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Mist Covered Mountains
Alex Bell ~ drums, bodhrán Max Cohen ~ guitar, vocals Donna Hébert ~ fiddle, vocals Molly Hebert-Wilson ~ vocals Blurring lines between past and present, Mist Covered Mountains delivers traditional and original songs with layered voices. Ballads in English, Irish and French are supported with dynamic instrumentals from traditional and original sources. They break your heart, then they make you dance, usually in that order! Mist Covered Mountains' dance-saturated fiddle rhythms take you from Acadie to the land of Faerie and dare you to sit still! From Celtic melancholy and sly satire to fiddling frenzy, they satisfy their audience's need for variety while offering the finest of harmonies and lyrics. You'll leave humming and enchanted. Molly Hebert-Wilson's nuanced vocals in English and Irish render a song's emotions in either language. An NYU theater and Irish studies grad, she grew up with traditional music around her. On stage from age 9, it was obvious that Molly would stay there but it was a welcome surprise that mother and daughter wound up together. Molly's recently added the upright and electric bass to her performances. A 2014 NERFA DJ pick, Molly's outstanding voice is part of every song. Max Cohen's sparkling guitar supports Molly's nuance with his own and he adds deft, humorous lyrics and a rich baritone. Max also tours with singer Priscilla Herdman and with fiddler Donna Hébert and performs with Renaissance Faire duo The Misfits of Avalon. Donna Hébert is a state Artists' Fellow in the Folk Arts whose fiddling was recognized by MA Governor Deval Patrick. She teaches fiddle at Smith, Amherst and Mt. Holyoke Colleges and her Fiddling Demystified series was lauded by Strings Magazine: "required reading for all string teachers.' A singer, writer and composer as well as a fiddler, Donna has two original songs on Smithsonian recordings and a 1988 INDIE Award for Rude Girls: Rude Awakening on Flying Fish. One of the midwives of the contra dance renaissance, Donna's played for dances since 1972 and directs the house contra band at Philly Folk Fest. Alex Bell joined the band in 2014 on drums and bodhrán. Long a rock drummer with Glens Falls NY band The Rose West, he was a kilted guide at Fort William and Henry, where he carried a bass drum in the corps. Also a member of The Waysties and Rare Spirits with Molly, Noam and Robare, Alex teaches percussion with the Great Groove Band posse at both festivals.

When: Jul 23, 2016 7:30PM to Jul 23, 2016 10pm in New Salem, MA
Cost: 0 - 15 USD

Ethan Bremner

Ethan Bremner ~ tenor Oriana Dunlop ~ mezzo soprano Eric Mazonson ~ piano Operatic tenor and Athol native Ethan Bremner will perform a selection of Bizet's Carmen along with arias and art songs that inspired or were inspired by the seminal operatic masterpiece. Since his arrival in Boston, Ethan has become one of the city's most sought-after young tenors. He made his local debut with Boston Opera Collaborative in 2006 as Achilles in Gluck's Iphigenie en Aulide, and then sang with the company as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème. He also had and an auspicious debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore and Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute with Longwood Opera. He performed the premier performance of Odyssey Opera of Boston as Baroncelli in Wagner's Rienzi. Most recently he performed as Don Jose in Carmen and Lt. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Recent appearances on the concert platform include Handel's Messiah with the Quabbin Valley Pro Musica and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Paul Madore Chorale. Mr. Bremner was a Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region). Mr. Bremner will be joined by mezzo soprano Oriana Dunlop and accompanist Eric Mazonson performing works by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, and more.

When: Jul 24, 2016 4pm to Jul 24, 2016 6pm in New Salem, MA
Cost: 0 - 10 USD

Lonesome Brothers

Jim Armenti ~ guitar, vocals Keith Levreault ~ drums Ray Mason ~ bass, vocals The Lonesome Brothers have performed together for more than thirty years and are well-known throughout the Valley and beyond. Featuring Jim Armenti on guitar and vocals, Ray Mason on bass and vocals, and Keith Levreault on drums, they combine the best elements of American music with well-crafted songs and poetic lyrics. "Equal parts country swagger, wistful folk and breezy rock. The Lonesome Brothers' confluence of different musical genres is the key to the band's success. Although some people would be quick to lump the Lonesome Brothers into the alternative country milieu, the band has more dimensions than that." - Alex Green, Yahoo! Music photo credit: Brandi Ediss

When: Jul 28, 2016 7:30PM to Jul 28, 2016 10pm in New Salem, MA
Cost: 0 - 10 USD

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About New Salem, MA
The Town of New Salem Massachusetts was founded in 1753 and is located in Franklin County.

Those in the area should visit the Swift River Valley Historical Society for a piece of town history. Also visit the Bears Den which is a 100 foot deep gorge that was carved by the swift river cascading off granite cliffs and this was also said to be the meeting place for Indian Tribes.

The town remains to be a quiet rural bedroom community.