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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; Randy Burns; Roosevelt Dime; Lauren Sheehan and Dale Robin Goodman.

This season's lineup is as follows:


Oct. 4: John Roberts
with special guest Brianna Grace


John Roberts has been described by Sing Out! magazine as "one of the great voices in folk music." He accompanies himself on concertina and banjo on a remarkable array of songs from the British Isles, Celtic and American traditions with gusto, charm and wit.

Roberts and his longtime partner, Tony Barrand, have recorded with a number of companies including Swallowtail Records, Front Hall, Folk-Legacy Records, National Geographic, and most recently, Golden Hind Music. These recordings include a critically-acclaimed album of authentic sea shanties, an album of drinking songs recorded live in a Chicago tavern, An Evening at the English Music Hall, and four albums of songs from their celebrated Christmas pageant, Nowell Sing We Clear. They have also recorded a selection of the songs that the composer Percy Grainger collected in Lincolnshire during the early years of this century and a collection of songs by Rudyard Kipling.

Brianna Grace is a rising star who has already made herself known on the Nashville scene. Her own songs reflect her love for the tradition, and she has a winning way of delivering classic old-time songs, as well.

This is John's third appearance at our series. The last two times we filled the room. Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Nov. 1: The Barn Burners Stringband
with special guest Garcia


The Barn Burners String Band brings you raucous acoustic music, inspired by bluegrass, Americana, folk, and rock & roll (with a little smattering of Irish music every once in a while...). Wear yer foot stompin' shoes, yer gonna need 'em! These folks will definitely make you feel alive all over.

Garcia is making a rare public appearance as a solo artist. His straightforward delivery of classic folk songs, accompanying himself on banjo and guitar, is a refreshing break from the current wave of nasal singer/songwriters whining about their breakups. Prepare to sing along!

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Dec. 6: The Harper & The Minstrel


This is the longest running tradition here at our concert series. Jay and Abby Michaels have been regaling, surprising, and delighting us with their annual Christmas concert for four years.

Jay and Abby bring an amazing assortment of musical instruments, on which their proficiency is prodigious. And their voices, whether singly or in harmony, are transporting. Don't miss this!

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Jan. 3: Flynn Cohen and the Deadstring Ensemble


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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March 7: Hilary Hawke and Dubl Handi


Wepecket artist Hilary Hawke 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. Drawing new audiences, and oldtime music lovers into well done and fantastic arrangements of traditional music. 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. 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 return to New Bedford with their lively brand of uplifting and dazzling music.

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

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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