This series would not be possible at all were it not for the generosity and support of the Whately Congregational Church.

Watermelon Wednesdays

Celebrating 18 Years of the Finest Acoustic Music

At the West Whately Chapel near the intersection of Conway and Williamsburg Roads. (Click for directions)
Nearly all shows are on Wednesdays and begin at 7:30PM. Doors open at 7:15PM, line forms earlier.
Online tickets are highly recommended! There are no refunds within 48 hours of a show.

2017 Schedule:

James Hill and Anne Janelle

Wednesday, May 31

James Hill, “possibly the best ukulele player in the world” (Waikato Times), and Anne Janelle,“a cellist of true beauty” (Ottawa Citizen) are master instrumentalists, singer-songwriters and all-round entertainers of the highest caliber. James is a dazzling live performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour. Anne brings classical training and musicality along with a folk sensibility in songwriting and lovely vocals. Their performances combine a mix of original compositions that instantly seem like old favorites, astonishing interpretations of classic rock tunes, folk, classical, jazz and blues songs that are nothing less than stunning.
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Tim Kliphuis

Wednesday, June 14

Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, regularly on tour with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, Kliphuis is a highly personal and inspiring performer, composer and educator. He has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy. He was awarded the Scottish Jazz Award (International), has collaborated with the Richard Strauss Festival and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and is the curator of the Fifty Fiddles Festival, in Rotterdam’s De Doelen concert hall. This year Tim will be accompanied by French violinist Fiona Monbet, another master of Grappellie style jazz.
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Dara Tucker

Wednesday, June 21

Vocalist and songwriter Dara Tucker is establishing herself as one of the premiere voices in jazz and beyond. From opening for Gregory Porter, to appearing on the Tavis Smiley Show, to winning the silver medal & the Ben Tucker Jazz Award in the prestigious, “American Traditions Competition” (2017), Tucker is making her mark in the world of jazz and beyond with a blend of soul, Americana, Gospel and jazz that is uniquely her own. In the past few years alone, she was named a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition, and won the “Nashville Independent Music Award” for best jazz vocalist. She has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Festival of Arts and Ideas, The Takoma Park Jazz Fest and the iRock Jazz Fest.
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Ivan Milev and Entcho Todorov

Wednesday, June 28

I'm not particularly drawn to the accordion, that is, I didn't used to be until I heard what Ivan did with it. Ivan and Entcho brought the house down three years ago. Yikes! And Entcho matched the accordion with his virtuostic violin (he played the fiddler in the broadway production of the same name!). What a pair! You have to hear this to believe it.
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Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Wednesday, July 12

A Valley and personal favorite, Alasdair and Natalie play fiddle and cello that makes you forget about everything else. Soulful Scottish tunes and beyond that fill the chapel with heavenly sound sprinkled liberally with more fiery sparks from elsewhere.
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Matt Haimovitz

Wednesday, July 19

Matt is back! And this time he's not alone. This time he's bringing a wonderful musician to accompnay him, violinist Lina Bahn, formerly with the Corigliano Quartet. They are going to include an oceanic theme to their repetoire. Anchors away!
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The Seamus Egan Project

Wednesday, July 26

Long-time leader of the legendary Celtic band Solas, Seamus is now leading another Irish soon to be supergroup. Seamus (vocalist and multi-instrumentalist) will be accompanied by Moira Smiley (vocals, piano, banjo), Kyle Sanna (guitar) and another wizard TBA.
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Western Flyers

Wednesday, August 2

The Western Flyers are one of the most exciting new bands to glide onto the music scene in years. Their music is a distinctive cross section of the Great American Songbook: authentic Western swing, hot jazz and swing standards, cowboy songs and electrifying old-time fiddle tunes. Internationally renowned guitar master Joey McKenzie drives the train with his powerful rhythm, while reigning National Swing Fiddle champion Katie Glassman and world-class upright bassist Gavin Kelso add fuel to the fire. A blending of tradition and innovation, The Western Flyers are a singular musical experience; a fresh take on a venerable American art form performed by three virtuosos of the genre.
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Molly Tuttle

Wednesday, August 16

Just in case you haven't yet heard of Molly, think Gillian Welch or a young Emmylou Harris, then add a more Bluegrass flavor and a guitar virtuosity that's been compared to Chet Atkins, and you've got the Molly Tuttle. She'll be with her band (as if she needed more musical fire-power!). This is one of these wonderful groups that is on the fast-track up, but has not yet won too many grammys to be out of reach...though that will come quickly I'm sure.
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Upstate Rubdown

Wednesday, Aug 23

Music and fun go together and nowhere goes together better with this high energy band from upstate NY. Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage. The band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender.
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Walsh, Gordy, Trischka

Wednesday, Sep 13

Our second "annual" mini-Americana-Trad-Roots "festival." Ok, it's an evening concert in the chapel, but it's growing, and I'm not sure where it's going to stop. One thing I know right now is that the core currently consists of Joe K. Walsh (mando and vocals), Grant Gordy (guitar), and one of my favorite performers and pretty good banjo player (ok, he's actually legendary and iconic!) Tony Trischka. Stay-tuned as this rich yeast of muscial talent may grow considerably before their gig. This is the way a season should end...with a bang, not a whimper!
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