Friday, July 30, 2010

Local talent returns home....

Tonight The Buttonwood Tree will be alive with memories and sounds of Nathan Knowles and Wendy Boardwell. Wendy Boardwell, a former Middletown High School student, who sang in Michael Gosselin's chorus, will come back to Middletown tonight. She attended CCY Wesleyan in 1986, and is an alum of Oddfellows' Playhouse. But tonight she is joined by Nathan Knowles in a concert starting at 8 pm. Join us for some music and conversation. Doors open at 7. $10 suggested donation. Wendy Bordwell, Salem NY resident, has been involved with the local music scene for more than a decade…in cabaret performances with Kevin McGuire at Hubbard Hall and the Cambridge Hotel, as the duo "Tom and Wendy," as well as joining forces with Nathan Knowles on his album "The Vermont Line". Powerful vocals drive her performances, while her light finger-picking and acoustic guitar accompany. She studied Voice and Music at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and earned a B.F.A. in theater from Bennington College. She has also been the driving force behind the community concert series “Summer Sounds of Salem” since its inception in 2007. Their performances are highlighted with original compositions, which are rooted in their love of the area....making mention of local people, familiar roadways and area landmarks. Nathan Knowles represents the very best of Americana music. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and performer appearing throughout the Tampa Bay area, and touring the Northeast through the 2010 summer. His music has been enthusiastically received by audiences throughout the U.S. Nathan is from the New York/Vermont region, where he built a reputation as one of the most versatile entertainers in the area. His music can be found on his CD's "Songbird" or "The Vermont Line". Nathan has performed with talents such as John Hartford and The Dillards to Bo Diddley, and opened for Jerry Jeff Walker and Bad Company. His vast knowledge of various musical styles allow him to put his own stamp on the songs of artists such as John Prine, Delbert McClinton, Louis Armstrong, Steve Earle,Jackson Browne and Van Morrison. -- submitted by Anne-Marie Cannata Executive Director N.E.A.R., Inc. / The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center

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