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Saturday March 3rd
Yann & Pascal started their musical journey 20 years ago, busking on the streets of Montréal. They have since played over a thousand shows in twenty countries with the Quebecois trio Genticorum, and they now return as a duo to present an intimate show based on the close musical bond forged by years of touring together. Yann and Pascal are both master entertainers, and this format provides plenty of space for their musical personalities to shine. Pascal’s fiddling, Yann’s guitar accompaniment, and the duo's vast repertoire of traditional songs and tunes are all presented with elegance and effortless musicianship.
Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelors degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America).
His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with his main project Genticorum. He also toured for three years with the award winning Celtic and world group The McDades.
Yann has taught his guitar style at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, at the Goderich Celtic College as well as for Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp.
Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene.Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries.
From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec. Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.
Pascal is now as much in demand as a teacher as a performer. He has been teaching weekly at the Ecole des Arts de la Veillée in Montreal since 2003, as well as at music workshops and master classes around the world, including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick (Ireland), the Goderich Celtic College (Ontario - Canada), The festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend (Washington - USA), the Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp (California - USA) and recently the Quasitrad music camp (Australia).
Pascal also works as a music producer, with his CD, “L’Amant Confesseur” nominated for a Canadian Folk award, as a studio musician, and recently, as the artistic director of the Sutton Fiddle festival, QC.
Saturday April 7th
Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson met a decade ago through their love of participatory music-making and American folk song. Their original repertoire is inspired by the traditions they hold dear and features carefully crafted lyrics, elegant vocal harmonies, and detailed arrangements for guitar, banjo, and accordion.
Acclaimed songwriters and performers in their own rights, they bring with them a wealth of creative experience. Liam was a cast member in the Tony Award-winning play, “Warhorse” and recently music directed the hit Off-Broadway folk opera “Hadestown” by songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. He routinely tours and records with the Becca Stevens Band.
Jean Rohe’s songwriting has won accolades from the Independent Music Awards, ASCAP, and the Montreux Jazz Festival vocal contest. Her song, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” has been performed and recorded by artists across the country and was published in the latest edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing. Jean was a Troubadour finalist at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Saturday May 5th
CD Release Concert
Full band show with special guests!
Vermont-based acoustic duo that performs primarily original music with a clear traditional-roots influence. They've been known for strong, imaginative vocals and harmonies, often compared to classic sibling harmony duos. Ruane provides an inventive instrumental backing on guitars, octave mandolin and ukulele.
They have toured throughout New England and beyond, appeared in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, on Folkstage on WMFT, Chicago, Illinois, on Bound for Glory on WVBR, Ithaca, New York, and at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Richard Ruane’s songwriting has received wide recognition. He has been a finalist or award-winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Contest, the Plowshares Coffeehouse Singer-Songwriter Competition, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the SolarFest Songwriter Showcase.
Ruane is adept at the fine art of storytelling put to song. His originals speak to different shades of love, joy, mystery and real life. Terry Lickona - producer of Austin City Limits
Ruane is a talented storyteller, painting whole scenes with his lyrics. Duquette has a lovely voice, and her soulfulness shines through. Robert Resnik – Vermont’s Seven Days
Duquette’s and Ruane’s voices weave delightfully through each other and the music. Herb van der Poll - Vermont's Seven Days
Saturday June 2nd
The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio features Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on, as Heather often puts it from stage, "everything else" - guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, cornet. Originally hailing from Erie, PA, Davy Sturtevant is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, songwriter, and performer who now makes his home in Lovell, ME. Armed with a gorgeous tenor voice and a mighty arsenal of instruments ranging from dobro to fiddle to cornet that come to life in his capable hands, Davy is at once a witty, thoughtful, and engaging stage presence. New Hampshire native Shawn Nadeau brings a rock solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz. In their able hands, these three veteran musicians have catapulted Heather's live performances of her deep well of Americana originals - folk, jazz, blues - with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. The trio’s debut EP, Still She Will Fly, was released in May 2015. Its title track was the #2 single on the Folk radio charts for the year in 2015, and three other songs were also in the Top 100 singles on Folk radio that same year. The trio’s full-length debut, Singin’, releases on June 30, 2017, the tenth release on Heather’s own record label, Vessel Recordings. Singin’ is a document of ten originals and two classics, spanning from the streets of New Orleans to the valleys of Appalachia.
Throughout her colorful career, her eclectic skill set continues to propel her onto concert hall stages and into barrooms, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms and churches. With over 200 shows a year in venues all over the United States, her nearly non-stop performance schedule speaks of her tireless work ethic and endless devotion to her craft. Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and of life with others – one song, one heart, one mind at a time.
"[Heather] has created a new trio that embraces Americana styles and gives it a new perspective. Blending jazz, folk, blues with three part harmonies and stellar instrumentals, this band turns heads!"
Ron Olesko | Sing Out! Magazine | WFDU
"She killed it in a New Orleans style jazzy blues that didn't seem to be able to come from such a youthful reserved woman!"
Eddie "Edge" Ferranti | HoustonMusicReview.com
“There's a real pureness to her voice as she leads us through intimate corners of her experiences and tells stories with a Joni Mitchell kind of edge… Her hands float on and above the piano keys with the ease of a longtime player; it's as if it's as second nature as breathing.”
Aimsel Ponti | Portland Press Herald
"Heather is like two great acts in one, sliding from sweet acoustic Appalachian old-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith."
DC Bloom | Lone Star Music Magazine