Thursday, December 6, 2007

Concerts of the week

Alison Brown Holiday Show
Friday December 7, 8:00 pm
East Hartford Cultural Community Center

Proving that even some really smart people play the banjo, Alison Brown has a couple of impressive degrees, runs a record company, and has time to make some brilliant music. Check out Eric Danton's interview.

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
Saturday December 8, 8 pm
Sounding Board Coffeehouse, West Hartford CT
Sounding Board Coffeehouse

Nothing better on a cold evening then to spend some time with a hot band. Rani and company always heat a room with their blend of folk, gospel, old-time, new--time music. Still sailing on great notices from their latest, Big Old Life, the band insists you leave a room feeling better than when you arrived.

Bruce Pratt, Jim Mercik, Rennie McQuilkin, John Stanizzi
A Night of Poetry and Music
Saturday December 8, 7:30 pm
Roaring Brook Nature Center

This is a return-of-the-prodigal son, concert, book release, fundraising, homecoming, at which Bruce Pratt is the center. Pratt, who lives in Bangor, and teaches writing, coaches a number of sports, and plays music only occasionally, was a well-known figure on the local folk scene. He helped found the old Cellar Door Coffeehouse, and founded the Hartland Family Folk Festival. He produced shows at Roaring Brook, helped give birth to the Folk Next Door, and played a bunch of gigs with folks like Ramblin Jack and Greg Brown. He's coming back to Canton as a critically-acclaimed poet and short story author. This event celebrates the release of his book of poems, Boreal, for Antrim House Publishing. Mercik and Alvin Carter Sr. will provide music (Bruce may be cajoled into singing a song or two, and McQuilking and Stanizzi will read their poetry. It all benefits Roaring Brook.

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