Friday, March 21, 2014

The Buttonwood Tree hosts NY Award-winning Singer Songwriters Full of Passion Tonight

John Pray & Dan Pelletier

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Sit for an hour with Dan Pelletier and you’ll walk away chuckling, shaking your head, wanting a long, cool drink and the red, tender lips of someone to love. He will show you himself, yourself, your lover, your family and friends and quite a few characters you may not know, but will instantly recognize. They jump out of his songs full of beauty and blemishes, brilliance and foolishness, insanity, humor, intensity and tenderness.
Pelletier’s passionate performance of these songs make him a rising star on the national folk scene. He is the winner of first prizes in the 2002 USA Songwriting Competition (Lyrics), 2002 Plowshares Songwriting Contest, 2001 SFFF Songwriter Competition, the 2001 Rose Garden Songwriter Contest and the 2000 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. His second CD Wild Heart Rodeo was released in the spring of 2003 and is available on Hudson Valley Records.
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Music took hold of John Pray at a very early age. Influenced by family music collections of Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley and countless others, his interest in singing songwriting began. After attending the Westchester Conservatory of Music, Pray started a long and diverse musical life that has played a major part in his development. Along with local appearances, live concert performances, and studio work, he has been a partner in recording, songwriting, and production with Steve Katz of Blood Sweet and Tears; the Grammy and Emmy nominee Peter Denenberg; and the Grammy winner Rory Young. As a vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, he has spent more than a decade volunteering his time and musical talent comforting hospice, nursing home, and hospital patients, leading him to write, produce, record, and donate a collection of songs to hospice organizations entitled “Behind Sacred Walls.”

Events are held at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT   (In the former Arriwani Hotel)
Casual, cozy and surprisingly good! Refreshments available   860-347-4957

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