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Salon Concerts at the Wamsutta Club



The gracious mansion built by James Arnold in 1821 provides the perfect setting for our monthly series of traditional music concerts. On the first Saturday of every month except July, performers from around the world present the very best acoustic music from a number of musical traditions, including Celtic, Americana, the Blues, Cajun and Scandinavian.

The concerts are usually unamplified, allowing for a greater degree of intimacy than is afforded in most concert settings.

We believe this format provides an atmosphere that enhances the experience for all. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. (except for the annual "Mississippi in Massachusetts Blues & Barbecue Bash" on Aug. 2) and all in attendance are invited to repair to the Rounders' Club afterward to share a little food, drink and conversation with the artists. Food and beverage service is also available during the performances.

The Club is located in the heart of New Bedford, at 427 County Street (corner of Union).

Past performers include Danielle Miraglia; Beaucoup Blue; Kim & Reggie Harris; Sherman Lee and The Dillonaires; The Harper & The Minstrel; John Roberts; Cold Chocolate; Beaucoup Blue; Roosevelt Dime; Lauren Sheehan and Dale Robin Goodman.

This season's lineup is as follows:


Jan. 3: Flynn Cohen CD Release Party!

A return engagement. The show two years ago was a big hit, but Flynn and his friends have been very busy, with a full touring schedule here and abroad, and the recording of a new CD with Wepecket, "The Lazy Farmer."

Guitarist/composer Flynn Cohen leads his own band of string geniuses performing original multi-genre acoustic music. Primarily instrumental, they combine influences ranging from Irish traditional music, old-time Appalachian, bluegrass, folk-rock, and early music. The band consists of some of the finest and most experienced acoustic plucked-string players in America.

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Feb. 7: Dale Robin Goodman and Alex Smith & The Mountain Sound


A twin-bill!

Alex Smith's Wepecket CD, "Hamilton County" has been nominated for CD of the year by Rural Roots Music Association. Alex weaves strongly-imaged stories of his native North Country with a spirited bluegrass-tinged instrumental treatment. The result is riveting and entertaining.

Dale Robin Goodman's Wepecket CD, "Sweet & Salty" has also been nominated by Rural Roots Music as best folk album of the year. She describes herself as a "song hunter," and she has found a bunch that will delight you, performed in her clear, strong voice and accompanied by an array of instruments, including banjo, guitar and dulcimer.

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March 7: Hilary Hawke and Dubl Handi
with Robin Carns

Wepecket artist Hilary Hawke ("Banjo Babes" and "For Pete's Sake") teams up with Brian Geltner & Jean Ladeau in an extraordinary combination of voices, rhythms and instrumentation that evoke the most poignant of Appalachian sounds expressed through all the traditions, African, Celtic and Eastern European, of American music.

They've taken oldtime and bluegrass music and turned that into their own joyful music making! Upbeat, and danceable. Opening the doors to people of all ages, Dubl Handi's perspective and arrangements have made traditional music even more accessible to all walks of life, and also to those who have never been exposed to folk or bluegrass or banjo played in a traditional way.

Robin Carns will provide an opening set of classic Country – and a few of his own – tunes. The son of the late, great Barbara Carns, Robin has a wonderful way with songs from the repertoires of Ernest Tubbs, Bob Wills and Bill Monroe, among others. Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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April 4: The Two Riks: Rik Palieri & Rick Nestler

Two "Rix" for the price of one! Both Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri have toured with Pete Seeger, and Rik Palieri's work is featured on Wepecket's tribute CD to Pete, "For Pete's Sake."

Old friends, these two proponents of the "Hudson River School of Music" take the stage as a duo for an evening filled with songs both old and new, familiar and obscure, and from poignant to just plain zany! Playing individually and together in various combinations on guitars, banjos, ukulele, Native American flute, Ozark Mouth bow, autoharp and perhaps even the Polish bagpipe, there will be plenty of chances for singing along, foot tapping, knee slapping, and belly laughing!

Grammy award winner Rick Nestler is probably best known as the writer of the unofficial anthem of the Hudson River, "The River That Flows Both Ways," which was recorded by Pete Seeger on Pete's Grammy nominated album, "Family Concert," and on The Grammy winning, "Tomorrow's Children," on which Rick was also featured as a performer.

He is a long-time member of The Hudson River Sloop Singers and has played often in concerts with Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Richie Havens, Guy Davis, Rambling Jack Elliot to mention a few.. He has appeared at folk festivals and coffeehouses across the US and internationally in Australia, Bermuda, Canada and the Virgin Islands. Rick has seven albums to his credit.

"Totem Pole" Rik Palieri is a talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and a member of "The Mythical Order of The Rose Tattoo" who lives a musical life to the fullest. He is a very energetic performer who captivates audiences of all ages with his stories and songs. In a typical performance Rik will sing an old ballad with a longneck banjo, stomp out a Leadbelly style blues on the guitar, squeeze an exotic instrumental on the Polish bagpipes, spin out a wild and wooly story of his travels, pluck out a tune on the Ozark mouth bow, blow a mournful melody on the Native American flute and end the evening with an original yodel/sing-a-long. Rik has performed at concert halls, museums, schools and festivals throughout all 50 states, toured Alaska by float plane, ridden camelback in Australia and sung on trains throughout Europe.

Together the Rix create an atmosphere of fun. They also provide a rare glimpse of a part of American folklore that is slowly disappearing. These travelers learned from the masters, they are from the true vine! Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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May 2: Wepecket's own "Rolling Roots Revue!"

Wepecket's traveling troupe of recording and performing artists returns to New Bedford with a lively brand of uplifting and dazzling traditional American music that includes breathtaking harmonies and virtuoso performances on guitar, mandolin, hand percussion, dobro, piano, banjo, string bass, dulcimer, harmonica and fiddle.

If you play an instrument, bring it along. You'll be invited to participate on-stage in a show-ending jam session!

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June 6: Robin Greenstein

Robin may be the best kept secret in contemporary acoustic music today. She is a singer-songwriter from New York City whose music fuses folk, pop, blues and country elements into a blend she calls "Acousticness" which is also the title of her second CD. Her debut album "SLOW BURN" received rave reviews when it was first released. Her songs have been recorded on Fast Folk and Atlantic Records. She plays guitar, banjo and ukulele, and straddles the musical worlds of contemporary singer-songwriter pop-folk as well as traditional Anglo-American folk, Afro-American and Jewish music

Robin's career began in earnest when she was signed to Bob Dylan's publishing company as a writer for several years. For two decades she has performed extensively for college audiences across the U.S. along with various folk venues and touring in Europe. Her first album "SLOW BURN" was released initially as an independent in 1989. It was subsequently picked up for release in Europe by Swiss label BRAMBUS Records. Robin did her first European tour in the summer of 1994 and spent part of every summer since touring Europe, especially Denmark, until the attacks of 9/11. She also was a Headline Entertainer for the Renaissance Cruise Line in the early 2000's, flying to Europe and India to perform on their ships.

Robin worked as a performer-clinician with Martin Guitars for several years in the 2000s, travelling worldwide with the CEO Chris Martin, and establishing a showcasing presence for the company at Folk Alliance conferences.

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Aug. 1: Sherman Lee Dillon & The Mississippi Sound

Our annual "Summer Sizzler" blues and barbecue bash

We move out to the South Lawn and the shade of our great oak tree for this, the fourth annual visit from Sherman Lee Dillon. Add the succulent barbecue buffet from Chef Jonathan and you have all you need for a delightful mid-afternoon mid-summer festival.

Sherman will be backed up by a four-piece band as featured on his award-winning CD, "State of the Blues." Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Oct. 3: Debbie Fisher Palmarini CD release show

Wepecket artist Debbie Palmarini returns to New Bedford to celebrate the release of her first CD on the Wepecket label, "Careless Love." Those of you who have been at a Rolling Roots Revue show have already had a sneak preview of this remarkably talented singer. For this show the emphasis will be on pre-War women in the blues, the theme of her new CD.

She will be accompanied by the Wepecket All-Stars band, including Mike Higgins, Don Barry and 'Ragtime' Jack Radcliffe.

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