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.
We use minimal sound reinforcement, 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 historic 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.
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.
Jay Michaels has spent his entire life studying and performing music.
He started on the trombone in 5th grade and moved to guitar, piano and voice studies in his teen years.
Jay earned a BA in Music from Anna Maria College where he studied classical guitar.
Jay plays many instruments, including the clairseach (wire-strung Irish harp), Renaissance Gothic harp, Celtic folk harp, classical guitar, mountain dulcimer, bowed dulcimer/viol and he sings.
Abby Michaels has been involved in music since she was old enough to reach the keys on the family piano.
Abby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Westfield State College where she studied opera.
For several years Abby taught music in public and private school systems, and has also taught recorder and voice privately.
In addition to being an accomplished vocalist, Abby plays silver flute, Irish wooden flute, The Greek aulos (also known as the double or divergent flute), recorders, penny whistles, hammered dulcimer, guitar, harp and bowed psaltery. She recently built a beautiful hammered dulcimer that she currently plays in concert.
"Jeff Scroggins and Colorado have a wonderful emotional intensity that immediately grabs the listener. Though well rooted in tradition, they can also stretch the boundaries without taking them to the breaking point. I've known Jeff for many years, and it's great to hear how fabulous his playing has become. Taste and technical brilliance abound. The bands vocals are also smooth and inviting and the arrangements are inventive. Give these guys a listen and you'll be amply rewarded with their rich musical tapestry."
Cormac McCarthy made his singing debut on WKRC Radio in Cincinnati, as a three-year old belting out "Davy Crockett" on his father's radio show. He returned to public performance some twenty years later, singing his own compositions with a bit more experience in his voice.
Born in Ohio, but rooted in rural New England since the age of ten, Cormac grew up in towns where the economies teetered on marginal sustenance from logging, and paper and woolen mills. His elementary school had the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in the same room. Though the area was small, his musical influences were not: his father's love for jazz and classical music introduced Cormac to everything from Errol Garner to Beethoven.
It wasn't until his sister made a visit home from college, bringing an armful of recordings of Dylan, Baez, and Eric Anderson, that things clicked musically for McCarthy: he traded his clarinet for a Western Auto guitar, purchasing the Black Diamond strings across the street at the barber shop.>
Cormac was nominated for both Outstanding Folk/Acoustic Act, and Outstanding Folk/ Acoustic Album by the Boston Music Awards. Cormac's album, Troubled Sleep, helped to kick off the Green Linnet Records' prestigious singer-songwriter Redbird Series devoted to the most creative of this generation's acoustic musicians and songwriters. Troubled Sleep won high praise and some overseas attention in the UK. Cormac was honored to be one of the artists asked to perform in Boston's WUMB Folk Radio 10th Anniversary Celebration. He has been invited 3 times to the stage of the Newport Folk Festival, and twice to appear on NPR's "Mountain Stage" live radio show. A fan favorite and regular at the Hartland Folk Festival, and a frequent special guest to many of the performances by the most popular musicians of the genre, his talents as an o- stage humorist have been well remarked upon over recent years, and gave cause to have him invited to headline for the Night of Humor and Songwriters in Boston's Somerville Theater. Cormac is regarded by fellow musicians and fans alike as one of New England's finest songwriters. He writes and sings of a heartfelt, sometimes funny, sometimes desperate, sometimes glorious world of common people, struggles, hope, relationships, madness, and love. He sings the poetry of real life with a silky baritone voice and just enough grit.
Acoustic Guitarist Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He can be seen in concert with the American folk band LOW LILY (formerly known as Annalivia), and legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, as well as solo and duo shows playing music from his four solo albums.
Among his many recordings is his first with Wepecket, released last year: "The Lazy Farmer."
Flynn has also performed with Ruth Moody, Halali, The Sevens, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Ferrel, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Brian Wicklund, Tony Watt and Southeast Expressway, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Gail Davies, Jilly Martin, Malibu Storm, Bruce MacGregor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Mark Simos, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Revels, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others.
He studied Music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and at Mills College in Oakland, California and now teaches in the Music Dept at Keene State College in New Hampshire, as well as The Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts.
We're not just the hosts of this show, we're also the players.
An extraordinary array of Wepecket recording artists will gather to swap songs, back up one another and present a dazzling collation of the best of traditional American music.
Expect rich vocal harmonies, hot blues, poignant love songs, raucous sing-alongs, and any or all of the following: fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, piano, dulcimer, hand percussion, washboard ... and more!
This will be the departure eve show for the troupe, who will be heading down the Eastern Seaboard on a three-week long tour. Make yourself part of the joyous sendoff!