“Folk, country, choral, Celtic and Latin fusion, we’ve got it all in May,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. All four shows will take place in the Tillotson Center in Colebrook at 7 p.m. and all tickets will be $15.
“We are thrilled to bring back on Tuesday, May 19, guitarists Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb, two of our most popular performers from last year,” Jordan said. “They were actually invited back while still on stage in Colebrook by the audience, who were up cheering on their feet at the end of their remarkable show.”
Loren and Mark’s varied repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar duets as well as songs, giving them a wide appeal. Their music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz and Western; their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals and some beautiful harmonies from Mark.
“Get ready on Friday, May 22, for a beautiful night of music served up by one of northern New England’s leading youth choral groups, the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltones,” Jordan said. “They are graciously returning to town to perform in this concert as a fundraiser for the GNWCA–all proceeds will go to helping with our costs, including the rental fee we pay at facilities like the Tillotson Center.” Under the gifted guidance of their instructor, Alan Rowe, these young people have been headliners at First Night in St. Johnsbury and win fans wherever they go. They sing everything from show tunes and gospel to pop and beyond. And as an added bonus the St. Johnsbury Academy Jazz Band will also perform the same night. “These young people will wow the audience, no question about it,” Jordan said.
The GNWCA Spring Concert Series winds up with Alba’s Edge, making their first appearance in northern New Hampshire when they take to the Tillotson Center stage on Saturday, May 30. This Boston-based group is making music headlines all over the Northeast. Alba's Edge is a tapestry of cultures: the expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle music are woven together with jazz improvisation and harmony, funk bass lines and the rhythms of Latin America to form a cohesive and singular musical experience. Fiddle, piano, drums and bass come together seamlessly in a new sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called “a wonderful concoction.”
Pianist and bandleader Neil Pearlman comes from a musical background uniquely suited to such a project. Raised in a family deeply rooted in Scottish music and dance, Neil studied jazz piano extensively growing up and further expanded his musical horizons into Brazilian, Afro-Colombian and Cuban music while studying in New York. Neil's sister, fiddler Lilly Pearlman, has had a similar artistic journey, growing up with Scottish culture and falling in love with the dance and music of Brazil, Cuba and beyond. The band is rounded out by drum-mer/percussionist Jacob Cole and bassist Doug Berns, both multi-faceted and versatile musicians in the Boston and New York music scenes.
Individual sponsorships of the Loren and Mark concert and Alba’s Edge are courtesy John and Georgie Lyons. For information on how you can sponsor a GNWCA concert, call Bette at 237-9302
Tickets for all four of these shows are now on sale at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, as well as at the door on the night of the shows. For more information on these and other upcoming GNWCA shows, visit www.gnwca.org or call 237-9302 or 246-8998.