Byfield Community Arts Center
Door 7:30 pm - Music 8:00 pm
Suggested Donation $15.00
Table seating. Beer, wine, coffee, soft drinks, and snacks.
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" . . . McAuliffe's Old School Moderne is medicine for the soul and ears . . . McAuliffe is uncannily adept at translating emotions and humor in a variety of nifty Americana roots styles...He's married fine singer-songwriter sensibility to his more rocking, edgier side. He throws in some humor, some barrelhouse, some snake rattle and plenty of electric guitar "
—Bill Copeland, Music News
American Roots recording artist Grant Maloy Smith heard the strains of bluegrass from his Kentucky-born and raised Grandmother, and it got into his blood. His widely anticipated latest album Dust Bowl - American Stories is set squarely in the Great Plains of the 1930's. John Apice of NO DEPRESSION magazine writes “A heartland masterpiece … Lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie … Bound to become a classic…”
Diane is a talented songwriter. Her sweet voice makes you sit up and take notice of her powerful words. "I grew up on the Wading River, in Norton, MA and we had a swimming hole there. When I was young I would go to the end of the diving board and sing to the trees. They were a lovely audience; the swaying branches and rustling leaves sounded amusingly like applause. " -Diane Battistello
FOLKSOUL DUO is Fred Simmons and Leslie Vogel, doing what we do, on trombone, guitar, keyboard and accordion, playing which ever songs we choose from our repertoire. without any help from our friends.
"I’ve travelled much of the country singing Irish music, original folk-rock music, country-rock music...and made several trips to Nashville, where I placed two original songs with two major publishing firms and almost moved there in the early 90’s....but my roots are in New England!" Julie Dougherty
"I have been listening to.. Julie Dougherty for two weeks to the exclusion of all other music. In twenty five years in the music business I know of no other singer like her... The songs are beautifully crafted. The musicianship is superb...an extraordinary accomplishment from a one-of-a-kind artist."
Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Call it New England Americana with a twang.
A noted guitar stylist? A musical pilgrim? Yeah, sure, why not? I've been called all of the above. If I were just ONE of those, I'd be bored. But by moving through a wide variety of influences, I've managed to come up with a number of original songs that present new ideas, while respecting the hand-made, real-time, roots music that inspires me in the first place.
An accessible singer/songwriter with a strong, supple voice, Kirsten's music is honest and heartfelt, whether she's telling a story, delving into an emotion, or capturing a moment in time. With a relaxed stage presence and ready smile, Kirsten invites her audience to share her love of music and songwriting. Kirsten performs as a solo act, and as one half of the duo Kirsten & Dave. She is also an accomplished flutist. In addition, she loves to accompany other musicians, both on flute and harmonies.
Jim has a real gift of bringing a room together when he performs. His positive energy and captivating music engages the audience!. His music carries a universal flow of emotions and experience that we can all identify with.
Crowes Pasture is the Boston-based acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. The duo brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions, including such artists as Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Ian & Sylvia and the Civil Wars.
SINGER-VIOLINIST TRISH DECAPRIO "boasts a gorgeous mezzo-soprano voice while bowing a mean country fiddle." - Douglas Sloane , Metronome Magazine "Trish is fun to watch and her fiddle playing is excellent. She can also pluck out a bouncing melody, as in her freshened up version of The Beatles "I Will" - T. Max, The Noise Magazine.
SINGER- INSTRUMENTALIST MICHAEL WHITNEY performs creative musical interpretations with driving guitar rhythms and masterful finger picking. Mike's full baritone vocals express a soulful resonance.
This is cutting-edge acoustic folk -- mindful of the heart, mindful of ancestry, mindful of life and death and joy; with strings, vocals, and original compositions, the Gusakovs (father and son) create music that reflects their love of Appalachian old-time, classical, gypsy jazz, and their own Eastern European roots.
“...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others.” - Chris Payne, Billboard Magazine
RACHEL KILGOUR is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival.
"Liz Frame is one of the most compelling, interesting and emotive voices I’ve hard in a long, long time...” --Marian Leighton-Levy/Rounder Records
LIZ FRAME AND THE KICKERS have found their way into the choicest venues as they’ve worked their way from New England to the mid Atlantic, attracting rave notices along the way. Some critics have compared her singing to Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt, while others have noted similarities in her songwriting to the work of Dolly Parton and Lucinda Williams.
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