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The 35th Concert Season

"Playing at Roaring Brook is like playing inside a Martin Guitar"
- Eric Andersen -

Unless indicated otherwise, all concerts are scheduled for Saturday 7:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM
Hot teas, coffee & home-baked treats are available during concert intermissions.

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Call the Nature Center at 860-693-0263 during regular hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM or Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Garnet Rogers

"Garnet Rogers lives up to his impressive billing by creating a musical world full of courage comfort and hope. He soothes, he amazes, he enlightens and he can also rock when he wants to. There is not much more one can ask from a musician." Dale Connelly, Minnesota Public Radio The tall Canadian songwriter-guitarist with a rich voice and vibrant guitar work to match, returns with songs from his very impressive new recording Summer's End. He shines again as a first class interpreter with fine songs "Sailor's Rest" by Stan Rogers, “Did Trouble Me” by Susan Werner and “My Old Man” by Ewan MacColl. Garnet includes songs he wrote in memory of others, “Shadows On The Water” for Bill Morrissey, “Sleeping” for his father and “The Road to Tobermory” for great friend Bill O'Neill. Rogers offers the best, most poetic lyric content we've heard from any artist in a long time. Several more songs depict heroes, places politics and time including the surreal album closer, “A Fireside Chat.” A self-proclaimed "guitar geek," he favors Gibson Guitars made by women during WWII. We are certain that Garnet will honor requests for his beloved "hits" and lift your winter spirits with humorous tales from the road.

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$25.00 at Door


Saturday, March 7, 2015
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo

The duo of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo combines pure fun with absolute virtuosity on stage and recordings. Somehow they can entertain us with offbeat humor and choreography while playing impossibly diverse set lists. Known for playing jazz standards and the music of Django Reinhardt with authority, they also play folk, pop, rock and classical pieces, they medley themes in unexpected combinations. Frank's Monday night gigs at NYC's Iridium Club with Les Paul were amazing! “One of Les Paul’s favorite guitarists.”—Boston Globe. Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola's recording, Just Between Frets is one of the most tasteful and musical cds that any two guitarists have recorded. Frank and Vinny have headlined many top music festivals around the world. Vinny Raniolo keeps Frank very honest as he alternates between rhythm and lead guitar roles. Watch for the PBS broadcast of "Four Generations of Guitar" which features Vinny Raniolo as part of the younger generation. Would you believe a set including "Walking On The Moon," "Tears," “Night In Tunisia,” “Sounds of Silence,” "Swing '39," "I Shot the Sheriff" and an encore medley of "Scheherazade" and "The Flight of the Bumblebee?" Frank and Vinny can make it work!

$22.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$25.00 at Door



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pat Donohue

Minnesota's Pat Donohue is a Grammy-winning fingerstyle guitarist and a highly-talented singer-songwriter of blues, folk and jazz. His great talent, knowledge and passion for music have provided him with an abundance of profound career experiences. As a young man, he jammed with the author of Baby Please Don't Go, the 9-string Delta Blues guitarist-singer Big Joe Williams. In 1983, Pat won The National Fingerstyle Guitar Championships. Joining NPR's Prairie Home Companion in 1993 as house guitarist he added major spark to the show with his spirited singing, fine original songs. Alongside host Garrison Keillor, he rewrote songs with tasteful, mostly humorous consequences. In Berlin, Germany Wynton Marsalis "sat-in" with Pat, Rich Dworsky and the band. Pat accompanied the "pretty good" voices Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Garrison Keillor in the Robert Altman movie " A Prairie Companion." Donohue has heard his songs recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers and Chet Atkins with whom he recorded his tribute "Stealin' from Chet." Pat's wonderful humor and songwriting will warm your heart as he sings “Irish Blues,” “Road To Kingdom Come,” “Jazz Name” or "Would You Like To Play The Guitar?" Extremely enjoyable Donohue instrumentals include his Grammy-winning version of Henry Mancini's"Peter Gunn," Miles Davis' "All Blues," Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train," The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever" and his own "Freewayman." Somehow this fingerpickin’ freewayman finds time to perform the National Anthemn at Minnesota Twins games, to sit down and record 15 fine albums including Backroads, Two Hand Band, Vicksburg Blues and American Guitar and still be on the road to perform for us!

$25.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$30.00 at Door



Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pete Huttlinger

Last September, Nashville- based guitar virtuoso Pete Huttlinger performed in phenomenal fashion, giving 110% every day at The Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, Kansas. For this fourth show here at RBC, he will delight Roaring Brook fans with preposterously phenome- nal guitar playing and a lightning quick wit as keen as Bill Morrissey or Billy Crystal! We've watched him here, at Winfield and at Carnegie Hall playing a diverse reper- toire that includes Celtic jigs and reels, sing alongs with "Country Roads" and totally mesmerizing renditions of pop hits, "Fields of Gold" "Ricky Don't Lose that Number," "Superstition," and "Mrs. Rob- inson." Enjoy this National Fingerstyle Champion and Berklee grad who has played Eric Clapton's Crossroad Guitar Festivals with tunes from his CDs, The Black Swan, McGuire's Landing, Naked Pop and The Santa Rita Connection. "The official king of the fingerpickers." - Fingerstyle Guitar

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$25.00 at Door



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen


Roaring Brook is proud to present the remarkable husband-and-wife pairing of master multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter Harvey Reid on the same night with fiddler-singer and songwriter Joyce Andersen. Not only is Harvey a double National Champion on fingerstyle guitar and Autoharp, he writes fine lyrics, too. An exceptional fiddler, lead and harmony singer and stage performer, Joyce has played Merlefest with Harvey, The Conan O’Brien Show with Marshall Krenshaw and Carnegie Hall with The McKrells. Together they have collaborated on many recordings, including The Song Train, a monumental 4CD boxed set. "...beautifully conceived and produced" - Mike Seegar Their current project—besides raising their sons Otto and Levi—is promoting The Liberty Guitar Method which Harvey has discovered. It’s a two finger method for playing two-chord songs thus promoting home-made music with the family. They are even planning their own line of guitars! With over 30 recordings to their credit it is hard to pick favorites. Listen for songs “Silver Midnight Moon” and “Talkin’ Organic Food,” from Harvey’s 2013 releases Songs From A Long Road and from The Autoharp Waltz “Scarborough Fair and “Scotland Bridge.” Joyce’s fine solo albums Love and Thirst, Right Where I Should Be and Swerve! encompass a range of styles from bluegrass to ballads, blues, jazz standards gospel and rock music. Show stoppers include “I Will Shine,” “Don’t Explain” and her cosmic song, “Filled With Love.”

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$25.00 at Door



April 25, 2015

Double State

Lara Herscovitch
and Kristin Graves

For some people, what they do and who they are two different things. Not so for Lara Herscovitch, an “extraordinarily talented” (smother.net) American songwriter, poet, singer, performer, and policy social worker. Lara’s award-winning music is “pure musical poetry” (The Courier): highly original, modern folk with shades of blues, jazz, and pop. As the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal wrote, "Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn't write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul."... more ...
$18.00 Advance
Call 860-693-0263

$20.00 at Door
Connecticut's 15th State Troubadour, Kristen Graves possesses a commanding voice and employs a fine palette of vocal nuances and phrasing. Accompanying herself on piano and guitar, she has recorded CDs titled: Slow Down, Singing For Hope and Stay. This folk/pop songwriter is creating a place for herself on the music scene with her songs: "Moving On", "Dear Mister", "Lay It Down" and "I Will Be Here" Her humanitarian efforts include teaching Guitar Camp with Simple Smiles on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota and her Just Be Nice campaign.


May 2, 2015

Tim and Myles Thompson

The unique relationship of a father and son cannot be argued nor explained, but when the relationship includes musical passion, virtuosity and showmanship - magic happens! Tim and Myles Thompson have been inspiring audiences throughout the country. With recent performances that include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, and the Chet Atkins Festival, they have polished their craft to a fine luster.  The duo has opened for Spyro Gyra, Don Williams, Mountain Heart, and Richard Elliot. It’s not surprising that Tim and Myles Thompson’s new album, Time4Me2Go, is filled with complex, masterfully played tracks. Fans of their live shows are frequently dazzled by the often otherworldly, synchronized unity of their music. After all, the father / son duo have been playing together now for, basically, all of Myles’ 19 years. Time4Me2Go, the duo’s fourth studio release, is keenly focused on the sound the duo delivers live. There are no studio tricks or overdubs needed to display the sharp interplay between the two.

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$22.00 at Door



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ed Gerhard

If you're a fan of singer-songwriters, country, folk, blues or world music, you should come to RBNC to hear Grammy Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard. Instrumentally, he performs some of the greatest songs of all time plus breathtaking brilliant originals. He has earned a loyal fan base because of his immaculate tone, superb technique and his rich, varied repertoire. Ed’s fingerstyle playing of 6 + 12-string and Hawaiian lap style and blues slide guitars has made him a favorite at festivals in North America, Ireland, Europe and Japan. His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burns films Mark Twain and The National Parks: America's Best Idea. From his first recording Nightbirds to Counting The Ways, Luna, Sunnyland and his recent There and Gone he has developed and refined his evermore personal style. It's not all about the bass, the treble or flashy pyrotechnics. It's about creating art with wood and strings through the sounds and silences within music. Perennial show stopping tunes include “The Water Is Wide,” “Killing The Blues,” “The Handing Down,” and Ed's poignant medley of “Imagine/Across The Universe.”

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$25.00 at Door


October 2015

Beppe Gambetta


Born in Genoa, Italy and living in the USA, renowned steel-string guitarist, singer and composer Beppe Gambetta combines American roots with European passion. Making his Roaring Brook debut 40 years into his stellar career, his original songs and tunes reflect a mosaic of musical influences; native Italian music, Celtic, Eastern European and Mediterranean dance tunes, classical fingerstyle and American flatpicking pieces. Starting from studies of his mentor Doc Watson, Beppe brought his flat-picking approach to a modern style, based on complex strumming, crosspicking, adding more triplets and using open tunings. He has performed with Doc Watson, Dan Crary, David Grisman, Tony Trishka, Don Ross and John Jorgensen. He has played premier venues across four continents including The Ryman in Nashville, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merlefest and The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. With a charming accent, disarming smile and sense of humor, Beppe relates stories of his musical journey and inspirations gained from encounters with Doc Watson, Pete Seeger and Italian songwriting legend Fabrizio De André. Most of all, Beppe wants to perform songs and tunes from his recordings The American Album, Good News from Home and Blu Di Genova. Selections may include “Church Street Blues,” “Slow Creek,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “Brown's Ferry Blues” and “Handsome Molly” plus breakdowns, mazurkas and serenades!

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$22.00 at Door




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Please note that performers and dates are subject to change

Advance Sales Policy: Purchasing your tickets in advance is recommended for all shows due to space limitations and may be done by calling the Nature Center at 860-693-0263 during regular hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM or Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Mastercard or Visa numbers will be required. When you arrive at the concert, you will have your choice of paying by cash, check or charge card.

70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019
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