Twilight Music presents concerts by international, national and regional performers at  Next Stage and Greenhoe Theatre in Putney, VT, and Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, VT.

We also produce the annual Twilight on the Tavern Lawn concert series in Putney,
a free seven-concert series.


 

Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
CANTRIP and EMERALD RAE
Tickets: $20 Advance / $24 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Putney Food Co-Op in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT


                                               Cantrip    


                                               Emerald Rae                
                                                                                              

Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Emerald Rae.

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.

Cantrip sprung from a local music session in Edinburgh, Scotland sixteen years ago. The band name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief, and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the trio’s musical arrangements as well as the compelling potency of their musicianship. Dan
Houghton (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, vocals) was born in Ghana, but was transported to Scotland shortly thereafter, where he was surrounded by the indigenous music. He has won the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers' Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events, as well as the Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier. Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals) came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. He has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling. As a US native, Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in Boston, and studies with guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music.

"Cantrip must have one of the strongest group personalities on the folk circuit. Their presentation is all energy as they channel modern swoops & slides of sound into the traditional repertoire. Their music comes from wild landscapes & wild places of the spirit."  - The Orcadian

"One of the most intriguing sounds in Celtic music today. An instrumental sound that travels from the darkness to the light. An unmistakable and enormously versatile style. Cantrip both has its feet solidly in tradition, and sees innovation clearly from where it is standing." - Celtic Beat Magazine

US National Scottish Fiddle Champion and Berklee College of Music graduate Emerald Rae has performed with a wide range of musical artists over the years including the Boston-based Celtic Americana band Annalivia, Irish-American singer/songwriter Cathie Ryan, the pan-Celtic international supergroup The Outside Track, and Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America. The masterfully soulful fiddler’s solo performances also feature her vocals, percussive stepdancing and multi-instrumental prowess on guitar and welsh crwth.

Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar.  For more information, visit www.cantrip-music.com, www.emeraldrae.com and www.nextstagearts.org.


Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm
CARAVAN OF THIEVES and THE DUPONT BROTHERS
Tickets: $20 Advance / $24 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Putney Food Co-Op in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT


                                               Caravan of Thieves

                                Dupont Brothers


Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz quartet Caravan of Thieves, plus indie-folk-rock duo The Dupont Brothers.

For the past nine years, Caravan of Thieves has roamed the North American continent recruiting a family of avid thrill seekers at their high energy shows.  Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories.  It’s theatrical and humorous.  It’s musical and intense.  It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs.

In the spring of 2008, vocal harmonizing, acoustic guitar spanking husband and wife songwriting duo Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni extended their family to include violinist Ben Dean and double bassist Brian Anderson.  To accompany their debut full-length CD of dramatic and satirical tales “Bouquet,” they built an interactive stage set of percussive junk, and the ragtag quartet took their newly animated show on the road.  They successfully connected folk, pop, rock and jazz audiences of all ages as they shared stages with world renowned artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, Nanci Griffith, The Decembrists, Ricky Skaggs, Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tony Trischka, John Hammond, John Jorgenson and many others.

Caravan of Thieves released a live CD in 2010 to capture their continuously evolving show and the response and energy that they had been receiving from audiences far and wide.  “Mischief Night” highlights the first two years of their most outrageous and engaging on-stage antics, original composition favorites and a few selections from their list of unexpected cover song reconstructions.  In between their 2011 spring tour legs and stockpiling an ever-growing collection of sonic scrap metal, Fuzz, Carrie, Ben and Brian recorded their CD “The Funhouse,” a fan funded album that brings the band's gypsy swinging folk and cynical sense of humor to new heights.  The quartet’s latest CD “Kiss Kiss” features the dark humor and sarcastic social commentary of Caravan of Thieves' previous albums, with an added emphasis on love and all the beauty and danger it brings.

“Caravan of Thieves pay equal homage to the gypsy jazz of Django, the sweet harmonies of The Beatles and the ‘30s punk of Squirrel Nut Zippers—all while creating a unique sound all their own.” (Relix Magazine)

Burlington, VT–based, indie-folk-rock siblings The Dupont Brothers are “Deeply passionate old souls with a new and refreshing take on contemporary folk-pop music” (The Mountaineer). Since 2013, Sam and Zack have released two CDs “Heavy As Lead” and “A Riddle For You” and an EP “Live At Beehive,” and have toured the US, performing at festivals such as Grand Point North and SXSW and with a variety of national acts including Grammy award-winning artists Sturgill Simpson, Jerry Douglas and Blake Mills.

Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar.  For more information, visit www.caravanofthieves.com, www.dupontbrothersmusic.com and www.nextstagearts.org.



Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm
THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND and THE STOCKWELL BROTHERS BAND

Tickets: $18 Advance / $22 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Putney Food Co-Op in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT


                                              Lonely Heartstring Band


                                                              Stockwell Brothers


Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present an evening of contemporary bluegrass and folk music with The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band.

The Lonely Heartstring Band is Berklee College of Music graduates George Clements, Patrick M'Gonigle, Matt Witler, Gabe Hirshfeld and Charles Clements.  Their music is a combination of old and new styles, melding the sounds of traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and arranging.  Featuring soulful instrumental virtuosity and soaring three-part harmonies, the quintet has generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and venues since 2012.  Whether it’s a festival stage, theater or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse and heartfelt performance.  “These are musicians of dynamic imagination and massive musical talent” -  Elmore Magazine.  “The Lonely Heartstring Band, may well be a precursor of what bluegrass music will sound like in the future" - Bluegrass Today

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies.  They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.



Featuring 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest winner Bruce Stockwell, The Stockwell Brothers have performed alongside artists from Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs to Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Jonathan Edwards and Asleep At The Wheel, recorded with Mike Auldridge and Phil Rosenthal of the bluegrass supergroup The Seldom Scene, and toured throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe.  As a trio, they have released two albums, Stobro and Leave My Dreams Alone.  “Tasty arrangements; brotherly harmonies, perfectly blended instruments and great songs.” – Music Revue

Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar.  For more information, visit www.lonelyheartstringband.com, www.stockwellbrothers.com and www.nextstagearts.org.


Coming Soon:

7/28/17 THE SEAMUS EGAN PROJECT - Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present founding member of the Irish-American supergroup Solas Seamus Egan with friends and musical guests exploring the further reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond.

 

Twilight Music Info: stobro@svcable.net, 802-254-9276

Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery 139 Main Street Brattleboro, VT
Next Stage  15 Kimball Hill Putney, VT
Greenhoe Theatre Landmark College River Road South Putney, VT
New England Youth Theatre 100 Flat Street Brattleboro, VT

 

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