodstock Mountains Revue. Since 1976 Jim has worked in Nashville, TN as a musician, songwriter, recording engineer, Grammy-winning record producer and partner in a successful music publishing company, Forerunner Music. Jim is best known for his record production with Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Iris DeMent, Hal Ketchum, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, and Peter Rowan.

At PAMFest this year, Jim will be joined on the stage with by Bob Amos and Catamount crossing.  He will take you on a musical journey that reflects his deep love and understanding of traditional and current bluegrass and country music.  This is a show not to be missed!

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.  Expect a high-energy rocket-ride of musical superlatives as the Primal Boys take you on journey that will have you  dancing in the aisles.

Russell Seeger toured the US, recording the album “Redemption” with drummer Levon Helm.  Seeger also performed with the Kennedys, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, John Hartford and Paul Seibel.   

Jason 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. 

Larry Eagle is 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.

Admission to the  Friday Evening Concert is included in the Friday Evening Concert ticket or the Weekend All Access Pass.
The Friday Evening Concert in the church occurs at the same time as the Contra Dance in the Firehouse tent - please be certain, when buying tickets, to buy the correct ticket as dance tickets will not be honored at the concert and vice versa - if you would like the option of moving between the two venues you are welcome to purchase a ticket for each - or cover all your bases with a Weekend All Access Pass!

Saturday Afternoon Concert                 Peacham Congregational Church, 1:00-5:00 PM
 Band Scramble –   A Band Scramble is when folks attending the festival throw their names in a hat.  A random drawing results in groups containing 3-5 players.  These groups are now a band and they have the morning to get together with their bandmates, pick a band name and arrange a tune to be presented before a live audience to start this Saturday afternoon concert. A band scramble is a great way to make new friends, stretch the musical envelope and provide great entertainment. 

Joe Alper -  Sometime you don't have to look too far to find gold.  Joe Alper is a long-time resident of Peacham who has been playing the piano most of his life.  As an adult, his primary teachers were David Bacon at The Longy School of Music and Stephen Drury, a faculty member at The New England Conservatory of Music.  For many years, he was a participant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.  On occasion, he plays the piano during services at the Peacham Church. 

Blair-Curtin-McCaffery -  Three friends coming together as a trio to produce a special blend of British Isles songs and tunes. 

Sarah Blair began playing Irish music in Rhode Island’s thriving traditional music community and honed her playing in the sessions of Boston.   She has played and sung in “The Sevens” and Boston-based “Long Time Courting”.   Currently she teaches private lessons in Montpelier and at camps and workshops. Her lauded recording “Flower of the Red Mill” was released in 2007. 

Jennifer Curtin, now from Washington, VT, grew up in Tennessee singing harmonies with her family. Discovering a love of Celtic music in her teens, she has been hooked ever since. She was in the DC-based duo “Clishmaclaver” in the early ‘90’s.  Her 2011 album “Comfort for the Comfortless” won the Tammie Award for Best Trad. Album of the Year. 

Colin McCaffrey is well known throughout Vermont for his singing, songwriting, multi-instrumental skills as well as an highly sought out record engineering and producer. A native Vermonter, he has been singing and playing piano, guitar and violin since childhood. 

Bob and Sarah Amos - This popular father-daughter duo will present a program of their favorite songs in an intimate concert setting . 

Singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Bob Amos has written and recorded over 100 songs on 12 CDs over the past 30 years. His songs reflect a variety of influences and styles including folk, bluegrass, blues, Celtic, pop and rock-a-billy. 

Vocalist Sarah Amos has been singing professionally for the past 10 years, and currently performs in the bluegrass band Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing. 

Stepping outside their regular bluegrass setting, Bob and Sarah will perform a wider selection of songs from Bob’s diverse musical catalog.

Paul Asbell - In his 45 year professional career, Paul Asbell has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Paul Butterfield, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, David Bromberg, Paul Siebel, Mary McCaslin, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, and many others.  Paul’s three solo acoustic CDs, “Steel-String Americana”, “Roots and Branches”, and “From Adamant To Atchafalaya”, received rave reviews for their fresh takes on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country tunes, and original pieces from the “american roots” tradition.   Recent appearances include Healdsburg, Woodstock (NY) and Newport Guitar Festivals, MerleFest, Lunenburg Folk Festival, and many other venues. 

Perhaps Acoustic Guitar Magazine said it best in their April '03 issue "...veteran guitarist Paul Asbell fingerpicks his way through a stylistically diverse collection of tunes plucked from the great American musical canon and arranged and played with finesse, imagination, and humor. Asbell's beautiful instrumental versions of the 1960s pop hit "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and the venerable jazz standard "Stardust" seem right at home in a set that also includes ... a funky fingerstyle rendition of Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses" that just might make you reassess the original."  

Admission to the Saturday Afternoon Concert is included in the Saturday Day Pass, Saturday All Access Pass, or the Weekend All Access Pass. 

 Saturday Evening Concert                 Peacham Congregational Church, 5:30-10:30 PM

 Carl Jones & Arynn Marshall  “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)

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 toured in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and China. 

 Pete's Posse - 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 Paul Asbell Trio - Paul takes the stage with the Paul Asbell Jazz Trio featuring music from their critically acclaimed recent release "Burmese Panther".  

Paul's jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro has released several award-winning recordings, and performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including Montreux, Montreal, Atlanta, and Roskilde, in Copenhagen. Their latest, "Homecoming", was picked by Jazziz magazine for their “Best of 2009” CD, along with tracks by Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, and other heavyweights.

Paul is joined by Gabe Jarrett - Drums:  A lifelong musician, Gabe began playing music at age 5 and was performing by 12. A NJ/NY native, Gabe studied drum-set/composition at the New School Jazz program in NYC before relocating to New England.  As studies with Charlie Persip and Bob Gullotti honed his technique, demand for Gabe as a musical and creative sideman grew.  He has joined artists such as Peter Apfelbaum, Joe Lovano, Greg Tardy, Nina Nastasia, Thomas Chapin, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell, Will Bernard, Marco Benevento, Karl Berger and many others for musical performances large and small.  Gabe has performed internationally at venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Holland; The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA; High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA; Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN; the Gramercy Theater in NYC; and the Willisau Jazz Festival in Willisau, Austria.

Clyde Stats - Acoustic Bass - Clyde "cut his musical teeth" performing with a variety of blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Otis Rush in Chicago in the 1960's, which is where he first met and played with Paul Asbell.  Since settling in Vermont in 1978, he has played every style of popular music from bluegrass to r&b to jazz with groups such as Banjo Dan and the Midnite Plowboys, Pure Pressure, the Sneakers Jazz Band, and the Will Patton Ensemble.  Paul and Clyde’s musical partnership has spanned over 50 years! 

Annie and the Hedonists - 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), 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.  

Admission to the Saturday Evening Concert is included with the Saturday Evening Concert ticket, the Saturday All Access Pass and the Weekend All Access Pass. 
The Saturday Evening Concert in the church occurs at the same time as the Evening Dances in the Firehouse tent - please be certain, when buying tickets, to buy the correct ticket as dance tickets will not be honored at the concert and vice versa - if you would like the option of moving between the two venues you are welcome to purchase a ticket for each - or cover all your bases with a Saturday All Access Pass or a Weekend All Access pass!

General Information:
The seating capacity at the Peacham Congregational Church is limited to 300 by fire code so admission for the concerts in the church are offered on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Note also that the Peacham Congregational Church is a classic 150 year old building with wooden pews - about one-third of the pews have cushions, but for those in the au naturale sections, patrons might want to bring along a cushion for seating comfort.

NEW This Year:  Check out the new Firehouse Tent located at the top of the hill all where all the Contra Dances, Family Dance, and Blues/Swing Dance will take place as well as full slate of Concerts.  Please visit the Firehouse Tent page HERE for the complete Firehouse Tent schedule
The Craft Fair Stage also presents Concerts all Saturday afternoon located near the Craft Fair and Food Court.  
Please visit the Craft Fair Stage page HERE for the complete Craft Fair Stage schedule.

All Peacham Acoustic Music Festival venues are smoke and alcohol free.
No audio or video recording or flash photography without the express written permission of the performer and Copithorn Productions!
Tickets available on line at www.catamountarts.com or call (802) 748-2600 of (888) 757-5559 (credit cards accepted)
Tickets will also be available at the festival on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday -while seats are available - (cash, check or credit) 
Line-up is subject to change or adjustment.  We will update the concert information as additions or changes occur.