The Young Novelists
The Young Novelists are a Toronto-based band fronted by husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink. They perform at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, as part of a national tour for their latest album.
With a sound that has been compared to everyone from The Band to “pre-weirdness” Wilco, The Young Novelists’ ability to tell familiar stories with a modern folk edge make them, and their songs, instant classics. Their last album, “Made Us Strangers,” garnered them a Canadian Folk Music Award for Emerging Artist of the Year, and their third full-length album, “In City & Country,” was just released May 4.
The Young Novelists offer classic him-and-her vocals, with James playing acoustic guitar and Spink on percussion and vibraphone. PopMatters described them as “Reminiscent of Canadian heavyweights such as k.d. lang, Cowboy Junkies, the Sadies and, in a way, Bruce Cockburn,” and Atwood Magazine called their music a “euphoric burst of folk rock.”
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295 or email email@example.com. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.
Dorset Theatre change
Dorset Theatre Festival recently announced that its 41st season will begin with “Cry It Out” by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Marc Masterson, beginning June 21-July 14 at the Dorset Playhouse. It will occupy the slot for the previously announced production of Herb Gardner’s “I’m Not Rappaport,” starring Judd Hirsch, which has been postponed to summer 2019 to allow Mr. Hirsch to recuperate from back surgery.
In “Cry It Out,” Jessie can’t find any “mom friends” in her new Long Island neighborhood until she and larger-than-life Lina start sneaking out for coffee between their duplexes during nap times. When a wealthy neighbor comes down from the hill overlooking their hangout, the sleep-deprived comedy of new parenthood shows a different side of itself. “Cry It Out” is an honestly absurd look at the dilemma of returning to work after childbirth, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.
Subscriptions for the 2018 summer season and single tickets are on sale now; call 802-867-2223, ext. 101, or go online to www.dorsettheatrefestival.org.
The Dorset Players will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy that takes place in a middle-school gym where six quirky adolescents participate in a spelling bee run by three equally quirky adults, May 18-27 at the Dorset Playhouse. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. There will be an after-show reception May 18.
Tickets are available by calling 802-867-5570, or online at www.dorsetplayers.org.
Keith Murphy folk
Local traditional music luminary Keith Murphy presents an evening of traditional and tradition-inspired song at the Brattleboro Music Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the BMC Auditorium. The performance will showcase material from his newest release “Land of Fish and Seals,” his third solo recording.
A highly respected traditional singer, Murphy’s direct and intimate style of singing brings the focus back to the beauty of traditional songs and ballads from French Canada and Keith’s native Newfoundland, as well as more recently composed songs inspired by Anglo-American traditional song. Joining Murphy in several performances will be Becky Tracy on fiddle. The two are longtime musical partners and Tracy will reprise some of her song accompaniments as featured on Murphy’s new solo recording.
Murphy has performed widely around the country for decades with many of the finest musicians in the traditional Irish, Scottish New England and Canadian scenes. He was a founding member of Nightingale, a trio that broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. He is a mainstay of the Boston fiddle extravaganza, Childsplay, and has also worked extensively with Tony Barrand on the song repertoire from the early 20th century of the Atwood family from Dover.
Tickets are $15; call 802-257-4523, or go online to bmcvt.org.
Mike Donovan solo
Mike Donovan plays a solo show with openers History Teaches (featuring members of Magik Markers & Sunburned Hand of The Man) at Stage 33 Live, at 33 Bridge St., at 6 p.m. Monday, May 14.
Donovan’s lo-fi psych-folk-rock legacy traces back to Sic Alps, a band he co-founded in 2004 that was admired by the likes of Pavement and the Fall. In addition to his solo work, he also formed the The Peacers, and played in The Ropers, The Church Steps, NAM, Big Techno Werewolves, Sounds of the Barbary Coast, and Yikes. His latest solo full-length, released in April, is called “How to Get Your Record Played In Shops.”
History Teaches member Ron Schneiderman of Brattleboro co-organized the legendary Brattleboro Free Folk Festival in the early 2000s. This performance is a stop between Montreal and Greenfield, just days before Donovan leaves the country for a European tour.
Admission is by donation ($5 recommended minimum donation); go online to www.stage33live.com.
Ross Daly & Kelly Thoma
As part of their third annual New England tour on the back of their new double record “Lunar,” Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma will perform a Stone Church Arts concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.
Based on the island of Crete in Greece, Daly and Thoma are masters of the Mediterranean lyra. In this performance, they will be joined by Tev Stevig (oud) and Michael K. Harrist (double bass) of Çesni Trio.
“Modal music — music that’s based around tones or modes rather than Western scales — covers a region that stretches from the north-west of Africa to west China,” Daly explains. “All of those areas have things in common, and they’re all constantly changing and evolving.”
Jan Willem Broek in subjectivism.nl writes, “This music we hear on ‘Lunar’ is a contemporary expression of the beauty of modality from the various global traditions. These traditions are completely transformed into a new and visionary musical universe. Daly and Thoma know how to take you effortlessly into their grip. Only at the end of this wonderful world trip will you return to reality.”
Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $20 and $15 in advance, $45 for premium reserved seats; call 802-460-0110, or go online to www.stonechurcharts.org.
‘Art of Angling’
Canfield Gallery, in partnership with The American Museum of Fly Fishing, is presenting a large exhibition of fine art for sale titled “The Art of Angling,” from May 12-23. An opening reception for the public will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
The exhibit celebrates the artistic heritage of the legendary Battenkill River, which has been painted by important artists from Ogden Pleissner and John Atherton to George Van Hook and Galen Mercer. Based on the theme “Fly Fishing in North America,” the exhibit features over 30 pieces in a range of media by 13 artists from Arlington to British Columbia. Artists in the show include Van Hook, Mercer, John Richards, Diane Michelin, Luther Hall, William Simpson and others.
For information, call 802-375-6153, or go online to www.facebook.com/TheCanfieldGallery. Canfield Gallery is located in the Martha Canfield Library.
Teens and carving
Have you ever carved stone? The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center will offer local young people (ages 13-19) the chance to carve and build a stone bench to be installed in Rutland County. Participants will gain a solid skill basis in lettering, architectural and sculptural stone working, as well as an appreciation for the industrial history of the Marble Valley region. The workshop is free and limited to 10 students. Application deadline is May 25.
To apply, please send a one-page essay explaining how this experience will benefit you to: firstname.lastname@example.org or CSSC Bench Project, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777.