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:
Dec. 6: The Harper & The Minstrel
with "Ragtime" Jack Radcliffe
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!
'Ragtime' Jack, a recent inductee into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, will provide an opening set of ragtime, blues and classic country on piano and vocals.
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.
Feb. 7: Dale Robin Goodman and Alex Smith & The Mountain Sound
Alex Smith's Wepecket CD, "Hamilton County" has been nominated for CD of the year by Rural Roots Music Association. Alex weaves strongly-im,aged 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.
March 7: Hilary Hawke and Dubl Handi
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.
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!
Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.