Last Night Smorgasbord of traditional song and dance tunes

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Last Night Brattleboro presents the fourteenth annual concert of New England, Irish and French-Canadian dance music, fiddling from around the world, a feast of singing including singing for all, and a smattering of poems, featuring Brattleboro's Murphy/Tracy family (Keith, Becky, Aidan), the Amidon Family (Peter, Mary Alice, Stefan and Zara Bode). The concert is Thursday, 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. Becky Tracy plays with the popular contra dance band Wild Asparagus; Keith Murphy plays a central role in the Childsplay concerts both as a musician and an arranger. Becky and Keith are both founding members of the Nightingale trio which broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. They are central forces in leading traditional music education at the Brattleboro Music Center. Their music was featured in the Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts. Keith and Becky are joined by their son, 14-year-old Aidan Murphy, on ukelele, fiddle and vocals, yet another great Brattleboro traditional musician/singer in the making.

The dynamic duo of Zara Bode and Stefan Amidon, aka "The Little Green Apples", are also members of the Sweetback Sisters, a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk, and the a cappella supergroup, the Starry Mountain Singers for several years. Stefan also tours now with the Americana band "The Devil Makes Three". Zara is a vocalist of rare beauty and power. Stefan is a master percussionist and a strong, deep and expressive bass singer. Fresh from their Country Christmas Sing Along Spectacular tour they are sure to delight with their eccentric and sublime musical selections.

Peter and Mary Alice have been freelance musicians and educators for twenty 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. They have recently published two collections (books & CDs) of their choral arrangements and compositions.

This Last Night event is sponsored by the Last Night Committee, Members First Credit Union, and Putnam Insurance.

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 please call 802-257-1006 or 802-257-4720.


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