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The Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer Band

The Casco Bay Tummlers, from Portland, Maine, have been performing klezmer music for fifteen years. They have released two recordings and were also featured performers on the LL Bean Holiday CD. In 1999 they created and performed the music for the world premiere of “Manifest” at Portland Stage Company.

The Tummlers have a unique sound and a stage performance that features all members of the band. Steve Gruverman brings an extensive background in ethnic dance music to his soulful clarinet playing. Carl Dimow has developed a unique klezmer flute style, making the instrument an equal solo voice in the music. Julie Goell has a rich background in theater and jazz that comes out both in her bass playing and in her vocal features. Nancy 3. Hoffman brings a playfulness which audiences love to both her accordion playing and her singing. Hayes Porterfield is not only a great player on drumset, but one of the few people keeping the klezmer xylophone tradition alive.

The band’s repertoire is versatile, ranging from original music to traditional dances and Yiddish theater and ghetto songs – all with original arrangements. They also teach traditional circle and line dances.

In March of 2000 the Tummlers were in Germany where they performed to sold-out houses at the Hackesches Hof Theater in Berlin and at the ninth annual Festival of Jewish Culture in Chemnitz. In May and June of 2000 they traveled to Lithuania as the first klezmer band to perform at the Skamba, Skamba Kankliai folk festival in Vilnius. They toured Lithuania performing in Pakroijis, Linkuva, Kaunas and Druskininkai.

Where: Village Coffeehouse is located at the First Congregation Christian Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, Maine

When: 7:30PM

Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and children

Coffee and Tea are FREE and you can have munchies for a little donation.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 7:30PM

April 1st, 2012 Comments off

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Blu Tonic: Local A Cappella Group and

Lousy Cowboy Music: Blues/Jazz/Bluegrass group

The Village Coffeehouse will feature two groups this month. The first half of the Coffeehouse will feature a local a cappella group, the BluTonic. In the second half of the Coffeehouse, the Lousy Cowboy Music, featuring Rhode Island based musician, Dave Moretti, will perform blues, jazz and rhythm/blues.

BluTonic is a newly formed Portland-based mixed voice a cappella group that sings jazz and pop standards with distinctive arrangements. Started as a group of musical friends getting together to see what kinds of sounds they could make, BluTonic has developed a repertoire of tunes with sophisticated tight harmonies and mellow tones. Before forming BluTonic, members of the group – Nath Anderson, Kate Driver, Kim Fox, and Nathan Hagelin – have performed in various a cappella ensembles, choral groups and instrumental bands in genres ranging from classical to bluegrass, which influences the group’s unique sound. BluTonic has performed at small venues and private parties in the Portland area and are excited to make their debut appearance at New Gloucester coffee house with Lousy Cowboy Music. Their show highlights the group’s love for different musical styles — whether crooning a jazz tune or belting out the blues — all the while having a lot of fun.

Lousy Cowboy Music

with Special Guest Dave Moretti

With their diverse musical interests ranging from blues, jazz and old-time, to rhythm and blues and ragtime, each member of Lousy Cowboy Music energizes this acoustic ensemble’s sound. The band’s repertoire includes original songs and instrumentals, arrangements from mountain, swing, gospel and blues traditions, as well as bluegrass adaptations of pop and contemporary music. LCM has performed at music and arts festivals, clubs, taverns and private functions throughout the Northeast.

Dave Moretti is a Rhode Island based singer/songwriter/picker that has been playing the Northeast for decades.  His soulful songwriting combines story-telling, life and times and sentimental journeys backed by polyrhythmic melodies.  Always a favorite at bluegrass and music festivals, Dave has played with hundreds of artists of various genres.

Performing with Lousy Cowboy Music is:

Chris Dombrowski – bass, vocals
Scott Elliott – mandolin, vocals
Kim Fox – vocals
John Ganz – guitar

Where: Village Coffeehouse is located at the First Congregation Christian Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, Maine

When: 7:30PM

Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and children

Coffee and Tea are FREE and you can have munchies for a little donation.

 

For more information
Call Julie or Michael Fralich 653-6151

First Congregation Christian Church 926-3260

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