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1/26 8p: Vance Gilbert @Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT

Friday, January 26, 2018 8p

Vance Gilbert

With Kerri Powers

Infinity Music Hall

20 W. Greenwoods Road (Rt. 44), Norfolk, CT

phone: 860-542-5531

Price: $24.00



The Art of Storytelling

Vance Gilbert Works His Magic at the Historic Infinity Hall

His reputation precedes him. But that’s no reason to let an opportunity to see Vance Gilbert pass you by! Fresh off a tour of Australia, Vance has for some time now been a major mover of the singer-songwriter scene. His penchant for storytelling, mingled with his terrific sense of humor makes a Gilbert gig a lively event indeed. And, oh by the way, if you’ve heard the man’s latest album, Nearness of You—or any of his albums for that matter—you know he can sing.

Gilbert was born and raised in the Philly area and he started his career in Boston aspiring to be a jazz singer. But things happened, and he soon found himself in the warm embrace of the singer-songwriter world, opening for folks like Shawn Colvin and later comedians George Carlin and Paul Reiser. One of those shows, in Dallas, earned him some good press from the local paper: “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener.” Of course, that was ages ago. But the fact is, Gilbert has only gotten to be a more engaging performer, with beautiful, worldly stories, finely honed guitar technique, and a voice that delivers.

Over two decades-plus in the music business, Vance has produced a healthy helping of great recordings, including the widely raved about BaD Dog Buffet. Old White Men hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ chart on its release and Unfamiliar Moon landed in the Boston Globe’s Top 10 Records of the Year upon its release in 2005. Perhaps most importantly for the purposes of this particular press release is the fact that Vance’s live album, Somerville Live, issued in 2000, was described by the Boston Globe as a work “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.” And we haven’t even talked about Nearness of You, which features Vance singing stripped down versions of 14 of his jazz faves.

Vance’s upcoming gig at Infinity Hall will be reliably memorable. His show is entertaining, his stories are by turns funny and poignant, and his music, above all, is well worth hearing.

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The 29th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival August 4-6.


The 29th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival August 4-6.

For Immediate Release


The 29th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival takes wing the first weekend in August. Homegrown from a hillside gathering, the fest has become a yearly pilgrimage for many. Complete with a pre-fest Thursday locavore inspired Tastings and Farm Market, campers and day-trippers converge on its yearly Brigadoon-like setting on Dodds Farm in beautiful Hillsdale, NY.


Brimming with main stage concerts, workshops, hours of dancing, Activities 4 Kids, a delightful Family Stage, international food and crafts, there is something for everyone. The Dance Tent wakes to early morning yoga and grooves until 2AM Friday and Saturday. The fest is accessible and ASL-interpreted.


Palate pleasers include Caribbean curries, Thai noodles, hand roasted coffees, Mexican, Italian, middle-eastern & vegetarian specialties. Organic juices & good ole American comfort food too! Over 50 vendors ply their wares, much of it handmade or fair trade, emphasis on eco-friendly.


60’s Folk icon Eric Andersen, fest MVPs the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Season 8 Voice winner Sawyer Fredericks are featured along with Tempest, The Gaslight Tinkers, Upstate Rubdown, Brother Sun, ZydeGroove, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem and many others. Music runs the gamut from Celtic to Cajun to Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Zydeco & more with the fest’s trademark singer/songwriters and Contra Dance bands front and center. A special tribute to the late Austin-based Red Dirt Music icon Jimmy LaFave who would have made his 7th Falcon Ridge appearance this year is planned.


Single day, 3 day and camping tickets are available as are senior, student & military discounts. Kids under 12 have free admission. Thursday pre-fest Tastings brings local food producers, wineries, distilleries & breweries together daytime followed by intimate evening performances at the Lounge Stage.


The fest begins at noon Friday August 4 with its critically acclaimed Emerging Artist Showcase. More info and tickets are at FalconRidgeFolk.com or 860 364-0366.

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TOMORROW 10/7 Don’t miss Vance Gilbert @Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington (OH)

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We had the pleasure of promoting these little gems from Vance Gilbert


and something jazzy…


Northeast singer-songwriter

Vance Gilbert’s

Nearness Of You

Took 2 mics, one guitar, and 35 years to make

The acoustic singer-songwriter scene stalwart finally got the courage to sit down and record this album filled with the most venerated of tunes – tunes he has sprinkled throughout his sets of sparkling originals for years. To be exact, that’s thirty-five years of honing these tunes and having them in his remarkably accomplished music quiver. Courage, because few can just sit down and play and sing songs by Duke Ellington or Thelonius Monk.

Recently encouraged by fans who offered to fund an album of these all-time standards, Vance found his way to a loft studio manned solely by Sean Staples (Resophonics, Session Americana) who hung just two microphones on their stands, sat Vance in a chair, and said “sing close up on the mic like it was someone’s ear you care about.” And thus was finally birthed the quiet, intimate magic that is Nearness Of You.

Highlights? His rubato meditation on “Moonlight In Vermont” perfectly explores the most vulnerable parts of all of us courtesy of its un-rhymed poetry and Vance’s upper range. The exquisitely read “’Round Midnight has the only overdub amongst all of the 14 songs, and its worth the two passes to get the “trumpet” solo third verse.  A wondrous micro-set of Brazilian tunes is capped by Vance’s take on the Jorge Ben classic “Mas Que Nada”, where Vance and his nylon-stringed guitar sound like a whole samba band!  Kris Kristofferson’s “For The Good Times” has been a recent addition to his live set, so Vance’s quiet, bedside-goodbye version is included here – a sad, dark, meditative lullaby that just couldn’t wait for a solo country album.  And check out the joyous careening-against-the-guardrails ragtime-swing guitar solo on “Ain’t Misbehavin’” if you think this album to be all about pretty vocals.

As if the tunes could get any more spare, “Laura” is as haunting as the portrait in movie from which it comes. The nearly acapella “Weaver Of Dreams” finishes this album off in a shameless, whispered proclamation of love.

When he initially burst onto the Northeast singer-songwriter scene in the early 90’s, buzz spread quickly. Who was this multicultural arts teacher knocking them dead at open mikes? Opening all of Shawn Colvin’s 1992 Fat City tour flung the door wide open for the artist and he strode gracefully through it, taking acoustic America by storm and by surprise. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener,” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from the Colvin tour.

Requests came in from artists as widely varied as Arlo Guthrie and Anita Baker to have Vance as an opener. The late George Carlin had him open 140+ shows over a year and a half’s time. Most recently comedian and actor Paul Reiser has added Vance to a mess of his stand-up shows, as have R&B roots rockers the Subdudes. Known equally for his vocal and lyrical virtuosity and his comedic stage banter and stories, Vance has continued to garner new fans wherever he plays.  His live show has a reputation that precedes it.

Over the course of a decade in the music business, Vance has made many great recordings and his previous release, BaD Dog Buffet received rave reviews.  Why not? Vance is no stranger to critical acclaim. Old White Men hit the Top 10 for 2 straight months on the Folk DJ chartUnfamiliar Moon landed in the Boston Globe’s Top 10 CD’s of the Year and his live album, and Somerville Live was cited by the Boston Globe as the disc “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.”

And now Nearness Of You. Not so much a departure from his acoustic singer-songwriter station, more like a long awaited and welcomed arrival.

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7/31,8/1-2: 27th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Begins!


Happy Spring AT LAST FRFF’ers



FRFF 2015 Web Update

  • – Falcon Ridge website has been updated with current info on 2015 PERFORMERS, volunteering, craft and food vendor information, Emerging Showcase & fest tickets. Falcon Ridge Folk Festival  2015 lineup is COMPLETE with several performers brand new to us as well as past faves. The one and only Judy Collins will be there on Sunday Aug 2. See the complete lineup on the PERFORMERS page.
  • – Ticket Sales! Don’t forget tix are ON SALE by phone, mail & online. Earlybird discounts on 3 day and 3 day camping end May 15. Go to http://falconridgefolk.com/tickets/ or call 860 364-0366.
  •  – Most Wanted Artists from the FRFF 2014 Emerging Showcase – In case you missed it, the top voted artists from the 2014 showcase who have been invited to the 2015 Most Wanted Song Swap on our Main Stage are:
    Jean Rohe, Caitlin Canty, Matt Nakoa and Hayley Reardon.
  • – FRFF 2015 Emerging Showcase – Interested in submitting for the SHOWCASE this year??? Deadline to apply is May 15. Submission instructions at our web site with a link to the application at SUBMITTABLE.COM Pass this info on if you know an artist who you think should apply.


For more information on this years festival 

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Client Page

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Mid Winter Greetings from Falcon Ridge Folk Festival!

Falcon Ridge Festival will begin the count down to their 27th year with their



 THREE DAYS starting TOMORROW- MONDAY, Feb 7th-9th

from 10am to 10pm by phone only.
3 DAY CAMPING ($125)  AND 3 DAY NO CAMP ($90). Call 860 364-0366. Visa & MC accepted.

Callers may purchase up to 8 tix.
Remember also that ALL 3 day tickets  include Pre-fest Thursday entry.
Prices on 3 Day tix go up 15 bucks in March when EARLY BIRD sales begin. Other tix types, single day & teen will be available then.

Please DO NOT CALL before 10AM but def call up to 10PM.

Remember to treat all tix like cash as they are non-refundable

For more information visit falconridgefolk.com

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