Carriage House Concerts @ Gore Place

Featuring Classical and Traditional music in a historical, intimate setting.

Carriage House Concerts brings the finest performers of Classical and traditional music to the beautifully restored 1793 Carriage House at Gore Place. Described as “a lovely little music box of a room,” the Carriage Room offers intimacy (capacity 75) and wonderful acoustics (most performances don’t require amplification). Onsite parking is free and the facility is fully accessible. Tickets available online or at the door. Some shows sell-out. Advance tickets suggested.

 



The Moody Street String Band
Traditional Celtic music
Tuesday, June 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
The Moody Street String Band is named after the location of Artisan Violins (99 Moody Street) where the group got it’s start in the mid 1990s under the direction of multi-instrumentalist Jerry Weene. in the intervening years,  they have evolved into one of the regions favorite Celtic ensembles (their Christmas holiday performances at Gore Place regularly sellout). The band combine fiddle, accordion, banjo, mandolin, guitars and bass to make a big, fun, dance-able sound!

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photo Shirely Hunt
Shirley Hunt
Classical music for cello
Tuesday, June 26 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
Praised for her imaginative and inspired performances, American cellist and viola da gamba player Shirley Hunt performs extensively with the nation’s leading period instrument ensembles and in recital as a soloist and chamber musician. 

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John Muratore
Classical music for guitar
Tuesday, July 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
John Muratore’s solo, ensemble and concerto performances have been a part of the Boston and international musical landscape for the past 30 years. The Boston Globe has described him as “a fleet-fingered and musicianly performer whose playing unleashes so many different varieties of tone and color in quick succession…a kind of aural iridescence.” His live performances and recordings have been featured on NPR and on Boston’s Classical 99.5 (WGBH/CRB). The program will display the diversity of the guitar repertoire, with works by Sor, Tárrega, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Barrios, Bertoncini and more.

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Cochran-Wrenn Duo
Classical music for flute and guitar
Tuesday, July 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
The Cochran-Wrenn Duo presents diverse and engaging programs from the vast repertoire for flute and guitar. From Bach to the Tango as well as the players’ original compositions and arrangements, this ensemble strives not only to entertain, but also to challenge the musical expectations of their audience. Through their diligence and thoughtful programming, the Cochran-Wrenn duo maintains high standards of excellence with each new performance.

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The Hoot Owls
Old-Timey music trio
Tuesday, August 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
The Hoot Owls are Celeste Frey, banjo; Ruth Rappaport, quitar and Mark Wholley, fiddle. The Hoot Owls return to Gore Place for a spirited evening of lively hoe-downs, breakdowns, and country songs with great harmonies. Favorites of area farmers’ markets, square dances, and community events, the down-home music they play will have you singing along and dancing in your seats.

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Bill Staines
Folk singer and songwriter
Tuesday, August 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960’s and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was “simply Boston’s best performer”, Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

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Emerald Rae
Singer, songwriter and fiddler
Tuesday, September 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
Boston-based Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae creates a groove-heavy sound reminiscent of old country blended with the intricacy of Celtic fiddle and rocked-up droning accompaniment. Complemented by sultry vocals and introspective lyrics that mirror old folktales, Emerald Rae brings the fiddling-singing combo to a whole new plateau.

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Jamie Balmer
Classical music for guitar
Tuesday, September 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
A dedicated musical collaborator and insightful soloist, guitarist Jamie Balmer has worked for over a decade with Duo Orfeo — a group lauded as “brilliant and wild thinking artists,” and “among the premiere ensembles that is defining 21st-century performance practice.” Notable among Jamie’s work with Duo Orfeo is their 2012 album, I sing the body electric, praised by one reviewer as “a milestone record” and featuring world-premiere arrangements of music by Cage, Satie, Silvestrov, Mompou, and Arvo Pärt, with the latter composer collaborating in the arrangement of his Spiegel im Spiegel for two electric guitars. Jamie’s first solo appearance at Gore Place will feature a program titled The Silence Before Bach, exploring the extended world of J.S. Bach’s solo instrumental music — its antecedents and the contemporary music it has inspired.

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Pajunen/Brynnel Duo
Traditional Scandinavian music
Tuesday, October 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
With deep roots in the Swedish and Finnish folk music traditions, this new duo performs both traditional music from the two countries as well as their original music. Having met at the New England Conservatory, Sara Pajunen and Sunniva Brynnel found an instant musical kinship.

The violin and accordion are sometimes playing like one voice and at other times complementing each other in sympathetic, melodious, and playful ways. Singing in Finnish, Swedish and English, the duo brings to the stage their musical backgrounds and passions.

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Music of the Misty Isles with O’Carolan Etcetera with Michael O’Leary
Irish songs and tunes
Tuesday, November 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Anglo-Irish ensemble, O’Carolan Etcetera, plays toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes. Balladeer Michael O’Leary and his bodhran joins them for laments, lullabies, and love songs for this “Music from the Misty Isles  performance.

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Colleen White and Sean Smith
Tuesday, November 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Colleen White (vocals, whistle, flute) and Sean Smith (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran) are of different generations, but find common ground in their love of the music of Ireland and the UK. Their ever-burgeoning, increasingly eclectic repertoire includes traditional songs and instrumentals as well as material from contemporary singer-songwriters like Kate Rusby, Sean Cooney, Karine Polwart, Steve Tilston and Tommy Sands, presented with pleasing vocal harmonies and solid accompaniment. They’ve performed at Club Passim as part of BCMFest, the Dorchester Irish Heritage Festival, Newton Free Library, St. John’s Coffeehouse (Arlington), Open Book Coffeehouse(Canton) and the BeBop. Check out their website at http://seansmithmusic.webs.com/colleensean.html.

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For information about Carriage House Concert bookings, email  events@goreplace.org