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2015~2016 Season Pass


MountainFolk is again offering season tickets

for all five concerts priced at $65.


The venue’s annual sustainability is dependent on the ongoing support of our local community. Folks from Tunbridge, Royalton, Chelsea, Strafford, Sharon, Bethel, Barnard and beyond can bolster Mountain Folk’s ability to present eclectic artists from all walks of folk….blues, Americana, celtic, world, bluegrass and country. Past performers have included John Gorka, The Tannahill Weavers, Eliza Gilkyson, Ollabelle, The Honey Dewdrops, Harry Manx, Kate Campbell, Tom Russell and New Found Road. Like last year, these season passes will be deemed transferable in case you can’t make a specific show and would like a friend to go in your place. If you become a member, please let me know whether you would like your pass(es) mailed to you (include mailing address) or held at the door the night of the show. Just drop me a note via the contact form.


Mark Erelli


January 23rd, 7:30

Tunbridge Town Hall


$15 Advanced, $20 at the Door

In life, the moments when “it all comes together” sneak up on you. For singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Mark Erelli, that moment happened one random afternoon in his basement studio. While cutting a few Bill Morrissey songs to work on his recording chops, Erelli ended up recording a profound album that encapsulates his life in music. This September he issues this creative milestone, Milltowns, a loving tribute to his late musical hero Bill Morrissey.


“There are a lot of different themes at play on this album,” Erelli says. “The student carrying on after the teacher is gone; me being the same age now that Bill was when he made my favorite albums of his; the nature of folk music being a passed down heritage; and the fact that this project weaves together my work as a solo artist, sideman and producer.”


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Erelli first encountered the music of Bill Morrissey when he was a college student and spotted the famed Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen wearing a Bill Morrissey t-shirt in the liner notes of one of Keen’s records. Erelli grew up in New England, and Bill Morrissey’s music helped legitimize the budding singer-songwriter’s perspective. “Up until then, I thought all the real troubadours were from Texas,” Erelli reveals. “Bill’s songs helped me tap into my own world and experiences and see New England as valid geography for Americana music. From that point on, Bill became one of my biggest musical heroes.”

Milltowns opens with a sweetly weary version of Bill Morrissey’s classic “Birches,” and 12 songs later closes with the title track, an original Erelli penned for his mentor. Erelli says: “Milltowns chronicles the first time I met Bill and the last time I saw him.” The two songwriters’ initial meeting was celebratory, two folkies hanging out all night drinking and trading off playing everything from Mississippi John Hurt and the Beatles, to Gershwin and

the Stones. The last time the two saw each other they played on a bill together in Portland Maine. Morrissey was in bad health due to years of drinking, and Erelli accompanied him and helped him through the set. Erelli describes this painfully complex moment in “Milltowns:”


I was getting ready to go on / you said “Grasshopper, you sing ‘Birches’ / I’ve been singing it for too long” / So I sang it like I’d written it / though I wished you hadn’t asked / ‘Cause I couldn’t shake the feeling / like something was being passed


Other Milltowns highlights are an achingly beautiful “23rd Street” featuring gorgeous harmonies by Anais Mitchell, and a devastating reading of one of Bill Morrissey’s best-known ballads “These Cold Fingers,” both of which also showcase the album’s refined and bucolic production aesthetic. Recently, Erelli has been making a name for himself with his nuanced and atmospheric production style—prior to Milltowns, he produced an acclaimed album for Lori McKenna—and the album is a wonderful showcase for his stunning studio recording chops.


Erelli recorded the core of Milltowns in one marathon day-long recording session in his basement. “I had sent a batch of original songs to someone hoping he might produce my next album, and he said the songs weren’t finished,” reveals Erelli. “So I set them aside to reevaluate, and thought I would focus instead on getting better at recording at home. I had printed out a collection of all Bill Morrissey’s lyrics that someone had recently posted online, and they were sitting there on a music stand. I picked one out and pressed ‘record.’ Four weeks and 12 Bill Morrissey songs later, I realized ‘this is the new album I am supposed to make.’” Erelli layered on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, bass, drums and percussion himself, and then invited friends like Rose Cousins, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, Sam Kassirer, Anais Mitchell, Peter Mulvey, Rose Polenzani, and Charlie Rose to add subtle beauty to the tracks.


“It felt right and meaningful to do this,” Erelli says reflecting back on Milltowns. “As wonderful as Bill was, people aren’t as familiar with his work as maybe they should be. He was like a lighthouse to me, and I want to give back and reflect some of that light to a new generation.”tracks.


Jim Rooney

and the

Starline Rhythm Boys


March 19th, 7:30

Tunbridge Town Hall


$15 Advanced, $20 at the Door

Jim Rooney is a folksinger. He is a leading member of the generation that came of age during the great folk music revival of the late 50s/early 60s for whom the moniker ‘folksinger’  encompassed not only performing but, like Alan Lomax, Mike Seeger, Paul Clayton, Dave Van Ronk, and others, also included folklore “scholarship” exploring related roots music.


Rooney’s career branched into many areas of bringing this heritage into the popular culture – from managing the quintessential Boston coffeehouse CLUB 47 to booking the NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL  to publishing songs recorded by country music megastar GARTH BROOKS to producing albums of a number of the most influential post-Dylan singer-songwriters ( Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Iris Dement) to authoring works documenting the history of American folk music. The latest addition  to this last category is a personal memoir, IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN (University of Illinois Press, 2014).



The Starline Rhythm Boys

Danny Coane, the rockin' pride of Vermont, just keeps rollin'. He has fronted bluegrass, country and blues bands, but the rockabilly, rock 'n roll act "The Throbulators" gained him national exposure. Danny led the "Throbs" across the country and across the border. When you talk about "the real deal", you're talking about cats like Danny. He writes and sings with relentless enthusiasm, and picks a banjo and guitar with equal ability. He is the singer and rhythmic foundation for the band he now fronts. In short, Little Danny C. is "Pepper Hot, Baby."


Billy Bratcher holds down the beat for the trio on upright bass. He toured with Texas Juke Joint King Wayne Hancock and became well known throughout the US for mastering the unique "slap bass" style. He can be heard on the title track of Hancock's "That's What Daddy Wants" CD. In addition to his high energy playing and flamboyant showmanship, Billy B. is a consummate song writer. Billy writes most of the Starline Rhythm Boys songs and their latest CD, "Honky Tonk Livin'", features 13 originals that ring like classics.


Al Lemery shines bright under any stage light. The sound that echoes out of his well-used Fender "widow maker" can be spine-tingling. Al has been banging out the beat throughout the northeast for 30 years. After stints in Albany, NY with the likes of Johnny Rabb's Jailhouse Rockers, Al made his way north to Burlington, VT. He is in his element with The Starline Rhythm Boys. When "Big Al" croons out a ballad, everybody listens. His powerful harmonies round out the trio's high lonesome and hot rockin' sound.




April 16th, 7:30

Tunbridge Town Hall


$15 Advanced, $20 at the Door

"Led by their grooves, Barika is wholly rhythmic, captivating audiences with the beautiful, hypnotic way in which they interweave melody and groove to create something that is not only danceable, but incredibly interesting to listen to. Barika creates a soundscape of funk soaked in psychedelic, West African resonance." - Performer Magazine


Two years in the making, Remember is the full-length debut from New England's Indie/West-African Psychadelic darlings, Barika. A mesmerizing blend of highly danceable polyrhythmic grooves mixed with ethereal dub-scape, Barika (pronounced body-kah) is the brain-child of Kamel N'goni player and Percussionist Craig Myers. The Kamel N'goni, a traditional West African harp from the Wassoulou region of Mali is the driving force on the album, peppered by deep horn, keyboard and bass grooves with uncompromising, sharp hitting drums.


From Burlington, Vermont, the seven-piece ensemble features Caleb Bronze (Drums), Giovanni Rovetto (Bass), Andrew Moroz (Trombone & Keyboards), Craig Myers (Kamel N'goni, Percussion), Will Andrews (Synth/Effects), and Michael Chorney (Baritone Sax)


From Hidden Track: "Over the course of Remember's ten tracks, Barika shows off their versatility. There's a shred-heavy guitar solo in Blues For Segu, synth-swirls a plenty on Grounded and the more groove-heavy Eh Baba. Yet, in most cases it all starts with a dynamic Kamel N'goni riff from Myers and builds outwards."


Think high-energy, according to Thread Magazine, in the likes of the powerfully rooted Afro-Beat music of such artists as Fela Kuti or King Sunny Ade, with the modern edge and pop of the more recent Rubblebucket and Toubab Krewe.


Performer Magazine called Barika "wholly rhythmic, captivating audiences with the beautiful, hypnotic way in which they interweave melody and groove to create something that is not only danceable, but incredibly interesting to listen to. Barika creates a soundscape of funk soaked in psychedelic, West African resonance. The outfit stands out because they are multidimensional"


Their live shows attract a wide range of fans from imporovisational music lovers, to world music aficionados, to indie and rock fans. Band leader Craig Myers has studied traditional West African music for the past 13 years, traveling through Mali, Senegal, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast and has toured extensively over the past several years with both Rubblebucket and Mike Gordon (of Phish).

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