Thursday January 17, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- Hot Mustard will play bluegrass at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Hot Mustard may well be a bluegrass first -- a quartet featuring two banjos and two married couples. When guitarist/bluegrass singer April Hobart teamed up with singer/banjo picker Bill Jubett, a truly classic-sounding duet was born. On Aug. 13, 2011, April became April Jubett. Add banjoist/singer Bruce Stockwell, a 40-year bluegrass veteran and Merlefest banjo contest winner, along with his wife, bassist Kelly Stockwell, and you’ve got some hot and spicy bluegrass chemistry.

Hot Mustard began as a New Hampshire Arts grant between Bruce Stockwell and Bill Jubett, who put together a number of double-banjo arrangements and decided to take their show on the road. Adding to the band are their sweethearts and long-time musical companions, April Jubett on guitar and vocals and Kelly Stockwell on double bass.

Bruce Stockwell has taught banjo for years in Putney, where he is often overheard telling musicians to "put the mustard to it," meaning to play the next tune with extra spice. The Jubetts have been singing those high, lonesome harmonies together in local bluegrass bands and around the house for a few years. Bill Jubett plays fiddle as well as banjo, and he knows a pile of old-time fiddle tunes. Kelly Stockwell lugs her bass all over New England and can be found thumping away at jams, picking parties and festivals and as the heartbeat of Hot Mustard.

Admission is $17 for adults, $13 for seniors and children under 12, in advance and $20 and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, N.H., Brattleboro Books, Misty Valley Books in Chester, at www.brattleborotix.com or at the door.

For more information, visit www.immanuelepiscopal.org or call 802-463-3100.