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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

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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, October 4 , 2014

Eliza Gilkyson

Our 35th concert season will be kicked off in grand style by Grammy-nominated Austin Texas-based singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Jim Henry.  Eliza graces two remarkable recordings released in 2014. In a review of her poetic, wisdom-filled songs of compassion and conscience found on her new cd The Nocturne Diaries, Maverick cites her as "one of the most influential artists on the American folk music scene." This is born out by her election to the Austin Music Hall of Fame, inclusion on the The Woody Guthrie Review: Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway and being chosen to perform a standout version of "Before the Deluge" on Looking Into You ~~ A Tribute to Jackson Browne.  Other artists on the cd are Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett and Don Henley!  We love to hear Eliza's versions of her father Terry Gilkyson's hits, "Green Fields," The Bare Necessities" and "Fast Freight" found on The Nocturne Diaries; but the real prize is to hear Eliza's hauntingly expressive voice sing her own "songs that strike at the heart of personal experience." --No Depression. Gracious with requests Eliza just might honor yours for her brilliant "Music Way," "Tender Mercies," "Rose of Sharon" or whatever you call out!.”

7:30 PM - 7:30PM $25.00 Adv / $30.00 Door


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stephen Bennett

Returning to Roaring Brook with two new recordings titled, Still On The Line and More Beatles is Stephen Bennett--the most complete acoustic steel-stringed guitarist we have ever heard or hosted!--Recognized as the #1 ambassador for the majestic rarely heard harp guitar, he is also a guitar festival unto himself by virtuosity and virtue of playing 6-string, 12-string, National Steel and baritone guitars.  He has been featured at Chet Atkins Appreciation Society events alongside Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris.  Stephen frequently trades guest guitar solos with world-class guitarists including Tommy Emmanuel with whom he has toured Australia and New Zealand.  In fact, Tommy chose Bennett's cd TEN for his list of 10 Essential Acoustic Guitar Albums.  With 30 recordings to his credit, Stephen is a master arranger, interpreter and composer.  His wide repertoire includes stellar originals, celtic, folk and roots gems, jazz and classical anthems, movie soundtrack themes, holiday favorites and splendid renditions of rock and roll pop hits.  We love his guitar / vocal versions of "If I Only Had A Brain," "What A Wonderful World," and "Wichita Lineman."  Concert hits include "Perestroika," "Chocolate Mo," "Sacajawea," "A Hard Day's Night" and the beautifully haunting "Theme From To Kill A Mockingbird."

7:30 PM - $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Door

  Stephen Bennet    



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines Band

After many fine duo shows here, we are proud to present W.C. Handy Award Winners, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines in their own full band, Mojo Rodeo!  If you've seen them as a duo or playing with John Sebastian or Susan Tedeschi, you'll love this show.  Tonight you can experience the full range of their appetite for country blues, old time country, roots classics and  Americana music.  Paul Rishell has played with Son House, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry.  "Rishell's ability to convey the essence of Acoustic Delta Blues is shocking.  His guitar playing is tremendous, his vocals are exceptional."  --Skyland Blues News.  Reigning Queen of blues harp, Annie Raines will perform on harmonicas, mandolin and vocals.  Harp Legend, James Cotton calls her "James Cotton Jr." while Pinetop Perkins said "she plays so good it hurts!"  Also in the band are vocalist Christie Flemming, Brad Besko on bass and vocals and Billy MacGillivray on drums and vocals.  As soon as they start playing, their great talent and good vibes will cause you to relax, forget your cares and smile like you haven't done in a long time.  Highlights from their  7 cds  and 3 dvds may include may include "Shake 'em on Down," "It'll Be Me," "Memphis Town," "Got to Fly" and "Moving to the Country."

$22.00 Advance / $25.00 Door

  Paul Rishell & Annie Raines  


Saturday November 8, 2014

Happy Traum with Special Guest Stan Sullivan

7:30 PM - $18.00 Advance / $20.00 Door



Saturday November 15, 2014

New West Guitar Group

"Smith, Stein and Storie play seamlessly together.  Beautiful acoustic rhythms, vibrant classically-infused single note lines and jazzy arpeggios cover the magnificent landscape these three players create"--Metronome Magazine.  "Shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords...tightly cracking interplay and complimentary playing."  Bill Makowski, DownBeat Magazine.  Please join us in welcoming New West Guitar Group for their Roaring Brook debut.  Guitarists John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein are all graduates of USC's Thornton School of Music.  The trio's versatility in performing classic popular covers, jazz standards and exciting originals on a combination of acoustic and electric guitars gives them a fresh, cutting-edge signature sound.  Based in Los Angeles and New York, they tour worldwide giving concerts and master classes.  Tonight they will please you by performing selections from their cds Big City, Round Trip Ticket, Sleeping Lady and Wide Awake.  Enjoy their renditions of the classic "All the Things You Are," Joni Mitchell's "All I Want" plus their "California" and "Blues for Brubeck."

7:30 PM - $20.00 Advance / $22.00 Door




Upcoming Shows

Saturday November 22, 2014

Donna Martin and Gail Wade

7:30 PM - $15.00 Advance / $18.00 Door

Sunday December 7, 2014

David Mallett

7:30 PM - $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Door

Saturday February 28, 2015

Garnet Rogers

7:30 PM $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Door

Saturday March 7, 2015

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo

7:30 PM $22.00 Advance / $25.00 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
Phone: 860-693-0263
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