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The 36th 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, October 3, 2015


 
 
Nancy Tucker
 
 

Helen Avakian

Helen Avakian is a singer, songwriter and guitarist located in Madison, WI. She is the 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion as well as an award-winning singer, songwriter voted Favorite Acoustic Act by Rhythm and News Magazine. Helen also is a recording artist, producer, and guitar instructor specializing in acoustic guitar music. In addition, she provides custom designed music for special occasions such as weddings and parties. Read about Helen in the latest issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine and Minor 7th guitar review. ... Learn more ...

Nancy Tucker

“It is a vast understatement to simply say that Nancy Tucker is loved by the Falcon Ridge audience. Yet, in its simplicity, it is to the very point. The why of it is more complex. Children are swept up by Nancy’s zany life lessons in all the ways she can communicate them. Both kids and adults are astounded by her prowess as a master guitarist, songwriter, comedienne and singer … enough talent for 3 or 4 performers surely. But all this talent is just the conduit for a great communing and bearing of the soul … a huge sharing of laughter and introspection and feeling great.” Anne Saunders, Falcon Ridge Festival, Hillsdale, NY ... Learn more ...

 
 

$18.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$20.00 at Door

 

Saturday, October 17, 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!
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$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$22.00 at Door

 

 

Beppe Gambetti

 

 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Rani Arbo and Greg Ryan Duo

 
 

 

 

 

To the stage, Rani Arbo brings a warm, inviting alto and swampy fiddle style, which together with Greg Ryan’s rich,
gravelly singing and emotive, powerful guitar, this duo casts a sweet and spooky musical spell. Listen to Rani Arbo and Greg Ryan ....

 
 

Rani Arbo has toured nationally for more than 20 years with John McCutcheon, Joan Baez, Mark Erelli, among others, and, most recently, with the quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem and was also lead singer and fiddler in the New England - based bluegrass band Salamander Crossing. Acoustic Guitar Magazine writes, "Arbo is blessed with an unmistakable voice, both light and sultry, with a hint of tremolo and smoke." Her songs are melodic, poetic, loving and wry reflections on motherhood, spirit, partnership, mid-life, red-haired boys, and more."... Learn more ...

 
Greg Ryan is a Middlebury, VT -based guitarist and guitar teacher. He's an accomplished performer, too, having toured for years as a singer/songwriter before forming a gypsy-jazz duo, They Might Br Gypsies, with his 15-year-old son, Aidan Ryan.Their two records received rave reviews, with their debut album winning the Times Argus’ Instrumental Album Of The Year. In addition to playing with They Might Be Gypsies, Greg performs with the gypsy jazz group The Queen City Hot Club.
 
 

$18.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$20.00 at Door

 

 

 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

David Mallett

 
  David Mallet

 

David Mallett's "Garden Song" has been recorded by 150 artists. When playing it at a concert in Maine, he said, "I wouldn't be here tonight if it weren't for this song." Someone called out, "yes you would!" We agree. In fact he has written many great songs found on his 14 recordings. Great enough to be recorded by Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, Arlo Guthrie, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Liam Clancy and many others. Come and hear David play these songs, hear his warm friendly voice and hybrid rhythm and lead "Mallett picking" guitar style. Acoustic and electric bassist Mike Burd kicks the night up a few notches with consummate backing and a few hot solos too. A very special treat is hearing them perform a couple of selections from The Fable True--Stories from Thoreau's The Maine Woods with music and narration by David Mallett. Expect two generous sets of songs that may include "Summer of My Dreams," "Phil Brown," "This Town," "Here We Go," "Parallel Lives" and "Alright Now" plus many selections from his recent album Greenin' Up and latest album The Horse I Rode In On.
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$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$25.00 at Door

 
 

 

 

 

 
Saturday, November 21, 2015
 
 
Don Sineti
 
Stan Sullivan
 
 

Don Sineti

Before leaving for his annual tour of Alaska, Mystic Seaport’s balladeer and shanteyman, Don Sineti will perform a program of maritime music and roots folk songs that will amuse, entertain and educate listeners of all ages. As co-founder and past president of The CT Cetacean Society, now CSI (Cetacean Society International) Don continues to benefit the organization and our state by promoting awareness of whales and dolphins through his music programs, oil paintings and graphite drawings. Don performs globally, backing his superb voice by playing guitar and 5-string banjo. Don has performed with The Morgans, Finest Kind, Pure Americana and Chris Morgan. His three CDS are titled A Sailor’s Valentine, Ironmen and Wool Ships and Songs from the Dogwatch. Don will warm your heart with his Appalachian version of “The Cuckoo” and Woody Guthrie’s “Reuben James” and “Hard Travelin’.” He’ll warm up your vocal chords as you sing along on “Rolling Down to Old Maui,” “Farewell to Nova Scotia” and “Leaving of Liverpool.” Proceeds from tonight’s show will benefit the ongoing educational works of both Roaring Brook Nature Center and CSI
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Stan Sullivan

Singer-songwriter, guitar instrumentalist and blues player Stan Sullivan celebrates more than 50 years of playing music and 25 years of volunteering at Roaring Brook Concerts.   The 2011 Roxbury Pickin' and Fiddlin’ Fingerstyle Guitar Champion has won songwriting and guitar playing awards in CT, AZ, NH and KS.  He has opened shows for Richard Thompson, Cheryl Wheeler, Greg Brown and John Hammond.  Stan will perform highlights from his The Right Road and Do You Like the Rain? recordings.  He'll also perform "Pickin' Winfield Again," "Fancy Street," "The Bluewater Side," "Ivan Murphy" and his "immaculately decorated rendition of 'Summertime.' "--Thomas Kintner, The Hartford Courant. Stan will also share his song “The Next Folk Scare” which was inspired by being in attendance at The Newport Folk Festival in ’65 when Bob plugged in for the first time, and in 2002 when Bob returned to Newport.Click to hear Stan Sullivan


 
$18.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$20.00 at Door
 

 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Stephen Bennett

 
 
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." .. Learn more ...

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

 
 
 

 

Saturday, January 16, 2015

Bill Staines

 
 
Bill Staines

 


 

 

You might expect America's foremost acoustic troubadour and road warrior to be a tough, gruff character but he is not! In fact, his latest cd Beneath Some Lucky Star, is testament to the life he loves and lives through his music! Though Bill Staines has played all 50 states driving 70,000 miles a year and flying the rest, he's the most friendly guy to ever pull a guitar out of a case and perform for a folk music audience. The songs he writes reflect that personality. They are about strong memories, colorful characters and the adventure of tracking the North American landscape. These songs have earned him repeat appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. Over his 47 year career, Bill has fine tuned his art of writing unforgettable, singable choruses. Relax, enjoy and join in with Bill's rich baritone voice and satin- smooth guitar work on choruses to his anthems, "River," "Roseville Fair," "Walker Behind the Wheel," and "A Place In the Choir." .. Learn more ...

$18.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
$20.00 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
Phone: 860-693-0263
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