“A Perfect Spot of Tea” 2019

July 6 - Andrew Jenkins

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Andrew Jenkins will perform original jazz adaptations of Bach, several other original jazz pieces, as well as "modal meditations" suited to the atmosphere of the museum. Jenkins is a longtime Pioneer Valley resident. Originally from the New York area, Jenkins studied music and guitar at Berklee College in the 1980’s. Since relocating to Northampton, Jenkins has become a regular performer in the area. He hosts and produces the local TV access show Thoughts and Sounds from New England.


July 13 - Honest Harmony

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Honest Harmony has been performing together for over a decade. The group’s a cappella performances explore a repertoire of small-ensemble singing from the 12th-20th centuries, often highlighting historical pieces and masterfully juxtaposing works of a single style, era, or composer. Their music brings audiences on “a musical journey through the last millennium.” The ensemble is comprised of soprano Barbara Matthews, alto Cindy Naughton, baritone Ijod Schroeder, and tenor John Vance.


CANCELED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT AND HUMIDITY — July 20 - Danse Café

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Danse Café plays traditional dance music from France and Brittany, including lively tunes for Breton line dances such as the an dro, hanter dro, gavotte, and rond, energetic bourrées and scottishes from the Auvergne, slinky mazurkas from the Occitan, French circle dances, and waltzes, both 3 and 5 beat. The group includes Cynthia Thomas on the fiddle, Doug Feeney on the guitar and banjo, Peter Stolley on the accordion, and Thomas Gajewski on the clarinet and mandolin.


July 27 - Peter West and Burt Jackson

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Peter West has been playing guitar professionally since 1980 and takes his audiences on a melodious and stimulating turn through instrumental jazz, pop, and original songs. He has been giving wonderful performances at the museum's “A Perfect Spot of Tea” for over a decade. At his side is Burt Jackson, another highly skilled guitarist with over 25 years of playing experience in blues, jazz, and other styles.


August 3 - Same Old Blues

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Guitarist Dennis Shapson, harmonica player Phil Crafts, and Alan Kurtz on washboard and bones perform ragtime country blues. Their repertoire consists of 1920’s and 30’s Piedmont and East Coast blues, and features reinterpretations of compositions by Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Mississippi John Hurt, and Mance Lipscomb.


August 10 - 56 String Duo with Robert Markey and Andrew Jenkins

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Robert Markey studied classical and blues guitar and then sitar in Boston and in India. His music is based in the North Indian (Hindustani) music tradition. Robert plays a mix of ragas from North and South India and raga-like improvisations from Persia, Japan, Hungary and Indonesia. Andrew Jenkins is a twelve-string guitarist who studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and has been playing music for 38 years.


August 17 - Box Shop Blues

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Box Shop Blues plays original blues, folk, ragtime and rock. The duo is comprised of Walter Burnham, a prolific singer-songwriter and pianist, and Mitch Mulholland, the lead-guitarist.


UPDATED - August 24 - Danse Café

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Danse Café plays traditional dance music from France and Brittany, including lively tunes for Breton line dances such as the an dro, hanter dro, gavotte, and rond, energetic bourrées and scottishes from the Auvergne, slinky mazurkas from the Occitan, French circle dances, and waltzes, both 3 and 5 beat. The group includes Cynthia Thomas on the fiddle, Doug Feeney on the guitar and banjo, Peter Stolley on the accordion, and Thomas Gajewski on the clarinet and mandolin.