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Wamsutta Salon Concerts has been selected for the 2015 Best of New Bedford Awards for Concert Venue.

Salon Concerts at the Wamsutta Club



The gracious mansion built by James Arnold in 1821 provides the perfect setting for our monthly series of traditional music concerts. On the first Saturday of every month except July, performers from around the world present the very best acoustic music from a number of musical traditions, including Celtic, Americana, the Blues, Cajun and Scandinavian.

The concerts are usually unamplified, allowing for a greater degree of intimacy than is afforded in most concert settings.

We believe this format provides an atmosphere that enhances the experience for all. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. (except for the annual "Mississippi in Massachusetts Blues & Barbecue Bash" in August) and all in attendance are invited to repair to the Rounders' Club afterward to share a little food, drink and conversation with the artists. Food and beverage service is also available during the performances.

The Club is located in the heart of New Bedford, at 427 County Street (corner of Union).

Past performers include Danielle Miraglia; Beaucoup Blue; Kim & Reggie Harris; Sherman Lee and The Dillonaires; The Harper & The Minstrel; John Roberts; Cold Chocolate; Beaucoup Blue; Roosevelt Dime; Lauren Sheehan and Dale Robin Goodman.

This season's lineup is as follows:




Sept. 5: Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets are made up of Kevin Harvey, lead vocals & harmonica; David Whyte, electric & acoustic guitars; Neil Elsmore, acoustic & slide guitars; Carl Rufh; upright bass; and James Preimel, drums and percussion.

The band grew out of the lively music scene in Ormstown, Quebec, a town that was once called Durham County. They first performed at the Branches and Roots folk festival in 2011 and soon after released their debut album, "Where the river flows" in 2012, with drummer/producer John McColgan at the helm. In 2014, amidst a busy year of shows, interviews and even some television, their second album, "Chikkaboodah Stew" was released. With plenty of material still to be recorded and the creative juices still flowing, the Poets are forging ahead in hopes of leaving their stamp on Canadian music.

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Oct. 3: Deborah Anne Fisher CD release show

Wepecket artist Deborah Anne Fisher returns to New Bedford to celebrate the release of her first CD on the Wepecket label, "Just A Few Old Memories." If you have been at a Rolling Roots Revue show during the past 18 months you have already had a sneak preview of this remarkably talented singer.

Debbie's repertoire encompasses early country, Pre-war blues, early jazz, jug band tunes and a little bit of Soul.

She will be accompanied by the Wepecket All-Stars band, including Mike Higgins, Don Barry and 'Ragtime' Jack Radcliffe.

Bonnie Delongchamp, who sang harmony on Deb's CD, will also sing a set to open the show.

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Nov. 7: The Jane Rothfield Stringband

Jane Rothfield is an internationally known fiddler, clawhammer banjo player, tune composer, dance musician and band leader. With her husband, Alan Carr, she formed the widely acclaimed Redhen Stringband a few years back. Their CD, "Birds of a Feather" is among Wepecket's finest recordings.

Jane began playing professionally more than 30 years ago, and has made eight recordings featuring her lively, spirited and soulful playing. Whether it be traditional Old Time Stringband and fiddle music, or traditional Scottish songs and tunes, music for contra dances or tight harmony singing, Jane plays from her heart and musical soul with great technique and expression!

Get your tickets early to be assured of a seat.

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Dec. 5: The Harper & The Minstrel
Special annual Holiday show!

The longest-running tradition in our concert series, Jay and Abby Michaels bring us a wonderful mixture of ancient and modern music for the season played on a dazzling array of instruments.

We have sold this show out the last three years.

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March. 5: Cormac McCarthy

with special guest Art Tebbets

Cormac McCarthy made his singing debut on WKRC Radio in Cincinnati, as a three-year old belting out "Davy Crockett" on his father's radio show. He returned to public performance some twenty years later, singing his own compositions with a bit more experience in his voice.

Born in Ohio, but rooted in rural New England since the age of ten, Cormac grew up in towns where the economies teetered on marginal sustenance from logging, and paper and woolen mills. His elementary school had the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in the same room. Though the area was small, his musical influences were not: his father's love for jazz and classical music introduced Cormac to everything from Errol Garner to Beethoven.

It wasn't until his sister made a visit home from college, bringing an armful of recordings of Dylan, Baez, and Eric Anderson, that things clicked musically for McCarthy: he traded his clarinet for a Western Auto guitar, purchasing the Black Diamond strings across the street at the barber shop.

In his own college years, Cormac studied literature and music and took a great liking to the works of James Joyce and Mississippi John Hurt. He spent most of his time reading, playing guitar, and working in the local mills to pay for school. His college roommate, Bill Morrissey, helped encourage Cormac to make his music more public, and a stint of shared local gigs and storytelling marathons ensued. A trip west followed college, as did an array of different jobs including construction worker, truck driver, street singer, and a season as a migrant worker. Through his music Cormac has succeeded in bringing his lyrical magic to some of these rougher edges of life.

Cormac was nominated for both Outstanding Folk/Acoustic Act, and Outstanding Folk/ Acoustic Album by the Boston Music Awards. Cormac's album, Troubled Sleep, helped to kick off the Green Linnet Records' prestigious singer-songwriter Redbird Series devoted to the most creative of this generation's acoustic musicians and songwriters. Troubled Sleep won high praise and some overseas attention in the UK. Cormac was honored to be one of the artists asked to perform in Boston's WUMB Folk Radio 10th Anniversary Celebration. He has been invited 3 times to the stage of the Newport Folk Festival, and twice to appear on NPR's "Mountain Stage" live radio show. A fan favorite and regular at the Hartland Folk Festival, and a frequent special guest to many of the performances by the most popular musicians of the genre, his talents as an o- stage humorist have been well remarked upon over recent years, and gave cause to have him invited to headline for the Night of Humor and Songwriters in Boston's Somerville Theater. Cormac is regarded by fellow musicians and fans alike as one of New England's finest songwriters. He writes and sings of a heartfelt, sometimes funny, sometimes desperate, sometimes glorious world of common people, struggles, hope, relationships, madness, and love. He sings the poetry of real life with a silky baritone voice and just enough grit.

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