Silly me to think that Childsplay is a group of children playing violins, but that is exactly what I thought before sitting down to chat with Bob Childs, violin and viola maker extraordinaire, in advance of Childsplay’s tour this month. I am happy he set me straight about the ensemble as well as the craft of violin making.
Rhiannon Giddens embarked on her first solo tour several months ago. She achieved much success as a co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but her reputation exploded through a couple of projects in which she participated over the last two years: the Another Day, Another Time concert, a celebration of the music that inspired the film Inside Llewyn Davis, and The New Basement Tapes, a collaboration that set newly found Bob Dylan lyrics to music.
Rhiannon mentioned that this show at the Somerville Theatre was originally billed as a Carolina Chocolate Drops show; I would have seen the show either way, but I am glad it was her show.
Angélique Kidjo is not merely a musician; she speaks, through her music, in support of education for African girls – and for girls throughout the world.
What a terrific show Angélique gave us at the Somerville Theatre last Sunday night! Her passion shone through every note she sang and every dance step she took.
This wasn’t a very big week for announcements of new shows. Maybe I should say that not many new shows caught my attention.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The Narrows Center for the Arts – Wednesday, November 20
Roseanne Cash at The Narrows Center for the Arts – Thursday, December 12
Taj Mahal at The Narrows Center for the Arts – Thursday, February 13
Johnny Clegg at Somerville Theatre – Friday, April 4
Joe Bonamassa at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Friday, May 16