BarnArts Music Series June Line-up at Feast and Field
Beginning June 1st
BarnArts Thursday Music Series presents twenty weeks of an eclectic music line-up at Feast and Field Market, a unique farmers market held in the back fields of a working farm where Feast and Field Farmers share a lease. Visitors can come to this inspiring setting not only to enjoy tunes, but to dine and shop from our local farmers and artisans, strengthening our local arts and agricultural economy.
Events begin June 1st. Concerts begin each week at 5:30 and are sustained by donations in the sap bucket (a hat would be too small) and through business and private sponsors. Market hours are 4:30-7:30
directions: 1544 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT.
Events begin June 1st. Meet the June Artists:
The Bobs: Thursday, June 1:
The Bobs, an acoustic string band, perform a rare collection of old-time music (and a dash of contemporary folk) with an unassuming verve for the genre. You’ll hear rollicking reels and jigs via twin fiddles alongside ballads backed by double guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and harmonica. Will Wright, multi-instrumentalist, plays fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, cajón, and the occasional lead guitar; Kevin Wright plays rhythm and slide guitar (including some mean blues) and mandolin; Jim Reiman’s rhythm/lead guitar is the group’s instrumental heartbeat; and Spencer Lewis adds his well-established and distinctive style of fiddle and guitar. Everyone sings, although Jim Reiman really sings. The Bobs are a session band with every session being different. It is the union of family and decades of friendship that binds them all to the common core of the music they love.
Backstory on The Bobs:
Will Wright ushered in one of the earliest waves of Vermont’s contemporary old-time bands in the 1970s by teaming up with fiddler George Ainely and banjo/fiddle player Ahmet Baycu to form The Corn Dodgers, fashioned after the infamous 1920s band, the Skillet Lickers. The Bobs were born with Wright & Reiman, who recorded two best selling LP’s for the Rooster Records label: Childhood’s Greatest Hits and A Christmas Present, both in the old-time vein. Spencer began sitting in with Wright & Reiman on the occasional session after he’d moved across the street from Wright in the early 80’s (while in the process of forming Quartz Records). Kevin Wright embraced his father’s vast repertoire of quirky old-time songs (while bending a few to his own interpretations), and his addition to the band only ramped up its fun-loving intensity.
Eugene Uman, director of VT Jazz Center, and director/composer/pianist of the Convergence Project
The Convergence Quartet will be performing songs from their last two albums plus some new material. The band's repertoire converges the musical influences of Uman's life, especially jazz, rock and Colombian folkloric forms (cumbia, pasillo, bambuco, etc.) The goal of the ensemble is to create an atmosphere through sound that brings both joy and thoughtfulness to those who listen closely. Much of the material is danceable because all the band's members are vibrant, creative individuals who feel the music in their bodies; they love to sense that the synchronistic energy they evoke is being received and reciprocated by the audience. Uman will be joined by Michael Zsoldos on saxophones, David Picchu on electric bass and Jon Fisher on drums.
June 15: ReBelle, reggae
ReBelle is a powerful musical force conceived in love, rebellion and the evocative musical vigor of Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou. Their eloquent composition moves along limbs of rasta; elements of jazz and folk; poetic insurgence; ardent listen here.rhythm.
“Few bands brave the more difficult challenges of composing new, intelligent and trail blazing music…ReBelle is one such band.”-Dirty Linen
“ReBelle does some heavy channeling in their live shows…..When ReBelle performs, concert halls become churches, and for several hours, at least, people come together.”- Valley Advocate
“Multilingual, multinational and multi-talented succinctly describes ReBelle.”- Dub Missive
Larry Allen Brown will be joined by bassist William Martin, fiddler Patrick Ross, and guitarist Ed Eastridge.
June 22: Larry Allen Brown and The Acoustic Earth Orchestra, folk
Born and raised in Chicago, Larry has had a long career as lead guitarist for a variety of groups. Heavily influenced by Dave van Ronk, John Fahey, and Martin Simpson, Larry embarked upon a solo career as a composer and performer on the acoustic guitar 15 years ago. A Berklee College of Music alumni, Larry released Cobb Lane in 2000, followed by his second CD, Music for the High Country - The Soundtrack of Blowing Rock. The music is a blend of original compositions, as well as traditional classics, arranged in Larry’s unique style, encompassing both his solo acoustic guitar, and his outstanding chamber ensemble, known as the Acoustic Earth Orchestra.
His most recent recording is "Covered Bridges" which was made possible in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.Have a listen here.
Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.
June 29: Lula Wiles, folk/roots
If you ask Lula Wiles about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn in November and December 2015 through the band’s collaboration with producer/ guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album is Lula Wiles’ first creative statement, an exploration of their sound. The band is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. The songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the record “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.” The three band members swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with six songs penned and sung by fiddler/guitarist Ellie Buckland, four by fiddler/ guitarist Isa Burke, and one by bassist Mali Obomsawin. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited live show that resonates like a whiskey-slap to the heart.
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