BRATTLEBORO -- Last Night Brattleboro presents the 12th annual concert of New England, Irish and French-Canadian dance music, fiddling from around the world and a feast of singing including singing for all, featuring Brattleboro’s Murphy/Tracy family (Keith, Becky, Aidan), the Amidon Family (Peter, Mary Alice, Stefan and Zara Bode). The concert is Tuesday, Dec 31, at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., starting at 7 p.m.
Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, piano, foot percussion) and Becky Tracy (fiddle) will heat up the hall with fiercely intelligent and driving arrangements of dance tunes and traditional songs. Tracy plays with the contra dance band Wild Asparagus; Murphy plays a central role in the Childsplay concerts both as a musician and an arranger. They are both founding members of the Nightingale trio which broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. Murphy and Tracy are central forces in leading traditional music education at the Brattleboro Music Center. They are joined by their son, 12-year-old Aidan Murphy, on ukelele, fiddle and vocals, yet another Brattleboro traditional musician/singer in the making.
The dynamic duo of Zara Bode and Stefan Amidon, aka "The Little Green Apples," have been touring consistently with the Sweetback Sisters for several years. Bode, one of the lead singers in the band, is a vocalist of rare beauty and power. Amidon is a percussionist and a strong, deep and expressive bass singer. Fresh from their Country Christmas Sing Along Spectacular tour they are sure to delight.
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon have been freelance musicians and educators for 20 years, traveling across the country bringing their sweet harmonies and uplifting songs to children, music teachers and choral singers. They are devoted to traditional song, dance and storytelling, giving performances for children, workshops for children and for music teachers and choral singing sessions for adults.
This Last Night event is sponsored by the Last Night Committee, VT State Employees Credit Union and the Noon Rotary.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-14, free for 5 and under. Tickets are available only at the door on the night of the performance. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., for the 7 p.m. concert.
For more information, call 802-257-1006 or 802- 257-4720.