Ayer’s Cliff QC – An Evening with Hannah Miller, Kyshona & Mary Bragg

Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Concert at 7.30 pm.

Featuring three extraordinary women whose amazing voices are equal parts soothing and inspiring.

Hannah Miller writes dark and soothing music that in the words of one perceptive listener “gives you half a feeling of happiness and half of loneliness”. Her dark, ambient style has been heard on shows such as This Is Us (seasons one and two), Sons of Anarchy, The Following and Pretty Little Liars as well as in several indie films (Little Women, Trash Fire, June Adrift, The Staying Kind, Other Versions of You) and in national advertising campaigns for companies like Pitney Bowes and DSW. She recently finished a couple of tours as support for the folk duo The Secret Sisters and released her 3rd full length record March 6, 2018 on boutique label Sorted Noise. She currently continues to write and release music regularly. Video: https://youtu.be/WXccbMSr8Ok

Kyshona Armstrong – If you’re out in the clubs in Nashville, you have a good chance of discovering the powerful, lyrical voice of Kyshona. The South Carolina native came to Nashville after a long stint in Athens, Ga.’s singer-songwriter circles. She soon found her place in the city as part of both the soul and rock scenes and has released two independent albums since then: 2014’s Go and 2016’s Ride. Kyshona is also a music therapist who has worked in correctional institutions in Georgia and Tennessee, and with mentally ill and elderly patients. The insights she’s gained as a therapist have fed her songwriting, helping to make her one of the most compassionate and uplifting young voices in Nashville today. Video: https://youtu.be/8vB1ioUaOlU

Mary Bragg – For seasoned Americana artist Mary Bragg, her rawest, most personal album to date—Lucky Strike—appeared when she hadn’t even been planning to record a new album. After finding success writing for and with other artists (her co-written song “Easier Than Leaving” appeared on Michaela Anne’s recent release and was featured in Rolling Stone), Bragg had begun to consider devoting herself solely to songwriting. Then, Lucky Strike co-producer Jim Reilley (of indie stalwarts The New Dylans) heard a few of Bragg’s songs and insisted that they be recorded. She agreed—but only if she could skip the fancy studios (and budgets). “Lucky Strike was recorded in a backyard barn studio, where the microphones are old, not expensive-vintage-old, just old. Where the pop filters have holes in them. Where the vocal booth is unfinished because real walls never got built. It’s where ‘recorded live’ is for real recorded live, and everything is exposed.” The result is a stunning collection of songs that speaks to our common humanity with uncommon honesty. Video: https://youtu.be/A8gV1Xw6QCM

https://youtu.be/1MbTQa9fbPs

Lyndon VT – An Evening with Hannah Miller, Kyshona & Mary Bragg

Featuring three extraordinary women whose amazing voices are equal parts soothing and inspiring.

Hannah Miller writes dark and soothing music that in the words of one perceptive listener “gives you half a feeling of happiness and half of loneliness”. Her dark, ambient style has been heard on shows such as This Is Us (seasons one and two), Sons of Anarchy, The Following and Pretty Little Liars as well as in several indie films (Little Women, Trash Fire, June Adrift, The Staying Kind, Other Versions of You) and in national advertising campaigns for companies like Pitney Bowes and DSW. She recently finished a couple of tours as support for the folk duo The Secret Sisters and released her 3rd full length record March 6, 2018 on boutique label Sorted Noise. She currently continues to write and release music regularly. Video: https://youtu.be/WXccbMSr8Ok

Kyshona Armstrong – If you’re out in the clubs in Nashville, you have a good chance of discovering the powerful, lyrical voice of Kyshona. The South Carolina native came to Nashville after a long stint in Athens, Ga.’s singer-songwriter circles. She soon found her place in the city as part of both the soul and rock scenes and has released two independent albums since then: 2014’s Go and 2016’s Ride. Kyshona is also a music therapist who has worked in correctional institutions in Georgia and Tennessee, and with mentally ill and elderly patients. The insights she’s gained as a therapist have fed her songwriting, helping to make her one of the most compassionate and uplifting young voices in Nashville today. Video: https://youtu.be/8vB1ioUaOlU

Mary Bragg – For seasoned Americana artist Mary Bragg, her rawest, most personal album to date—Lucky Strike—appeared when she hadn’t even been planning to record a new album. After finding success writing for and with other artists (her co-written song “Easier Than Leaving” appeared on Michaela Anne’s recent release and was featured in Rolling Stone), Bragg had begun to consider devoting herself solely to songwriting. Then, Lucky Strike co-producer Jim Reilley (of indie stalwarts The New Dylans) heard a few of Bragg’s songs and insisted that they be recorded. She agreed—but only if she could skip the fancy studios (and budgets). “Lucky Strike was recorded in a backyard barn studio, where the microphones are old, not expensive-vintage-old, just old. Where the pop filters have holes in them. Where the vocal booth is unfinished because real walls never got built. It’s where ‘recorded live’ is for real recorded live, and everything is exposed.” The result is a stunning collection of songs that speaks to our common humanity with uncommon honesty. Video: https://youtu.be/A8gV1Xw6QCM

https://youtu.be/1MbTQa9fbPs

Stanstead QC – An Evening with We Are Monroe – SOLD-OUT !

The last concert at our home – Saturday evening, December 1st is SOLD-OUT !

Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6-ish.
A very special concert event begins at 7-30 on the dot.
$20 at the door.

You’ve heard them (a lot) on CHOM-FM, and now you’re going to be part of a very special performance by Montreal post-punk revival artists WE ARE MONROE in our livingroom in Stanstead QC.

Schedule:
6:00 pm Vegetarian Pot Luck (bring something to share!)
7:30 pm WE ARE MONROE performance

Ticket price : $20 (at the door)

Make plans to join us for an amazing wrap to the Stanstead House Concerts Network – SHCN adventure at the Brunelle-Newman House.

Montreal (NDG) QC – An Evening with Rachel Beck w/ Logan Richard

Tickets are available for purchase online:
https://www.picatic.com/RachelBeckConcertNDG

There are only 35 seats available for this event.

Our next house concert is going to be pretty special… On Saturday, June 2nd, at our house here in NDG, we’ll be hosting Rachel Beck coming in with a powerhouse folk-roots quartet..with breakout guitarslinger Logan Richard opening. Rachel has already had a CBC Radio 2 Top 20 #1 single this year with the beautiful song ‘Reckless Heart’ … For those of you who have never been to one of our concerts.. we start with a potluck dinner at 6-ish and then we all gather in the livingroom for the concert at 7.30 pm. It’s a unique and special experience where you get to meet everyone – including the artists in an intimate environment. We charge $20 for adults, $10 for teens – and kids, as always, are free and welcome.


Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6 pm. Bring something you’d like to share.

Street parking is available. Public transit – including a metro stop – are within walking distance.

Lyndon VT – An Evening with Fireside Collective

Winners of the 2016 Merlefest Band Competition, finalists in the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Band competition, and now featuring the Rockygrass Banjo Champion, Fireside Collective from Asheville, NC is quickly blazing a name for themselves as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble.

Formed in 2014, Fireside Collective is a group of acoustic music enthusiasts who blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. With an energetic and engaging live show, the band presents finely crafted original music infused with impeccable solos and tight harmonies.

Captivating listeners with songs centered around change, relationships, and being on the road,Fireside Collective transitions smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads.

With mandolin, Dobro, and acoustic guitar layered eloquently on top of rock solid stand up bass, Fireside Collective delights in tastefully exploring the boundaries of roots music.

 

Salons

A few years ago in Montreal, I attended a workshop on presenting modern circus. I love circus. The mix of music, drama, acrobatics, magic – it is simultaneously immersive and captivating.

I must have felt emboldened by the energy in the room. I found myself standing up to ask a question of the world-class panel.

And so, in a darkened conference room filled with a hundred or more participants I formulated my question about scalability. En francais – in French.

I explained that we present events in intimate surroundings in mostly rural settings and wondered aloud if circus could be scaled to be performed in a ‘salon’ (livingroom).

The panel members were very animated in their response – talking about how circus could be presented in any ‘salon’ (theatre) – no matter where – if the technical requirements could be met.

I remained standing and politely requested a follow-up question. I explained I was talking about the much smaller version of ‘salon’ – one where the audience sat on sofas, kitchen chairs and on the floor.

There was some nervous laughter and several participants turned to see who was asking the question. I had, inadvertently, captured the attention and imagination of the room.

We had a chat right there about what it means for audiences out in the countryside to be able to connect with performing artists – with musicians – in a way that just can’t be replicated in a big city venue.

How by sharing that experience with children their imaginations are sparked and they have dreams and understand the power of live performance… so they reach for the stars because an artist took the time to visit their small town.

How by going out to where rural audiences live and work and play, artists (and the brands which sponsor them) are showing real respect for the folks who may – one day – make a pilgrimage to see those artists perform in a much bigger venue.

To their credit, the presenters not only assured me it was possible but established lasting relationships with our organization to ensure that we could make it happen. I love that story. I also love that I was invited to visit the Cirque de Soleil’s own salon (theatre) and wander around backstage. And dream a few dreams of my own.  Sweetness.

Be well. Practice big medicine.*

Hal

​​*Big Medicine = the right people working together at the right time will be Big Medicine. I’ve been saying ‘Be well. Practice big medicine’ for as long as I can remember. It is my own very personal version of ‘Sawu Bona’, the Zulu greeting which means ‘I see you’… I see all of you, I see your good works, I see the difference you are making in the world.

Stanstead QC – An Evening with VOA

VOA doesn’t want to be cool, or trendy. The collaborative project wishes to write “good music” for music’s sake. Every note of every work is examined through the lens of “is this what will make the song the best version of itself”. It is a study of the pop rock genre, a conscious effort at creating self-supporting works of musical magic.

Glistening guitar tones over a driving foundation are at the heart of the VOA sound. Since the founding members of VOA are established pillars of their local music scene, regal rock is the term used to describe the musical origins of the project. Music for movies is what they produce: deep imagery to be paired with amazing images.

JF Coley, a fifth-generation musician, songwriter, arranger and producer, has been active in the Canadian music scene since 2002, as a member of Flicker, Coley, and now VOA. A multi-instrumentalist JF‘s demos for an upcoming Coley album are what started VOA.

Pascal Desmarais, also a musician, songwriter, arranger
and producer, was a member of Coley in 2006. He has also played in DelaVoy, Union of Slaves and Fable; as well as performed in a variety of other musical projects. Without Pascal there is no VOA.

Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6 pm. Concert goes at 7.30 pm. $20 at the door.

RSVPs absolutely required. Email – newman.hal@gmail.com / T: 819-238-1470

An afternoon with acclaimed Australian troubadour Jordie Lane (featuring Clare Reynolds) – Montreal QC

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“Displaying the soulful tenderness of Ron Sexsmith and Ray LaMontagne…Lane’s gentle finger picking and intimate vocals lend a somber grace that is universal” – Rolling Stone Magazine

Lane’s music, seems like it comes from another place and time. The songs are nostalgic and immediately affecting, his rhythmic guitar playing is authentic and raw, and the rich resonance of his voice is simply otherworldly.

It is a voice that has taken Lane around the world, performing major festivals in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, and touring with the likes of Billy Bragg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Cat Power, Ruthie Foster and The Moody Blues.

Australia’s leading folk/roots magazine Rhythms have called Lane “one of Australia’s brightest new roots music stars” and Rolling Stone Magazine said his debut album Sleeping Patterns “may well come to be regarded as one of the most assured ever by a local artist”.

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“Friends far and wide, Rolling Stone are exclusively premiering my brand new video! The idea was kinda insane and a risky undertaking, but was filmed exquisitely in a single-sequence one-camera take by the team at Around The World In 80 Music Videos.” – Jordie Lane, Feb 25 2016

https://youtu.be/DQ-RvSoo4nU

Seats can be reserved via RSVP at 819-704-0662 or Email: newman.hal@gmail.com

Adults $20, Teens $12 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

An afternoon with Jordie Lane – will be a brunch/concert on Sunday, April 24th.. at the Wiedemann-Pinkas Home – 3820 Old Orchard in (NDG) Montreal QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Brunch will be 12.30-ish and will be potluck – which means if you’re coming for brunch you need to let us know ahead of time.. so we can take note of what you’re planning to bring. Send Lenny an email to let him know what you’re bringing for potluck. lenny.pinkas@gmail.com

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 13h.

We hope to see you there.

An evening with acclaimed Australian troubadour Jordie Lane (featuring Clare Reynolds) – Stanstead QC

Jordie FSMF

“Displaying the soulful tenderness of Ron Sexsmith and Ray LaMontagne…Lane’s gentle finger picking and intimate vocals lend a somber grace that is universal” – Rolling Stone Magazine

Lane’s music, seems like it comes from another place and time. The songs are nostalgic and immediately affecting, his rhythmic guitar playing is authentic and raw, and the rich resonance of his voice is simply otherworldly.

It is a voice that has taken Lane around the world, performing major festivals in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, and touring with the likes of Billy Bragg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Cat Power, Ruthie Foster and The Moody Blues.

Australia’s leading folk/roots magazine Rhythms have called Lane “one of Australia’s brightest new roots music stars” and Rolling Stone Magazine said his debut album Sleeping Patterns “may well come to be regarded as one of the most assured ever by a local artist”.

Screenshot-2016-03-01-20.40.18-e1456894027751

“Friends far and wide, Rolling Stone are exclusively premiering my brand new video! The idea was kinda insane and a risky undertaking, but was filmed exquisitely in a single-sequence one-camera take by the team at Around The World In 80 Music Videos.” – Jordie Lane, Feb 25 2016

Seats can be reserved via RSVP at 819-704-0662 or Email: newman.hal@gmail.com

Adults $20, Teens $12 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

An evening with Jordie Lane (featuring Clare Reynolds) – will be a dinner/concert on Saturday, April 23rd.. at our home – 18 ch de Fairfax in Stanstead QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Dinner will be 6-ish and will be potluck vegetarian – which means if you’re coming for dinner you need to let us know ahead of time.. so we can take note of what you’re planning to bring. Send Hal an email to let him know what you’re bringing for potluck. newman.hal@gmail.com

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.

We hope to see you here.

Special note:

If you’ve got an allergy to cats or dogs, a house concert in our livingroom will be a tremendous challenge. Even if the animals are not in the room, they will be roaming elsewhere in the house.

10 String Symphony – Brunch & Concert

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“They do things with fiddles you wouldn’t expect” NPR All Songs Considered “The Newest and Most Promising Voices in Americana”

“…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk.”
American Songwriter Magazine

“When each song ended, the two pressed tight into their microhphones, savoring the last strains of the harmony – and even the bartenders seemed to be leaning forward breathlessly, awaiting someone to clap first. Their self titled recording aptly demonstrates the power of a spare, tightly-connected acoustic performance that is given room to evolve – for bluegrass fans, the lightning fast harmonic runs on dueling fiddle is worth the price of admission alone. But it’s the off-road experiments, especially from Christian’s biting bow strokes that will make future audiences take note.”
The Bluegrass Situation

“…Stirring together Old-Time flavors with the broader range of influences brought by an omnivorous musical appetite”
The Nashville Scene

“Really, really beautiful.”
Ricky Ross, BBC Scotland

Nashville duo 10 String Symphony began as a partnership of mutual admiration­­ a much needed creative release valve for Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5­-string fiddle players and veteran sidemen of Nashville’s music scene. Rachel, a former Illinois state fiddle champion in the old time tradition, needed an outlet for the new sort of songs she was writing, while Christian, originally a classically trained violinist, now a current touring member of the Jerry Douglas Band, was looking to get in touch the impetuous spirit of the rock bands he played in before his arrival in Nashville. With the love of the 5­string fiddle and its musical possibilities as its focal point, the band’s mission statement was as clear as it was expansive:

Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic music.

And yet, “Weight of the world,” the band’s latest batch of recordings to be released on Oct. 23rd, is not at all the record one might expect from a duo of seasoned Nashville fiddlers. This is not a record of showboating­­ no mere polished showcasing of technical virtuosity. Rather, at its core, “Weight of the world” is raw and intimate­­ a nuanced and patient record with designs to move rather than merely impress its listeners. Rachel and Christian’s musical prowess and chemistry is certainly on display for those in the know, but listening deeply reveals that these flourishes are always in service of reaching the listener emotionally­­ the spiritual earnestness of song­craft which keeps us perennially returning to the roots of American music.

ALL THINGS MUSIC has described the band’s’ sound as a “new take on old ideas,” a concept and tension that the duo continues to explore throughout “Weight of the World.” This is showcased on songs like “Someone to be Good For,” where a timeless fiddle melody is underscored by Rachel’s acutely personal and timely take on the search for romantic fulfillment in the midst of brokenness. Or in the searching harmonies and exploratory fiddle runs of a song like “I’m Not Lonesome”­­ While the title may hearken back to the tradition, Christian’s haunting melodies and searching cadences bespeak of an artist that has spent as much time with Wagner and Pet Sounds era Beach Boys as he has with the Seeger brothers.

And perhaps this is what makes “Weight of the World” such a brave record: Its the soundtrack of a process­­ a picture of a band striving to maintain the purity of purpose of the American old­time tradition, while simultaneously stretching its limitations with unique arrangements, unflinchingly personal lyrics, and a bravely progressive melodic palette.

“Weight of the World” is a snapshot of an impetuous band in mid­stride­­ old­souls who are passionately determined to speak to our contemporary moment. From the sounds of it, this is just the beginning. – James Wilson (Sons of BIll)

 

Suitably named for the number of strings animated by the duo’s playing—Baiman, who also occasionally adds flair with her five-string banjo, and bandmate Christian Sedelmyer both play a five-string fiddles—the ensemble released its second album Weight of the World in October and landed at No. 3 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album chart for the week of November 28. Quite an exceptional feat for a semi-newfangled band and an album funded by an Indiegogo campaign.

“It’s cool to see that kind of support,” Baiman says of being pinned on the Billboard chart between Rhonda Vincent and the SteelDrivers, “and to be on that chart with the Punch Brothers—it’s a big deal. We’re a pretty new band so to sell that many albums is exciting.”

http://www.allthingsstrings.com/News/News/Fiddle-Duo-10-String-Symphony-Celebrates-No.-3-on-Billboard

10 String Symphony – will be a brunch/concert on Sunday, February 14th..at our home – 18 ch de Fairfax in Stanstead QC.

Here’s the essential info:

Brunch will be at 12.30h and will be potluck – which means if you’re coming for brunch you need to let us know ahead of time.. so we can take note of what you’re planning to bring.

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 13h30… Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome. I’d suggest bringing your own folding chairs.

Tickets should be purchased online.

There’s lots of parking available on the side of the road in front of our place – just remember to be courteous and leave ample space for all the other cars, trucks, tractors, horses, etc. which use chemin de Fairfax.