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Fall 2005 Newsletter

All shows begin at 7:30 PM unless noted otherwise
Advance reservations are recommended for all shows and may be made by calling the Nature Center at 860.693.0263 (reservations may not be made through email or the Internet) during our regular hours (10 - 5 Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 5 Sundays).  MasterCard or Visa numbers will be required for all reservations. Reservation Policy

Wednesday Open Mike Series
October 19, 2005: Featured Performers: Steve & Jon Rodgers
November 16, 2005: Featured Performer: Pete Prizzi


Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 7:30

Donna Martin

Farmington Valley’s favorite songwriter-guitarist returns with a new set of songs plus selections from her fine recordings, Farewell Scenes, Ghost, Pioneers and Call It Home. Years of experience as a soloist and as a lead singer in blues and country bands are evident in her polished, yet audience friendly performances. While many popular singers rely upon lyrics written by staff writers or by covering the work of other artists, Donna Martin has created several songs that will stand the test of time including “Heroes,” “I’m a Northern Girl,” “Famous Face,” “Sound of Good-Bye,” “The Open Canvas,” “Lost in September” and “You Can Call It Home.” Accolades from Guy Clark, Patty Larkin and Chris Smither plus inclusion in festivals at Falcon Ridge, Hartland and Lillith Fair attest to her great talent.

Admission: $12.00 Adv/ $15.00 Door - Students $8.00

Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 7:30

Mad Agnes

“If you’ve been struggling to find a link back to that addictive sound of progressive/alternative folk groups like Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention and Renaissance, listen up. On their CD Magic Hour, Mad Agnes, recreates with authenticity many musical qualities of those groups.”—Singer Magazine. Although this is the RBNC debut of Mad Agnes the trio’s members have played here in other configurations and have a combined output of 10 CDs between them. Margo Hennebach, Mark Saunders and Adrienne Jones go from full instrumentation on guitars, bass, mandolin and keyboards to spare, breathtaking a capella songs and back again during their program. Their style draws from many genres, including folk, pop, classical and Celtic music.

They are storytelling writers of memorable songs that they perform with superb musicianship, intricate harmonies and complex counterpoint. Enjoy songs from their recordings Live at UH and Magic Hour including Richard Thompson’s “Dimming of The Day” and their “Dancing Man,” “One Wild Dove,” “Guardians,” “Manic Depressive Madrigal” and “Let This Be My Prayer.” --- Admission: $15.00

October 19, 2005

Wednesday Open Mike Series
7:00PM - $5.00 Sign Up at 6:45PM
With Featured Performers:

Steve & Jon Rodgers

These high energy harmonizing brother songwriter-guitarists are the core of the contemporary band Mighty Purple. They host the open mikes at The Space in Hamden and will perform original songs from Mighty Purple’s CD titled Prefables.



Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 7:30


Paul Geremia

Elijah Wald of The Boston Globe cites Red House Recording Artist Paul Geremia as "The most adept and inventive finger-style guitarist on the contemporary scene and the best rack harmonica player on record... a national treasure." His 2004 release Love, Murder & Mosquitoes shows that he is one of the living masters of country blues and the dynamic collection of originals, obscure rarities and classics sets the gold standard for the genre. Blues Access says "It's so damn good it's scary!" Highlights of his programs include "Slidell Blues,” “Rising River Blues,” “Devil Got My Woman,” “Meet Me In the Bottom,” and “My Kinda Place.” This soulful singer and masterful 6 & 12-string guitarist has toured the US, Canada and Europe for 40 years, preserving traditional Piedmont and Delta blues and performing his own first rate material. His fine CDs Self Portrait in Blues and Gamblin’ Woman Blues earned W.C. Handy Award nominations.
Admission - $15.00

Saturday, October 29, 2005 - 7:30 PM

Nerissa & Katryna Nields

ZOË recording artists Nerissa & Katryna Nields were in top form pleasing large audiences at New Bedford's Summerfest last July as they have at Lillith Fair, The Folk Next Door and The Newport Folk Festival. These singing sisters launched their careers on Hartford, Boston & NOHO stages with clever songwriting, positive energy, colorful harmonies and superb stagecraft. These days, their writing and performing offers a fresh blend of New Folk, Alt Country and Folk Rock styles. Guitarist-songwriter Nerissa Nields recently had her young-adult novel, Plastic Angel published by Scholastic Books. Katryna Nields continues to lead the vocals with her trademark volcanic, mercurial soprano over her sister's rich, tawny harmonies. Listen for songs from their CDs Love and China and This Town Is Wrong. Their set list may include “The Day I Let Glory Steer,” “Kiss Me On The Moon,” “Ticket To My House,” “Yesterday's Girl” and “This Happens Again and Again.”

Admission: $15.00 Adv/$17.00 Door


Saturday, November 5, 2005 - 7:30 PM

Mustard's Retreat

Michigan folk duo Mustard's Retreat have made music for more that 30 years at venues ranging from "carrot cake circuit" coffeehouses to Wolf Trap, Lincoln Center, The Bottom Line, The Kennedy Center and at the Hartland, Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Kate Wolf, Boston and Philadelphia Folk Festivals. They are Michael Hough on vocals, guitar and bass and David Tamulevich on Vocals, 6 & 12-string guitars, harmonica and dulcimer.



They are fine songwriters, great interpreters of classic songs and superb song finders of other artist’s works. Folk artists Garnet Rogers, Tom Paxton and Greg Brown praise the duo for their solid musicianship, great harmonies and unpretentious way of pulling an audience together to share a sense of community while being enlightened and entertained. Their recordings include Home By Morning, 5 miles or 50,000 Years, The Wind & The Crickets and A Resolution of Something. Program Highlights include: “The Road Back Home To You,” “Papa's On The Housetop,” “16 Tons,” “The Water is Wide” and “Part of Me Remembers.” Expect some hilarious parody songs, a couple of humorous tall stories and fine sing-alongs.

Admission: $15.00


Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:30 PM

Eric Bogle
Scottish-born Australian Eric Bogle returns with a rare US concert and with a brand new live double CD titled At This Stage and a new studio CD Other People's Children.  Internationally known for promoting peace and racial harmony through music, he has heard his song "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" recorded by over 100 artists.  This song and "No Man's Land" examine the face of war and "man's blind indifference toward his fellow man" while "Feed the Children" takes a hard look at world hunger.  John Munro will join Eric on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals.  Listen for superb songs "A Reason for it All," "Shelter" and "Singing the Spirit Home."  Enjoy his humorous songs, “Silly Slang Song,” “Short White Blues” and “Do You Do Any Dylan?”

Admission: $25.00


Open Mike Wednesday November 16, 2005

Wednesday Open Mike Series
7:00PM-$5.00 Sign Up at 6:45PM
With Featured Performer:

Pete Prizzi

Singing with a vibrant baritone voice and nimbly playing 6 & 12-string guitars, this accomplished singer-songwriter performs songs from his upcoming CD All This Time. His style evolved from roots in 60’s folk, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Paul Simon.



Saturday, Nov 19, 2005 7:30 PM    


David Mallet

“David Mallett may be the only artist working today whose portraits and stories, derived from the American Heartland, can come close to being compared to the works of Stephen Foster.”—Popular Folk Music Today. “The Garden Song” has been translated into several languages and 100 artists have recorded his work. Dave’s positive stage presence, rich baritone voice and strong guitar work will move you as he honors requests from his 11 albums including Artist In Me, This Town, Parallel Lives, Ambition and For a Lifetime.

Admission: $18.00


Saturday, November 26, 2005
No Show - Holiday Weekend


Saturday, December 3, 2005 - 7:30 PM

River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs have a new CD titled Rockin’ The Zydeco World with 15 more great songs to choose from along with material from their previous discs High On The Hog and Big Fun On The Hog Farm. Zydeco is the rollicking dance music of Southern Louisiana’s Creoles. Melding influences of Rhythm & Blues, the Caribbean, Africa and neighboring Cajuns, accordion-driven Zydeco music is one of the most joyful sounds on Earth. WWUH-FM 91.3 Radio Host River City Slim returns on vocals and drums, joined by Robin Bean on rubboard and vocals, Toad Eckert on guitar & vocals, Jon Mack on bass & vocals and Mark Thompson on accordion & vocals. Enjoy rousing renditions of traditional tunes and of their roots influences Clifton Chenier, Canray Fontenot, Alvin Cormier, Boisec Ardoin and Terrence Simien.

Admission: $12.00 Adv/$15.00 Door


Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 7:30 PM
Eric Andersen

Living legend Eric Andersen has a history of being part of important events and has lead the songwriting scene for four decades. He has performed as part of The Rolling Thunder Revue, The Festival Express music train tour across Canada with Janice Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy and The Grateful Dead and as part of major North American and European festivals. His songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, Linda Ronstadt, Fairport Convention, The Blues Project and The Grateful Dead. Since his last show at RBNC he has released The Street Was Always There on which he sings the songs that he first heard sung by performing songwriters in the 60’s clubs and cafes of Greenwich Village. Musical guests on the CD include Wyclef Jean, John Sebastian, Patrick Sky, Pete Kennedy and Happy Traum. Enjoy Eric’s masterful versions of Tim Hardin’s “Misty Roses,” Fred Neil’s “Little Bit of Rain,” Pat Sky’s “ Many A Mile,” Bob Dylan’s “Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and Buffy Ste. Marie’s “Universal Soldier.” The title song and “Wave’s of Freedom” are Andersen’s originals. Request your favorites from Eric’s two dozen albums including Blue River, Ghosts Upon The Road, Beat Avenue and Memory Of The Future.

Admission: $18.00



Winter/Spring 2006

Bill Staines
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
Northern Lights
Ed Gerhard
Chris Proctor
Garnet Rogers


Please note that performers and dates are subject to change
Advance reservations are recommended for all shows and may be made by calling the Nature Center at 860.693.0263 (reservations may not be made through email or the Internet) during our regular hours (10 - 5 Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 5 Sundays).  MasterCard or Visa numbers will be required for all reservations. Reservation Policy

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