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Explore the Rich Musical Traditions of Quebec, Newfoundland, Ireland, France and Scandinavia with a Fresh New Perspective in an Evening with Nightingale: August 28th, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Nightingale is Becky Tracy (fiddle), Jeremiah McLane, (piano and accordion), and Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals), each of whom have enjoyed successful solo careers as well with the group. For over 15 years, they have been successfully enhancing the rich musical traditions of Celtic and other genres of Quebec, Newfoundland, Ireland, France, and Scandinavia, with their own highly original performance interpretations. The nightingale has appeared constantly as a theme in many a folk song from these areas of the world, hence the group’s name. Although the ensemble’s playing style is distinctly progressive, it still manages to portray a truly traditional sound to the audience. The total musical package is further enhanced by its prominent rhythmic character, reminiscent of the days when Nightingale was largely considered a dance band. However no longer the case, the group currently performs at both major and minor events of all kinds, and has previously toured heavily, both in the US and abroad. They have been featured in Sing Out magazine and on Canadian radio amongst other accolades. To learn more,  you can visit their website and have a look around. To see a list of their cds along with listening samples, visit them on Myspace. Hopefully however, you will take this opportunity to experience them live and in person.

Event Details :

When: August 28th – Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)

Tickets: $18.00 (general public), $17.00 (students and seniors), $15.00 (members)

            Purchase online or by calling (501) 405-ARTS/x2787

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August 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Be Both Highly Entertained and Educated: Let Stambandet Serenade You with Their Authentic Renditions of Traditional Nordic Song – Thursday, January 28th @ 7:30 p.m.

For over 30 years now, the a cappella vocal group Stambandet has been bringing the beauty and cultural richness of traditional Nordic song to the New England area and elsewhere. There are currently 12 members of the ensemble, most of whom were born in Scandinavia. Led by Berklee professor Allen Levines since 1985, they have managed to keep their performances not only acutely authentic, but highly artistically accomplished as well. Their aim has always been to give their audiences a true appreciation and understanding of   Scandinavian folk song traditions while also presenting to them various aspects of Nordic culture.  I would also point out here, that they are the only group in the United States with such an intense focus on this particular genre, thus making an attendance at one of their concerts a rare treat indeed!

Stambandet performs seldom heard vocal repertoire from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark. They sing in up to 7-part harmony in 6 different languages presented within a framework of numerous uniquely Scandinavian folk styles. Among the most interesting and intriguing of these vocal techniques is “trall”, a related form of “scat”, only their voices are imitating Nordic fiddle tunes rather than jazz instrumental improvisations. Visit their web site to hear audio samples, attain a list of recordings available for sale, or view a calendar of upcoming concerts. (I would assume that they are intending to post the upcoming 2010 season shortly)


Event Details:

When: January 30th – Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.  

Where: David Friend Recital Hall (Berklee College of Music)

Ticket Pricing & Other Info: (617) 747-2261

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January 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

FYI – World Music Events – 1/9-1/10, 1/11, 1/14

Just got the heads-up on these great upcoming World Music events:

Boston Celtic Music Festival (BCMFest) – Harvard Square & Medford (1/9-1/10)

DJARV (Swedish Folk Music and Dance) – St. John’s United Methodist Church, Watertown (1/11) 

Jeremy Kittel Band (Celtic/World Fusion) – Club Passim (1/14)

January 8, 2009 at 2:51 am Leave a comment

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