Monday, December 2 at 8PM:
Rhythm Future Quartet
When three young jazz virtuosos Jason Anick, Olli Soikkeli, and Vinny Raniolo decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Over the years they have individually been performing alongside top Gypsy jazz/swing musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden to name a few. With the addition of veteran bassist Greg Loughman from Boston, the group performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.
Tuesday, December 3 at 8PM:
Maeve Gilchrist & Friends, Jean Rohe opens
Maeve Gilchrist was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Daughter to an Irish mother and Scottish father she grew up immersed in traditional folk music. At an early age Maeve was accepted into the City of Edinburgh Music School where she spent seven years studying classical piano, pedal harp and clarsach (Celtic harp). From her early teens, Maeve was an in-demand member of the traditional music scene in Scotland where she performed at events such as the opening of the Scottish Parliament and the Celtic Connections festival before receiving a full scholarship from the Berklee College of Music at the age of seventeen.
Credited as an innovator on her native Celtic harp due to her uniquely chromatic way of using the instrument, Maeve has performed and recorded with artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Kathy Mattea, Tony Trishka, Darol Anger, Vardan Ovsepian, Numinous and Roger Tallroth.
Currently based in Boston, Maeve tours internationally as a band leader, soloist and in collaboration with a variety of musicians spanning the new acoustic and improvisation scenes. Her latest solo adventure is called ‘The Ostinato Project’ and is an exploration of the harp with a focus on separating the hands as individual instruments.
Wednesday, December 4 at 8PM:
Declan O’Rourke, Robert Steven Williams opens
Declan O’Rourke – who made his US debut with the stunning new album ‘Mag Pai Zai’ premiered the new video for “Time Machine,” gorgeously filmed in rural Ireland and featuring O’Rourke’s nephews as stand-ins for his younger self. In the piece, he talks about how a priest gifted him his first guitar in Melbourne, Australia.
Other acclaim has come in from a variety of critics, including USA Today, in which he was featured on a Playlist alongside major stars like Neko Case, Nine Inch Nails, Lorde, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, and Nirvana.
Acclaim for ‘Mag Pai Zai:’
"Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality, and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke… his calling is as a balladeer, proffering reassurance in the face of inevitable sorrow." – Jon Pareles, NY Times
"Declan O’Rourke is long overdue for a stateside breakthrough." – Luke McCormick, SPIN
Thursday, December 5th at 7PM:
Jeffrey Foucault, John Statz opens
Jeffrey Foucault was born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, in a small college town in the middle of farm country. He started out at seventeen playing John Prine tunes on his father’s beat up mail order guitar, and spinning old records on a hand-me-down turntable in his bedroom. When he was eighteen he stole a copy of Townes Van Zandt: Live and Obscure from a friend, and immersed himself in the Texas folk of writers like Van Zandt and Guy Clark. With the Dylan-inspired singer songwriter movement as a foundation, he waded through old country, alt country, bluegrass, and blues, and began to identify closely with the midwestern regionalism of Greg Brown. He discovered the poetry of Kenneth Rexroth, and by nineteen Foucault had begun to try his hand at writing songs. By the time he finished school he was performing regularly at the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson Wisconsin.
Foucault’s latest release, Miles From The Lightning is a collection of dark narrative ballads, starkly rendered love songs, allegories and elegies told in plain verse. Equal parts folk, old country, and roots Americana, Miles ranges from hellfire to homespun, every song edged with the desperation of the blues and tempered with a brooding sweetness. The writing is spare and intoxicating, and the compositions have a lyrical style that is both literate and rough.
Friday, December 6th at 7 and 9:30PM:
Erin McKeown’s Anti-Holiday Spectacular
Tired of holiday hype? Gritting your teeth until New Year’s Eve? Erin McKeown is too. Join her as she puts on a good-old-fashioned Anti-Holiday Spectacular. The Spectacular will be a wondrous afternoon of glittery schmaltz and creepy magic, complete with profanity, irreverance, and bad holiday sweaters. Joined by Special Guests and an enormous chorus of Cranky Carolers, Erin will perform the entirety of her Anti-Holiday Album, “F*ck That!”. Hide your children! Sing along!