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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" in August) 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:




June 6: Robin Greenstein
with Butch McCarthy

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.

One of the area's very finest performers, Butch McCarthy, will play an opening set.

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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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.

Barbecue out at noon; music starts at 1.

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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Sept. 5: Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets are made up of Kevin Harvey, lead vocals & harmonica; David Whyte, electric & acoustic guitars; Neil Elsmore, acoustic & slide guitars; Carl Rufh; upright bass; and James Preimel, drums and percussion.

The band grew out of the lively music scene in Ormstown, Quebec, a town that was once called Durham County. They first performed at the Branches and Roots folk festival in 2011 and soon after released their debut album, "Where the river flows" in 2012, with drummer/producer John McColgan at the helm. In 2014, amidst a busy year of shows, interviews and even some television, their second album, "Chikkaboodah Stew" was released. With plenty of material still to be recorded and the creative juices still flowing, the Poets are forging ahead in hopes of leaving their stamp on Canadian music.

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Oct. 3: Deborah Anne Fisher CD release show

Wepecket artist Deborah Anne Fisher returns to New Bedford to celebrate the release of her first CD on the Wepecket label, "Just A Few Old Memories." If you have been at a Rolling Roots Revue show during the past 18 months you have already had a sneak preview of this remarkably talented singer.

Debbie's repertoire encompasses early country, Pre-war blues, early jazz, jug band tunes and a little bit of Soul.

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

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Nov. 7: The Jane Rothfield Stringband

Jane Rothfield is an internationally known fiddler, clawhammer banjo player, tune composer, dance musician and band leader. With her husband, Alan Carr, she formed the widely acclaimed Redhen Stringband a few years back. Their CD, "Birds of a Feather" is among Wepecket's finest recordings.

Jane began playing professionally more than 30 years ago, and has made eight recordings featuring her lively, spirited and soulful playing. Whether it be traditional Old Time Stringband and fiddle music, or traditional Scottish songs and tunes, music for contra dances or tight harmony singing, Jane plays from her heart and musical soul with great technique and expression!

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Dec. 5: The Harper & The Minstrel
Special annual Holiday show!

The longest-running tradition in our concert series, Jay and Abby Michaels bring us a wonderful mixture of ancient and modern music for the season played on a dazzling array of instruments.

We have sold this show out the last three years.

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