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Saturday October 7th

The Joe K. Walsh Band

Hailed by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Vintage Guitar Magazine as “brilliant”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, folk star Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow have taken him all over the global and musical map. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. After a number of award-winning years as mandolinist with bluegrass stars the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between an inventive string band called Mr Sun (featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy and Ethan Jodziewicz) a duo with Grant Gordy, and his own band. An avid educator, Joe is a mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music. He teaches regularly at music camps throughout North America and beyond, and teaches online through Peghead Nation. 

Joe will be performing in Ripton with Avril Smith on guitar, Brittany Karlson, bass, and John Mailander on fiddle. 

Saturday November 4th

Hollar General

Hollar General plays there own brand of acoustic music. The song based quartentet infuses improvisation and subtle but complex rhythms into Chorney’s book of sometimes ethereal, sometimes driving songs. Guitarist and vocalist Michael Chorney, bassist Robinson Morse and drummer Geza Carr have worked together for years. They are the foundation of the Hadestown Orchestra, the touring group that performs Chorney’s and Anais Mitchell collaboration "Hadestown”. 

The addition of pedal steel player Brett Lanier and Dan Davine on vibes provides the perfect compliment both in sound and in musical personality to the road-seasoned trio. In addition to Chorney’s songs Hollar General plays unique renditions of works by Tennessee Williams, Sun Ra and other unlikely sources. “Magic” - Matt Bushlow, Seven Days

The orchestrations are simultaneously rich and spare, deftly echoing the sounds of traditional folk music while also having an indie-pop flair. -New York Times

A shifting landscape of styles and sounds, from orchestral indie folk to mountain music to avant-garde jazz, melding together brilliantly and beautifully. -Seven Days, Vermont
 

 

Saturday December 2

Daddy Long Legs

DaddyLongLegs is the confluence of three well known Vermont musicians – Rick Ceballos, David Gusakov and Matt Witten –
whose talents merge to form a dynamic and highly original trad folk trio. Along with interesting settings of Celtic and old-time tunes, the band also explores genres not common to the fiddle-banjo repertoire including 1930’s jazz standards, Galician airs, 16th-century dance tunes and 19th-century Americana. Playing fiddle, viola, banjo, gourd banjo, piano, guitar, percussion and vocals, DaddyLongLegs creates vibrant, sensitive and surprising 21st century folk music.

Saturday Jan 6th 2018

Night Tree

I just saw this band at The New World Festival ( Sept. 3, 2017) in Randolph-**Incredible!** We are so honored to have them play in Ripton! Rooted in original works spanning from the Celtic world, sextet Night Tree creates original music that borrows from the Swedish, Jewish and American folk tradition. Night Tree includes the dark resonance of the cello, baritone saxophone, and cajón meeting with the drones of accordion and intertwining with the soaring melodies of dueling fiddles. Contrast is created with the replacement of the baritone saxophone with the soprano saxophone, adding another fiddle-like melodic instrument to the mix. Drawing from an unusually diverse mix of musical backgrounds, Night Tree has discovered a sound both colorfully and resonantly different while delving into the realm of harmonies and rhythm that range from edgy to inviting, both unheard of and timeless. Night Tree, named the 2016-2017 Wildcard Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory (NEC), first began in a practice room starting with just fiddle, cajon, and accordion. It quickly expanded to include an additional fiddle player, cellist, and baritone saxophone. This creative and spiritually connected band held early rehearsals in complete darkness to have an unobscured focus on developing their musical and aural connection. These rehearsals guided them as they targeted each other’s individual sounds. Duos and trios formed within the ensemble, as well as building and molding the sound of the band. Rehearsals consisted from free improvisations to traditional Irish jig-to-reel sets and everything in between, as can be heard in their arrangement ‘Ships’, which surrounds two traditional tunes about actual ocean vessels with improvisational sections that depict a shipwreck. “One of the most exciting roots-based music groups to emerge from the New England Conservatory in many years.  Their individual chops and adventurous approach make Night Tree a band to watch for." - Brian O'Donovan, WGBH

I just saw this band at The New World Festival ( Sept. 3, 2017) in Randolph-**Incredible!** We are so honored to have them play in Ripton!

Rooted in original works spanning from the Celtic world, sextet Night Tree creates original music that borrows from the Swedish, Jewish and American folk tradition. Night Tree includes the dark resonance of the cello, baritone saxophone, and cajón meeting with the drones of accordion and intertwining with the soaring melodies of dueling fiddles. Contrast is created with the replacement of the baritone saxophone with the soprano saxophone, adding another fiddle-like melodic instrument to the mix. Drawing from an unusually diverse mix of musical backgrounds, Night Tree has discovered a sound both colorfully and resonantly different while delving into the realm of harmonies and rhythm that range from edgy to inviting, both unheard of and timeless.

Night Tree, named the 2016-2017 Wildcard Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory (NEC), first began in a practice room starting with just fiddle, cajon, and accordion. It quickly expanded to include an additional fiddle player, cellist, and baritone saxophone. This creative and spiritually connected band held early rehearsals in complete darkness to have an unobscured focus on developing their musical and aural connection. These rehearsals guided them as they targeted each other’s individual sounds. Duos and trios formed within the ensemble, as well as building and molding the sound of the band. Rehearsals consisted from free improvisations to traditional Irish jig-to-reel sets and everything in between, as can be heard in their arrangement ‘Ships’, which surrounds two traditional tunes about actual ocean vessels with improvisational sections that depict a shipwreck.

“One of the most exciting roots-based music groups to emerge from the New England Conservatory in many years.  Their individual chops and adventurous approach make
Night Tree a band to watch for."

- Brian O'Donovan, WGBH

Saturday February 3rd

Pepper and Sassafrass

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo. Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix. Based in upstate New York, the two musicians collaborated on Rodgers’ latest album, Almost There, and performed with the full JPR Band in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Now known as Pepper and Sassafras, the duo has quickly made a mark on the folk/roots scene. In 2016, they were selected as Best Duo finalist at FreshGrass and the New Voices winner at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival. Jeffrey and Wendy meander comfortably from laugh-out-loud funny to beautiful love songs and rousing sing-alongs…all performed with great musicianship and goose-bump harmony. —Jim Clare, Tunes by the Tracks “It’s the blend. It’s the instruments. It’s the ideas. It’s the creativity. It’s the authority. It’s the flair. It’s the flirting. It’s the fast fingers. It’s the laughing. It’s the words. It’s the rock. It’s the folk. It’s the wit. It’s hard to put your finger on just what you like best about Rodgers and Ramsay.”—Nancy Emrich, LilFest

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo.

Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.

Based in upstate New York, the two musicians collaborated on Rodgers’ latest album, Almost There, and performed with the full JPR Band in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Now known as Pepper and Sassafras, the duo has quickly made a mark on the folk/roots scene. In 2016, they were selected as Best Duo finalist at FreshGrass and the New Voices winner at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival.

Jeffrey and Wendy meander comfortably from laugh-out-loud funny to beautiful love songs and rousing sing-alongs…all performed with great musicianship and goose-bump harmony.
Jim Clare, Tunes by the Tracks

“It’s the blend. It’s the instruments. It’s the ideas. It’s the creativity. It’s the authority. It’s the flair. It’s the flirting. It’s the fast fingers. It’s the laughing. It’s the words. It’s the rock. It’s the folk. It’s the wit. It’s hard to put your finger on just what you like best about Rodgers and Ramsay.”—Nancy Emrich, LilFest

  Yann & Pascal started their musical journey 20 years ago, busking on the streets of Montréal. They have since played over a thousand shows in twenty countries with the Quebecois trio Genticorum, and they now return as a duo to present an intimate show based on the close musical bond forged by years of touring together. Yann and Pascal are both master entertainers, and this format provides plenty of space for their musical personalities to shine. Pascal’s fiddling, Yann’s guitar accompaniment, and the duo's vast repertoire of traditional songs and tunes are all presented with elegance and effortless musicianship. Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelors degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America). His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with his main project Genticorum. He also toured for three years with the award winning Celtic and world group The McDades. Yann has taught his guitar style at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, at the Goderich Celtic College as well as for Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp. Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene.Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries. From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him.  After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec.  Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music. Pascal is now as much in demand as a teacher as a performer.   He has been teaching weekly at the Ecole des Arts de la Veillée in Montreal since 2003, as well as at music workshops and master classes around the world, including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick (Ireland), the Goderich Celtic College (Ontario - Canada), The festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend (Washington - USA), the Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp (California - USA) and recently the Quasitrad music camp (Australia). Pascal also works as a music producer, with his CD, “L’Amant Confesseur” nominated for a Canadian Folk award, as a studio musician, and recently,  as the  artistic director of the Sutton Fiddle festival, QC.  

 

Yann & Pascal started their musical journey 20 years ago, busking on the streets of Montréal. They have since played over a thousand shows in twenty countries with the Quebecois trio Genticorum, and they now return as a duo to present an intimate show based on the close musical bond forged by years of touring together. Yann and Pascal are both master entertainers, and this format provides plenty of space for their musical personalities to shine. Pascal’s fiddling, Yann’s guitar accompaniment, and the duo's vast repertoire of traditional songs and tunes are all presented with elegance and effortless musicianship.

Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelors degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America).

His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with his main project Genticorum. He also toured for three years with the award winning Celtic and world group The McDades.

Yann has taught his guitar style at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, at the Goderich Celtic College as well as for Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp.

Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene.Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries.

From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him.  After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec.  Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.

Pascal is now as much in demand as a teacher as a performer.   He has been teaching weekly at the Ecole des Arts de la Veillée in Montreal since 2003, as well as at music workshops and master classes around the world, including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick (Ireland), the Goderich Celtic College (Ontario - Canada), The festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend (Washington - USA), the Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp (California - USA) and recently the Quasitrad music camp (Australia).

Pascal also works as a music producer, with his CD, “L’Amant Confesseur” nominated for a Canadian Folk award, as a studio musician, and recently,  as the  artistic director of the Sutton Fiddle festival, QC.

 

 

Saturday April 7th

Robinson & Rohe

Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson met a decade ago through their love of participatory music-making and American folk song. Their original repertoire is inspired by the traditions they hold dear and features carefully crafted lyrics, elegant vocal harmonies, and detailed arrangements for guitar, banjo, and accordion.

Acclaimed songwriters and performers in their own rights, they bring with them a wealth of creative experience. Liam was a cast member in the Tony Award-winning play, “Warhorse” and recently music directed the hit Off-Broadway folk opera “Hadestown” by songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. He routinely tours and records with the Becca Stevens Band.

Jean Rohe’s songwriting has won accolades from the Independent Music Awards, ASCAP, and the Montreux Jazz Festival vocal contest. Her song, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” has been performed and recorded by artists across the country and was published in the latest edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing. Jean was a Troubadour finalist at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

 

Saturday May 5th

Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette

CD Release Concert

Full band show with special guests!

Vermont-based acoustic duo that performs primarily original music with a clear traditional-roots influence. They've been known for strong, imaginative vocals and harmonies, often compared to classic sibling harmony duos. Ruane provides an inventive instrumental backing on guitars, octave mandolin and ukulele.  They  have toured throughout New England and beyond, appeared in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, on Folkstage on WMFT, Chicago, Illinois, on Bound for Glory on WVBR, Ithaca, New York, and at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York. Richard Ruane’s songwriting has received wide recognition. He has been a finalist or award-winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Contest, the Plowshares Coffeehouse Singer-Songwriter Competition, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the SolarFest Songwriter Showcase. Ruane is adept at the fine art of storytelling put to song. His originals speak to different shades of love, joy, mystery and real life. Terry Lickona - producer of Austin City Limits Ruane is a talented storyteller, painting whole scenes with his lyrics. Duquette has a lovely voice, and her soulfulness shines through. Robert Resnik – Vermont’s Seven Days Duquette’s and Ruane’s voices weave delightfully through each other and the music. Herb van der Poll - Vermont's Seven Days

Vermont-based acoustic duo that performs primarily original music with a clear traditional-roots influence. They've been known for strong, imaginative vocals and harmonies, often compared to classic sibling harmony duos. Ruane provides an inventive instrumental backing on guitars, octave mandolin and ukulele. 

They  have toured throughout New England and beyond, appeared in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, on Folkstage on WMFT, Chicago, Illinois, on Bound for Glory on WVBR, Ithaca, New York, and at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Richard Ruane’s songwriting has received wide recognition. He has been a finalist or award-winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Contest, the Plowshares Coffeehouse Singer-Songwriter Competition, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the SolarFest Songwriter Showcase.

Ruane is adept at the fine art of storytelling put to song. His originals speak to different shades of love, joy, mystery and real life. Terry Lickona - producer of Austin City Limits

Ruane is a talented storyteller, painting whole scenes with his lyrics. Duquette has a lovely voice, and her soulfulness shines through. Robert Resnik – Vermont’s Seven Days

Duquette’s and Ruane’s voices weave delightfully through each other and the music. Herb van der Poll - Vermont's Seven Days

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The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio features Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on, as Heather often puts it from stage, "everything else" - guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, cornet.   Originally hailing from Erie, PA, Davy Sturtevant is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, songwriter, and performer who now makes his home in Lovell, ME.  Armed with a gorgeous tenor voice and a mighty arsenal of instruments ranging from dobro to fiddle to cornet that come to life in his capable hands, Davy is at once a witty, thoughtful, and engaging stage presence.   New Hampshire native Shawn Nadeau brings a rock solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz.  In their able hands, these three veteran musicians have catapulted Heather's live performances of her deep well of Americana originals - folk, jazz, blues - with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies.   The trio’s debut EP, Still She Will Fly, was released in May 2015.  Its title track was the #2 single on the Folk radio charts for the year in 2015, and three other songs were also in the Top 100 singles on Folk radio that same year.  The trio’s full-length debut, Singin’, releases on June 30, 2017, the tenth release on Heather’s own record label, Vessel Recordings.  Singin’ is a document of ten originals and two classics, spanning from the streets of New Orleans to the valleys of Appalachia.

Throughout her colorful career, her eclectic skill set continues to propel her onto concert hall stages and into barrooms, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms and churches.  With over 200 shows a year in venues all over the United States, her nearly non-stop performance schedule speaks of her tireless work ethic and endless devotion to her craft.  Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow.   Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and of life with others – one song, one heart, one mind at a time.

"[Heather] has created a new trio that embraces Americana styles and gives it a new perspective.  Blending jazz, folk, blues with three part harmonies and stellar instrumentals, this band turns heads!"
Ron Olesko | Sing Out! Magazine | WFDU 

"She killed it in a New Orleans style jazzy blues that didn't seem to be able to come from such a youthful reserved woman!"
Eddie "Edge" Ferranti | HoustonMusicReview.com

 “There's a real pureness to her voice as she leads us through intimate corners of her experiences and tells stories with a Joni Mitchell kind of edge… Her hands float on and above the piano keys with the ease of a longtime player; it's as if it's as second nature as breathing.” 
Aimsel Ponti | Portland Press Herald 

"Heather is like two great acts in one, sliding from sweet acoustic Appalachian old-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith."
DC Bloom | Lone Star Music Magazine

 

http://www.heatherpierson.com The Potboilers (Jeremy Dean, guitar; Al Hospers, bass; Carl Iacozili, drums, Heather Pierson, piano and vocals) perform the Allman Brothers song "Whipping Post" at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine. Filmed on October 27th, 2010.