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The Rose Garden Crew

The Rose Garden Coffeehouse, unbelievable! A music series lasting 25 years and of all things, featuring folk music! It is jaw dropping for sure but under the guidance of “Mac” McLanahan that’s exactly what the Rose Garden Coffeehouse has accomplished.

The music coffeehouse is a New England tradition and we are so lucky to have so many in the area. There is even an association established to help coffeehouses, well, help themselves.  Check them out: The Boston Area Coffeehouse Association.However, there is something special about the Rose Garden.Sure the music is fabulous but what is truly noteworthy about the Rose Garden is that they’ve endured for a quarter of a century. Mac will tell you that it’s all due to the volunteers who give so much year after year to make it all happen. From the sound engineers, to the folks who bake the goods, to the ticket takers, to the folks who set up the chairs and then take them down again, every one has a part to play.That’s what community is all about, isn’t it?The Rose Garden kicks off it’s 25th season Saturday September 21st, in Mansfield, MA. They’re putting on a free outdoor concert on the South Common at 4:30 p.m.  It’s part of the Mansfield Music & Arts Society’s Arts Festival.Folk veterans Atwater Donnelly  will perform.

As you’re enjoying the music, say thanks to the volunteers who have been putting on shows for decades and say happy birthday to Mac.

Tell him he looks good for 25.

For information on The Rose Garden Coffeehouse and how you can help out click here

Here is a sample of what you’ll hear at the Rose Garden. It’s The Kennedys “Blackbird into 8 Mile High”

For the Love of the Music

Folk film directors, festival organizers and artists are using crowd sourcing these days.  They fund projects like films, festivals, cd recordings and just to name a few. Creative people are raising millions of dollars through sites like Kickstarter, indigogo, PledgeMusic and others.  Where else can you find out about the passions of people all over the world?

Here are a few that have come across the radar screen lately. Take a look!

 

Film

 

Joan Baez at Folk Club 47

Joan Baez at The Club 47

For The Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival

This is a documentary exploring the rich history of Club 47, the iconic Cambridge, Massachusetts folk music mecca from 1958-1968. Narrated by Peter Coyote, it explores the influence the Club had on a unique group of folk musicians, from the evolution of the 60s folk revival to the singer-songwriter era. Featured are interviews with Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney, Peter Rowan and many more.

More info here.

Festivals

Working Waterfront Festival

The Working Waterfront Festival

Come to New Bedford, America’s largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, see fishermen’s contests, and watch a cooking demonstrations. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate. Lot’s of folk art too.

More info here.

Artists

Michaela Anne and Marian Evans just completed successful campaigns for new music projects.. Last Dance Productions is happy to support all of these folk projects. Find a project that you can be passionate about and lend your support. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Bill Staines

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

Last Dance Productions is pleased to welcome Bill Staines to one of the great listening rooms in town, the New England Folk Music Archives, on Wednesday, July 17th at 7pm.  We’ll have a conversation with Bill recording his thoughts about the Folk Scene in New England over the past years that will be deposited into our growing oral history collection.

After the conversation we’ll be treated to a performance by Bill.

For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960’s and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was “simply Boston’s best performer”, Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Ticket and more information here

Marina Evans

Marina Evans is looking for funding for her new cd and LDP is happy to spread the word.

From Marina:

I am Marina Evans, a folk/rock singer songwriter from Rockport, Massachusetts. This April, I am SO excited to board a plane to Florence, Italy where I am hoping to record my first full length album!

I’ve got the plane ticket, and I’ve written the songs. The band, producer, and studio are on board and at the ready; pre-production is already underway. Now, all I need is your help to git ‘er done!

First off, let me explain how Italy fits into the picture. I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Florence in 2008, and promptly and permanently fell in love with the place. I had written a few songs then and played at the open mics, where I met some Florentine musicians with whom I eventually gigged and recorded. From that point on I couldn’t stay away, and I have been extremely lucky to be able to return to Florence over the years as time and money has allowed.

When I wasn’t in Italy, I was in my hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts or nearby Gloucester. These too are beautiful, inspiring places that are just full of music – so much so that the majority of my catalog has been written here (check out Dogtown, the EP I released in Gloucester last fall). In fact, unless something spontaneous happens in the studio in Florence (you never know), this entire new album will have been written on Cape Ann. In that way the new album is a product of a bi-continental life, divided and bridged by oceans.

Years of traveling back and forth have paved the way for this record. And now, incredibly, it’s all in place – the songs, the band, even the studio (!) – just waiting for me to pull the trigger.

That is (ahem), with your very kind assistance!

Help out with the project

Click here

 

 

 

Amy Speace

Amy Speace

Amy Speace and The Sea, The Sea To Perform Benefit Concert for The New England Folk Music Archives

April 17, 2013 at 7pm

For Tickets and More information click here

Produced by Last Dance Productions

The New England Folk Music Archives is delighted to welcome Amy Speace and The Sea,The Sea to one of the great listening rooms in town at 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

AMY SPEACE

Amy Speace has been quietly but steadily making waves in the Americana/folk world for a few years now, and in the journey, gaining support from the likes of Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark and other icons in the songwriting community. A self-described ‘late bloomer’ to songwriting, Speace landed in New York City after college to pursue a life in theater. She studied acting at The National Shakespeare Conservatory, toured the US with the National Shakespeare Company, started her own theater company to direct and produce the plays she had written, and in the midst of her early 20′s, picked up a pawn shop guitar, wrote her first songs, and found herself with steady gigs at such storied venues as The Bitter End and The Living Room.

On April 16, Wind Bone Records/Tone Tree will release “How to Sleep In A Stormy Boat” an 11 song album, produced by Neilson Hubbard, with collaborations with John Fullbright, Mary Gauthier and Ben Sollee.

Nice interview with Amy here

 

 

The Sea The Sea

The Sea The Sea

THE SEA, THE SEA

The Sea The Sea weave their many voices into one. Since the Fall of 2011, Chuck e. Costa and Mira Stanley have been touring the country, making new friends and evolving their sound. Now a playful mix of old and new, acoustic and electric, raw and graceful, TSTS has created an inspired trove of harmony-rich, lyric driven songs. Dynamic and sincere, simple and true, their live shows will leave you stirring.

No Depression Says:
Last night, inside a cold Dobbs Ferry church with the snow falling outside, I sat and listened to a young couple who just this week recorded their first album together. If their performance is any indication, the April release will bring a welcome relief to a cold winter. To say I was taken with Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley who perform as The Sea The Sea would be an understatement. On top of well-crafted songs, commanding stage presence and instrumental abilities, their voices in close harmony evoked for me a sound landing somewhere between Bowling Green and Bakersfield.

Tickets here