Concerts: Raymond Gonzalez, Jeff Titus and Fred Carlson Friday June 23 7:00 pm and Sister Brothers Saturday June 24 3:00 pm
Doors Open at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Raymond Gonzalez is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist. A professional guitarist since the age of 16, he has traveled extensively throughout the US performing on concert stages, festivals, radio, TV,coffeehouses, house concerts, and most things in between. Classical, celtic, jazz, folk, blues, rock and the avant-garde are all in Raymond’s arsenal ofmusical styles. He began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small (classical)ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately led to a Master's degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. He continues to
compose and perform in the classical and modern music arenas. Raymond taught guitar (all styles) at University of Massachusetts, Boston for 11 years. He currently is a professor at Salem State University where he teaches classes in
songwriting and the music industry as well as private classical and jazz guitar. In addition to his commercial writing, and production work at blue fish sound productions, Raymond has written and produced twelve albums of original songs
and solo guitar pieces. His solo guitar recording, “Open Tuning,” released 2012 was voted top 20 from Metronome Magazine 2012. In addition there were numerous wonderful reviews - see the website: raymondgonzalez.net His most
recent CD, “One Bright Light” was released in 2013 and also received fine reviews and international airplay. His latest solo guitar project, “UnknownMariner,” is due out June 2017.
Without a doubt the unique 24-string Harp Sympitar "Oracle" Jeff Titus brings is worth showing-up to see. This one-of-a-kind beautifully designed Fred Carlson wood and steel creation is dedicated in loving memory to the music of Michael Hedges. If that isn't enough, Jeff also brings another Fred Carlson masterpiece to the stage, the magical and multi-dimensional "Taproot" 18-string Harp Sympitar, rarely played in public. Percussive, tap note filled runs over the fretboard compliment Jeff's original music and intricate Fingerstyle arrangements. No lover of stringed instruments should miss this show!
Luthier, banjoist and songwriter Fred Carlson has been building and playing stringed instruments for 45 years. As a player, his main focus has been on old-time mountain banjo styles. As a builder, he is known for creating unique, one-of-a-kind guitars and harp guitars featuring sympathetic resonating strings and highly sculptural shapes. In the concert on the 23rd, Fred will demonstrate his most recent, banjo-like creations, and also will talk a bit about the unusual harp guitars that Jeff Titus will be performing on
Come early. Tickets are $15 at the door.
The Sister Brothers (Dan Landry, Jim MacKenzie, and Heidi Renteria) is a Santa Cruz–based vocal trio favoring close, three-part harmonies. We sing songs by folks like Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Nolan, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Hazel Dickens, the Stanley Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and the Louvin Brothers; traditional songs whose composers are largely unknown; and a few tunes from recent decades. These songs generally have their roots in, or have been influenced by, the Appalachian, bluegrass, and old-school country music traditions of the United States. Accompanied by acoustic guitar and tenor ukulele, or sung a cappella, our music is performed the old-fashioned way—without amplification.