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AMAZING DUO NIGHT: Bird Mancini/ John and Rachel Nicholas at Tremedal
First Parish UU in Watertown
Watertown, MA
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AMAZING DUO NIGHT: Bird Mancini/ John and Rachel Nicholas at Tremedal

..a cosmopolitan fusion...pop music in the most adventurous, inclusive
sense of the term." -THE BOSTON GLOBE

"A dynamic duo with wailing vocals and a soul-filled, throw-down,
hoe-down, acoustic blue-ness with rocky roots and captivating harmonies."

"Mesmerizing guitarstellar vocalsBird Mancini is clearly on to something
-Doug Sloan, Metronome Magazine

BIRD MANCINI, Boston's accordion/guitar rock duo, have released their 4th
CD,  "Tuning In/Tuning Out" on Second Story Records.  Their previous CD,
"Funny Day", received great reviews and featured their eclectic and at
times a bit psychedelic acoustic rock pop style with lush vocal
arrangements. In recent years they've done a West Coast Tour and performed
for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, New York and in
Liverpool UK at The Cavern Club.

Along with critical acclaim and an ASCAP/Boston Music Award nomination,
Bird Mancini were twice named among the Top 10 Year's Best by New
England's Metronome Magazine. They've opened for Leon Russell, David
Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman,
Jonathan Edwards, James Montgomery, Mighty Sam McClain and the
Pousette-Dart Band. The duo performs occasionally with Boston rock legend,
Sal Baglio of The Stompers, and the traveling troubadours known as Urban
Caravan in a variety of acoustic venues.

Gospel choirs in country churches and Kansas City blues and swing were
Ruby Bird's early upbringing, while Billy Carl Mancini cut his
guitar-playing teeth on high school rock and roll bands covering songs by
60's greats like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Stones.
Mix it all together and you get two high-spirited lead singers,
blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, a variety of percussion, bells
and whistles that is the Bird Mancini duo. Add a plethora of talented
musician friends acquired over the years, and you get energetic recordings
with an astonishingly colorful palette--Indie-Music.com says, "It's so
refreshing to hear such great variety on every single track and with such
consistency and quality." As AllMusic.com puts it, "Bird Mancini is likely
to please a wide array of listeners."

A You Tube clip you must not miss:   http://youtu.be/mcaKKInx-8c

The mysterious workings of Fate and the Muses had a hand in bringing RACHEL MACIAS AND JOHN NICHOLAS together. Born and raised on opposite coasts they were brought together through music in Santa Barbara, California. They were married in 1979 and wherever their path together has taken them  from California to New York City to New England  music and their love for each other has been a constant in their lives.

While living in southeastern Massachusetts in the late 1980's they began focusing on the intimacy of an acoustic sound which they have pursued with a steady passion. Originating as a trio with pianist Chris LoCascio, they called themselves 'dreamwork' and began performing at many of the region's coffeehouses.

They have shared the stage with Chris Smither, Barbara Kessler, Les Sampou, Mary Gauthier, Aztec Two Step, Paul Sullivan of the Paul Winter Consort, Ronnie Gilbert, Rod MacDonald and many others.

Their lyrical songs are an eclectic brew highlighted by soulful singing and harmonies that attain a magical alchemy. On stage there is a synergy between them that is palpable. With their voices, they create an intimate atmosphere where the exquisite beauty of life in all its contradictions is felt through the medium of song.


First Parish UU in Watertown (View)
35 Church St.
Watertown, MA 02472
United States


Music > Americana

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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