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Childsplay Is Everything But That!

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.

Childsplay

Childsplay

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Rhiannon Giddens’ Powerful Voice Must Be Experienced

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 Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens

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.

Jamie Dick, Malcolm Partson, Jason Sypher, Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Rowan Corbett

Jamie Dick, Malcolm Partson, Jason Sypher, Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Rowan Corbett

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A Lively Americana Performance

The Wood Brothers rocked the Somerville Theatre on Friday night!

The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

I had never seen them perform but knew that they play a style of Americana music that I typically love. I’m happy to report that they exceeded my expectations!

The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

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A Wonderful Show By An Ambassador For African Girls

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.

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo

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.

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Shows Announced Over the Past Week

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

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