Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Full Weekend of Events at The Buttonwood Tree May 31-Jun 2

The Buttonwood Tree has a full weekend of shows lined up. 
The air-conditioning is also up and running now!

Double Bill: Chelsea Berry & Ryan Tennis 

Thursday May 31 
7:30 pm

Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Her vocals are controlled, smooth, and intensely powerful. Her original lyrics are reminiscent of the folk music of the sixties.

Chelsea was born and raised in Alaska, and made her way through Montana, Nashville, and Chicago before settling in the Boston area 3 years ago. Her music is played regularly on Sirius XM’s The Loft radio, and she has been played on Boston’s 92.5 The River, WXGR and WSCA in Portsmouth, NH, and many other stations in the Northeast.

Ryan Tennis
The charming authenticity of Ryan Tennis' sound has drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Ben Harper and Martin Sexton; surprising likenesses for a former All-American college football player turned singer-songwriter. While his disarming lyrics and sing-able melodies display a rare sensitivity, the intensity of his live performances hint at his grid-iron past. Tennis credits Philadelphia’s music scene with inspiring his sense of groove. He’s organized a monthly series of “Clubhouse Concerts” in his home featuring standout musicians and reaching beyond the traditional folk scene. “What I learned from a couple years of listening to and playing with other Philly artists,” Tennis says, “is that if it feels good — and if it’s true — then it’s good music.”

Cece & Ruth and The Birch Creek Band
Friday June 1
8 pm
Reservation suggested
The two bands will celebrate 15 years of performing together with songs and stories from "way back when" up to some newer material. Cece & Ruth's ballads will be nicely balanced by sublime instrumentals by Birch Creek Band. Members of the band are Kevin Gallagher playing dobro, guitar, bass & mandolin, Sandra Lynn on mountain dulcimer, and Aleks Miglowiec on flute, piccolo and bass, along with the duo: Cece on bodhran, pennywhistle, harmonica & banjo, Ruth on guitar & bass.
Cece & Ruth bring you songs of love, war and peace, hearth and home, and of the people from the American West to the Celtic Isles. Milk maids and their young swains, cowboys, kings and paupers, sailors, witches, sea-sprites and monks inhabit these ballads.
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The band “Birch Creek” was formed in the summer of 2009 and is based out of the hills of Connecticut. They met at an outdoor Farm Aid concert held at a local farm, and their musical styles have meshed nicely ever since and have produced an eclectic repertoire of instrumental pieces. Their music contains a delicate blend of the sweet sounds of the mountain dulcimer, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, and of course the signature sound of Aleks, their incredible flutist who takes center stage as she packs the most punch in their music. They perform everything from age old Celtic instrumentals from the Isles to a handful of smoky backwoods tunes and love what they do.
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Katie Pearlman & Cathy Kreger will perform music from their new CDs

Saturday June 2
8 pm

Katie Pearlman and Cathy Kreger will perform music from their new CDs. Katie has assembled an all-star group of musicians for her third album, Girls Like Us. Girls Like Us is a concept album of songs about women, based on true stories from the book Note to Self, by Andrea Buchanan, of surviving hardship and heartache. This is definitely Katie’s best collection of songs and her soulful vocals have gotten a bit sweeter. Perhaps the change of instrument (drums to guitar) has had an effect…albeit for the better. One listener compared her to the late and honorable, Harry Chapin. On this album, Katie does what music does best…she offers inspiration during hard times.Existing members; Jeff Pearlman (keys), Joe Cesare (elec. guitar), and Tom Bowler (bass) are joined by Jimmy Fleming (Fiddle, Mandolin), and Chris Howard (drums). Local singer/songwriters, Cathy Kreger and Jessie Haynes, also appear on the album singing background vocals.This is the first album that Katie is leading her band on acoustic guitar, instead of from behind the drums. While her newly expanded group has more of a folk and country sound, Katie sticks to her rock roots, offering an album that many will love.
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