Each year, Treworgy Family Orchards hosts our Orchard Concert Series featuring some of the best of New England folk music. Our concerts occur on fall weekends between 1pm and 4pm and are free to the public. Make sure to mark your calendar to come and enjoy excellent music at the orchard this fall!
2014 Orchard Concert Series artists and dates:
Sunday September 14: Alex Smith
Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, NY, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The son of a boatbuilder/writer/banjo player and a historian, Smith was immersed in folk tradition from a very young age. Smith began writing and playing traditional folk songs at the age of 12 or 13, and has not stopped since. The community Smith grew up in is steeped in tradition, and also offers plenty of material for contemporary songs. The work of Adirondack folk legends Dan Berggren, Chris Shaw, and Peggy Lynn were extremely influential, as was Canadian artist Stan Rogers. It is the work of Rogers that Smith considers to be his greatest influence. His idea of promoting a sense of pride in the traditions of one’s culture, while at the same time speaking about the issues presented to it in modern times, is the backbone of Smith’s music.
Saturday September 20: Frigate
Frigate is a Maine based rockin’ contradance band with heavy New England, French Canadian, old timey, and maritime influences. Frigate sends hard driving, swinging tunes with inspired improvisation your way! This band is tailor made to get people dancing.
Sunday September 21: Perpetual e-Motion
Perpetual e-Motion begins with the simple statement of traditional, often recognizable dance tunes from Europe and Americas, and proceed to notch it up into a thrilling composition of complex poly-rhythms, melody and counter melody scaffolding exotic and lush chord structures into an amazingly satisfying musical performance drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz and electronic influences. The duo is highly regarded throughout New England for their ability to provide hours of driving, pulsating music for contra dances, which rely on traditional dance tunes as a backdrop.
Saturday September 27: Greg and Jessie Boardman
With voice, fiddles, guitars and cello, the Boardmans perform distinctively New England folk music, with new and original songs, airs and dance tunes mixed in with traditional Scots-Irish and French-Canadian songs. They have performed at many concert and dance venues, including the American Folk Festival, and are long-standing staff members at Maine Fiddle Camp.
Sunday September 28: The Gawler Family
John and Ellen and their daughters Molly, Edith, and Elsie bring you an assortment of old and new sounds from many folk traditions. They accompany interweaving family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, wooden banjo, cello, guitar, ukulele and piano as well as a few surprises.
Whether they are crooning a poignant ballad or delivering a rollicking fiddle tune, their unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content.
Although the Gawlers may be best known for their extensive collection of dance tunes in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions, their repertoire may include a gutsy a capella worksong or an amusing ode to everyday life.
With their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship, and with several CD’s to their credit, the Gawlers have earned a beloved place in the delighted hearts of varied audiences across the Northeast.
Postponed until Saturday October 11: Sassafras Stomp
Sassafras Stomp is a high-energy, dance-band duo with one foot in mid-coast Maine and one foot in western Montana. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions with a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic contradance sound marked by driving foot percussion and sweet harmony vocals.
Sunday October 5: Will Woodson and Eric MacDonald
Will Woodson & Eric McDonald are two of the finest young proponents of Scottish music in New England today. Will is quite literally a master of the tradition, having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with a master’s degree in Scottish music. He has performed across America, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and a good bit of continental Europe, appearing at major festivals like Piping Live and Celtic Connections in Glasgow. He’s shared stages with the likes of Phil Cunningham and Mick Maloney. As an accompanist, Eric has performed with many of the nation’s top traditional musicians including Ryan McKasson, Katie McNally, Emerald Rae, Brendan Carey Block and others. He is also a member of the esteemed Scottish power trio, Cantrip. He is known as an innovator, as well as for his keen sense of melody. Despite their traditional roots, both Will and Eric place a high premium on progression, and their music is equally at home in a concert, festival or pub atmosphere. They tour across the country bringing their unique brand of Scottish music to the stage. You can also catch them performing, leading sessions and teaching workshops in and around Portland ME, where they reside and share a teaching studio.