Belleville Roots Music Concert Series:
Building Community Through Music at
Belleville Congregational Church
Saturday, Oct 11th, 8pm
From Nashville Street Singer to Global Phenomenon!
Doug Seegers debut solo album entitled "Going Down to the River", to be released on October 7, 2014, on Rounder Records, is raw, rootsy, and emotionally charged. A brilliant 62 year old singer who struggled with homelessness for years, Seegers found acclaim when Swedish country music star, Jill Johnson, discovered him at "The Little Pantry That Could", a charity serving the hungry of West Nashville, Tennessee. Jill Johnson was doing a documentary about down-and-out musicians. Each week the pantry has a singer-songwriter night, and it was there that Jill Johnson discovered Doug Seegers. Jill had Doug record his song "Going Down to the River". The song became an instant sensation when it was rolled out in Sweden, topping the iTunes chart. Seegers got a record deal in Sweden and embarked on a 60 gig tour in Sweden. Seegers has been #1 on the national album chart in Sweden.
"Going Down to the River" features collaborations with multi-Grammy winners Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris, both of whom have championed the formerly down-and-out singer. Emmylou states: "When I first heard his voice, so full of soul and raw emotion, I was stunned. This man has lived these songs, not in his imagination but every long day over many hard years. He stands before you now-ready to testify. Listen and believe."
This personal introspective album includes 10 Seegers originals and two covers, including a duet with Emmylou Harris. The CD examines the full gamut of emotions from lonely despair to exalted salvation and melds such diverse moods as a Texas swing dance floor gem ("Hard Working Man") to woe-is-me lament ("Pour Me") to shuffling honky-tonk ("Baby Lost Her Way Home Again")
Friday November 14th, 8:00 PM
A Night of of New Orleans R&B and Funk!
The New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full time, renaming the band The New Orleans Suspects. In three short years they released two CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans best supergroups.
"Mean" Willie Green was the drummer for the Neville Brothers for over 30 years. His style has helped shape New Orleans funk. His drumming has graced the tracks of The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon. Reggie Scanlon's career has been defined by his thirty three years of playing bass in the Radiators-the longest running rock act in the history of New Orleans. Scanlon spent much of the 70s in the bands of legends James Booker, Professor Longhair and Earl King. Jake Eckert was the longtime lead guitarist in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Traveling the world, he has performed everywhere from Palace Square in Russia to the 2009 Grammy Awards ceremony. He received a Grammy Award in 2011 for recording engineer and producing albums for John Mooney, Cedric Burnside and New Orleans Suspects. CR Gruver is a classically-trained pianist who immersed himself in New Orleans piano styles after touring with the national bands such as Outformation and singer/songwriter Angie Aparo. Adept at James Booker-style piano and the swelling B-3 stylings of Art Neville, Gruver has become a well regarded sideman for Leo Nocentelli of the Meters. Jeff Watkins is an accomplished sax player, engineer and producer. He spent 12 years leading the James Brown Band, including Brown's induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. Jeff worked for 6 years with Joss Stone as her producer, engineer and bandleader.
Since 2011, The New Orleans Suspects made a live recording, Caught Live at the Maple Leaf. In October of 2014, their latest CD is entitled Ouroborus. Putting a contemporary twist on the funk, rock and R&B traditions of New Orleans music, this album is like taking a wild ride through the city's musical history in a brand new vehicle.
Saturday March 14th, 2015 8:00 PM
Traditional Irish Music and Dance
Girsa has captured the hearts of audiences everywhere with their melodious voices, electrifying musicianship, and witty banter. Their energetic and enthusiastic performances of Traditional Irish music, song and dance have been met with outstanding acclaim. Maeve, Deidre, Blaithin, Bernadette, Pamela and Emily bring a creative mix of fiddle, accordion, banjo, tin whistle, bodhran, guitar and piano to their shows. Their individual instrumental and vocal excellence combine to create a powerful force that is breaking into the forefront of Irish music in the United States. Their first two CDs (Girsa: Traditional Irish Music and Girsa: A Sweeter Place) brought rave reviews, and their third CD is currently in the works. There's an exciting future ahead for Girsa.
Belleville Congregational Church has longstanding roots in the Newburyport community as a gathering place and supporter of local service organizations. The Roots Music Series, founded in December of 2010, has three important missions: First, the series brings a variety of high quality Roots Music concerts to the Newburyport area for all to enjoy. The series celebrates music ranging from a cappella to zydeco and includes a diverse range of blues, bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, country, folk, gospel, Irish, jazz and world music. The second mission of the Roots Music Series is to raise funds to restore and maintain the historic 1867 Belleville Meeting House and adjacent Fiske Chapel complex at 300 High Street in Newburyport. Our objective is that the Meeting House and adjacent complex will continue to serve as a gathering place for many generations to come. The third mission is building community through music.
At the end of our fourth season, we have presented a total of twenty concerts.
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