Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman
Friday, March 17, 7:30-9:30pm
Shelter Island Presbyterian Church
The vibrant musical traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton take on new life in the hands of Katie McNally ("the new face of Scottish fiddling in America" - Living Tradition) and Neil Pearlman ("a tremendous pianist" -BBC Radio Scotland). Based in Boston, MA, this young musical couple is making waves internationally with their fresh approaches to traditional forms. Just returned from recording a brand new album at the legendary Lakewind Sound in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Katie and Neil will put on a high energy show that is not to be missed!
The Slocan Ramblers
Saturday, April 22, 6-8 pm
Sylvester Manor Living Room
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy
Saturday, May 13, 6-8 pm
Sylvester Manor Living Room
Becky and Keith 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 in Europe.
Edith & Bennett with Jeff Davis
Manor family Edith & Bennett will be joined by legendary Yankee fiddler Jeff Davis, who has done more to research and resurrect Long Island’s native fiddle tunes than anyone on the planet. Originally of Port Jefferson and now of Woodstock, CT, Jeff’s recent passion has been hunting for fiddle tunes in the archives and has found two massive collections, one from the William Sydney Mount collection in Setauket and the other from the collection of Isaac Homan in Bellport.
Jeff has played with many of the greats of traditional music over the years and travels internationally. His witty presence and distinctive voice have made him one of the most sought after performers on the traditional music scene.
Well known to the east-end community, Edith & Bennett are cultural ambassadors for the US State Department, sharing their love of traditional fiddle tunes and farming worksongs with audiences around the world. Having recently returned from tours in Ukraine and Norway, they balance their time on Shelter Island with time on their farm in Belfast, Maine.
Jim Hurst Trio
Sunday July 9, 2017 5-8pm
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
Jim Hurst is a guitar veteran, known for his live performances, recorded music and tours with several, well-known Country and Bluegrass bands. Jim has received IBMA’s 'Guitar Player of the Year' Award twice, and was nominated in 2015 and again this year, 2016. He is lauded by his peers and fans for his combination style of finger-style and flat-pick on guitar. Another Sylvester Manor “house concert alum” Jim will return with bassist Erik Alvar and fiddler/mandolinist Nate Lee.
The trio first performed as part of ‘Bluegrass and Beyond’ in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater in 2015 and returned again this past November.
The Barefoot Movement
Sunday, August 13, 7-10pm
Sylvester Manor, Creekside
Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene” the music of this Nashville based group is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, take your shoes off and stay awhile! All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time.
The Barefoot Movement was here for a house concert in 2015, and we can’t wait for their return to the summer stage!
Solas – Saturday, September 16, 5-10pm
Sylvester Manor, Creekside
It can be convincingly argued that no band has done more than Solas to prove that celtic music today is truly a universal musical language, like jazz, classical, rock or bluegrass. The band’s sound is explosive yet seductively personal - timelessly melodic yet rippling with modern muscle. Founding members Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan along with Moira Smiley, the vocalist who knocked us out here last September performing with Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, front this five-piece band that the Boston Globe has called “ the finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced.”
This final concert will have an added bonus, a contradance in the tradition of “Plant and Sing”, featuring Ed Howe & Bennett Konesni’s band Drive Train!
Tom and Lisa and Friends
Lisa Shaw and Tom Hashagen have been making music together for over three decades in various configurations. Their interpretations of classic standards from the blues, bluegrass, rock, folk and jazz genres reflect a lifetime of musical influences. While listeners will recognize many of the selections they perform, they also tend to dig a bit deeper for obscure and “B-side” songs that aren’t heard that often.
Tom and Lisa perform at many different venues all over the East End, collaborating with a wide variety of fellow musicians. They are also privileged to serve on the music team at Grace Presbyterian Church in Watermill.