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Carriage House Concerts: The Hoot Owls
August 14 at 7:30 pm$10 – $15
Traditional music from The Hoot Owls (Celeste Frey, banjo; Ruth Rappaport, guitar 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.
Ruth has been playing traditional music since her college days. Living in upstate New York, she played piano for contra dances, worked for Bill and Andy Spence at Andy’s Front Hall, and recorded with Michael, McCreesh, & Campbell, John McCutcheon, George Ward, and other folk artists. She moved to Boston in 1979 and became involved in the Irish music scene. By the 1980s she was smitten with old-time music. With her band, The Poodles, she traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Ruth became involved with the current Boston-area old-time music scene several years ago and that’s where she met Celeste. Ruth also plays with her fiddling son, Ben Wetherbee, and her guitar-playing husband, Joe Pete Wetherbee.
Celeste’s love of traditional music began when she was 5 years old, with a 45 rpm recording of The Big Rocky Candy Mountain. In high school, she started playing guitar as accompaniment to her singing. She took up the banjo in 2003 and has been happily immersed in old-time string band music ever since. Celeste was part of the duo Kindred Spirit, a member of Webster Hall, and also one-half of Maguire & Frey. In addition to those traditional music bands, she was also a founding member of the cover band The PCI Compliants. Celeste met Ruth when they both performed as part of The Dixie Buttercups.
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