Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.

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notloB Music Presents...

Julian Pinelli, Ethan Setiawan and Noah Harrington 
Wednesday, November 25, 7:30pm  (cafe opens at 6:00pm)
Arts at the Armory Cafe
191 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
Suggested donation $5-10 (cash)

Don't be a turkey, bring visiting out-of-town family, friends and fiends to Arts at the Armory's cafe and show them some rising Berklee talent!

On Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30pm the notloB Music concert series will team up once again with Arts at the Armory to present a special performance, this time by rising Berklee Colllege of Music students Julian Pinelli, Ethan Setiawan, and Noah Harrington.

Julian Pinelli - - first began playing violin at age 4, and soon after began playing bluegrass and fiddle tunes with his father. As a young teenager, Julian became serious about music as a career. Since then, discoveries and pursuits have ranged from intense classical studies, to the expressive world of jazz and improvising, as well as many fiddle and folk traditions. The Appalachian music surrounding Julian’s home in Asheville NC has been central to his musical upbringing. In addition to gigging and playing in various bluegrass and folk bands, the most developmental experiences have been the countless hours of jamming and learning from fellow musicians. Julian is currently a 3rd semester student at Berklee College of Music where he studies jazz violin among other styles and skillsets. 

Julian’s passion for music is rooted in its emotional impact, and the power it has to transcend reality and unify people. Overall, Julian strives to be at the forefront of musical innovation and create down-to-earth music that respects existing musical traditions while staying fresh at the cutting edge. 

Ethan Setiawan is a mandolinist from Goshen, Indiana. Before turning 18, he managed to participate in Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar, was awarded a full ride scholarship to Berklee School of Music, performed on NPR syndicate Prairie Home Companion and won the 2014 National Mandolin Championship. While he started on cello in third grade, he was drawn to the mandolin after getting bored learning ukulele. Soon after, Ethan was traveling around the country going to mandolin and music instructional events such as the Mandolin Symposium, the Swannanoa Gathering and the Berklee 5-Week Summer Performance Program. Though Ethan is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he took lessons from jazz mandolinist Don Stiernberg through high school. Other artists he’s studied with include Clarice Assad, Bela Fleck, Julian Lage, Daniel Hope, and Mike Marshall. He’s performed with such diverse artists as the Steel Wheels, the Don Stiernberg Trio and Andy Hatfield (2011 International Guitar Champion, 2013 National Mandolin Champion), as well as having taught mandolin at TG School of Music in Goshen, Indiana. 

Noah Harrington is an award-winning acoustic and electric bassist originally from Lexington, MA, currently studying at The Berklee College of Music. He plays a wide range of styles, but fell in love with jazz soon after picking up the bass at the age of 10. He has studied with such luminaries as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Dave Holland and (currently) John Lockwood. An experienced bandleader, Noah founded the Scarlett//Harrington big band with fellow Berklee student Dean Scarlett, and frequently performs with a range of small ensembles at dances, weddings, house parties, festivals, and musicals. His musical repertoire encompasses Jazz, Rock, Brazilian, and Acoustic Roots music. 

Noah was named Outstanding Unamplified Bassist at the 2015 “Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition,” leading the competition’s “Overall Most Outstanding Rhythm Section.” He was twice named outstanding soloist at the Charles Mingus High School Jazz competition, and was one of 16 musicians nationwide invited to participate in the 2015 Savannah Acoustic Music Festival workshop. 

His musical influences include Ray Brown, Charlie Haden, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. He’s known for creating meaningful and energetic music, while staying in the pocket and focused on the groove. 

This is the sixth concert of the notloB Music’s current season presented at this venue. As we did at our long-running Loring-Greenough concert series, admission is by free-will donation. General admission $5-10 cash.

"Flutterby Ridge" Julian Pinelli and Friends (not Ethan and Noah, but equally talented)

Flynn Cohen, accompanied by Dylan Foley
Thursday, December 3
Carriage House of Violins
1039 Chestnut Street, Newton Upper Falls

Join us for an intimate evening of music with multi-time notloB alumnus Flynn Cohen, accompanied by 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Dylan Foley, who will be playing original and traditional music from Flynn's solo albums.

Acoustic Guitarist Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He can be seen in concert with the American folk band LOW LILY (formerly known as Annalivia), and legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, as well as solo and duo shows playing music from his four solo albums. 

Flynn has also performed with Ruth Moody, Halali, The Sevens, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Ferrel, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Brian Wicklund, Tony Watt and Southeast Expressway, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Gail Davies, Jilly Martin, Malibu Storm, Bruce MacGregor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Mark Simos, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Revels, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others.

He studied Music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and at Mills College in Oakland, California and now teaches in the Music Deptment at Keene State College in New Hampshire, as well as The Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts.

A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan was a student of the great Rose Flanagan (the original fiddler in Cherish the Ladies) and counts Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Mike McHale, and Monsignor Charlie Coen among his primary influences. He is a vibrant stylist whose playing has been called “impeccable and spirited.” Dylan has performed at Lincoln Center, Joanie Madden’s Folk N’ Irish Cruise, Austin Celtic Festival, at Gracie Mansion for NYC Mayor Bloomberg, on Jay Unger’s Dancing On the Air show on WAMC, also Foley has been featured on Irish Television channels RTE and TG4’s fleadh programme. At age 12, Dylan made an appearance on the HBO special “The Music In Me”. Wiithe the help of Irish Aid, In january 2013, Foley travelled with Dr. Mick Moloney (NYU Ethnomusicologist and Folklorist) to Vietnam in order to bring Irish music, song, dance and culture to those who were effected by Agent Orange and other Vietnam War atrocities. Dylan also performed with Mick Moloney, Joanie Madden, Bobby Hicks, Matt Molloy and Sharon Shannon.

He has also taught and performed at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, CCE MAD week and Elkins Irish Week. In March 2012, Foley released his debut solo album, “Hup!” featuring Brendan Dolan (piano) and Josh Dukes. Dylan, in March 2013 recorded an album with a stunning quartet, “The Yanks” made up of Isaac Alderson, Dan Gurney and Sean Earnest. Their album has been called “Outrageously good… This new Yanks album is a brilliant debut that features some of the best young trad players you’ll find anywhere.”- The Irish Echo. They are now touring frequently around the US. Now, at the age of 22, Foley teaches privately, plays concerts, sessions and celli’s around the greater NY area. “One the finest Irish fiddlers of his generation.” – Brian Conway

Tickets ($20 first two rows; $15 general admission, $10 early bird seniors and students (qty limited). 

Neighbor Girl, Deadstring Ensemble

DYLAN FOLEY Senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion in 2014. Tunes: Billy McComiskey/The Abbeyleix Reel.

Darol Anger and The Furies: On A Winter's Night

Friday, December 4, 8:00pm

Unity Somerville
6 William Street
Somerville, Massachusetts
(5 blocks north of Davis Square)

Darol Anger (5-string fiddle and mandocello) | Emy Phelps (guitar and vocals) | Mairi Chaimbeul (harp and vocals) | Ethan Jodziewicz (bass)

notloB Music's Fall music series continues with a return to a well-loved space, Unity Somerville, where we presented two dozen concerts between 2009 and 2013. We will celebrate our return with one our favorite ensembles, Darol Anger and The Furies, who we have presented twice, not to mention having worked with Darol on at least five other occasions involving star artists from his galaxy such as Rushad Eggleston, Joe Walsh, Sharon Gilchrist, Maeve Gilchrist and Grant Gordy. We're really looking forward to this one!

Acoustic Music legend Darol Anger joins rising singer-songwriter Emy Phelps in organizing some of the country's best young string musicians in a multigenerational musical experience focusing on the spirit of Midwinter and the turning of the year. 
Darol's experience with holiday shows from Windham Hill through Newgrange to Yulegrass, his quirky humor, and his genius for organizing exciting bands will be utilized at full bore. Living in the Boston area, Darol has been a mentor to some of the most exciting and phenomenal young musicians in the world. In the Furies, these powerful presences are brought into synchronization and orbit around Anger’s vision and that unmistakable violin voice. The result is mythical, magical, musical mayhem. Special guests, family and friends will undoubtedly make appearances.

Darol Anger is a legendary and influential fiddle guru, who has spent over four decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and all other music. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and generous humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.

Emy Phelps is a standout artist in a large field, a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. A muscian of note in the Pacific Northwest, she has made a 30 year music career while raising 3 sons and one daughter, achieving degrees in Theatre Arts and Special Education.

Màiri Chaimbeul is a young harpist/composer, born and brought up as a Gaelic speaker on the Isle of Skye in the North-West of Scotland. She has toured throughout the UK and in Europe as well as the USA, including the Celtic Connections Festival, The Edinburgh International Harp Festival, and Zakir Hussain's Pulse of the World Festival, London 2012. She participated in the prestigious Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia, in 2013 & 2014, working with Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and Darol Anger. She currently studies at Berklee.

The Furies have added, for these shows, the spectacular young bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, who completed study at Curtis Institute with Edgar Meyer. Ethan is one of the most virtuosic and versatile bassists anywhere, and is now helping to revolutionize the bass' role in American String Music, appearing all over the US with Sierra Hull and the band Mr Sun.

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Tickets  Premium (first three rows) $20; General admission $15; Early bird seniors and students $10 (qty limited).

Darol and Emy with prior Furies.

The Freewheel Trio & Bronwyn Keith-Hynes and Matt Witler 
Monday, December 7, 7:30pm (cafe opens at 6)
Arts at the Armory Cafe
191 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
Suggested donation $5-15.


notloB Music's Fall music series continues at the intimate (50 seat) cafe at the Somerville Armory, presenting in a return engagement several notloB veterans.

The Freewheel Trio is a contemporary string band based out of Denver, Colorado. Through shared experiences in the bluegrass, old-time, classical, and American jazz traditions, the Freewheel Trio approaches both original and traditional music with the weight of this varied musical background behind their creative process. The trio is committed to versatility, both in their approaches to the performance of their instruments, and with the musical traditions they explore as a group. This versatility fosters a close connection with audiences and a unique style from a familiar instrumentation.

Joe D'Esposito is a violinist and composer from Long Island, NY, and is currently based out of Denver, CO. Playing and performing violin from a young age brought him to Ithaca, NY to study with Susan Waterbury as well as to complete a degree in music education. Joe has performed in both the contemporary string band setting and the classical setting across the U.S. Through his involvement in music, Joe hopes to foster a more equitable music education system, and a personal connection with his audiences.

Mike Robinson is a guitarist, composer and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. Although often referred to as a bluegrass musician, Mike comes from a very diverse background of jazz and various styles of the American music canon. In addition to the Freewheel Trio, he is currently a member of the Brooklyn folk group, The Leeway, and Colorado based progressive acoustic group Taarka. 

Andrew Ryan is a bassist and composer who makes his home in Denver, CO, where he contributes to the thriving jazz, classical, and acoustic music scenes. A gripping performer and sensitive collaborator, his playing stresses the versatility and personality of the double bass. 


Bronwyn Keith‐Hynes is a Boston-based musician originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16, she graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Her playing, improvising, and writing are informed by her past five years of intense immersion in the Boston acoustic music scene and time spent studying traditional Irish and Cape Breton music before moving to Boston. Bronwyn has performed with Peter Rowan, The Milk Carton Kids, Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug and Tony Trischka. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS. In 2014, Bronwyn also was selected to attend the prestigious Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah GA, where she was one of sixteen students to participate in a groundbreaking new program of intense study with such notable acoustic musicians as Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, Casey Driessen and more. 

Matt Witler grew up in Los Angeles, California. Starting on the fiddle at the age of nine, Matt fell in love with old time and bluegrass music. At the age of 14 he picked up the mandolin and began to study music in earnest. Under the guidance of teacher Evan Marshall, he learned the fundamentals of mandolin playing, improvisation, and musical interpretation. While Matt is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, he has explored and been influenced by Jazz, classical, and pop music. In 2010, he moved to Boston and began studying at the Berklee College of Music. While there he had the opportunity to study with many great musicians including John McGann, Darol Anger, Julian Lage, Andy Statman, Mike Compton, and Tim O'Brien. In 2012 Matt won first place in both the mandolin, and flatpick guitar contests at Rockygrass bluegrass festival. Matt is currently based in Boston and is a founding member of The Lonely Heartstring Band, a progressive bluegrass group that has been performing around North America for the past two years.

Reservations are strongly suggested, our cafe artists have been performing to full houses.

Wrong is Right and Morgan Weidinger and Friends 

Wednesday, December 9, 7:30pm (cafe opens at 6)
Arts at the Armory Cafe
191 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
Suggested donation $5-15.

notloB Music's Fall music series continues at the intimate (50 seat) cafe at the Somerville Armory, presenting in a return engagement of Wrong is Right, and newcomer Morgan Weidinger 

Wrong Is Right is the blend of mandolin, fiddle and upright bass, played by Jake Howard, Sumaia Jackson and Mike Gaisbacher respectively. These three vibrant players and tune-writers met through a love of roots music at Berklee College of Music. Bringing backgrounds in many American roots music styles with combined skill and finesse on their instruments, Wrong Is Right is carving a path through the contemporary acoustic scene. With driving groove and elegant melodic interpretation, they explore the converging aspects of Bluegrass, Jazz and other roots music. Their poise and witty personalities bring their music to life.

Born and raised in the great bluegrass state of Ohio and currently residing in Boston, Jake attends school at the Berklee College of Music. With a background in Bluegrass music, he now studies Jazz and other roots music since beginning his studies at Berklee. Most of Jake’s free time is spent tuning his mandolin, and also is sometimes seen playing the mandolin.

Sumaia began studying classical music in California at the tiny age of 5. About eight years into her studies she was captivated by Irish and Scottish fiddle music. In 2012, she began studying at Berklee College of Music where she has since branched out into Old Time fiddle music, Bluegrass and Jazz. She plays all this, sometimes on a fiddle with five strangs, also on one of them ones with four strangs.

Sometimes known as “MAN WITH CELLO”, Mike plays the bass and also lives in Boston having graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since arriving in Boston in 2013, he has broadened his playing to include The Jazz, The Bluegrass, and Old-time roots music. Mike enjoys long walks on the beach and sunsets.

Morgan Weidinger is a St. Louis-born violinist who also plays piano, guitar, and sings. Although Morgan's initial training emphasized classical music, she now performs her own songs and creative covers. In 2015 she hopes to incorporate wireless sound and Ableton in her live performance. Morgan sings while she plays her violin, sometimes looping the guitar underneath. 

Morgan made her Carnegie Hall debut on the violin at age 14 as a member of her high school Symphonic Orchestra and performed at Alice Tully Hall in 2012. Over the last three years, she has studied with rock violinist Adam DeGraff, revolutionary 6-string violinist Tracy Silverman, and Berklee fiddle Professor Darol Anger.

In 2013, Morgan was accepted to Berklee College of Music with a full-tuition scholarship to study Performance and begin the next stage of her career. She performs year-round as a solo and featured musician in Boston and St. Louis. 
And friends? You'll have to come to find out!

Reservations are strongly suggested, our cafe artists have been performing to full houses.

notloB Music's concerts are presented in several unique listening room environments throughout greater Boston.
notloB's latest (Fall, 2015) and most unique venue is Gregorian Oriental Rugs
2284 Washington St, Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462 (seating capacity 60, more if patrons sit on the piled rugs, which we think are the best seats in the house). Scott Gregorian loves community and arts-oriented events. So much so he has opened his store to community organizations and area producers. Earlier this year Gregorian listed his performance space in a registry run by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, where it was found by notloB Music. “The Massachusetts Cultural Council provides a service named “SpaceFinder Mass”, a kind of a dating match site where people having venues can share them with producers and artists and producers and artists can search for performance venues” explained Boudreau, who serves on the Arlington Cultural Council. “As we generally do not use artificial sound reinforcement, I was immediately attracted to Gregorian Rug’s brick and stone interior and vaulted ceiling. The piles of gorgeous oriental rugs was the clincher, so we reached out to Scott. Within days we had met in person, discussed the possibilities and agreed to a Fall series.” The rest, as they say, is, or will be, history.

Unity Somerville
, 6 William Street, Somerville (5 blocks north of Davis Square, 175 seats). notloB has been presenting at Unity since 2009. Past acts presented include Spider John Koerner, The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, Malinky, Lissa Schneckenburger Band featuring Ari and Mia Friedman, Jeremy Kittel Band (featuring Tristan Clarridge, Simon Chrisman and Bodek Janke), Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band, Long Time Courting, Folk Arts Quartet, Guy Mendilow Band, The Bee Eaters, Tornado Rider, Paul Geremia & Jaime Brockett, to name a few. 

Carriage House Violins of Johnson String Instruments,1039 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, near the intersection of Rt.9 and I-95/Rt. 128, a 15 minute walk from Eliot Street T station (Green line D (Riverside)). The space seats 50. 
"Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument is a full-service violin shop, offering a wide array of both fine antique instruments and modern instruments by today’s best makers. Owned by Adam Johnson, son of Johnson String Instrument founders Roger and Carol Johnson, Carriage House Violins and Johnson String Instrument make up the east coast’s largest, most comprehensive violin shop. Carriage House Violins was founded in 2005 by Christopher Reuning, of Reuning & Son Violins. In November 2013, Johnson String Instrument assumed ownership of Carriage House Violins, to better serve the growing customer base of both firms. The merger offered an expanded inventory of first-class instruments while retaining the high caliber of personalized service loyal Carriage House Violins customers have come to expect. Carriage House Violins offers every serious stringed instrument player a lifetime of opportunity, convenience, service and support."
Shows are open to all ages.
MBTA: Riverside green line to Eliot, then walk about 3/4 mile (not recommended during the Winter months).
Handicap accessible

Arts at the Armory
(191 Highland Ave., Somerville, 50 and 300 seats). notloB's other new (Fall 2015) venue is actually two spaces in one. The intimate cafe serves coffee, teas and pastries as well as beer and wine; the larger theater seats up to 300. 
Free parking in the back lot and on street.
MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line, or take either the 88 or 90 bus from Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get there from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) via the 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
Bicycle: The Armory is four blocks (down Lowell Street) from the Somerville Community Path.

Outpost 186
, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge (35 seats) served as the home of the former Lord Geoffrey Presents rising Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory rising talent series and continues that series.
"OUTPOST 186 is a new arts, media and performance space at 186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge. Outpost 186 hosts several ongoing series of experimental & improvised music performances, multi-media events, poetry readings and film, seven days a week, as well as periodic art exhibits. Open during scheduled shows or by appointment." Shows are open to all ages.
MBTA: several bus routes serve Inman Square, or take the red line to Central Square and walk 4 blocks.
Sorry, Outpost 186 is not handicap accessible.

For questions and further information, please do NOT contact the venues. Send an email to notlobreservations at gmail dot com.

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notloB Recommends

This image comes to us from Mary Burdette, one of notloB's mentors and inspirations. If you a piano or bass player who is interested in improving your backup skills, we highly recommend Skip Gorman's CAMP BACKUP!

We also recommend the Reiner Family's "Fiddle Hell", November 6-8 in Westford

Earlier today we recommended Skip Gorman's upcoming camp - see Two thumbs up for Skip Gorman's CAMP BACKUP!
In fairness, we have been tangentially involved with the Reiner Family's "Fiddle Hell" from practically the beginning, some ten years ago. So in all fairness we must also recommend it, which, unfortunately if you wanted to attend both, run the same weekend..." Read on.

notloB News

Support notloBBers Blanca y Chuchi crowsourcing campaign to edit their new album

Our good friends Blanca y Chuchi (Outpost 186, 10/8/14) recently sent news about their new recording project and an appeal for crowdsourcing funding to edit it.

In addition to Blanca y Chuchi, two other notloBBers are on the album:
Natalie Haas - celloNic Gareiss – foot percussion
Hola Jeff!
How are you doing? I hope you are doing great!We are doing good, teaching, playing, doing lots of Music. HappyChuchi and I recorded a second album and we launched a crowdfunding campaign to edit it: we are now spreading the word, and we thought that maybe you know from people interested within your community, we would really aprecciate it you let them know.We will come back to US in the coming year so we will tell you:)We hope you are doing wonderful, all the best for you and your family!
If you came to and enjoyed Blanca y Chuchi's concert we hope you will consider funding their crowdsourcing campaign.

notloB was honored to have two very special patrons at the 
March 22nd Ellie & Sumaia | Jenna & Mairi concert!
Patrick Swanson, Artistic DirectorGeorge Emlen, Music Director

Patrick Swanson, Artistic Director & George Emlen, Music Director

Stay tuned for details of why they were in attendance.

An Evening to Support the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

NotloB Music is donating tickets to two of its upcoming Arlington concerts, Jayme Stone's Lomax Project (April 1) and Darol Anger And The Furies (April 25), to Michelle Canning & Rough Edges' "4th Annual A Night on the Edge!" benefit concert and raffel Saturday, March 21 at 7:00pm in Chelmsford. 

Concert details

Brittany and Nic will be returning to notlob in seperate concerts in March and April. Until then, relive their January concerts....

"Fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still, Haas Kowert Tice) and the much-celebrated percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (This is How We Fly) performed two shows in the Boston area over the weekend. One of those shows was at the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington where photographer Jason Elon Goodman shot a great video (below) before the duo’s stunning performance there to benefit the Mill – the oldest continuously operating mill in the U.S.
The video has been making its way around social media this week, so I caught up with the Brittany & Nic for a quick backstory. Here’s what they shared...."

notloB was proud to be the producer.

Read full article here.

Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss - Screengrab from video by Jason Elon Goodman

Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss – Screengrab from video by Jason Elon Goodman

Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss / Peaks of Otter / Old Schwamb Mill / Salt Stage / 01.18.15

A Traveling Salt Stage Production.

Recorded on a pair of "Edwina" microphones hand made by Philip Graham of ear trumpet labs.

Salt Stage Presents both local artists and those on a migratory path through the state of Maine in intimate portraiture: musicians, poets, performers, chefs, farmers, painters, sculptors and more. These performances are archived live without over-dubbing or post manipulation unless insisted upon by the artist in the performance. A high resolution recording system and one or two camera angles capture a cinematic feeling full of both visual and sonic tonality, paired with simple & clean editing . When not outside on location, windows are often left open to incorporate gulls, rainfall and other sonic signatures of Maine. Vintage lenses are also integral to enhance the filmic look of the vignettes. The Salt Stage began in Old Port, Portland but has now expanded to everywhere and anywhere, as archived in the Traveling Salt Stage section.... Watch the video here.


There will never be any annoying ringtones at a notloB! Before each, patrons are asked to turn off electric devices or put them in silent mode. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has a tongue-in-cheek musical reply, "Valse Irritation", based on the Nokia ringtone.

Hamelin - Valse Irritation d'après Nokia 'Ringtone Waltz'

notloB Music is dedicated to the memory of Jack Hardy (d. March 11, 2011), who, with David Massengill and Peggy Seeger, graced our stage November 1, 2008, and John McGann (d. April 6, 2012), who performed with Flynn Cohen, Matt Heaton, and Danny Noveck  on November 20, 2012. Rest in peace, Jack and John! 

In John McGann's honor we post "Song for John", "An original tune dedicated to the great John McGann. ...composed by John Mailander and performed by John Mailander - Fiddle, Molly Tuttle - Guitar, Brittany Karlson - Bass and Joe Walsh - Mandolin", notloBBers all. Filmed by Adrianna Ciccone in Brighton, MA.

Published on Dec 27, 2014

Song for John

June 7, 2010- Actor/Musician Dominic Chianese introduces co-emcee Jack Hardy at the Gerde's Folk City 50th Anniversary celebration. Here, Jack performs his classic "Go Tell the Savior." Little did we know, Jack would be gone 9 months later. A true champion of original songwriters, Jack hosted Monday night 'workshops' in his apartment on Bedford and Houston in NYC for over 35 years.

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Founded in 2007, notloB Music has presented >150 folk, old-time, bluegrass, string band, Celtic and country blues concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area. We present at the Davis Square Theater in Somerville, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in Washington Square, Brookline, Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls and Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge. Concerts in your home can be arranged.


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