In Brief


Southern tunes featured at Sunday house concert

BRATTLEBORO -- Max Godfrey and Elias Alexander present "Back to the Roots: Southern Traditional Music" on Sunday at 7 p.m., at the home of Louisa and Josh Engle. Suggested donation is $10. E-mail mgodfrey218 for directions.

Join Godfrey and Alexander for a raucous, foot-stomping evening of southern traditional songs and tunes. The performance will include mountain ballads, fiddle tunes, work songs and country blues on fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica and cajon. Many of the songs invite participation, so come ready to cut loose, sing out and have a great time.

Godfrey is a fiddle player and singer from the Georgia old-time string band Sourwood Honey, as well as the duo Max and Maggie. Alexander is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, singer and member of the groups Cat and the Moon and Fresh Haggis in Boston.

Group pays tribute to George Shearing at VJC

BRATTLEBORO -- On Saturday, June 7, at 8 p.m., the Vermont Jazz Center presents "Sounds of Shearing," an all-star group comprised primarily of alumni from the working bands of the great pianist, George Shearing.

Led by vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake, the ensemble pays tribute to George Shearing, performing his elegant arrangements and bringing to life his legendary "cool jazz" sound.

Joining Shoemake are Frank Potenza, guitar, Joe Bagg, piano, Luther Evans, acoustic bass, Bill Goodwin, drums and, special guest, vocalist Sandi Shoemake.

Tickets are $20, $15 for students. Purchase tickets through or at In the Moment, 143 Main St. For reservation and information, call 802-254-9088.

Cat Dail, Bluebird Orchestra coming
to Next Stage

PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents Cat Dail & The Magnets and The Bluebird Orchestra on Friday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in a benefit for Next Stage.

Tickets are $15 general admission ($25 with signed CD) available at, at Offerings in Putney and Turn It Up in Brattleboro.

Cat Dail & The Magnets is an indie pop rock band which combines elements of pop, punk, reggae, funk, world beats and gospel. Opening will be Donald Saaf’s quartet, The Bluebird Orchestra.

For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at 802-387-0102 or

Eriksen and Trio de Pumpkintown
play in Putney

PUTNEY -- Tim Eriksen & The Trio de Pumpkintown will play at Sandglass Theater on Saturday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m.

The Trio brings a new, imaginative touch to the solid ground of acoustic folk and Americana. Founded in Western Massachusetts in 2012, the Trio features drummer Peter Irvine and fiddler Zoe Darrow. The June 7 show is a collaboration with visual artist Sue Brearey of the Putney School, who will complement the music with "magic lantern" projections.

Tickets are $16, $13 for students and seniors. Reservations are recommended at or 802-387-4051.


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