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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!

 

 

Hayley Reardon

Hayley Reardon’s songwriting is getting noticed.

Coming off two sold out performances at the legendary Club Passim her upcoming solo show Saturday, December 2nd, at the Somerville Armory is not to be missed!

Her songwriting continues to impress. The Boston Herald recently talked with Hayley and…

The Boston Herald agrees!

A portion of the proceeds from this Last Dance Productions concert will benefit the New England Folk Music Archives.  Tickets here.

Only 40 seats will be sold for this very intimate concert!

Since her showcase at the International Folk Alliance in February 2010, Hayley Reardon has exploded onto the stage of folk music.

In addition to being featured in the recently released “For the Love of the Music” Club 47 documentary and producing her first full length LP, she has developed an in-school performance program.  “Find Your Voice,”  encourages peer empowerment through self-expression. Hayley’s new release, Where the Artists Go. is the product of the “focus on what I wanted to say with my arts sense of freedom that folk empowers me to say it the way I want to.”

“Reardon is taking the folk scene by storm.” WBUR

“She is certainly a bright star on the horizon, a glorious addition to the future of acoustic music.” Performer Mag

“Reardon definitely has an old soul, and her dedication to her art shows in Where the Artists Go, an impressive debut.” Candor News

“Where the Artists Go can be cast as coming of age thoughts riding on a sea of song. There is a unique world view and an everyman way of describing the scene that makes these songs sing.” The Alternate Root

The New England Folk Music Archives is located at 191 Highland St, Somerville, MA.

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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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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