All shows begin at 7:30pm, doors at 7, unless otherwise specified.
Tickets available locally at Sweet Cakes, the Alternative Food Co-op, and Looney Tunes II in Wakefield, and online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Friday, October 17
An Evening with April Verch
April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist—one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions—with grace and grit to spare.
- The April Verch Band-rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin–is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing-and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns-at once.
Saturday, October 25, 8pmCuddle Magic and Death Vessel
That Joel Thibodeau’s slender, winsome voice is at once so comforting and so unsettling might be the greatest of his many strengths. Reed-thin but sturdy, youthful but somehow ageless, its deep benevolence is also slightly eerie, and the way he gently walks the line between intense feeling and contemplative remove lets him sing from a timeless place where he evokes the beauty of vanished people and places, sweetness too profound for words, loss too great for tears.
Like Nico’s, Jimmy Scott’s, or Phil Elverum’s, Joel’s is a voice that demands its own sonic and lyrical world, and with Island Intervals, his third record as Death Vessel (and second for Sub Pop), we’re treated to the sound of him finding a rich and strange new home among new friends in Iceland who probably saw him as a long-lost relative. Joel’s an inveterate and intuitive wanderer. Island Intervals springs from a more recent journey. For his first album since 2008′s acclaimed Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us, Joel traveled to Reykjavík on an invitation from Sigur Rós singer Jónsi and producer Alex Somers, where they spent three months together conjuring an album that’s both a song cycle and a window into a mysterious and singular landscape. Island Intervals lives in the spaces between running away and letting go, and finds its author embracing a life whose most solid, real moments loom and vanish, like a range of mountains that emerges from a bank of low clouds, and just as suddenly slips away.
Cuddle Magicis a band from Brooklyn, NY. Bassist and guitarist Ben Davis and Christopher McDonald, who plays vibraphone and synthesizers, set out to perform some songs of theirs that included lyrics written by Ben’s older brother, Tim Davis, with whom had been collaborating since early childhood. Their first, self-titled album, recorded in a practice room and an art gallery in just a handful of days, also featured clarinetist Alec Spiegelman’s plaintive love songs and a dream-like ballad by singer Kristin Slipp. The band now plays songs by all four composers. Cole Kamen-Green and Dave Flaherty, who play trumpet-percussion and drums, respectively, have helped to define the band’s quiet storm sound over their three albums. They play dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal brass and woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.
The members of Cuddle Magic have collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Beyonce, Anais Mitchell, Amanda Palmer, The David Wax Museum, Larkin Grimm,Mike & Ruthy, new music toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen,Joan Wasser,Zeena Parkins, Rubblebucket,Darius Jones,Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Jennifer Kimball, guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and legendary “third-stream” pianist Ran Blake. Members of Cuddle Magic can also be seen performing with Anais Mitchell & The Young Man Band, Larkin Grimm,Green & Glass,Lip Talk, Baby States, 2001, Twins of El Dorado,Ronald Reagan, Margaret Glaspy, People’s Champs, Yapp!, Turkey Vultures,The Superpowers Horns, and many others.
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Saturday, November 15
An Evening with The Gnomes
Come November, Lily Pads gets gnomed! THE GNOMES play what can best be called global folk-fusion music – Celtic, Scandinavian, Russian, Eastern European, Caribbean, klezmer, and no shortage of originals. Members Phil Edmonds, Peter Breen, Matt Niebels, Mike Fischman and Cathy Clasper Torch, play everything from Irish whistle and button accordion to fiddle, keyboard, and er-hu; guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, and banjo to bass and percussion. And of course they sing!
Come on out for an evening that will take you around the world and leave you smiling.
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