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My Top Ten Shows From a Stellar Music Year

I ‘only’ saw 172 shows last year, which is the lowest number since 2013 (it was late in 2013 that I started this website). Nevertheless, it still made choosing my top ten shows difficult.

As always, I do not include sets from festivals because the energy at a festival adds so much to an artist’s performance that it is unfair to compare festival sets to ‘regular’ shows. This year, however, I make mention of some sets at festivals that were especially fabulous.

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The Newport Folk Festival Added A Number Of Acts I Adore

TheĀ Newport Folk Festival continue its lineup announcements and – as expected – they are winners!

Newport Folk Festival Logo

Newport Folk Festival Trademarked Logo

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An Amazing Start To An Incredible Festival

What an auspicious start to the most incredible music experience I think I have ever had! I have read comments by many who felt that this was the best Newport Folk Festival they have attended, and I am quite inclined to agree. The rainbow over the bay says it all…

Friday's Rainbow

Friday’s Rainbow

One of the most beautiful things about this Festival is hearing bands that become my new favorite band. Of course, there are a number of bands that are my new favorites! The Festival in general, and Jay Sweet in particular, do right by those of us who place our faith in them to find acts we will love.

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Amy Helm’s Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

I did not know what to expect from Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers when I traveled down to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut on Saturday night.

Amy Helm and two of the three Handsome Strangers (Bryon Isaacs on the left, Dan Littleton on the right)

Amy Helm and two of the three Handsome Strangers (Bryon Isaacs on the left, Dan Littleton on the right)

I had only seen Amy once with Ollabelle (a folk band) and really enjoyed her then. This is a very different band, and I love it! Read the rest of this entry

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