Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead Marblehead, MA
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All You Need is Love
Fans of British Invasion era pop music, young and old alike, will be thrilled that the Unitarian Univeralist Church of Marblehead is once again hosting a benefit concert that will include Beatles music galore. "All You Need is Love" features eleven different acts all playing their own unique takes on Beatles songs. This year's show is on Saturday, June 14 at the UU Church of Marblehead on 28 Mugford Street. Part of the proceeds from this concert will go directly to a special fund to send musicians into local schools for workshops and concerts as well as to benefit programs at the UU church. The show is at 7:30 p.m.
The music of Birdsong at Morning, with its themes of self-discovery and reinvention, is initiated by Alan Williams, a man with a few reinventions of his own. Alan grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and was heavily influenced by the Beatleslearning to play their songs at an early age. Birdsong at Morning is an ever-evolving chamber-folk-pop ensemble that features Alan's songs. He promises some obscure Beatles songs
Berklee College of Music songwriting professor, Susan Cattaneo, is bringing her country-influenced Americana style to the benefit. Susan's as much at home in an acoustic setting as she is with a rocking full band. Susan's album Little Big Sky was nominated for this year's Best Country Album at this year's Independent Music Awards. Her latest album, Haunted Heart, shows what one critic calls a new 'swagger and sway.'
Salem's Julie Dougherty is an incredibly talented fixture on the North Shore music scene. Her latest CD, The Land of Dreams, has won rave reviews. Julie's solo renditions of her music are haunting and beautiful. Julie's versatile compositions have been interpreted equally well in the most intimate coffee houses and on large festival stages. Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary) says of Julie: "I don't know anybody that can pull folk, jazz and funk together like you!"
Multiple award-winning songwriter, Barbara Kessler, is another New England treasure. She's won Kerrville New Folk and a Boston Music Award for Best Acoustic Music Debut. Barbara took some time off to raise a family and has recently jumped right back into the music scene with an album called What You Keep. One critic says of Kessler: "What puts her over the top is her voice. A smoothly subtle and sometimes jazzy, versatile soprano full of surprises."
Kirsten and Dave also play regularly on the North Shore. Dave Simmons is known for his impeccable guitar playing while Kirsten Manville is known for her considerable vocal talents as well as some mighty impressive flute playing. Kirsten and Davie swap off melodies and harmonies as they play their original and cover tunes. They have many decades of performing experience between them and have been playing together since 2002.
Hailed for her "pure" and "sweet" singing style as well as for her haunting compositions, Molly Pinto-Madigan won first place in the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest for "Bound Away" and was recently named "Artist of the Year" as well as "Singer/Songwriter of the Year" at Salem State University, her alma mater. Since her debut as the lead singer for the teen bluegrass band, Jaded Mandolin, Madigan has submerged herself in all kinds of traditional and contemporary music and has recorded a CD entitled Outshine the Dusk.
None of the Above (NOTA) is an eclectic a cappella group who are celebrating 10-plus years of music-making and camaraderie. NOTA performs a mix of early polyphony, cutting-edge modern harmony, familiar folk song, uplifting spirituals, catchy pop tunes, and lush standards and will be singing some of their favorite Beatles songs for this event. NOTA has won multiple cultural council grants for their diverse programming and took third place in one of the popular Boston Regional Harmony Sweeps.
Scrambled Eggs (Mike Birch, Grady Moates, Lin Sprague, and Kevin Wall) have perfected their well-crafted harmonies and spot-on interpretations of Beatles songs. They have pretty much become the Beatles Benefit house band. Their enthusiasm and spirit are infectious. This year they will be performing the songs made famous by the Beatles on their Ed Sullivan debut fifty years ago!
Jake Bernstein and Ronan Canty are Semi-Aquatic Rodent. Jake and Ronan go to school together in Brookline, MA and have been playing music in one form or another since they met in 2009. The name Semi-Aquatic rodent came from the Wikipedia description of one of their favorite animals, the Europen watervole, When they're not playing music, they spend their time in school, at the occasional job, and working to collaboratively write an encyclopedia for a created world they call The Mythos.
T Max, is the publisher/ editor of New England's longest running music magazineThe Noise. He's also a performer of the one-man folk-rock opera called Why Do We Go to War? and the composer and performer of Shake, a musical story about man's disregard for the earth's well being. He can often be seen in the audience at the me&thee in his capacity as music reviewer and he's looking forward to giving back to the community and singing some Beatles songs for us.
The Whiskey Boys are a Boston based modern bluegrass and Americana band led by Berklee graduate, David Delaney. They have opened for many national acts such as Lori McKenna and the four-time Grammy nominated country artist, Trace Adkins. The band has played at literally dozens of music festivals up and down the East coast. They recently released their third album, Time Machine, displays the artistic development of the band and further builds The Whiskey Boys reputation as an exciting and powerful voice in today's Americana music scene.
Everyone is welcome to come out on Saturday, June 14 to support the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead as well as all of these wonderful musicians who have donated their talent and their valuable time on a "gig night" to help with this benefit .Tickets are available on the church website: www.uumarblehead.org. at Spirit of 76 Bookstore, Arnould's Gallery or at the door. Adults: $20, Children $5 or Family package: $45. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening. Contributions can also be made out to UUCM and sent directly to the church at 28 Mugford Sreet, Marblehead, MA 01945.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead (View)
28 Mugford St.
Marblehead, MA 01945