Massachusetts-based newgrass band Mamma's Marmalade transforms the typical bluegrass experience. Since their formation in 2014, the string band has been fusing diverse musical backgrounds into a sound that bursts at the seams with energy, exuding a pure joy for creating music.
Offering a fresh narrative to traditional acoustic music, Mamma’s Marmalade's original songs provide a window to the future of bluegrass. Members Lily Sexton (fiddle), Mitch Bordage (mandolin) and Sean Davis (guitar) stray from the conventional formula with daring tenacity and adventurous craft.
Mamma's has appeared on stages at Green River Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim, and The Parlor Room. The band has supported The Lil' Smokies, Jayme Stone, Twisted Pine, Bella's Bartok, and Dustbowl Revival. In June of 2017, they released their debut album “Goodbye, Black Velvet”, which The Valley Advocate called “...a burst of sunshine that makes dark clouds dissipate.” Their second release, Rockabee Fields, is now streaming on all platforms.
Note: Rescheduled from February 28 due to injury. Ellen Cogen and John Mason have had to postpone, and will reschedule for May.
Our sanctuary is a beautiful space, with wonderful acoustics and a Steinway model B, built in 1907 and thoroughly refurbished in 2018. While nothing can equal a live performance, we will broadcast with Sennheiser MKH 40 RF microphones, which are designed to resist humidity, into a Sound Devices MixPre-6.
The Gift of The Gab: An evening of Irish music, songs and blather with Rosemary Caine, Michael Haley and Friends. Celtic harpist and songwriter Rosemary Caine is the recipient of the 2020 Margaret Maher Award for outstanding service in the promotion of Irish Arts in the Pioneer Valley. Michael Haley settled in Conway in 1989 after forty years in the movie industry, where he worked with a number of noted directors, including Sidney Lumet, Barry Levinson, Penny Marshall, and Harold Ramis; he enjoyed a particularly long and productive association with Mike Nichols. He won an Emmy for his work on the HBO miniseries “Angels in America.”
Archguitar pioneer Peter Blanchette played selections of arrangements of music by JS Bach and other composers, from Baroque to modern, in this Valentine's Day benefit for the social justice fund of the Unitarian Societyof Northampton.
Pierre Attaingnant (1494-1552): Basse Danse, La Roque • Sylvius Leopold Weiss: (1687-1750): Entrée / Gavottes I&II / Saltarello
Johann Sebastian Bach: (1685-1750): Partita No. 1 for violin solo BWV 1002 • Peter O'Dornin (1704-1796) & Sean O'Riardon (1931-1971): Mná na hÉireann (Women of Ireland)
NOTE: Blanchette's full performance will be available for a limited time.
The livestream also featured the premiere of a brief Valentine's Day set from the Smith College Smithereens, prerecorded outdoors and in masks.
“Being a classical violist, I am very familiar with the Bach cello suites, having played and heard them countless times. I don't think I have heard the Courante, Sarabande, and the two Gavottes from the Sixth Suite played any better. The ornamentation and rhythmic intricacies in the Courante were so creative that they gave the impression that Blanchette was composing the music on the spot. Each phrase was a new delight. He highlighted and danced rhythms that I had never heard before in the music. After a short pause wherein Blanchette joked about how hard the Courante is (the entire concert was performed by memory), he continued with the Sarabande, which left me crying and speechless from its serene beauty.” —“Recital Review: The Divine Peter Blanchette,” by Kirsten Swanson, <
Alice Robbins and Jane Hershey of the Arcadia Viols joins organist Gregory Hayes in this benefit concert for Arcadia Players featuring music for treble and bass viols and organ by Baroque composers Henry Lawes (1596-1662), Christopher Simpson (?-1669), Andrea Falconieri (1586-1656), Johann Erasmus Kindermann (1616-1655), John Ward (1571-1638), and Matthew Locke (1622-1677); and organ pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), and Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722).
Moonlight Davis and Morning Star Chenven perform a concert celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. Proceeds will be split between the performers and the social justice programs of the Unitarian Society of Northampton, for now focused primarily on our immigration and sanctuary work.
Moonlight and Morning Star are a multicultural vocal duo known for their original songs and spoken word collaborations. They perform songs of many genres: gospel, r&b, jazz, folk and blues; a collection of music reflecting the times and their lives. They are happy to have shared the stage with wonderful musicians such as: son, Miro Sprague; Charles Neville; Samirah Evans; Derrik Jordan, Billy Preston. Their performances have taken them up and down the East Coast, into the Bay area and Canada; and they have released 2 CDs, “Thank You To Life” and “Fantasy.”
The Bob Sparkman Trio , with clarinetist Bob Sparkman, pianist Jerry Noble and bassist Kara Noble, bring their light-hearted traditional jazz improvisations in support of the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The Toy Fund provides certificates redeemable at participating local retailers to eligible families who can use them to buy holiday gifts at participating stores
“[Sparkman's sound is] wry and rough-toned... hover[ing] midway between Pee Wee Russell’s tortured notes and the straightpositive phrases of Rod Cless... [yet with a] style and manner... distinctly his own.”—The New York Times
Celebrate the power of singing with the creators of Rise Up Singing. An evening of rejuvenation, inspiration and healing through song. For this special event, donations will be split between the artists and the Movement Voter Project.
Annie Patterson has a rare voice that spreads hope, stirs your soul and makes you glad to be working together for a better world. She is a singer songwriter, old timey banjo player as well as jazz vocalist with the swing trio, Girls from Mars. Her long-time partner, Peter Blood, accompanies her on fiddle & guitar. Together, Annie & Peter have played a central role in helping create a quiet revolution of group singing in North America. A new documentary film, We Began to Sing, follows their musical journey as well as the work of friend and mentor Pete Seeger in creating peace and social justice through communal singing. https://www.riseupandsing.org
“Annie Patterson is one of the true lights in my universe. Her expressive voice and sparkling presence makes every song she touches come alive. Her musicality and her commitment to sharing the magic and the power of song makes her the real deal. I’m a big fan.”
StompBoxTrio is a Western MA-based band that blends classic 20th-century American music with 21st-century mojo to create a sonic, soulful, and hip-shakin' sound all their own. They came together and found a collective feel, mutual love & admiration for American roots and blues music. Its history & tradition was something they wanted to share together. No matter the outcome of this historic election, StompBoxTrio will always send their positive sounds, vibes, and love into the universe.
Featuring Evelyn Harris, vocals & percussion; John Cabán, dobro, vocals & stompbox; and David Rodriguez, wood bass, vocals & foot tambourine.
Heather Reichgott and Gregory Hayes: Together...but Apart, a concert of works for piano four hands dedicated to the memory of Nadine Shank, a superb musician and beloved colleague.
Featuring Waltzes, op. 39 (1865), Johannes Brahms; Sonata in D major, K. 448 (1781), W.A Mozart; and Petite Suite (1886-1889), Claude Debussy.
Internationally-acclaimed performer Reggie Harris performed a joyous concert of songs and stories celebrating unity and social justice.
A man who brings stories and music and justice to a world that needs to hear it in every form.
— ARNIE ARNESEN, HOST OF “THE ATTITUDE” RADIO SHOW
This was more than a concert! This event provided both an anchor and an inspiration . . . I don't know if Bass Hall has ever heard such gorgeous and invigorating harmonies. Thank you for bringing Reggie.
— GORDON PEERY, MONADNOCK CENTER FOR HISTORY AND CULTURE, PETERBOROUGH, NH
Soprano Christien Beeuwkes joined pianist Dana Maiben in a song recital including works by Franz Schubert, and W.A, Mozart, along with Vincent Persichetti’s settings of four Emily Dickinson poems, and the online premiere of a new set of songs by Maiben, “Love Is Not All—Six Poems of Edna Saint Vincent Millay.”
Here is the recording of the live stream:
On August 23, the Society’s incoming Music Director, pianist Lemuel Gurtowsky, performed with the talented young mezzo-soprano Natalie Lewis, a rising senior at UMass Amherst, in a recital of art songs, opera arias, spirituals and jazz.
On August 9, Monica Jakuc Leverett, (www.monicajakucleverett.com), internationally distinguished pianist and Smith College Professor Emerita of Music, performed A Program of Pieces in the Pandemic, music for solo piano and toy piano, with works by J.S. Bach, John Cage, Kaeza Fearn, and Franz Schubert:
On July 26, the Bob Sparkman Trio inaugurated the series, with veteran jazz clarinetist Bob Sparkman, pianist Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Jr, and electric bassist Kara Noble in a freewheeling improvisatory journey through traditional jazz and the American Songbook.