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Joe Crookston at Music in the Gallery Concerts
Rising folk and roots music star Joe Crookston brings his guitar mastery, story songs, humor, unstoppable energy and infectious rhythm to the Music in the Gallery concert series on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the beautiful James Arnold Mansion, owned by the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street (at the corner of Union Street), New Bedford, MA. Music in the Gallery is presented by the Music Directors of the New Bedford Folk Festival. Music in the Gallery concerts are open to the general public. All are welcome to this lovely, unique music experience. Joe Crookston will present a great evening of music, story, art and song. Joe is bringing his fiddle, his slide guitar, hilarious stories, universal songs and infectious rhythms for a concert that will leave you feeling more awake and alive with a renewed sense of what's possible. If you love a moving song and musical excitement, Joe Crookston delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written music. With unwavering courage and a commitment to give his audience a great time, he is literate, poignant and funny. Sing Out Magazine says With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond goodand Joe does. Joe Crookston's first album, Fall Down as the Rain, was selected by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of 2004's top 12 self-produced independent recordings, and was featured on National Public Radio's All Songs Considered, The Midnight Special and Folkscene. Crookston was a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong contest. In 2007, Crookston received a Rockefeller Foundation grant for a project called "Songs of the Finger Lakes". Emulating Woody Guthrie, he spent a year traveling in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, collecting stories to turn into songs. In February 2009, his second CD, Able Baker Charlie & Dog featuring four of these collected songs, was given the "Album of the Year" award by the International Folk Alliance. Crookston has performed at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center and has garnered accolades at the New Bedford Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival where Canadian songwriter David Francey said, At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted! I LOVE That!

When: Sep 22, 2017 7:30PM to Sep 22, 2017 10pm in Williamsburg, MA
Cost: 20 - 20 USD

Archie Fisher at Music in the Gallery Concerts

Legendary Scottish folk troubadour Archie Fisher makes a rare appearance and brings his songs, stories and the very best of Scottish folk music to the Music in the Gallery concert series.This special concert is presented through a partnership between Bostons Music for Billie and New Bedfords Music in the Gallery. Archie Fisher has been a towering figure in Scottish folk music for almost five decades. His achievements as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer make his place in the annals of folk music secure. He stands as a linchpin figure between that musics rural past and its largely urban present; between the Celtic and American folk-song traditions, both old and new. He has shown an expertise in marrying rhythm, melody and language which has characterized his songwriting through the years, with many of his songs having entered the contemporary folk-song canon. As a guitarist, Archie, along with Martin Carthy and Davey Graham, was among the earliest steel-string players in British folk music, devising a mix of new tunings and inventive picking that has influenced generations of successors. The range of his talents has led to collaborations with such legendary names as Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem, Silly Wizard, Bert Jansch and Tom Paxton. His songs have been recorded by Stan Rogers, Eva Cassidy, Fairport Convention, and John Renbourn among others. Coming of age as he did at a time when folk music enjoyed its highest ever profile on the nations airwaves, Archie Fisher was also to emerge, in parallel with his performing career, as one of the genres most important ambassadors and advocates in the broadcasting world. As presenter of BBC Radio Scotlands weekly flagship show Travelling Folk, from 1983-2010, he consistently and eloquently championed the very best of Scottish folk music, complementing his support for new artists with his vast knowledge of the musics history and international context. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music, Archie was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2006 for services to traditional music and, in 2007, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame. The most recent recognition of his art came in 2008 when he was granted the Tradition Bearers Award from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Canada.

When: Oct 21, 2017 7:30PM to Oct 21, 2017 10pm in Williamsburg, MA
Cost: 20 - 20 USD

A Fine Winter's Night, Christmas with the Heatons a Music in the Gallery Concert

Celebrate the holidays with Matt & Shannon Heatons "Fine Winter's Night," featuring original and traditional Irish music to brighten chilly winter days and warm long winter nights. For Fine Winters Night, Matt and Shannon Heaton present a banquet of songs dating from the 12th to the 21st century with husband-and-wife harmonies and instrumental accompaniment on guitar, bouzouki, Irish flute. The concert features a mix of poignancy, jubilance and reflection with songs about Victorian winter romance, the nativity and the introspective nature of the solstice, sprinkled with beautiful airs and upbeat jigs and reels. The Heaton originals sound like timeless traditional classics and their renditions of centuries-old Irish ballads often have inventive modern twists that resonate with listeners. The Boston Irish Reporter summed it: "Bringing us songs both sacred and reverent, Shannon's voice is fresh and subtle like the first dusting of snow, while Matt's light and sure guitar accompaniment sets the pace for a joyful sleigh ride...{e_description}#x5b;They{e_description}#x5d; lead us beyond familiar old songs but they don't forsake them, either. Get those cookies into the oven and invite your loved ones to tea; Matt and Shannon have made music that reminds us of what the holidays are for." With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, Matt & Shannon Heaton offer Irish music from the heart. Shannon was named 2016 MA Cultural Council Traditional Artist Fellow. The Irish American News dubbed her Female Musician of the Year (2009) and Live Ireland nominated her Female Musician of the Year 2010 and 2011. Shes been compared to Alison Krauss and Altans Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for her combination of vocal grace and instrumental prowess on Irish flute, whistles and accordion. Matt, on guitar and bouzouki, has received multiple MA Cultural Council Grants for his work. He holds a masters degree in classical guitar. Matt and Shannon are poised, passionate American performers with Irish roots and universal appeal. They move listeners with their love of traditional music and their sense of adventure and fun in exploring new directions and possibilities.

When: Dec 1, 2017 7:30PM to Dec 1, 2017 10pm in Williamsburg, MA
Cost: 20 - 20 USD

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About Williamsburg, MA
The Town of Williamsburg Massachusetts was founded in 1771 and is located in Hampshire County.

Williamsburg contains about 3000 year round residents.

The town contains two villages Williamsburg and Haydenville which both of which contain remarkable examples of Greek revival architecture in homes as well as public buildings.