Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Buttonwood Tree: Rock, Roll, Sway & Shuffle

The Buttonwood Tree is in the midst of its "Vocal Summit Series", 6 shows over 4 September weekends spotlighting several different styles of American music.

This Friday night (September 19) at 7:30 p.m., singer-songwriter Lys Guillorn (pictured) heads a bill titled "Two Bands + Two Ukuleles = Lots of Fun!" Guillorn, backed by a small but powerful trio, writes songs that blend humor and wistfulness with folk, blues and rock influences. Opening the show is the duo of Portuguese singer-songwriter Rita Braga & Chris Carlone (they're the 2 with the ukes) whose music has a quirky, poppy, edge and, also, a touch of humor.

The following night, 2 more singer-songwriters will grace the intimate performance space. Gail Wade, a native of Maine now a resident of the Colchester area, performs her pretty yet poignant love songs. Her melodies are tinged with blues and jazz influences and she's got an engaging voice. Brook Williams (pictured) is, arguably, one of the most accomplished guitar players you'll ever see and hear. Over the past 2 decades, he's toured the country and pleased audiences with his eclectic repertoire, ranging from blues to folk to pop standards delivered with genuine emotion and his gentle yet handsome tenor voice.

Suggested donation for both shows is $10. For more information, call 860-347-4957 or go online to

This should be a good weekend for strolling up Main Street to The Buttonwood. You can, also, check out the new location (575 Main Street) for It's Only Natural Market, scheduled to open on Saturday.

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