Welcome to Roaring Brook Concerts
Roaring Brook Nature Center A member of The Children's Museum family
Celebrating Our 37th Concert Season!

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

These concerts support the continued educational, environmental and scientific programs
offered by the Roaring Brook Nature Center

For tickets, call 860-693-0263 during regular hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM or Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM.
Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are scheduled for Saturday 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM.
Hot teas, coffee and home baked desert treats are available during intermission.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Four Songwriter Reunion:
Bruce Pratt - John Merino - Jim Mercik - Stan Sullivan

Bruce Pratt John Merino Jim Mercik Stan Sullivan

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Reuniting on stage are four movers and shakers of the 80's and 90's CT Folk music scene. Their combined appreciation of acoustic roots, blues and contemporary folk brought them together as founders of The Cellar Door Coffeehouse in West Hartford. This turning point made each better performers and changed the face and impact of folk music in CT and beyond. Among them, they went on to book and promote some of the most inspiring talent to ever grace a stage including Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Randy Newman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bill Morrissey. The venues included The Hartland Family Folk Festival, The Thomaston Opera House, The Full Moon Folk Festival, Art Park in NY and Roaring Brook Concerts. In a four-on-stage format these performing artists will relate "who they were back then" to "who they are right now" with songs, poetry, spoken word and anecdotal and instrumental statements. Among them, these artists have released several albums and have several cuts on WWUH-fm 91.3 radio's Folk Next Door compilations and on Fast Folk/ Smithsonian Folkways recordings. Those songs earned them spots on shows with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richard Thompson, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Cheryl Wheeler, Paul Geremia and many more. It's always a treat to hear Bruce Pratt sing his cinematic song, "Drivin’ Through the Delta." We hope to hear readings from prize-winning poetry and the acclaimed novel, The Serpents of Blissful authored by this Maine Resident. Returning from western New York, John Merino recorded with 10,000 Maniacs and created the cd The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine Jug Band Music at Levon Helm's Studios, Woodstock NY. Signature songs are his "Ask A Gypsy" and Sleepy John Estes cover "Drop Down Mama." Hartford's Jim Mercik augmented great guitar skills studying one-on-one with Dave Van Ronk. Hearing his Smithsonian archived song, "Is This Enough For You?" and his cover of Dylan's “Buckets of Rain” is worth the price of admission itself. Hartford's Stan Sullivan, a multiple songwriting showcase finalist, sings his originals, “The Passing Lane” and "The Next Folk Scare" and offers Fingerstyle guitar instrumentals he's competed with in six states and Canada.

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263 or 22.00 at Door - 7:30 PM


David Mallett You Tube Video
David Mallett

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or 25.00 at Door - 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Tonight we offer our annual welcome to Maine's famed songwriter-guitarist Dave Mallett and his many fans who will be rewarded with stellar live songs from his 17th release Celebration. In a review of the album for Country Standard Time, Lee Zimmerman placed Mallett within a troubadour's hierarchy that includes Gordon Lightfoot, David Olney and the late John Stewart. Lee wrote: "His gruff-sounding vocals and unerring sense of gravitas convey a rugged sense of resilience...a sonorous sense of impending urgency that compels even a casual listener to lean in closer. Indeed, Mallett doesn't waste time getting to the point! The title song rattles off a litany of society’s shortcomings with a sound that leaves no doubt as to his authoritative stance. Yet even when the subject turns to love and longing - as conveyed through “Girl With the Golden Hair,” “Ring For You” and “You Deserve the Best” he’s no less determined and certainly every bit as inspired. These are songs instilled with eloquence and endurance, and they resonate accordingly. As a result, Celebration qualifies as an instant classic, the kind of album that can be cherished and appreciated with every successive listen. Also,you will enjoy Mike Burd's magnificent bass playing as Dave tries his best to honor your requests from his first 16 albums.


Steve Gillette and
Cindy Mangsen

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Steve Gillette and Mangsen

$18.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or 20.00 at Door - 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 12, 2016

"With gentle humor, years of accumulated stories and an effortless ability to deliver perfect harmonies and playing, they are masters of folk music. Their brand of entertainment is the product of decades of performance. There is no shortcut to what they have."- Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena. Come for to Sing says "Cindy Mangsen is one of the finest singers in American folk music." Accompanying herself and Steve on guitar, banjo, concertina and mountain dulcimer, her repertoire ranges from haunting traditional ballads to originals and writers diverse as Jack Hardy and Nancy White. Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen merged their talents when they married in 1989. Since Ian and Sylvia recorded "Darcy Farrow" in 1965, Steve Gillette has become a major songwriter. Garth Brooks, Nanci Griffith, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Tom Russell and dozens of other artists recorded his songs. Linda Ronstadt recorded 5 Gillette songs! Steve is the rare "go to" songwriter who sings his work better than the hit makers. He also employs a highly effective flatpick and fingers hybrid guitar style that supports fine lyrics in a beautiful way. Highlights of their show include "Home By Dark," "The River," "October Roses," "Darcy Farrow," "Corinna" and "Shake Sugaree."


Happy Traum You Tube Video
Coming of Age in the Folk Revival

Happy Traum

$18.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or 20.00 at Door - 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bronx, NY born, Happy Traum is a marvelous guitarist and singer who grew up experiencing the vibes of Washington Square and Greenwich Village music scene during the folk revival. Coming in from Woodstock NY where he has lived for 48 years, he will perform songs from his 2015 album Just For the Love Of It, which features guests John Sebastian, David Amram and Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Happy will also present his updated multi-media program, Coming of Age in the Folk Revival. In song and first person narrative, he'll give an overview of his 40 year musical relationship with Bob Dylan, which included recording and performing with the legend himself. He'll take you from Washington Square through many Village clubs and out to Woodstock, relating the cultural, political and social climates of each musical environment. A frequent source for books and documentaries, Happy worked, befriended or rubbed shoulders with The Band, Van Morrison, Brownie McGee, George Harrison, John Herald, Dave Van Ronk, Ian Buchanan, Paul Butterfield and more. Happy was most Impressive when we witnessed him trading fine lead and backing vocals and guitar breaks while performing with Richard Thompson at Levon Helm Studios in July. Listen for song highlights tonight, "Things are Coming My Way," "Church Street Blues" and "Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood.)"


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stephen Bennett returns to Roaring Brook with two of his latest recordings, Tone Poet and The Powhatan Suite. The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association referred to Stephen Bennett as "The Jedi Master of Fingerstyle Guitar." We say he's the most complete acoustic steel-string guitarist we have heard or hosted. His artistry is informed by an extensive musical background with formal studies of piano, clarinet and classical guitar. A guitar festival unto himself, he plays the majestic harp guitar plus 6-string, 12-string, National Steel and baritone guitars. A champion of fine melodies, great grooves and confident improvisation, he has shared the stage and toured with Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, Harvey Reid, Tim Thompson, Pat Donohue and Pete Huttlinger. Stephen's impressive 30 album discography showcases his repertoire of stellar originals, Celtic, folk and roots gems, classical and jazz anthems, movie soundtrack themes and hot acoustic renditions of rock and pop hits. Stephen's shows are a joy to attend as he masterfully interprets tunes such as The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes, The Beatles' “All You Need Is Love,” Dvorak's “Going Home” and the traditional “Star Of The County Down.” His own compositions, “Balcony Boogie,” “The Eye of God,” “Atlanta Blues,” and “Perestroika” raise the bar on contemporary guitar playing.

Stephen Bennett You Tube Video

Stephen Bennet

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or 25.00 at Door - 7:30 PM



Bill Staines

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or 20.00 at Door - 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bill Staines You Tube Video

Roaring Brook favorite Bill Staines is a left-handed neo-traditional troubadour who, on a right- handed guitar played upside down, creates perfectly crafted songs that everyone wants to sing along with or turn into a book! Bill's song, "A Place In The Choir" which became an illustrated book resonates with all age groups. The Irish group Celtic Thunder performed Staines' song in a PBS concert. To date, the videos from that single song have registered over five million views on YouTube. Bill's catalog of 300+ songs has earned cover spots on albums by Nanci Griffith, Peter Paul and Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy and hundreds of other artists. Bill has released 26 albums and played 50 states over the past 5 decades. He has traveled over a million miles before coming to play for you tonight. Join with Bill on the Great choruses to “River,” “Roseville Fair,” “Child of Mine” and “Wild, Wild Heart.”




Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ed Gerhard You Tube Video

Acoustic Guitar magazine says of Grammy award winning artist, Ed Gerhard that "his recordings and live performances have established him as one of the most exciting of the guitarist-composers." Premier Guitar magazine's Andy Ellis says that "his latest cd, There and Gone offers some of the richest steel-string sounds you've heard." Crossing cultural and language barriers with dramatically beautiful tone and technique, Ed has played across North America, Europe, Ireland, the UK, Korea, Japan and China. Ed's fingerstyle playing of 6+12 string guitars and blues slide guitars is truly amazing. A special part of every show occurs when Ed demonstrates why he is considered, along with David Lindley, Ben Harper and Greg Leis as one of the premier Weissenborn Hawaiian steel slide guitar players by playing several pieces on that majestic instrument. Perennial show stopping tunes include "The Handing Down," "Killing the Blues", "The Water Is Wide" and a poignant medley of "Imagine/ Across the Universe."

$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or 25.00 at Door - 7:30 PM



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
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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!

Ticket Sales Date To Be Announced


"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.” Also available at the show and online is his new book, “Night Drive”- the story of Stan Rogers and the rock and roll struggles of a folk trio.

Ticket Sales Date To Be Announced

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Garnet Rogers You Tube Video

Garnet Rogers


In Memoriam: Pete Huttlinger - 6/22/61-1/15/16 You Tube Video

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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.
All advance ticket sales are final.

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