Friday, June 20, 2014

Songwriter for the Stars Appears Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree

Hugh Moffatt

June 20 -  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$12 in advance  //  $15 at door  (Cash or check only)

As a special request from a Buttonwood friend, Hugh Moffatt will make a rare visit to CT. He delights folks with stories and song and takes the listener on a journey our of time. The intimate setting of The Buttonwood Tree is perfect to get up close and personal with this wonderful man.

The list of artists who have recorded Hugh Moffatt’s songs is international and multi-dimensional. They range from Patti Page to Jerry Lee Lewis to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Alabama, and Johnny Cash and include pop, country, bluegrass, traditional, and gospel artists from around the world. These recordings include the chart-topping country singles “Just in Case” by Ronnie Milsap, “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” first by Joe Sun and then by Dolly Parton, and “How Could I Love Her So Much” by Johnny Rodriguez, and the Southern Gospel hit “Roll Away the Stone” by Wendy Bagwell and the Sunlighters.

As a performing artist, Moffatt has released ten albums and toured extensively around the world. His albums are LOVING YOU, TROUBADOUR and DANCE ME OUTSIDE (duets with Katy Moffatt) for Rounder Records, THE LIFE OF A MINOR POET for Watermelon Records, LIVE AND ALONE for Brambus Records in Switzerland, THE WOGNUM SESSIONS (The Hugh Moffatt Trio) for Strictly Country Records in the Netherlands, GHOSTS OF THE MUSIC for Brambus, and SONGS FROM THE BACK OF THE CHURCH and ONLY ALONG FOR THE RIDE on Sohl Recordings. Sony Australia also released a 17-song compilation from his first two albums under the title, THE WAY LOVE IS.

He is, with composer Michael Ching, the librettist for two one-act operas and one full-length opera. The one-acts are KING OF THE CLOUDS, commissioned and premiered by Dayton Opera in 1993, and OUT OF THE RAIN, commissioned jointly by Opera Delaware, the Kansas City Lyric Opera and Opera Memphis and premiered by Opera Delaware in 1998. These operas have each had multiple productions and continue to attract new audiences.

Moffatt and Ching’s first full-length opera, Corps Of Discovery, A Musical Journey, commissioned by the University of Missouri and based on the Lewis & Clark expedition, premiered in May of 2003 in Columbia, Missouri. Opera Memphis produced the professional premier in April of 2004, and the University of Idaho presented the Northwest premier in the fall of 2005. The Fargo Opera toured their own production throughout North Dakota in May of 2007.
In 2010, Opera Memphis presented the first performances of Gluck’s classic opera, Orpheus and Euridice, with a new English translation by Moffatt and Ching.

Whatever the medium, Hugh Moffatt continues to put music and words together to create works of beauty and emotional impact.

 Reserve your seat here

Saturday night enjoy the International Flavor of Jazz by:

Omar Tamez & Angelica Sanchez Duo

June 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm       $10

DSCN5693 copia An intimate duo, Omar Tamaz and Angelica Sanchez have a unique and rare communication. They take the listener to many different places through a combination of improvisation and original composition. Tamez and Sanchez work well together, slowly weaving their lines into an unpredictable tapestry. The music that the duo creates is haunting, dream-like, floating, unsettling yet somewhat calm.

 “Omar is an incredible powerful performer with uniquely harming stage presence…” —Aaron Mace, Church of the Friendly Ghost, Austin TX

“In her piano playing as well as her compositions Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm.” —The New York Times

Visit Angelica's website or Visit Omar's website

TBT is at 605 Main Street, Middletown. Parking is free and plentiful. Refreshments including beer and wine are served by donation, thanks to McEwen Construction and Ken Burtis. 860-347-4957

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