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Subject: FSSGB House Concert May 18th
From: Trad Folkie
Date: 07 May 13 - 10:29 PM

The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston is presenting Dick Holdstock and Ray Bierl in a House Concert in Hopkinton, MA on Saturday, May 18th, at 8:00 pm.

We are excited to be presenting at a new house concert venue in Hopkinton! It is in an easy venue to get to, close to I-90 and I-495. $15 at the door, $5 for students (only if reserved in advance). Advance reservations are required! Please email suzanne at smrozak dot com for reservations and directions.

Dick Holdstock and Ray Bierl will be performing in a few New England venues from May 17 through May 26 this year. Although they have played and sung together at many parties and folk gatherings over the years, this tour will mark the first time Dick and Ray have performed together. They look forward to sharing a stage to merge their talents for different kinds of traditional folk music from both sides of the pond!

Ray Bierl draws upon a huge catalog of musical genres and styles, yet he delivers each song in a manner uniquely his own. Singing in a mellow baritone, his voice has the effect of being instantly familiar and engaging. His songs are chats between old friends, and you are admitted to the circle by virtue of your presence. His repertoire includes traditional American songs, cowboy ballads, Appalachian and Scottish fiddle tunes, Tin Pan Alley numbers, political songs, and country classics. Ray is also an accomplished and engaging fiddle and guitar player, drawing on traditions from throughout North America and the British Isles. As a square dance and contra dance musician, he is in demand for his inventive and playful approach to traditional and contemporary dance music. He has performed for 25 years with the well known, "Hillbillies from Mars", and more recently with the band, "Swing Farm", as well as in countless informal ensembles.

Dick Holdstock has performed songs from his English homeland through out North America for well over forty years. His repertoire includes traditional songs of social history, sea shanties, forebitters, drinking songs, and street songs. As part of the English/Scottish duo, "Holdstock and Macleod", Dick continues to perform coast to coast in folk clubs and sea festivals with Allan Macleod. In Germany, England, New Zealand, and Canada, Dick and his wife, Carol, perform as "The Holdstocks". Dick also plays octave mandolin in the English country dance band, "Quite Carried Away". An evening of music with Dick Holdstock is filled with the richness of the music of his English roots. The songs he sings tell more clearly than any history book what the people were thinking and feeling at the time. Whether he is singing of the beauty of the countryside or the horrors of war, he is able to totally involve his audience with the experience. He has perfected the knack of achieving audience participation, and manages to get the audience to sing along wherever he performs.

Performing together, Dick and Ray blend their strengths in a way that will make for an evening of traditional folk music from both sides of the pond "where the twain shall meet".

See also, the description of this house concert on the FSSGB web site: Saturday, May 18: Holdstock and Bierl house concert

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