ASHLEY STORROW TRIO

Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, August 4 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: Woodstock Town Hall Theatre)

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Ashley began writing songs as a child in Western Massachusetts with a hay wagon as the stage and sheep for an audience. She ventured into vocal training at Skidmore College and has toured with chamber and a-capella groups. She has collaborated on a range of projects ranging from soul and jazz to a-cappella and folk trios.

Her songwriting remains rooted in the folk tradition and incorporates intricate harmonies, soulful melodies, and acoustic finger picking. Her lyrics have been described as catchy and confessional and dare listeners to question and to simplify life.

April Reed-Cox, cello

April Reed-Cox began playing cello at the age of 4. She studied for 12 years using the Suzuki Method, and entered college at 16 as a performance/composition double major. She holds both a BMP and a MMP from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She has competed all across the country, and has performed with symphonies in SC, NC, GA, and Maine. She moved to Maine in 2009 to be closer to her family, and now performs and records regularly with the Maine ProMusica orchestra, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, The Ale House String Band, Putnam Smith, and numerous other folk artists. April melds classical and folk playing techniques, creating a unique sound and harmony pallet. She lives on a farm in Waldoboro, ME with her son and husband, breeding and raising fiber sheep, caring for an ever-expanding flock of chickens, and milling lumber on their portable Thomas Bandsaw Mill. In her “spare time” she hand-processes wool and other fibers into unique yarns and garments.

Putnam Smith, Songwriter, vocalist, banjo, guitar, mandolin

Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century.  After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather’s banjo, and prints up the jackets of his CDs on an antique Letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in old-time Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age.  Putnam first came to national attention with his 2009 release, “Goldrush,” which  went to #5 on the national Folk & Bluegrass DJ Charts (and made it on 6 “Favorite Albums of 2009” lists).  His next release, “We Could Be Beekeepers” shot right up to #2 the month it was released, charting 3 songs in the top ten (www.folkradio.org). Selected as an “Emerging Artist” at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2011), and noted as “One To Watch” (Rob Reinhart, Acoustic Cafe),  Putnam has begun to establish himself as an acoustic tour-de-force not only in his hometown of Portland, but as a nationally touring musician as well.  Engaging folks with humor, charm, and storytelling, Putnam has performed in 40 states, from East Coast to West.  His audiences have been known to howl like wolves, sing like moonshiners, and laugh and cry like, well, like human beings. As Maine’s indie newspaper the Maine Edge says: “He’s that rare breed of musician that manages to sound like a throwback without ever coming off as dated.”

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HAYLEY REARDON

Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: BENTLEYS RESTAURANT)

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Performer Magazine describes Hayley’s music as “brilliantly moving folk/pop with a lyrical depth and soul,” while American Songwriter Magazine refers to “Numb and Blue”, the lead single off of Wayfindings, as “a melancholy little masterpiece.”

“Noted for her thoughtful, vivid songwriting and engaging stage performance, Hayley has spent the past five years sharing the stage with acts like Tom Rush, Peter Yarrow, Buskin & Batteau, Christine Lavin, and opening for the likes of Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, and Catie Curtis. She has been selected for official showcases at Folk Alliance International and New England Regional Folk Alliance, as well as The Boston Folk Festival, New York Songwriter’s Circle, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase.

In 2012, The Boston Globe Magazine named her a Bostonian of the Year for both her music and her work to pair it with a message of teen empowerment. The feature article characterized her as “a confident, radiant teenage singer/songwriter who is helping to pen the next chapter of the Boston folk scene….while Reardon is rapidly making a name for herself under the stage lights, it could be said that she’s having a bigger impact on her peers across the country as an effective teen-to-teen ambassador, sought after by schools nationwide.”


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CHRIS PIERCE

Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: Woodstock Town Hall Theatre)

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Soul singer/songwriter Chris Pierce continues to invite audiences all over the globe to open their hearts and spirits through his soulful, energetic music and honest storytelling.  Chris has released seven independent albums worldwide.  In addition to his own headlining tours, he has shared worldwide shows and tours with Seal, B.B. King, Al Green, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Robert Cray, Jon Butcher, Sonia Dada, Jamie Cullum and more.  His voice & music have been heard in numerous films including Soul Men and Crash and has been licensed by such T.V. shows as True BloodRosewoodGrey’s AnatomyBrothers and SistersSingle LadiesEli StoneIn Plain Sight,Dawson’s Creek and Army Wives, as well as a Banana Republic T.V. commercial ad  campaign.  Chris also has been very well received by the TED community with TEDx talks on “The Healing Powers of Music” both in California and Chicago.  Chris continues to build his repertoire and versatility as a writer and performer in his involvement with several musical projects including both Reverend Tall Tree & War & Pierce.  Chris is also frequently performing as a featured guest vocalist with The Columbus Jazz Orchestra and Muse/ique and has recently received the high honor of working on a recording project with The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section as the featured vocalist on a new highly anticipated album. http://www.chrispierce.com/biography.html

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AMBER RUBARTH

Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, July 14 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: Woodstock Town Hall Theatre)

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Amber Rubarth was born in California. At age 17, she graduated high school and moved to Carson City, Nevada to apprentice at a chainsaw sculpting shop. After three years, she quit the apprenticeship to pursue music. She taught herself to play guitar and began performing at local open mic nights and coffee shops. Phil Ramone in The Huffington Post describes her style as “part of the new old-soul generation.”  Rubarth soon began touring throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She tours with a 1956 Gibson ES-125 hollow body electric guitar, and also plays piano. In her side project The Paper Raincoat she sings and plays keyboard, guitar, glockenspiel, and occasionally drums.

Amber Rubarth was awarded Grand Prize in the prestigious NPR Mountain Stage New Song Contest for her song “Letter From My Lonelier Self” (2010). The prize included recording with Jacquire King (Norah Jones, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits) and a performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage. The new album was released September 30, 2011 through the contest organizer NewSong Recordings.[7] Amber Rubarth’s song “Washing Day” (co-written with Adam Levy) won 1st Place in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition in the ‘Lyrics only’ category, judged by Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Robert Smith. The music video screened at the 2007 SXSW Festival in Austin.[8][9] On May 8, 2008, Bob Boilen chose Rubarth’s song “You Will Love This Song” from her second album New Green Lines for hisNPR show All Things Considered. He said he was “attracted by her honesty and humor”. On August 26, 2009, Tom Robinson featured the song on his BBCRadio show Fresh On the Net in the UK.[11] She was recently listed as #16 in the UK “Music to Die For’s Top 100 Favourite Female Vocalists of the Decade”[12]between #17 Gillian Welch and #15 Tori Amos.

Many of her early fans discovered her music on MySpace where she received over 1.7 million plays and was featured in the Top 100 Independent Artists

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THE TWANGTOWN PARAMOURS

Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, July 7 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: Woodstock Town Hall Theatre)

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The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana,” and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This acoustic duo is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies. They have performed at nationally recognized venues such as Uncle Calvin’s in Dallas, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They have opened for Joe Ely, Claire Lynch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Carrie Newcomer, and Kim & Reggie Harris.

MaryBeth Zamer has sung professionally since the age of 18. Before moving to Nashville, she was a fixture of the local music scene in the Washington, D.C. area, where she fronted a popular bar band for several years. MaryBeth toured Europe, worked as a guest artist with several other bands, and sang background vocals for the band, Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy. After relocating to Nashville, MaryBeth continued her musical career working as a demo singer for local songwriters, as a background vocalist for several new country artists, and working on her own projects, including serving as lead vocalist for the band Blue Martini. She now sings lead vocals for The Twangtown Paramours.

Mike T. Lewis has played guitar for a million and a half years, and bass for about half that long. He sometimes tours with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, playing upright bass. In 1997, Mike had a #1 pop hit in South Korea on Yang Pa’s first album called a “A Heartbeat Away”. It sold over 800,000 units. In April 2014, Mike signed an administrative publishing deal with Universal for all their Asian territories. More of his songs are presently being recorded by Korean artists for release later this year. He has also had songs recorded by independent artists in the U.K., Japan, and the U.S. Since 2000, Mike has owned and operated a studio in Nashville, producing albums and demos for up and coming performers. Mike has also played background acting roles of songwriter, studio engineer, and roadie on ABC’s “Nashville”.

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FRANCESCA BLANCHARD

Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: Woodstock Town Hall Theatre)

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Francesca Blanchard is a young French-America singer-songwriter whose lyrics and melodies reflect her bilingual and multicultural upbringing. Born in the south of France, where her family resided until she was ten, Francesca recalls her Mediterranean childhood as one of “bare feet on terra cotta tiles, fuchsia sunsets, and mistral breezes.” La vie douce (the sweet life) aptly describes the rhythm and rhyme of those early years, where hours spent daydreaming and gazing off at the white-capped waves further nourished a love of wild, open spaces and the solitary peace of simple living in the heart of a family that was anything but conventional.

A graduate from Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts, Francesca has been gaining musical experience over the last few years, opening for Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega, The Parkington Sisters, Caravan Palace, the Von Trapps, Yuna, Lissie and others. In the summer of 2014, Francesca began work on her debut full-length album, Deux visions. After a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised nearly $30,000, Montreal producer Chris Velan (Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars) assembled a lineup of top local musicians at Lane Gibson studios in Charlotte, Vermont to record 12 original songs – six in French, six in English.

Deux visions has already been met with tremendous acclaim. The Times Argus raved “Deux visions shines on the strength of Blanchard’s accomplished compositions, tasteful guitar work and gorgeous vocals. A seamless mix of folk, jazz and roots-rock with some French chanson thrown in for good measure. The most ambitious and impressive debut album to come out of Vermont since Grace Potter.”

(credit: Cumbancha.com)

Fill a Brown Bag for the Woodstock Community Food Shelf! Pick up an empty bag at one concert…and bring it back full to the next. Popular items include pasta and pasta sauce, hot and cold cereal, canned tuna, canned soups and stews, peanut butter, dried beans, and rice. Bags are available near the Pentangle table on the Green.

INTERPLAY JAZZ

Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: Woodstock Town Hall Theatre)

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Join Interplay Jazz & Arts students and faculty as we turn the Village Green into an All-American music party. Bring a chair and picnic. No charge.

Fill a Brown Bag for the Woodstock Community Food Shelf! Pick up an empty bag at one concert…and bring it back full to the next. Popular items include pasta and pasta sauce, hot and cold cereal, canned tuna, canned soups and stews, peanut butter, dried beans, and rice. Bags are available near the Pentangle table on the Green.