Belleville Roots Music Concert Series:
Building Community Through Music at
Belleville Congregational Church
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.
Saturday, April 11th, 2015 8:00 PM
When Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe raise their fiddles and play, audiences marvel. When the girls sing their three-part harmony, audiences are blown away. The Quebe Sisters brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm. They perform a refreshing blend of swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards and Texas style fiddling.
Awarded the Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and winner of the Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, the Quebe Sisters are touring behind their latest album, Every Which-A-Way. Performance highlights have included appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, NYC's Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, Folklife Festival, the Ryman Auditorium, the Marty Stuart Show, the National Folk Festival and multiple European tours.
Grace, fiddle and vocal, Sophia, fiddle and vocal, and Hulda, fiddle and vocal, are accompanied by Penny Lea Clark, mandolin, fiddle, vocal, and Katy Lou Clark, guitar, piano, accordion, banjo, vocal.
Jimmy Buffet states: "The Quebe Sisters Band simply stopped me in my tracks when I heard them the first time. Their blend of swing, with a dash of contemporary color is unique in today's music world. They project a cannonball of stage presence and man can they play."
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 8:00 PM
The legendary NRBQ—founder & driving force Terry Adams on keyboards & vocals, Scott Ligon on guitar & vocals, Casey McDonough on bass & vocals, and Conrad Choucroun on drums—released their latest studio album, the critically-acclaimed Brass Tacks, on June 17. "Brass Tacks is as accomplished and as spirited an album as the band has ever made,” says the Los Angeles Daily News." "Brass Tacks contains the fun, zest, humor and flat-out rock that has defined the band since their birth decades ago," says Rolling Stone in their online review, and, adds Magnet, "...hats off to the NRBQ dynasty".
The one and only Q hit the road this summer: ("...the band is as tight and passionate as it has ever been. It's still making music that is as impossibly infectious as ever," said the Cleveland Scene of a recent show). If you missed them, here's another chance to see NRBQ live. What to expect besides the unexpected?
"Ability to groove like no other band on the planet." —popmatters.
"NRBQ is still liable to play anything. Roaring rockabilly, transcendent pop-rock, roadhouse blues, avant jazz—you name it." —Minneapolis Tribune.
"Honest about inspiration wherever it is found, fearless, searching for possibilities, taking chances." —Daily Hampshire Gazette.
"Inventing music right before our ears." —Blurt
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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