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Summer Concerts on the Lawn
Grab your blanket or lawn chair and pack a picnic dinner. It's time again to enjoy music under the open sky! All concerts are made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
Howie Newman & Jackie Damsky
Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky are experienced, professional musicians who play funny original songs as well as well-known covers. It’s a very lively show with great musicianship and tight harmonies. Howie has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Brewer & Shipley, Pure Prairie League, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others. He has released five CDs, receiving national airplay on National Public Radio and the Midnight Special as well as dozens of other North American outlets.
Originally trained as a classical violinist, Jackie has developed a unique improvisational style over a range of genres including jazz, folk, blues, acoustic rock and popular music. She weaves a harmonic tapestry with her fellow musicians, adding depth, color, richness ... and a little magic. Jackie has backed many notable performers, including Rod MacDonald, Catie Curtis, Michelle Shocked, Don White and Christine Lavin. She is also an accomplished singer, whether providing backup vocals or as a soloist. Jackie has appeared at many outdoor festivals, including the WUMB Folk Festival, the New Bedford Folk Festival, the Wachusett Valley Music Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival and the New England Folk Festival. Learn more at their website.
Andy & Judy Daigle
Andy and Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. It’s a duo built upon common ground. Each draw from a wealth of experience they received while singing with various choruses and choirs throughout their lives. Their musical interests range from “old-timey” traditional songs right through the folk music stalwarts such as John Prine, Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia, and Townes Van Zandt. As folk singer/songwriters they have been able to explore many different genres and facets of folk music as well as country music. It has been described as "folk with a country flavor". They effectively use the guitar and mandolin to set the mood and character of each song. In addition, their performances are highlighted by the quality of their vocal work, each individually and joined together with beautiful harmonies. All of these musical elements are seamlessly presented in their three CDs. Learn more at their website.
Concerts from earlier this summer
Lenny Solomon Band
An unexpected death has caused the unfortunate cancelation of this concert. We will try and get Lenny back next summer.
Lenny Solomon will be joined by his band to present a fabulous evening of music. A seasoned singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Lenny Solomon's style has been compared to early Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Solomon began his career in the late 1960s. A fixture at the now defunct Idler Coffeehouse in Harvard Square, Cambridge, he regularly performed there on Friday nights for over eight years. The Idler was a training ground for songwriters such as Geoff Bartley, Paul Rishell, Spider John Koerner, and Ric Ocasek. During these years as a solo performer he shared bills with many touring performers including Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John. For many years music lay in the background of his life.
From the 1980s through the mid-1990s, Solomon continued to write songs, but rarely performed in public. He chose rather to raise his family and work in environmental research at Harvard University. In 1997 Solomon got back into performing and formed a folk/country band appropriately enough called Solomon. Performing his original material, Solomon has released one EP and four CDs. More information is available on his website. He recently stopped by the QATV studios and shared some thoughts and music to whet our appetites for the concert:
New England's premier Beatles tribute band. Featuring brilliant lead vocals, precise three-part harmonies and outstanding musicianship, 4EverFab plays The Beatles' greatest hits. Come join us for this time capsule of classic rock music.
Sweet Wednesday's songs spin tales that allow the listener to peek into the human soul in its most intimate and magical moments. Singer/songwriters Dave Falk and Lisa Housman met in 2001, and immediately knew there was a songwriting, performing chemistry at work. Since then, the duo has released three albums to critical acclaim, toured extensively, and been featured on radio and television programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.
The pair alternate lead vocal duties, with sweet harmonies reminiscent of Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris. Multi-instrumentalist Dave Falk lends his own unique style to the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and fiddle, while Lisa Housman, in a voice often compared to Natalie Merchant and Joan Baez, sings of long-distance friendships, having a hard day working as a clerk in a bakery in New York City, lost love, and those crazy mermaids you might encounter after being out on the ocean for several days (among other topics).
In addition to inspiring fans near and far, Housman and Falk have been recipients of several songwriting awards, including First Place in the Great American Song Contest, First Place in the Dallas Songwriting Competition, and Runner-Up in the John Lennon Song Contest. You can learn more about the band on their website, and in the interview they recently filmed for us at QATV:
Concerts @the Crane: Winter/Spring Concert Series
Select winter Sundays, starting at 3:00 p.m.
This past winter we enjoyed a rich variety of music and dance, representing some of the many compelling and beautiful artistic traditions of our diverse city.
- March 8: Enchanting Odissi With Mouli Pal
- March 15: Celtic Songs & Stories with Jeff Snow
- March 29: Genesis Chamber Singers
- April 12: Tribute to Pete Seeger by Phil Rosenthal
- April 26: QSO Ensembles
Watch this space for announcements for the 2016 season.
More Music From Library Performers
Look here for a list of CDs and concert DVDs of artists who have performed at the Crane. Borrow them from the library and relive a performance you enjoyed or catch one that you missed!
Interviews with Library Performers
Often musicians who play at the library stop by before hand, talk about their music, and even play a little sample.