Friday, October 14, 2016

STORIES, Sung and Spoken at The Buttonwood Tree This Weekend

This weekend brings STORIES to light both spoken and sung in the intimate, "feel good" space of The Buttonwood Tree

Come be surprised at the quality of musicianship TBT offers!
Refreshments are available, including dessert, wine and beer by donation.


Friday, Oct 14.  8pm  Only $10

 Michael Veitch will be performing original songs with Julie Last , both together and separately.

Heart driven songs combined with a beautiful tenor and fluid guitar playing, Michael Veitch is highly regarded by many of his singer-songwriting peers. His music visits the past without regret and the future with an optimist’s eye while his lyrics and melody weave a narrative of world class performance.

Shawn Colvin became  a true believer in Michael Veitch, giving him her solid endorsement saying: “In addition to being a topical songwriter, Michael Veitch also has to his credit the gift of writing some really great personal songs like “One Night an Angel”. “Time Wins Again”, and “TRU-LUV”. For me, Michael passes the ultimate test of any performer-he moves me.”
Susan Werner, singer songwriter: “Michael writes songs that are like good architecture, beautiful structure, well built, and wonderful to be inside. and oh yeah, they matter.”

In 1994, after running for Vermont State Senate, endorsed by Bernie Sanders and Peter Welch, and losing to Peter Shumlin, Veitch decided to concentrate on music and writing full time. But when Shawn Colvin was handed a CD of Michael’s music, Shawn enthusiastically encouraged him to perform his music out on the road and open some shows for her. Eventually Michael opened for Shawn on tour and at other gigs, meeting many of his musical heroes. While opening for Shawn at a well-known Washington, DC venue, George Stephanopolis, who was in attendance, invited Shawn and Michael on a special tour of the White House and to meet Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. Veitch realized the irony of the situation – that it was music that got him into the White House and not strictly politics, something that confirmed his belief that he could do more to raise awareness of serious issues and affect change by performing. His songs carried his message, echoing the tradition of troubadours like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Odetta and Billy Bragg. And it was also during an anti-war rally in Washington DC, that his combination of music and activism that allowed Michael to share the stage with Jesse Jackson, Patti Smith and Ben Cohen (Ben and Jerry’s) which was filmed and later shown repeatedly on CSPAN.

Singer/songwriter, producer/recording engineer Julie Last writes songs that deal with the poetry and mystery of life.  Her voice has been called “as rich as honey wine” and critics described her debut CD (“Relics”) as “luminous and haunting ”.   Reserve your seat now!

Saturday morning: Aligned with Source Interactive Workshop & Meditation

10:30 am - noon. ($5)  Topic: Are You Alone?  Who's With You?
 Tough questions, opening the mind, balancing your perspective ... it's all here with Annaita Gandhy


Saturday, Oct 15    8-10 ($10)           Story City Troupe on "Family"

Come hear true stories told in the MOTH style of performing, first person narrative, real stories. 
Question and Answer period follows the storytelling.

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457 / 860.347.4957 

The Buttonwood Tree ... Rooted in the Arts
... Counting our Blessings!

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