Watermelon Wednesdays 2013
At the West Whately Chapel near the intersection of Conway and Williamsburg Roads
(Click HERE for directions. All shows begin at 7.30 pm. Online Tix highly recommended and will be available soon!)


Adaskin Trio: has won over audiences internationally with exuberant and stirring performances. Their playing has been hailed for "vigor, precision and stylistic certitude" (Charleston Gazette) as well as "spontaneity, intensity and charm" (Peninsula Review) and the Boston Globe praised them for "directing the listener to the heart of the matter." Formed in 1994, the trio performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has appeared at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and in Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara and Chicago. In addition, the trio's concerts have been regularly recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, and National Public Radio. Online Tix June 12
Red June: Red June is a powerful acoustic trio from Asheville, North Carolina performing beautifully distilled original American music. They are making waves with their dynamic, yet refined sound that features striking three-part harmonies, tasteful instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting that seamlessly blends bluegrass, old-time, country and American roots music. Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences across the country and has performed at the renowned Music City Roots live radio show in Nashville, TN as well as Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Suwannee Springfest and the 25th anniversary MerleFest. Online Tix July 3
Della Mae: In a relatively short period of time, this group has become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create music that's unmistakably fresh and contemporary. Bluegrassy but much more; think Avett Brothers, Lumineers, and Punch Brothers; think (and come hear!) Della Mae. Online Tix July 10
Tim O'Brien: In Tim O'Brien's music, things come together. The uncanny intersection of traditional and contemporary elements in his songwriting, his tireless dedication to a vast and still-expanding array of instruments, and his ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible has made him a key figure in today's thriving roots music scene and well beyond it. O'Brien's presence be it as a bandleader, songwriter, mentor, instrumentalist, or vocalist has been strongly felt not only in his own rich music, but in the many recordings of his songs by such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, the New Grass Revival, and the Seldom Scene, and in his recorded collaborations with Steve Martin, the Chieftains, and innumerable others. Tim's album Fiddler's Green won the 2005 Grammy for best traditional folk album. He's twice been voted best male vocalist by the International Bluegrass Mucis Association. His band, Hot Rize, won the IBMA's best band award. Online Tix July 17
Hot Club of Cowtown: Texas Swing comes to West Whately. Austin trio Hot Club Of Cowtown sounds like it's spent the last 40 years in tiny rural clubs. The group's old-fashioned mixture of Western swing and hot jazz leaves all the irony at home, and what's left is a refreshingly sweet-natured, accomplished, old-school treat, mixing the perky rhythms of swing masters like Bob Wills with the European gypsy music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Online Tix July 24
Nic Gareiss, Maeve Gilchrist, Cleek Schrey, & Joran Tice. This will be quite a night of variations of traditional and neotraditional music and dance. Maeve is a Watermelon favorite and one of the world's leading harpist in the Celtic tradition. Cleek Schrey is a traditional Irish fiddler and pianist, as well as an accomplished step-dancer, from Charlottesville, Virginia. Nic is a percussive movement artist and has performed with The Chieftains, Dervish, Grada, Beoga, Teada, FIDIL, Le Vent du Nord, Genticorum, Dr. Anthony Barrand, Liz Carroll, Frankie Gavin, Martin Hayes, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Tim O'Brien and Alasdair Fraser. Jordan Tice has, or will have, played guitar (especially of the Bluegrass tint) with everybody before much longer. Online Tix Aug 21
Bruce Molsky with Paula Bradley: In addition to a prolific solo career, performing on fiddle, guitar, and banjo, Molsky frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers Four, and Mozaik, with Hungarian Nikola Parov, and Celtic giant Donal Lunny. He was on Nickel Creek's farewell tour, and performs in a trio with Scottish fiddler Aly Bain and Sweden's great Ale Moller. "America's reigning old time fiddler," says Matt Glaser, fiddler-educator. "The Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddle," says Darol Anger, fiddler. "There's an incredible power of history and tradition in his vocals," Linda Ronstadt, singer. Paula Bradley is known for her driving guitar style, rhythmic clawhammer banjo and banjo ukulele playing, and strong vocals, as well as for her accomplished flatfoot dancing, she recently toured as the banjoist for the celebrated all-girl string band Uncle Earl. She also plays piano and sings with the NE-based honky tonk band "Girl Howdy". Online Tix Aug 28
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: Special note as of 8/19/13: This show has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be refunded. Very sorry about this! Online TixSep 4
Karrin Allyson: Four-time Grammy nominee for jazz vocalist returns to the chapel for her third time. She takes phrasing, poise, and feeling to the highest level. Allyson sings in English, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish. The songs she performs are drawn from a variety of genres, including bossa nova, blues, bebop, samba, jazz standards, and other jazz modalities, and also ballads, pop standards, the Great American Songbook, soft rock, and folk rock. Allyson has 13 albums to her name. She's another reason why I feel so lucky to produce these concerts. It's always a special and memorable evening to hear this consummate artist. Online TixSep 11
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: Fraser's richly expressive playing transports listeners across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically-styled airs, raucous dance tunes, and improvisations based on traditional themes. His vast repertoire spans several centuries of Scottish music and includes his own compositions, which blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge musical explorations. He has performed with Itzhak Perlman, the Chieftans, and many, many more artists of the highest caliber. In this event he will be joined by cellist Natalie Haas. Haas, a Juilliard grad, has toured with Mark O'Connor, Solas, and Natalie McMaster. Natalie has appeared in over fifty albums. She has been touring with Alasdair for over twelve years. Their album, Fire & Grace, won Scottish folk album of the year in 2004. Online TixSep 19 (Thursday!)
Sweetback Sisters: The Sweetback Sisters are back for their third Watermelon Wednesday appearance and the season finale. They describe themselves as a "renegade, retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk." All I know is that they're great entertainers and musicians, and the audience always leaves their shows happy!Online TixSep 25

Advanced tickets are available at online; see links above. A few tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show; however, it is strongly recommended that you buy advance tix online. For more information call Paul Newlin at 413-665-3741. Note: the facility is now fully air-conditioned!!!


Thanks also to Jim Olsen and Flora Reed of Signature Sounds for their assistance. This series is made possible in part by a grant from the Whately and Masschusetts Cultural Councils Thanks also to our friends at the Luthiers Co-op in Easthampton Florence Savings Bank has also graciously provided support for the series. This series would not be possible at all were it not for the generosity and support of the Whately Congregational Church.
Massachusetts Cultural Council Luthiers' Co-op Florence Savings Bank