Mara Levine with Gathering Time

Saturday – June 18 – 7:30 pm

Mount Toby Concerts

194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA

Mara Levine: Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years. Folk DJ Jim Marino has referred to her as “golden-voiced,” while Michael Stock calls her voice “full, rich and soothing.”

Her latest CD, Facets of Folk, received stellar reviews and was the #1 album, #1 song and #1 artist on the FAI Folk DJ Chart for January 2019. Her second album, Jewels and Harmony, also received stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013. “While Mara Levine doesn’t sing original songs, it truly doesn’t matter. She chooses songs or has songwriters create to suit her voice, and what a voice! With Gathering Time backing her up, it’s magical. Mara and Gathering Time performed at my series a few days ago and the audience loved it, and her. And the harmonies they created – spectacular.” – Jill Padua, RiverFolk Concerts

Gathering Time: Gathering Time is an internationally touring folk-rock harmony AAA/Americana trio. Like a co-ed CSN, GT is known for astute songwriting, spirited and accomplished musicianship — and a stellar vocal blend. Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong and Gerry McKeveny evince deep roots in ’60s folk-rock, with a healthy dash of traditional folk in the mix. Their stage chemistry makes clear that they take the music (if not themselves) very seriously, yet their infectious energy wins over even fans who never considered themselves folkies. Founded in 2006, Gathering Time quickly became a Long Island fan favorite.

Bob McKillop of MaineFolkMusic.com writes, “Gathering Time … has perfected two separate but related art forms: three part harmony and having a ball on stage! When they harmonize, some sort of fundamental, cosmic concordance occurs that makes you very happy that you have ears.”

Mara and Gathering Time have been touring separately and together on the folk circuit for bout 10 years, in the northeastern U.S. and beyond. When they tour together, Gathering Time backs Mara, then they play their own set as a trio. They jointly released two socially conscious songs in September 2017, in response to the re-emergence of hate groups in America: “By My Silence” (Ellen Bukstel & Nick Annis) and “Too Far To Turn Back Now” (Markus).

Suggested donation: $20 to $30

For more info, contact diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

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This concert will be held outdoors, weather permitting. There are no limits to audience size. Masks are optional. In case of rain, the concert will move indoors where the usual COVID policy will apply:

COVID Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days. Additional safety measures include reduced room capacity to 50 people, distanced seating from others, and the use of room purifiers.

Mara Levine and Gathering Time

In-Person & On-Line Concert:

Charlie King & Colleen Kattau

Saturday – May 21 – 7:30 pm

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”

Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century and has been writing songs for the past 45 years. In October of 2017 he received the annual the Phil Ochs Award, in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs. His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. https://charlieking.org

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Colleen Kattau is a bilingual vocalist, guitarist and composer of songs. Her poetic originals and charismatic stage presence inspire hope and spark imagination and audience participation! After a show audience members frequently tell her “You touched my soul”.

Colleen has shared the stage with legendary performers Pete Seeger, Holly Near with whom she toured in 2012, and Tom Paxton. She’s been a selected showcase artist at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. She has performed on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now and is a long time arts activist who believes in the transformative power of song and all the arts to create a better world. https://colleenkattau.com

Suggested donation: $20 to $30 – Pay at the door

Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

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Online Concert Option via Zoom

We are offering an online concert viewing (via zoom) for this concert as well as our usual in-person show. For the on-line show, prices are $10 for low income, $20 regular. Visit the link below to purchase online tickets and get details about how you’ll receive the live-stream link:

https://charlieking.org/p/69/Event-Tickets

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COVID Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days. Additional safety measures include reduced room capacity to 50 people, distanced seating from others, and the use of room purifiers.

Double Bill: Jesse Palidosky and Ben Tousley

Saturday – April 16 – 7:30 pm

Mount Toby Concerts, 194 Long Plain Rd., (Rt. 63), Leverett, MA

JESSE PALIDOSKY

Azalea City Recordings artist Jesse Palidofsky has been performing his original songs in folk venues, coffeehouses, and festivals for decades. “I Am An Immigrant” reached #1 on the International Folk Radio charts and “Dancing Toward the Light ” was the #5 CD . Jesse’s updated “America the Beautiful: 2020” with Bluegrass vocalist Claire Lynch and Blues singer Lea Gilmore has 68,000 hits on YouTube. He is the recipient of numerous songwriting awards.

I Am An Immigrant” is a truly great song! —Si Kahn

Jesse says, “Since my youngest days music has fed me in the deeps and healed my quirky soul. It is a joy beyond wonder to have become a channel of healing for others through the singing and playing of songs. Bernice Reagon of the black women’s acapella group Sweet Honey in the Rock tells us that it was the singing that gave Civil Rights activists of the 1960’s the courage to face the firehoses and the attack dogs. I’ve experienced another form of that profound musical power to en-courage while singing in hospitals and hospices and prisons and on dementia units and with the seekers, the heartbroken and the down and out of all walks of life.” www.jessepal.net

“Jesse’s heartfelt and soulful music draws us so easily into places of celebration, wonder, and a deeper sense of our connections to one another and to the greater life of Creation.” – Songwriter Ben Tousley

BEN TOUSLEY

Ben is that rare breed of singer-songwriter who brings together the personal, spiritual and political in inspiring concerts with wry storytelling, love songs, incisive political commentary and stirring anthems. For over 40 years, Ben has brought his lively, engaging programs of songs and stories to folk clubs, colleges and churches. His seven recordings of original songs have received national airplay and his programs for children received the Boston Beyond War award “for communicating a clear vision of our richly diverse human family through music.” Ben has toured widely across New England, the East Coast, the South and Midwest, has appeared at festivals such as Boston’s First Night and the Lawrence, MA Bread and Roses Labor Festival, and at numerous coffeehouses and colleges such as Princeton, Tufts, Brandeis and Guilford. www.bentousley.com

I admire the work of Ben Tousley tremendously.” — Pete Seeger

…hopeful topical tunes, singalongs and lyrical love songs. His ability to begin political writing deep within himself represents the genre at its best.”– Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

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Suggested donation $20 to $30

Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

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COVID Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days. Additional safety measures include reduced room capacity to 50 people, distanced seating from others, and the use of room purifiers.

Jesse Palidoslky: I Am An Immigrant

MAGPIE – SATURDAY – MARCH 19 -7:30 pm

SATURDAY – MARCH 19 -7:30 pm

IN- PERSON & VIRTUAL

Mount Toby Concerts

194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA

With a career that has spanned forty years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians and social justice activists, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.

Magpie’s songs touch on historical, cultural and social interests with a large selection focusing on Civil Rights and the environment. Terry and Greg’s sound is that of two very strong voices, one female, one male, in powerful leads and two-part harmony, embellished by Terry’s guitar, harmonica, mandolin and dulcimer. Theirs is a powerful sound, full of passion and fire.

The duo has appeared in national and international demonstrations and protest marches and rallies, sung in jails, on picket lines and churches. Their songs are used today in modern Civil Rights and environmental protection movements, especially Give Light and We Belong to the Earth, which are included in the new group singing songbook, Rise Again, along with six other of their songs.

Suggested donation $20 to $30

Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

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Online Concert Option via Zoom

We are offering an online concert viewing (via zoom) for this concert as well as our usual in-person show. Prices range from $5 to $30. Pay as you are able. Visit the web page below to purchase online tickets and get details about how you’ll receive the live-stream link:

https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/magpie-mt-toby-concerts 

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COVID -19 Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days. Additional measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. We also use room purifiers.

SARA THOMSEN: Saturday-February 19-7:30 pm

“Thomsen’s soulful voice, poetic lyrics and unforgettable melodies cut through to the heart and the soul of human experience,” proclaims the Minnesota Women’s Press. With a voice rich as the best mid-west soil, Sara’s songs carry you inward and outward—in, to the particulars of your own life, and out—into the shared humanity of us all. Her performance style is easygoing and full of humor and depth, capturing the audience’s engagement. Sara’s music gently enfolds and unfolds the listener.

Dubbed in her local press as “one of Northern Minnesota’s best-kept secrets,” Sara’s home base is in the Lake Superior region near Duluth, MN. She has released six solo albums: Song Like A Seed (her latest), Somewhere to Begin, Everything Changes, By Breath, Fertile Ground, and Arise. In addition to her solo work, Sara is a weaver of song and community singing. At concerts, conferences, classrooms, workshops, retreats, jails, places of prayer, and lines of protest, to be with Sara is to want to sing. Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of her work. Sara’s ability to get people singing magically transforms gatherings into communities empowered with possibility.

Recommended donation: $15 to $30
Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

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Online Concert Option via Zoom

We are offering an online ticket option for this concert as well as our usual in-person tickets. Prices range from $5.00 to $30.00. Pay as you are able.

 Click on this link to purchase online tickets for Sara’s concert here: sarathomsen

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COVID -19 Policy:

Masks are required indoors.
Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days.
Additional measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. You may sit next to others if you choose. We will also be using room purifiers.

Annie Patterson – Saturday, January 15 – 7:30 pm

https://www.riseupandsing.org/annie/music-bio

Tending the Fire: Healing Songs for a Wounded World

Join us for a special evening with beloved activist singer, Annie Patterson, who has been using music to lift hearts & spur courage & resilience for over forty years. Accompanying herself on banjo and guitar, Annie performs songs from a vast song repertoire ranging from Appalachian banjo tunes to Celtic ballads, jazz standards, and moving covers of contemporary folk songs. Her energy, presence, musicianship and beautiful voice bring out the healing qualities of the songs she sings. As one of the creators of the popular songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again, Annie has worked tirelessly to make the world a better place through song.

“Annie has a rare voice that spreads hope, stirs your soul, and makes you glad to be working together for a better world. Her music keeps echoing inside — she is not to be missed.” – Sarah Pirtle, Discovery Center for Peacebuilding sarahpirtle.com

“It isn’t enough that Annie Patterson co-edited two of the most popular songbooks in history (Rise Up Singing and Rise Again)…Her musicianship,dynamic presence and commitment to making the world better through song ring out with every note she sings.” – Sally Rogers sallyrogers.com

Recommended donation: $15 to $30
Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589


Online Concert Option via Zoom

We are offering an online ticket option for this concert as well as our usual in-person tickets. Click on the link below to pay for an online ticket. You will be sent a zoom link via email on 1/10 and again on the day of the concert 1/15. 

To purchase online tickets: https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/tending-fire


Current COVID-19 policy for admittance to the concert series’ events:
Masks are required indoors.
Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days.
Additional measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. You may sit next to others if you choose. We will also be using room purifiers.

JOHN SHELDON Concert is Rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 19, 1:30 pm

If you have a reservation, it will be transferred with the change of date to Sunday. If you can’t make it on Sunday, please cancel your reservation with Diane. If you are on the waiting list, you will be notified if there is an opening. Email: diacrowe@yahoo.com

JOHN SHELDON

Sunday- December 19 – 1:30 pm

JOHN SHELDON is in his 50th year of writing songs, composing music and performing his unique style of electric and acoustic guitar. Performing credits include a stint when he was 17 as the lead guitarist for VAN MORRISON, songwriter for JAMES TAYLOR, a member of the Sixties’ psychedelic jazz rock band THE BEAD GAME (whose drummer was JIM HODDER, later of STEELY DAN), and touring with LINDA RONSTADT and JAMES TAYLOR.

He has performed for five decades as a solo performer, as the lead singer-songwriter with his own rock band, BLUE STREAK, and in collaboration with other musicians and theater artists. John co-founded a new musical and spoken word collaboration, Do It Now, with percussionist Tony Vacca and beat poet laureate Paul Richmond. Recently, John has performed with internationally acclaimed Senegalese talking drum master MASSAMBA DIOP.

John has written hundreds of songs and instrumentals. Since 1978, he has released 13 CDs of his own music.

         “My view of music has changed. It is not just entertainment anymore, but a way to connect to the energies of spirit and to invite them to our presence. I used to think I was playing music to get somewhere, but it turned out it was really a journey of healing myself. I now commit every note I play and every story I tell as a prayer and dedication to this beautiful, sentient planet we live on.”

— JOHN SHELDON

Suggested donation: $15 to $30

For reservations call Diane at 413-336-2589 or email diacrowe@yahoo.com

See the COVID-19 policy for the concert series: https://mttobyconcerts.wordpress.com/covid-19 policy

Joe Jencks in concert:

www.joejencks.com

JOE JENCKS

November 20, 2021 – 7:30 pm

Joe Jencks is an 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit.

Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks was a co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style.

Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. A Joe Jencks concert is an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance!           

http://www.joejencks.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $30.

PROOF OF VACCINATION and MASKS are required.

For reservations: diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

Mount Toby Concerts brings you:

ORDINARY ELEPHANT

Saturday – October 16 – 7:30 pm

https://www.ordinaryelephant.net

International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. “Two become one, in song…hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery,” says Mary Gauthier. The Associated Press is calling their latest album, Honest, “one of the best Americana albums of the year.”

“Keep kind all that rises from your chest to your tongue. Don’t ever let your words undo the work you’ve done,” sings Crystal Damore on “Worth the Weight,” a song that beats at the heart of Ordinary Elephant’s potent new album, Honest. In the song, it’s a two-line enjoinder from an adult to a kid. In life, though, it’s a mission statement for ourselves as much as for others. And the work that Crystal, along with her husband Pete, has done on Honest is both filled with kindness and worthy of praise.

Interestingly, if not ironically, in order to accomplish this new work, Crystal and Pete had to set aside the work they’d done previously, as a veterinary cardiologist and a computer programmer, respectively. The two met at an open mic in College Station, Texas, in 2009 and soon moved to Houston together. With her on acoustic guitar/lead vocals and him on clawhammer banjo/harmony vocals, the work of music continued on the side as both had full-time jobs, until they threw all caution to the wind and hit the road in an RV.

“There is nothing at all ordinary with this elephant. They are smack dab in the tradition that I have always loved but have both (all four?) feet in the 21st Century. This is rich ground. Listen!” — Tom Paxton

Suggested donation: $15 to $30. Masks are required. Vaccinations are recommended.

For reservations: diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

Mount Toby Concerts are resuming in September, 2021 with PAUL KAPLAN!

In order to keep us all safe from COVID-19, we are presenting the September concert outdoors at Mount Toby Friends Meeting, starting at 2:00 pm. Distancing is required by the town of Leverett at outdoor events. Masks are optional. Vaccination is required. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors with masks required.

PAUL KAPLAN

Saturday – September 18 – 2:00 pm

Musician and songwriter Paul Kaplan has been an enthusiastic participant in the folk music world since the late 1960s. Long associated with Broadside and Fast Folk magazines, Paul’s music is best known through his songs such as “I Had an Old Coat,” “Henry the Accountant,” and “Call Me the Whale”.  Pete Seeger said “I am a big fan of Paul Kaplan. I love his singing; I love his songs.”  Paul has been honored by the inclusion of his songs in two monumental collections produced by Smithsonian Folkways. One of his first songs, “Vietnam,” appears in the Grammy-nominated Best of Broadside. A second song, “King of Hearts,” is featured in Fast Folk—a Community of Singers & Songwriters. And in 2004 “Henry the Accountant” was included in Being Human–Readings from the President’s Council on Bioethics, along with works by Homer, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dickinson, Whitman, George Bernard Shaw, etc.

His latest album – We Shall Stay Here – contains twelve songs that reflect the way he sees the world. Some may leave you in stitches; some may leave you in tears; some may leave you in your car in the driveway unable to stop listening. All of the supporting players did beautiful work on this album. Most notably, Paul was fortunate to get some amazing backup on four songs from Jay Ungar, composer of “Ashokan Farewell”, and from John Roberts, of “Roberts and Barrand” fame, who sings a duet with Paul and adds his classy concertina playing

Paul Kaplan has a rare gift for writing and singing songs in the old troubadour tradition. His new CD “After the Fire” is reminiscent of the works of Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers, with beautiful melodies and strong narratives seamlessly crafted into one classic ballad after another. This is the work of a master. — David Massengill

Suggested donation: $15 to $30

For more info and reservations: diacrowe@yahoo.com or call Diane at 413-336-2589.