Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, August 4 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: Woodstock Town Hall Theatre)
* Beer and Wine onsale courtesy of Bentleys Restaurant*
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.”
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.