Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 / 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sherman Holmes and George Kilby Jr. Acoustic Trio 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Bow Thayer 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Jesse Terry 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday Night Jam Session 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Jay Ottaway at Good Commons in Plymouth, VT.
Sunday, September 4th, 2016 / 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Julia Mark 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Zak Trojano 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Samantha Farrell 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Sherman Holmes & George Kilby Jr. Acoustic Trio (Sat 2-3 p.m.)
- George Kilby Jr. spent 20 years playing with and producing albums for the legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins of Muddy Waters band. Sherman Holmes was part of the Multi Award-Winning Soul/Gospel/Blues trio “The Holmes Brothers” for over 35 years. Kilby and Holmes, both veterans of the “Dan Lynch” blues scene in New York City in the 80s, re-connected recently after the recent passing of Holmes’ brother Wendell and Popsy Dixon. Kilby’s honors include 3 albums with Pinetop Perkins, a WC Handy Album of the year, and countless European and US tours. With his former band, Holmes won the Blues Foundation’s Band of the Year (’05) and Album of the Year (’08) as well as a NEA National Heritage Fellowship (’14), the highest honor the US bestows on folk artists.
Bow Thayer (Saturday 3-4 p.m.)
- Bow Thayer has lived up to his “reputation as a sublimely gifted artist” by pursuing a creative vision that seeks to lead Americana music into the future. Finally gaining national recognition, American Songwriter magazine wrote this “onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years.” Bow made a name for himself in Boston with 7 League Boots, a rock/reggae band that shared the stage with the likes of Fugazi, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Pearl Jam. Fifteen years ago he made a life-altering decision to leave the city for the Green Mountains of Vermont. It was there that he explored the Delta blues playing slide guitar for the original Elbow and began a relationship with the banjo—both in the bluegrass group, The Benders, and on his own. Having played with many music luminaries such as Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Booker T, and Ringo Starr, Bow has seen his fair share of travel across these United States of America and the World at large and plans to do more while supporting his records that feature his tales, truths and fantasies about the human condition.
- More info: www.bowthayer.com
Jesse Terry (Saturday 4-5 p.m.)
- Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young. His music has appeared in CW’s Hart of Dixie and PBS’s Roadtrip Nation and ABC just used “Stay Here With Me” for its series “Forever.” Jesse Terry’s “melodies ring with instant accessibility and a clear connection, conveying a brilliance and clarity that most veteran artists still strive for” (No Depression). His “well-crafted songs rank right there with Ryan Adams, Rhett Miller and other masters of alt-country” (WFUV-NYC) Terry has an undeniable talent for connecting with his audience – to create a sense of home, even among strangers he meets on the road. That’s the gift of Terry’s music – in a song, he gives us a promise of a place to call our own.
- More info: www.jesseterrymusic.com
Jam Session/Open Mic with Jay Ottaway (Saturday 8 p.m.)
- Good Commons in Plymouth VT, will host our annual jamboree. All are welcome to play and/or come listen!
- More Info: GoodCommons.com
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Julia Mark (Sunday 2-3 p.m.)
- Julia Mark grew up in semi-rural New Jersey listening to bebop greats and folk music legends. After several years of classical piano lessons, she began writing her own music as a student of the late jazz pianist, Eric Doney. Since moving to Boston in 2013, Julia Mark has been making a name for herself in the city’s singer/songwriter scene. Julia’s music is optimistically dissonant and lyric-driven. Her songs cover a range of topics, including dreaming trees, lucky coins, secret plans, and life on the moon. In September of 2015, Julia was the winner of the 16th Lizard Lounge Main Event. In February, she released her 6-song album, “Question Mark” available on Bandcamp.
More info: www.JuliaMarkMusic.com
Zak Trojano (Sunday 3-4 p.m.)
- Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. His father was a drummer who held down a regular country gig, and nights after work he would loosen his tie and show his son the finer points of Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones. After a while it seemed like he ought to write some songs, and he did: heavy songs with a light touch; an AM radio throwback voice and an intricate finger-style technique framed by a drummer’s rhythm and sharpened by years of immersion in the work of players as various as John Fahey, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins. In over a decade writing, recording, and performing music professionally – sharing studios and stages with his band Rusty Belle, or supporting touring acts like Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey – Zak Trojano has evolved his own thing: a warm baritone paired with an old Martin guitar, floating above spare lines of cello and lap steel, horns and brushes, with a deceptively simple lyricism that on repeated listening shows that the fellow at the end of the bar doesn’t say much, but he’s worth hearing.
- More info: www.zaktrojano.com
Samantha Farrell (Sunday 4-5 p.m.)
- Samantha Farrell’s ever evolving sound is an intersection of jazz, folk, pop and poetry. Her tone is unique and yet familiar all at once; at times playfully lilting and undulating, other times a sexy murmur, and a raspy declaration. She picked up guitar as a sophomore at Bowdoin College and immediately started performing her original material for enthusiastic audiences. Upon graduation in 2005, she moved to Los Angeles where she released her first album, Spiritus. Three of the songs were placed on national television shows. In October of 2009, Luminous, was independently released and through word of mouth alone, charted #7 on the national pop iTunes charts. Her latest effort, September Sun (2016), is described as “showcasing her capacity to weave lyrical rigor with sumptuous abandon… we hear a voice of dusk and smoke in conflict with the very ghosts their convergence has birthed.” (Fogged Clarity)
- More info: www.samanthafarrell.com