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Tom Rush celebrated 50 years of performing by hosting a reunion in Boston’s Symphony Hall December 28, 2012. The sold out show featured musicians that Tom has performed with over the past half century. The Boston Globe’s James Reed previews the show here.

The day before, up the street from Symphony Hall, in a ballroom at the Colonnade Hotel, the rehearsal began. It lasted 6 hours but time flew by. These true professionals went through the playlist with ease.  There was harmony tweaking, additional instrumentation adjustments and vocal arrangements.

Harmonies (L to R) Jonathan Edwards, Dean Adrien and Eric Lilliequist.

Harmonies (L to R) Jonathan Edwards, Dean Adrien and Eric Lilliequist.

No one seem to mind the cameras and sound mics that seemed to float around the room. A film crew has been following Tom around the past year documenting his 50th year of performing.

David Bromberg

David Bromberg

The respect and true friendship these musicians have for each other was easy to see. Smiles were the order of the day. Often times jam sessions would break out between “takes” and the smiles turned into broad grins. One noted jam was between David Bromberg and Tom Rush’s long time friend/guitarist Trevor Veitch. Congratulations were in order when Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops arrived. Their cd  “Leaving Eden” received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album!

Jonathan Edwards insisted on playing David Bromberg’s vintage 1953 Fender guitar, (see below)

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

David Buskin and Robin Batteau played with heart. Dean Adrien and Eric Lilliequist.harmonies never sounded better. It was indeed a celebration. What a party. What a reunion. Congratulations Tom!

Tom Rush

Tom Rush

Cheryl Wheeler, Hayley Reardon and Chris Smither perform for The New England Folk Music Archives at the Somerville Armory.

What a week for Last Dance Productions! Three great shows in 8 days. New England Folk Music Archives presented Cheryl Wheeler on December 1st at the Somerville Armory. Arts at the Armory showcases a wide range of visual arts, dance, theater and musical performances. Last Dance Productions was delighted to present Cheryl Wheeler. After the show we all met downstairs at the Archives Gallery for a VIP reception. A wonderful night.

Cheryl Wheeler signing CD's after her Concert

Cheryl Wheeler signing CD’s after her Concert at the Somerville Armory (Photo by Melissa Totten)

Hayley Reardon performed on Sunday December 2nd for one of the “Gallery Sessions” at the Archives. Hayley is making her mark on the acoustic singer/songwriting scene and this show was no exception. Hayley performed songs from her recent CD “Where The Artists Go” and the audience was also treated to new material. One of the highlights was a cover of “Fishing Blues” by Henry Thomas. Written in the 1920’s, Hayley’s version was closer to Taj Mahal’s interpretation. She certainly is a student of the music.  Hayley was recently featured in the Boston Herald.

The third concert Sunday December 9th, featured the great Chris Smither! We were treated to songs from Chris’s latest CD Hundred Dollar Valentine.

Thanks to all who made it possible especially the volunteers. The New England Folk Music Archives and Last Dance Productions plan to have several more events at the Armory, so check back here for more information.

Nice performance of Chris here, thanks WFUV!

 

 

Last Dance Productions client  Hayley Reardon says she first picked up a guitar during the summer before sixth grade because she was bored. Her dad showed her some chords, and pretty soon after she started writing songs. Reardon’s debut album, “Where the Artists Go,” will be released on Oct. 23, with a release party and performance at Club Passim on Oct. 21 which has already sold out! She recently spoke with WBUR Morning Edition host Bob Oakes about her music.

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Last Dance Productions was thrilled to be part of this annual event. It was a truly incredible weekend. Thanks to the awesome production crew and the hundreds of volunteers who make it all possible! As Mayor Mitchell stated on Sunday’s editorial page: Any coastal community can host a waterfront festival, but no place can showcase the hard, noble work of harvesting fish from the sea like New Bedford.

One of the highlights was watching the Mini Tug Boats Toot Toot, Atlantic Hunter II and Dragonfly pushing against the JAGUAR. to see who got the best “push” watch the video below to the end!

Info on the festival here.

Hayley Reardon

Since her showcase at the International Folk Alliance in February 2010, Last Dance Productions client,16-year-old Hayley Reardon has exploded onto the stage of folk music. Besides featuring in the soon-to-be-released documentary “Club 47” and producing her first full length LP, she developed an in-school performance program, “Find Your Voice,” to encourage peer empowerment through self-expression. Hayley’s new release, “Where the Artists Go,” is, in her own words, the product of the “focus on what I wanted to say with my art…a sense of freedom that folk empowers me to say it the way I want to.”

Details for the show here                         Details about  Hayley here

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