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, 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!

$22.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or $25.00 at Door - 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Benefit Concert for
The Pete Huttlinger Fund

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Four talented friends of the superb and inspiring musician Pete Huttlinger come together to celebrate his life and legacy. Their main goals are to entertain you and to raise money for The Pete Huttlinger Fund for Congenital Cardiac Research at The Vanderbilt Medical Center. Confronting special physical challenges, Pete graduated from Berklee College of Music and toured as a sideman with John Denver, LeAnn Rimes and John Oates. He performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroad Guitar Festivals, at Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Pete released many acclaimed albums including The Santa Rita Connection and Naked Pop, plus 16 Homespun Music Instructional videos. Pete and his wife Erin co-authored a book titled "Joined at the Heart", which chronicled their amazing life together.


Featured Artists

Stephen Bennett - Mark Sganga - Glenn Roth - Stan Sullivan

Stephen Bennett
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Mark Sganga
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Glenn Roth
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<Stan Sullivan
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Stephen Bennett is a guitar festival unto himself, playing the majestic harp guitar, plus 6-string, 12-string, National Steel and baritone guitars. A champion of fine melodies and grooves, he has shared stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Pat Donohue, Andy McKee and Pete Huttlinger. Mark Sganga, the 2009 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion is a composer, vocalist and educator who has shared the stage with Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Coryell and Herbie Hancock. His 5 CDs offer jazz, Brazilian & pop. Glenn Roth's steady gig is playing in the NYC's subways, but he takes time off to share the stage with Tuck & Patty and Don Ross and to place in the Top Five in the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championships. Stan Sullivan is a multiple Songwriting Showcase finalist who has twice won the Roxbury, CT Fingerpicking Guitar Contest and has opened for Richard Thompson and Rory Block.

$22.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or $25.00 at Door - 7:30 PM


   Friday, April 21, 2017

John Gorka You Tube Video

It has been far too long since John Gorka, the Rolls-Royce voice of Contemporary Folk has graced our stage. He is busy performing his superb songs across North America, Ireland, The UK and Western Europe. A pivotal point in the career of this New Jersey-born Minnesota resident came when, as a college student, he discovered Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse in Bethlehem, PA. Manning the soundboard and mixing sound for folk legends Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Claudia Schmidt and Tom Paxton and being the resident MC inspired him greatly. Trusting his talents and his instincts, he chose the gypsy life of the troubadour. The hard work and traveling enabled him to become a peer and to tour with major folk artists Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Nanci Griffith, Eliza Gilkyson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Songs from Gorka's many albums have earned extensive airplay on folk radio and his "When She Kisses Me" crossed over as a video on VH-1's Current Country and CMT's Nashville Network. John's artistry has earned him performances on NPR's Mountain Stage and Austin City Limits. Come and enjoy the rich, resonant vocals, expressive guitar phrasing and multifaceted songwriting of this master artist from his latest albums Bright Side of Down, Before Beginning, So Dark You See and Old Futures Gone.

$25.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or $30.00 at Door - 7:30 PM


Saturday, April 29, 2017


Harvey Reid You Tube Video

Joyce Andersen You Tube Video


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
or $25.00 at Door - 7:30 PM


"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.

or $25.00 at Door - 7:30 PM

Show Has Been Cancelled

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Garnet Rogers You Tube Video

Garnet Rogers

Saturday, October 7, 2017


Kate CampbellYou Tube Video

"Possessed of the lyrical grasp of Lucinda WIlliams and the eloquent vocal timbre of Emmylou Harris, Kate Campbell is a major talent."  Timeout London "Kate Campbell belongs in the company of literati like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith and Lucinda Williams." Critics compare her ability to capture settings, depict characters and tell a full story within the limits of the song form to novelists and short story writers. Drawing from her 16 recordings, she'll entertain and inspire you with powerful, evocative and humorous songs about pop culture and prehistory, peace, racial equality, religious faith, political change and nostalgic views of American Life.  Highlights include, "Miles of Blues," "Crazy in Alabama," "New South," "Galaxy 500," "Jesus and Tomatoes" and "Visions of Plenty."


Sloan Wainwright You Tube Video

No singer commands the stage like New York's Sloan Wainwright. The strongest voice in the extended family that has included Wainwrights, Roches and McGarrigles returns with a dynamic, creative program of moving songs. She'll be accompanied by the superb guitar, mandolin, keyboard and vocals of Stephen Murphy. Standout songs tonight may include "Live Out the Best of Your Life," "Today," "Box of Rain" and "Too Nice for Too Long." Sloan's broad vocal range and theatrical flair serve her well on stage and at master songwriter and vocal workshops like Richard Thompson's Fret's and Refrains and WUMB Radio's SAMW Music Camps.


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


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

Don't Just Live:  LIVE WELL!



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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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