Previous events

HARK! House Concert

Somerville, MA

HARK! it's HARK! And HARK is Mareva Lindo, Dan MacDonald (Spitzer Space Telescope), Armand Aromin, and Benedict Gagliardi. We're reunited with our good friends from Chicago this month for a few seasonal gigs, culminating in what is becoming out annual New Year's Eve extravaganza in Warren, RI. Come join us as we ring in the New Year with harmonious ferocity.

HARK! Home Concert

Home Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02908

HARK! it's HARK! And HARK is Mareva Lindo, Dan MacDonald (Spitzer Space Telescope), Armand Aromin, and Benedict Gagliardi. We're reunited with our good friends from Chicago this month for a few seasonal gigs, culminating in what is becoming out annual New Year's Eve extravaganza in Warren, RI. Come join us as we ring in the New Year with harmonious ferocity.

If you don't know how Home Concerts work, here's what to expect: 1. POTLUCK at 5:30 2. 2 set of music with LOTS OF SINGING ALONG 3. the RAFFLE of UNBURDENING - every donation to the band gets you a ticket for a chance to win lovely items that we don't have enough storage space for 4. FLOOR SPOTS before the second half highlighting a few of the lovely singers and musicians in our local community 5. Potential AFTER SING following the concert 6. and a roaming greyhound throughout the night

Dec28

The Vox Hunters, Lynz Morahn, & Flannery Brown

Mystic, CT

This is going to be FUN! Groovy tunes of a wide variety, and a healthy heap of harmony will be the entrees of the evening. I'm sure musical desert with follow.

This venue is quickly becoming the best in southern CT for an intimate evening of quality folk music. Looking very forward to sharing the stage with our good friends and kickass musicians Lynz Morahn and Flannery Brown. (Send us a message for venue details)

https://www.lynzmorahn.com/

The Ivy Leaf Holiday Concert

Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114), Bristol, Rhode Island

https://www.blithewold.org/event/music-in-the-living-room-ivy-leaf/

Music in the Living Room: Ivy Leaf Sunday, December 22 3 – 4 PM Enhance your visit to Blithewold and enjoy the holiday decorations in the Mansion by attending our Music in the Living Room Series! Blithewold extends a sincere thanks to these generous performers who bring the gift of music into our Living Room during this Holiday Season.

More about the musicians: Initially formed by Lindsay Straw (bouzouki, guitar, vocals) as a way to explore her own interest in the interconnected streams of folk music in Ireland, Britain, and America, the Ivy Leaf is a young stalwart of traditional Irish music in Boston, featuring Armand Aromin (fiddle, concertina, vocals, whistle), Dan Accardi (fiddle, concertina, accordion), Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, harmonica, vocals), and former member Caroline O’Shea (flute, whistle, vocals). The members’ diverse backgrounds in the rich Irish culture of Boston, Berklee College of Music and All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions combine to produce a sound that is “vibrant and sure-footed, and tailored to fully reveal each tune’s character and personality” (Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter). The Ivy Leaf has been featured at prestigious local venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, the Irish Ceilidh Club of Rhode Island, and the New England Folk Festival. The group also teaches for the Boston Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann music school, as well as private lessons in the area.

Concerts are included with regular admission. Pre-register to reserve seats for an additional $2 fee per seat. Once all reserved seating is sold, the concert is sold out.

The Vox Hunters & Cold Chocolate

The Pump House, 1464 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, Rhode Island

After many challenges of scheduling, we are THRILLED to finally be performing at the Pump House. Aptly voted "Rhode Island's Best New Live Music Venue" by RI Monthly Magazine, this place has a great vibe and is exceptionally music-focused.

Looking forward to sharing the stage with Cold Chocolate http://www.coldchocolatemusic.com/

https://www.pumphousemusicworks.com/

Old Time Lounge

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Nick-A-Nee's, 75 South Street, Providence, Rhode Island

The Old Time Lounge is a monthly Intermediate/Advanced Old Time music session, occurring every third Sunday, hosted by your friendly Providencians Armand Aromin, Benedict Gagliardi, Michelle Kaminsky, and Alan Bradbury.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to maintain a setting that is intimate, groovy, and doesn't risk getting out of hand and distracting from the melody of the tune, we are making this INVITE-ONLY for percussionists. If the session seems to be getting too big for its britches, we may have people rotate as to maintain said intimacy. This is Old Time Lounge, not Old Time Orchestra! Oh, and please be considerate of other merry-makers around you and don't be a stupid jerk!

Q: Old Time music! Does that mean I can play Irish music all night? A: Save for tunes that are commonly found in both types of music, or the occasional diversion, you may want to find yourself an Irish session, unless you enjoy sore disappointment.

Q: I play DADGAD guitar, but it looks like there's already one here. What do I do? A: First, that other guitarist is playing in standard, so kindly re-tune your guitar. Then, introduce yourself to the present guitar player/s and take turns accompanying the tunes. If you're learning the chords to the tune, watch the accompanist and play oh, so softly. Like, way softer than you think you should. You are learning the chords after all. And for Pete's sake, don't play your cool hip chords unless the other accompanists are in agreement!

Q: Hey, man, I've been waiting and there are too many guitar players here. I want my turn! A: Here's a lifehack for you: learn to pick the melody.

Q: It's been 10 minutes. Why are you still playing this goddamned tune I don't know? A: Sorry, I was busy enjoying this tune so much that I didn't hear you when you asked 8 minutes ago. You probably know it at this point, so try to figure it out and enjoy it with us, otherwise, you can record it and learn it for next time!

Q: I'm a percussionist and while I fully understand that djembe doesn't quite work in Old Time music, I'd still like to get involved. A: Well, my friend, if you'd like to get into the percussive aspect of Old Time music, then I suggest you pick up your feet, head to YouTube, and search for some flat-footing or clogging steps.

Friday Night Folk with The Vox Hunters

All Souls UU, 19 Jay Street, New London, Connecticut 06320

http://www.fridaynightfolk.org/

The Vox Hunters, “voice hunters”, are Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi. They bring new life to old songs with tight harmonies. They write songs set in their beloved Rhode Island. Their motto of “play local and play often” has the ethos of folk clubs of the ‘50s and ‘60s, while their tight harmonies and varied repertoire promise to surprise and delight you.

Tickets $17 Advance on EventBrite or call All Souls UU 860-443-0316 and leave a message with your name and request to be put on our Advance Reservations list. $10 Students and Military with ID. $20 at the door.

New Year's Eve Extravaganza!

Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren, Rhode Island

https://makefoodyourbusiness.org/event/folkstravaganza/

We’re ringing in the New Year with a bit of the old! Join us for a fun-filled evening of traditional tunes, pub sings, and square dancing hosted by Rhode Island favorites, The Vox Hunters. The talented duo of Benedict Gagliardi (concertina/tenor guitar) and Armand Aromin (fiddle/clogging) will bring along friends from across the country, including the Chicago-based folk music collective Old Lazarus’ Harp, and seasoned singer and multi-instrumentalist Craig Edwards. Instead of watching the ball drop, we’ll be counting down to a hoedown! Grab your partner and get ready for a New Year’s Eve that’s full of joy and revelry.

All shows at this venue are BYOB and snacks. Baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Handicapped parking ONLY is available in the rear of the building. All other parking is available in the municipal lot across from Hope & Main on Franklin Street. $25 advance/$28 door/$23 members ​Doors open at 8:15pm members/8:30pm non-members

http://sstandmareva.com/ https://www.fiddlecraig.com/

House Concert w/ John Roberts

Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523

We're thrilled to be doing this collaborative house concert with our friend John Roberts who has been a HUGE influence on us.

Sure to be a great night of ballads, choruses, and concertinas!

If you are not familiar with John's music (what?!) check out his many decades worth of excellent recorded material here: http://www.goldenhindmusic.com/

Old Time Lounge

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Nick-A-Nee's, 75 South Street, Providence, Rhode Island

The Old Time Lounge is a monthly Intermediate/Advanced Old Time music session, occurring every third Sunday, hosted by your friendly Providencians Armand Aromin, Benedict Gagliardi, Michelle Kaminsky, and Alan Bradbury.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to maintain a setting that is intimate, groovy, and doesn't risk getting out of hand and distracting from the melody of the tune, we are making this INVITE-ONLY for percussionists. If the session seems to be getting too big for its britches, we may have people rotate as to maintain said intimacy. This is Old Time Lounge, not Old Time Orchestra! Oh, and please be considerate of other merry-makers around you and don't be a stupid jerk!

Q: Old Time music! Does that mean I can play Irish music all night? A: Save for tunes that are commonly found in both types of music, or the occasional diversion, you may want to find yourself an Irish session, unless you enjoy sore disappointment.

Q: I play DADGAD guitar, but it looks like there's already one here. What do I do? A: First, that other guitarist is playing in standard, so kindly re-tune your guitar. Then, introduce yourself to the present guitar player/s and take turns accompanying the tunes. If you're learning the chords to the tune, watch the accompanist and play oh, so softly. Like, way softer than you think you should. You are learning the chords after all. And for Pete's sake, don't play your cool hip chords unless the other accompanists are in agreement!

Q: Hey, man, I've been waiting and there are too many guitar players here. I want my turn! A: Here's a lifehack for you: learn to pick the melody.

Q: It's been 10 minutes. Why are you still playing this goddamned tune I don't know? A: Sorry, I was busy enjoying this tune so much that I didn't hear you when you asked 8 minutes ago. You probably know it at this point, so try to figure it out and enjoy it with us, otherwise, you can record it and learn it for next time!

Q: I'm a percussionist and while I fully understand that djembe doesn't quite work in Old Time music, I'd still like to get involved. A: Well, my friend, if you'd like to get into the percussive aspect of Old Time music, then I suggest you pick up your feet, head to YouTube, and search for some flat-footing or clogging steps.

JP Cormier with The Vox Hunters

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The Troubadour (Morristown Unitarian Fellowship) , 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ

JP Cormier is the worst-kept secret of the multi-instrumental virtuoso world. Based in Nova Scotia, he has been a member of the world's top touring bluegrass and string bands since the age of 13. After two decades of that, he stepped out of the bands, and began his solo career. His guitar work, both flatpicking and fingerstyle is lightning fast, and yet smooth as butter. So is his fiddling. His songs are brilliantly written, and delivered in a clear and soulful tenor. And the stories between songs is delightful and often hilarious.

The Vox Hunters The Vox Hunters demonstrate that traditional music can be enormously entertaining, even for non-trad fans. Ben Gagliardi and Armand Aromin are a pair of 20-somethings, strong tradition-bearers in their generation, with a genuine affinity for the music, as well as being fine singers and players on fiddle, banjo, tenor guitar, and concertina. While they can be funny, engaging, and yes, thoroughly entertaining, they still maintain the integrity of the tradition.

The audience this night will have the opportunity to vote to give the Vox Hunters a headline set of their own at the Troubadour in the future.

https://folkproject.org/troubadour/troubadour.shtml

https://www.morristourism.org/event/jp-cormier-with-the-vox-hunters-at-the-troubadour/

Oct26

Square Dance + Concert [private event]

Joining forces with our pals Atwater:Donnelly to deliver some dance music as well as homegrown RI folk songs for this private event.

You can book this Ocean State Folk Quartet for a house concert/square dance party too!

Old Time Lounge

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Nick-A-Nee's, 75 South Street, Providence, Rhode Island

The Old Time Lounge is a monthly Intermediate/Advanced Old Time music session, occurring every third Sunday, hosted by your friendly Providencians Armand Aromin, Benedict Gagliardi, Michelle Kaminsky, and Alan Bradbury.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to maintain a setting that is intimate, groovy, and doesn't risk getting out of hand and distracting from the melody of the tune, we are making this INVITE-ONLY for percussionists. If the session seems to be getting too big for its britches, we may have people rotate as to maintain said intimacy. This is Old Time Lounge, not Old Time Orchestra! Oh, and please be considerate of other merry-makers around you and don't be a stupid jerk!

Q: Old Time music! Does that mean I can play Irish music all night? A: Save for tunes that are commonly found in both types of music, or the occasional diversion, you may want to find yourself an Irish session, unless you enjoy sore disappointment.

Q: I play DADGAD guitar, but it looks like there's already one here. What do I do? A: First, that other guitarist is playing in standard, so kindly re-tune your guitar. Then, introduce yourself to the present guitar player/s and take turns accompanying the tunes. If you're learning the chords to the tune, watch the accompanist and play oh, so softly. Like, way softer than you think you should. You are learning the chords after all. And for Pete's sake, don't play your cool hip chords unless the other accompanists are in agreement!

Q: Hey, man, I've been waiting and there are too many guitar players here. I want my turn! A: Here's a lifehack for you: learn to pick the melody.

Q: It's been 10 minutes. Why are you still playing this goddamned tune I don't know? A: Sorry, I was busy enjoying this tune so much that I didn't hear you when you asked 8 minutes ago. You probably know it at this point, so try to figure it out and enjoy it with us, otherwise, you can record it and learn it for next time!

Q: I'm a percussionist and while I fully understand that djembe doesn't quite work in Old Time music, I'd still like to get involved. A: Well, my friend, if you'd like to get into the percussive aspect of Old Time music, then I suggest you pick up your feet, head to YouTube, and search for some flat-footing or clogging steps.

Sep28

20th Annual Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

For the past TWO DECADES, the last weekend of September in beautiful Portsmouth, NH has been a time when the streets are a-bellow and a-bustle with the merry sound of sea songs. This year the festival celebrates 20 years of tremendous music and we are thrilled to be on board again. Come up and join this FREEEEE festival in the flooding the city with choruses once again. DON'T MISS THIS ONE! http://www.pmffest.org

9th annual Fiddle n Folk Fest

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Haines Park, 10 Narragansett Avenue, Barrington, Rhode Island 02806

https://www.visitrhodeisland.com/event/9th-annual-fiddle-n-folk-fest/67233/

On September 21 from noon - 5:00 pm, Local Brew Events' 9th annual Fiddle n Folk Fest will take place in Haines Park, Barrington (near the boat launch). Featuring 10 bands (The Vox Hunters, Old Dog Daddy and the Dagnabbits, Hollow Turtle, John Fuzek, Drownville Station, The Lazy Sundays, Ed DesJardins, Oak Hill, Lost Set of Keys, and Old Fiddlers Club of RI), storytelling by Len Cabral, food trucks, craft vendors, dancing, and kids activities, it's bound to be a rousing event. Join the all-levels fiddle jam with Michelle Kaminsky from 10:30- noon. Bring a chair and a blanket and enjoy the day overlooking Narragansett Bay.

For the second year in a row, the Fest is part of Playing for Change Day- an international event where musicians and music lovers unite for a day of music around the world. The day's events are FREE, thanks to generous support from the Town of Barrington, Friends of the Bay Spring Community Center, OceanPoint Insurance, Barrington Public Library, The Bay Team, New Harvest Coffee, The Black Pear, Proud Mary's Donuts, Grapes & Grains and many generous individuals. Rain date is September 22.