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Dar Williams

“Dar Williams is a songwriter of immense talent” – Telegraph UK

Last Dance Productions is please to present Dar Williams in concert with special guest Catie Curtis, February 5, 2016 at the Regent Theatre, Arlington MA at 7:30pm.  This will be a benefit concert for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Ticket information here.

Dar Williams

Dar Williams

Williams growth as an individual over her almost two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. Raised in Chappaqua, N.Y., and educated at Wesleyan University, Williams spent 10 years living in the thriving artistic community of Northampton, Mass., where she began to make the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit. Joan Baez, an early fan of her music, took Williams out on the road and recorded several of her songs.

Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her ninth studio record, Emerald, marks a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history.

“I’m now experiencing the fruits of the alternative culture I was part of in the ‘90s,” she says. “I think I’ve made choices about how I lived my life, outside of the world that was going to fit me among the mainstream norms, and I chose to stay with my friends, to stay with my culture. That turns out to have been the sturdiest structure I could have built for myself. And that’s in my songs, it’s in my teaching. I’m a believer in what can happen when we make music together.” – Dar Williams  More on Dar Williams here.

Catie Curtis

Catie Curtis

Very Special Guest Catie Curtis is a veteran on the singer/songwriter folk scene. She’s performed at the White House, two Presidential Inaugural Balls, with Lilith Fair, and at Carnegie Hall. Winner of several Boston Music Awards, she also took the Grand Prize in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries). The New Yorker called Catie a “folk-rock goddess.”  More on Catie Curtis here.

Ticket Information Here

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan organization that lobbies, educates and litigates in order to preserve the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. More info here.

 

The Kennedys

New Bedford, it’s the first weekend in July, you’re on the historic cobblestone streets, music fills the air, the sent of the food court is calling your name and the crafts inspire and amaze.

Alan and Helene korokenko

Festival Directors Alan and Helene Korokenko

The New Bedford Folk Festival celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year. On July 4th and 5th, under perfect summer skies

the festival community came together.

Take a look at Neale Eckstein’s wonderful slice of the festival.

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New Bedford Folk Festival

Photographs say so much more than words about capturing the spirit and the community of the festival.

Thanks to Jake Jacobson and Neale Eckstein

Danielle Miraglia

Danielle Miraglia

The Kennedys

The Kennedys

Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert

 

 The New Bedford Standard times said it nicely.

“The New Bedford Folk Festival further cemented its reputation in the musical world Saturday

with a jam-packed Day 1 in the downtown national park district.”

Read More Here

Workshop at The Z

Workshop at The Z

The Food Court

The Food Court

Crafts

Crafts

 

Sadly this might be the last one. Here is a note from Alan:

After 20 years of the New Bedford Folk Festival (Summerfest), Helene and I have decided to retire from festival presenting. This decision has been in the works for several years. The festival is an all-consuming project and we did not want to wait for burnout to set in or any other issue that could impact negatively on the festival. The only question was when and after a successful 20th Anniversary festival we decided this was the right time.

We have notified City officials of our ‘retirement’ and at this time we do not know what, if anything, the City plans for next year.

We could not be more grateful to all of our staff, volunteers, sponsors and Community Partners for their support, often above and beyond expectations. As for the festival audience, whether from across the country, other countries or right down the street, the show of support and devotion to the festival has been overwhelming. Presenting this festival has been a highlight of our lives.

We look forward to spending time on a variety of interests and attending concerts and festivals as audience members. We will not completely leave music production as we are starting a small concert series in the City. But, we will miss seeing you all on our annual busy Fourth of July weekend. We wish you well and remember to keep music in your lives.

What a loss…..

 

Men at Words. Songwriting Heaven? Three of the most respected songwriters come together for the first time ever for this tour.

At the Performance Hall at the Somerville Armory, April 9th. Tickets Here

Three of the world’s finest songwriters and most respected singers have decided to take their friendship on the road. Having come together for several years while on a cruise they found that their music has a great synergy.  James has toured separately with Archie and Jez and when they again all found themselves staying in the same house last Fall the idea for the tour was born.

A Benefit Concert for FOLK New England

Archie Fisher

An avid horseman and master guitarist, singer and songwriter Archie Fisher is Scotland’s foremost Folk music troubadour. He is known in his homeland for a 27-year tenure as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth.

James Keelaghan

Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and intensity, and curiosity.

Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community.

Armed with a songbook that has enlightened and enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels.

Jez Lowe

Jez Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognised musical ambassador for his native North East England, with more than a dozen albums and countless live performances around the world over the last twenty years.

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe’s songs, are Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy and literally hundreds of others. Songs like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, GREEK LIGHTNING and THESE COAL TOWN DAYS have generated scores of cover versions around the globe, and are now classics of their kind.

He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, both solo and with the Bad Pennies, including the main stages at Edmonton Festival (Canada), Tonder Festival (Denmark), The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian (US), Port Fairy and Byron Bay Festivals (Australia) and at concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Spain.

At the Performance Hall at the Somerville Armory, April 9th. Tickets Here

Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow In Concert! November 8th at The Regent Theater in Arlington, MA. This very special concert will be a benefit for Folk New England.  Michaela Anne  Opens. Produced by Last Dance Productions.

Tickets Here!

“We all know the music of Peter, Paul and Mary—folk classics that remain the soundtrack for generations. But our patrons were thrilled to experience the relevancy of that music, and how it resonates through today’s headlines, when Peter Yarrow brought his solo show to the Tower Theatre. It was so much more than a nostalgia show. Peter connected with the sold-out audience in ways that went well beyond a normal concert: he encouraged sing-alongs and audience participation; he signed autographs at intermission; he personally greeted each and every one of our VIPs and members; he even auctioned two personalized guitars to raise money for our educational outreach programs. Peter turned our theatre into his living room. He created an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging each of us to change our part of the world. It was a memorable evening rooted in the historic milestones of his past, yet focused on the current issues that continue to call him to activism. We all know how all the songs of Peter, Paul and Mary sound; what a rare treat to hear what Peter thinks of them. “

–Ray Solley, Executive Director, Tower Theatre Foundation, Bend, Oregon

 

Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done”, “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.

Over the years, many issues have moved Peter to commit his time and talent: equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, and education. All have utilized his skills as both a performer and an organizer. Peter Yarrow’s life and work – culminating in the founding and leadership of Operation Respect with its “Don’t Laugh At Me” initiative – is based on his passionate belief that music, with its power to build community and catalyze change, can be a particularly powerful organizing tool.

“Yes, it will be nostalgic for many. But on another level, it will bring them a sense of what is still possible. Yes, they will sing ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane,’ and I will give them a sense of the current history of what this music is doing, and why it’s important. So it will be a history lesson, it will be a singalong that inspires, but it will also assert the importance of the continuation of this kind of music in people’s lives today. And where we’re going from here in those terms. It’s not necessarily a big lecture — it’s inherent in the music. They’ll get it. I know it, ’cause that’s what I do.” – Peter Yarrow

Tickets Here

Scallop Shucking Contest

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The 10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford was held on September 28th and 29th 2013 and exceeded all expectations. It was a picture perfect weekend, record crowds and smiles across all three piers. New Bedford is America’s largest commercial fishing port; the festival is designed for participants to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Festival attendees walked the decks of a scalloper; dine on fresh seafood, viewed fishermen’s contests, and watch cooking demonstrations.

The Festival has been a labor of love for a decade.  Take a look back.

 

Of course the main attractions of the Working Waterfront Festival are the music, food, demonstrations and a chance to walk aboard many of the fishing vessels.

The Souls of the Sea

The Souls of the Sea

Cooking Demonstrations

Cooking Demonstrations

 

 

Festival Director Laura Orleans told the New Bedford Standard Times  “We started the festival really to educate the public about the industry and to give people who work in this industry a sense of pride in the work they do and an opportunity to tell their stories.”

New Bedford fisherman Phil Ashworth says “God, we could tell stories for hours,”

 

Scallop Shucking Contest

Scallop Shucking Contest

Here’s a nice tribute to this years festival from folks who were there.

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Hear more stories and experience the 11th Working Waterfront Festival September 27 & 28, 2014.

You’ll find me there sampling the grilled scallops.