Here’s a delectable Sunday mix: two superb Vermont-based, traditional but innovative musicians, glorious brunch supervised by a renowned cook, and sweet company! House concert at 124 Pine Tree Rd., Ithaca (Dave Jones and Lucia Sciore). Light brunch at 10 am, concert at 11 am, followed by more food,
ending around 1 pm. $15 admission includes brunch (but you’re welcome to bring a dish to share as well). Space is limited, so we askfor reservations. If you reserve and then discover you cannot come, please let us know; we expect a waiting list. Until Sept. 13, contact Margaret Shepard (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve seats. Sept. 14-16, please call Lucia (607-351-0221).
Becky Tracy (fiddle) and Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, piano, and foot percussion) are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France, and beyond. Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion. Combined, they produce a range and richness of sound that is striking for a duo. Their playing is seamless, the result of years of playing together and touring across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Their repertoire includes Keith’s original compositions (many included in the Black Isle Music tune collection). He’s a prolific tunesmith with a style strongly grounded in traditional dance music. Keith and Becky were two-thirds of the wildly popular Vermont trio Nightingale and are veterans of several other bands including Childsplay and Assembly (Keith) and Wild Asparagus (Becky). They’ve recorded with these bands and many others, and have fine solo recordings: Evergreen (Becky) and Bound For Canaan (Keith).
Those of you who’ve heard Nightingale in concert or on the dance floor know what a treat you’re in for as Keith and Becky make a return appearance in Ithaca. If you don’t know these musicians, you’ll want to. Don’t hesitate to make a reservation; seats will go fast!
Directions from downtown Ithaca: Take Route 79 East out of Ithaca to the flashing yellow light at Pine Tree Road. Turn oblique left onto Pine Tree. We are about a 1/4 mile from the turn. House is 124 Pine Tree, on the left side as you are going up: Gray house with blue steel roof. Parking on right side/uphill side of road. May park on left, on lawn but make sure you are totally off the road. Venturesome people may park at East Hill Plaza and walk the mile to our house.