Wednesday November 21, 2012

Childsplay, with Lissa Schneckenburger singing, returns Nov. 30

PUTNEY -- Childsplay, the popular all-star collective of fiddlers devoted to instruments made by Bob Childs, returns to the area for a performance on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m., at Landmark College’s Greenhoe Theatre.

Supporting the 12 fiddlers on stage is an all-star band, including all-Ireland harpist Kathleen Guilday, flutist Shannon Heaton, Vermont guitarist Keith Murphy and Ralph Gordon on bass, along with step-dancer Nic Gareiss.

This year’s tour will introduce audiences to the singing of Lissa Schneckenburger from Brattleboro. Schneckenburger replaces Aiofe O’Donovan of Crooked Still fame, who has left Childsplay to pursue a solo career.

Other Brattleboro area performers in Childsplay include Keith Murphy, Naomi Morse and Sam Amidon.

From rural dance halls to The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and from world music audiences in Europe to public radio listeners at home, Childsplay has introduced thousands of people to traditional and contemporary Irish, Quebeçois, Cape Breton, bluegrass, Appalachian and Scandinavian fiddle music, as well as jazz, swing and classical music.

Tickets are $20. For more information about Childsplay or to order tickers, visit www.childsplay.org.

Three musicians
to honor guitar-maker Michael Millard

PUTNEY -- On Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.


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, three prominent acoustic guitarists will come together at Next Stage for a night of music and conversation to celebrate the Vermont instrument-maker Michael Millard and his world-renowned Froggy Bottom guitars.

Acoustic guitarists Will Ackerman, Scott Ainslie and David Surette each play Froggy Bottom instruments, made by Millard in the Vermont workshop where he has been building Froggy Bottom Guitars for more than 40 years. Each of these musicians performs all over the world but makes his home here in southern Vermont.

The evening, part of the Community Artist Performance Series curated by Next Stage Arts, will feature all three musicians on stage with Millard, where each will perform and converse with the instrument maker and the audience about the guitars, Millard’s unique approach to design, and the art and craftsmanship of guitar building.

"Music from Froggy Bottom" will be moderated by musician, songwriter and guitar teacher Lisa McCormick.

Tickets are $20 general and $18 for students/seniors, available at Offerings Jewelry, Putney and online at www.nextstagearts.org. This event is made possible in part through media support provided by Vermont Public Radio. Additional support from Maple Leaf Music, Brattleboro.

Outlaw Country pioneer Billy Joe Shaver
comes to Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS -- Honky-tonk hero and pioneer of the "Outlaw Country" movement Billy Joe Shaver performs at the Bellows Falls Opera House on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.

Shaver is the real deal. Outlaw Country pioneer, he has written some of the most towering songs in the last half-century of country music.

The Allman Brothers, David Alan Coe, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash are just a few of those who have made Shaver’s songs their own. Waylon Jennings’ breakthrough "Honky Tonk Heroes" was entirely composed of Shaver songs.

Doors to the Bellows Falls Opera House open at 4 p.m. Premium seating (first three rows center) is $35, general admission is $25, in advance. A limited number of VIP Packages are also available. These include premium seating, VIP "green room" with free food and beverages, band meet and greet, merchandise, backstage and after party passes. Details are at brattleborotix.com. Tickets are also available at PK’s Pub in Bellows Falls.