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.

 



Ruth Rappaport and Ben Wetherbee
(guitar and fiddle)
Tuesday, January 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
Ruth Rappaport plays traditional American, Irish, and British Isles music. An excellent rhythm guitarist and pianist, she lays down the beat behind some of the best fiddlers, old-time string bands, and other traditional instrumentalists active today. For this show, Ruth teams up with her son, Ben Wetherbee, an exciting fiddler and harmonica player, to perform electrifying Appalachian and Irish music. Hold onto your hats because their music is hard-driving!

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O’Carolan Etcetera
(guitar, flute, fiddle and hurdy-gurdy)
Tuesday, January 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
This fabulous trio of  talented musicians performs The timeless melodies of Turloch O’Carolan. English dance tunes that Jane Austen would have known. Irish jigs and Scottish airs. Reels that set toes a-tapping. Laments, lullabies and love songs from across the Celtic lands. Scots-Irish music transformed into Appalachian Old Time tunes and songs.

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Sylvia Berry and Christopher Belluscio
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
“Across the Pond: Music for Historic Trumpet and Fortepiano”
Mister Harper and Mister Johnson: A re-imagining of a musical soiree like those presented in London by figures such as trumpet virtuoso Thomas Harper and the brilliant pianist Therese Jansen; and Philadelphia native Francis Johnson, an African American trumpeter of such renown that he was invited to London to play for Queen Victoria.
Christopher Belluscio, historic trumpets
Sylvia Berry, Broadwood and Son grand, 1806

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Aallotar
(violin and accordion)
Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
Violinist Sara Pajunen and accordionist Teija Niku perform a wonderful concert of Finnish music. Their lithe instrumentals and beautiful vocal harmonies in both Finnish and English demonstrate how gracefully traditional and modern folk music can speak together. Aallotar has performed throughout the United States and at European festivals, including Kaustinen Folk Music Festival and Sounds of the North in Gdansk, Poland. They released their debut recording ‘In Transit’ in 2014.

“Extra elusive appeal … lightness of touch and melodiousness of repertoire matching the skill of the musicians.” —fRoots.

“Fresh, skillful and imaginative playing.”
-Kansanmusiikki (Finland)

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Sound an Echo
(vocals, violins)
Tuesday, April 24 @ 7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
In Sound an Echo, Rachael Kilgour and Sara Panjunen bridge their distinct yet complementary musical histories within traditional music from their European heritages. Kilgour is an award-winning songwriter whose sincere and lyric-driven work (‘a heartfelt slice of indie folk’ [Billboard]) has been heard at Lincoln Center and The Sundance Film Festival. A classically-trained violinist studying contemporary improvisation at New England Conservatory, Pajunen is a sound artist, composer and an acclaimed progressive practitioner of Nordic folk music with “extra elusive appeal…” (fRoots).

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Elizabeth and Ben Anderson
Tuesday, May 8 @ 7:30pm
$15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with I.D.
Elizabeth and Ben Anderson, a Celtic fiddle and cello duo, has been gaining an enthusiastic following in the Boston area and throughout New England. Blending Scottish tunes with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies, they create a sound rooted in tradition, inspired by the contemporary, and completely original. Check them out on their website www.elizabethandbenanderson.com

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Shirley Hunt
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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Cochran-Wrenn Duo
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
(singers, guitar, banjo and fiddle)
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
(singer, 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, fiddler and songwriter)
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 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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Music of the Misty Isles with O’Carolan Etcetera with Michael O’Leary
(singer, guitar, flute and fiddle)
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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For information about Carriage House Concert bookings, email  events@goreplace.org