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Second Friday Concerts at First Church Belmont Unitarian Universalist

Friday, December 9th, 2022 7:30 PM

Jonny Kringle & The Wondaland Band Annual Holiday Concert

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Come hear Jonny Kringle and The Wondaland Band play all your favorite classic rock holiday songs -- and make some kids happy at the same time!

Drummer Tom Maher has been delivering toys to Children’s Hospital for almost 20 years. Back in 2012 he had a mission: play rock and roll holiday songs for the children he was delivering the toys to. So he called his old friend Jon Svetkey and asked if he could put a band together. Jon made a few calls and a yearly tradition was born. The band includes Tom and Jon, Everett Pendleton on guitar, Heather Quay & Lyn O'Conor-Ferguson on vocals, Rob Laurens on keyboards, Jason Redi on bass, Jeff Isen on percussion, trombone, harmonica and more!

And don't miss the super top secret special holiday music bonus before the show!

We are prohibited from delivering toys this year but all donations from the concert will go directly to the toy fund and will help families spending their holidays at Children's. You can donate online when you reserve your seat or in-person at the show.

We hope you'll join us for this very special Second Friday holiday concert.

COVID-19 vaccination and masks are encouraged for all performances.


Friday, January 13th, 2023 7:30 PM

Peter Mulvey Rescheduled from 1/14/22

Price: $25.00

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Tickets purchased for the original 1/14/22 concert will be honored at this rescheduled show, but please let us know if you would prefer a refund. 2021-2022 Season Tickets will be honored for the 2022-2023 season.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, he took a semester in Ireland, and immediately began cutting classes to busk on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike through the country, finding whatever gigs he could. Back stateside, he spent a couple years gigging in the Midwest before lighting out for Boston, where he returned to busking (this time in the subway) and coffeehouses. Small shows led to larger shows, which eventually led to regional and then national and international touring. The wheels have not stopped since.

Nineteen records, an illustrated book, thousands of live performances, a TEDx talk, a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, opening for luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet, appearances on NPR, an annual autumn tour by bicycle, emceeing festivals, hosting his own boutique festival (the Lamplighter Sessions, in Boston and Wisconsin)… Mulvey never stops. He has built his life’s work on collaboration and an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He folds everything he encounters into his work: poetry, social justice, scientific literacy, & a deeply abiding humanism are all on plain display in his art.

COVID-19 vaccination and masks are encouraged for all performances.


Friday, February 10th, 2023 7:30 PM

Jim's Big Ego Rescheduled from 4/8/22

Price: $25.00

Perform a Google search for "the Greatest Band in the History of Recorded Music" and you will get only one result: Jim's Big Ego.

Hailing from the quaint New England village of Boston, Massachusetts, Jim's Big Ego has carved a unique place in the the music world by rocking harder, fresher, louder, sweeter and better than everyone else.

Jim's Big Ego's secret to awesomeness is singer, songwriter, and all around super-genius, Jim Infantino. Armed with the innate ability to create songs that are more brilliant than all others in history, Infantino gives the band the gift of greatness.

Jim's Big Ego compares itself to such major players as The Great Wall of China, The Grand Canyon, Antarctica, and other things you can see from space.

While the debate still rages over whether the band's formation was a matter of divine providence or historical inevitability, one fact remains clear: if the world ended today, Jim's Big Ego would die happy knowing that they were more talented than Oasis, more popular than Terence Trent D'Arby and richer than MC Hammer.

www.bigego.com

COVID-19 vaccination and masks are encouraged for all performances.


Friday, March 10th, 2023 7:30 PM

Ellis Paul Rescheduled from 3/11/22

Price: $25.00

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Tickets purchased for the original 3/11/22 concert will be honored at this rescheduled show, but please let us know if you would prefer a refund. 2021-2022 Season Tickets will be honored for the 2022-2023 season.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” - The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen all come to mind. Yet few songwriters can relate their own life to the life experienced by others who find that common bond — the exhilaration of the open road, the celebration of heroes, the coming of age, the hope for redemption, the sharing of love, intimate, passionate and enduring — the way that Ellis Paul does.

Smart. Literate. Poetic. Singular. Storyteller. Folksinger. Yes, but Ellis Paul is far more. How much more? An incredible 30-year career. 15 Boston Music Awards. 20 albums. Newport Folk Festival. Carnegie Hall. Hundreds of venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris, and London. Dozens of compilations, commercials, documentaries, TV shows, and blockbuster movie soundtracks. He is one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation — for many, the face of contemporary folk music — and probably no artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries than Ellis Paul.

COVID-19 vaccination and masks are encouraged for all performances.


Friday, April 14th, 2023 7:30 PM

Danielle Miraglia & Lisa Bastoni Co-Bill! Rescheduled from 4/10/20

Price: $25.00

TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 12!

Danielle Miraglia

Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips.

Danielle’s music blends influences of some of her own musical heroes - The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin along with her lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst.

Danielle has toured and played major venues across the United States and beyond, and has shared the stage with luminaries like Buddy Guy, Joan Osborne, Bettye Lavette, John Hammond and Robert Cray.

Danielle won a 2019 New England Music Award for "Female Performer of the Year" and a 2021 New England Music Award for "Blues Act of the Year."

Lisa Bastoni

"Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin.” — Maverick-UK

Singer-songwriter Lisa Bastoni is a 2019 Kerrville New Folk Winner, and is a 2019 & 2020 Boston Music Award nominee (Folk Artist of the Year). Her 2019 album, How We Want to Live, chronicles life changes, including songs about the dissolution of her marriage and learning to live a new normal -- but more than anything, it finds the songwriter diving deeper into the life she craves.

How We Want to Live, produced by award-winning songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Sean Staples, features guest performances by Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, Lula Wiles and Naomi Sommers.

Lisa Bastoni has shared the stage with Lori McKenna, Little Big Town, Arlo Guthrie, Regina Spektor, The Secret Sisters, Teddy Thompson, and many more.

Songs from How We Want to Live have been featured in Billboard Country, Wide Open Country, PopMatters, and The Bluegrass Situation.

COVID-19 vaccination and masks are encouraged for all performances.


Friday, May 12th, 2023 7:30 PM

Hanneke Cassel (and her band!)

Price: $25.00

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ABOUT HANNEKE CASSEL

Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. Hanneke’s music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as “exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.”

A native of Port Orford, Oregon, Hanneke started out as a Texas-style fiddler and went on to win the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, which awarded her the opportunity to study with Alasdair Fraser and introduced her to fiddle camps and the folk community -- both of which continue to play an integral role in her life. Hanneke teaches regularly at Fraser’s Valley of the Moon and Sierra Fiddle Camps, the Mike Block String Camp (run by her husband, acclaimed cellist Mike Block), Harald Haugaard’s International Fiddle School, and the West Denmark Fiddle School. She has served as a guest instructor in the American Roots department at Berklee College of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance.

Hanneke is a sought-after performer who has graced stages across North America, Europe, Australia, India, and China. She has been featured at Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Scotland), KVMR Celtic Fest (Grass Valley, USA), Milwaukee Irish Fest (Milwaukee, USA), Celtic Colours (Cape Breton, Canada), WGBH Christmas Celtic Sojourn (Boston, USA) and the National Celtic Festival (Port Arlington, Australia). The Hanneke Cassel Band features Mike Block on cello and alternating guitarists Keith Murphy and Christopher Lewis.

ABOUT THE HANNEKE CASSEL BAND

The Hanneke Cassel Band features Boston-based fiddler and bandleader Hanneke Cassel on fiddle, Jenna Moynihan on 5-string fiddle/vocals and Keith Murphy on guitar/vocals. Jenna Moynihan is regarded as one of the best in the new generation of fiddle players. Versatile and inventive, her fiddling style draws strongly from the Scottish tradition, but is in no way bound by it. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Jenna performs as part of a duo with cutting edge harpist Mairi Chaimbeul and is the regular fiddler for the Seamus Egan Project. Newfoundland-born guitarist Keith Murphy began absorbing his native musical languages – folksongs, ballads and dance music – from an early age. A proficient multi-instrumentalist, he has long applied considerable energy to the rhythmic side of music, becoming a valued band member and highly sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion. Together, the Hanneke Cassel Band creates a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition.

COVID-19 vaccination and masks are encouraged for all performances.


Friday, June 9th, 2023 7:30 PM

Kemp Harris Band

Price: $25.00

TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 7!

Kemp Harris is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher. Born in North Carolina, Kemp taught himself piano and was writing songs at age 14.

As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron and blues artist, Koko Taylor. He wrote and performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions. He also composed for Phase One Contemporary Dance in Atlanta. Kemp’s CD, “Sometimes In Bad Weather”, is a thoughtful tapestry exploring the intersection of American roots music, jazz, and African folk influences. Kemp’s second CD, “Edenton” is a blues inspired journey, featuring the Holmes Bros providing additional vocals. He is also a member of the band “Roll Over Baby”. Kemp also composed the ending credits soundtrack for “An Unreasonable Man”, a documentary about the life and career of Ralph Nader. The song “Stand Up, Rise Up” is the theme for Ralph Nader’s weekly talk show.

COVID-19 vaccination and masks are encouraged for all performances.