No reservations needed. Come early so as not to be disappointed since seating is limited. Special needs seating is available. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

This series is made possible through the efforts of Jon Roper and Steve Piazza as well as funding from the Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library

March 17   7:30 p.m. – Paul Rishell and Annie Raines

Hailed as one of the world’s best blues duos, Rishell and Raines have been performing together since 1992. Including “Moving to the Country” (2000), which earned them the W.C. Handy Award, they’ve recorded six albums together, performed and recorded with artists ranging from John Sebastian to Rory Block, opened for Dr. John, Little Feat, and Ray Charles, and have been seen on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and heard on A Prairie Home Companion. They offer American roots music as well as their own compositions.


June 16   7:30 p.m. – Ron Murray and Vuelo

Ron Murray & Vuelo (vway-lo, Spanish for “flight”) first performed as a trio in the early 90s, developing a strong following for its “bossa-flamenco” jazz, as Murray’s jazz, classical and flamenco guitar background was demonstrated in original compositions as well as standards from the USA and Latin America. Vuelo now features Murray’s Spanish guitar with 3 African musicians: bassist Thierno
Camara of Senegal, percussionist Idrissa Kone of Mali, and vocalist, dancer, percussionist, Antoinette Mutuyimana from Tanzania, a recently-minted American citizen. The exotic, spellbinding sounds created are irresistible, combining the ancient and the modern in a natural and organic way.

September 22  7:30 p.m. – Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick

Guy Van Duser’s exquisite guitar stylings coupled with Billy Novick’s jazzy clarinet playing have all the makings for a memorable concert. Guy teaches at Berkley College of Music and over the years has performed with many artists including Chet Atkins and Tommy Emanuel. Billy performs with many groups including The New Black Eagle Jazz Band and The Ed Saindon Quartet. Together they perform swing, jazz and ragtime pieces from the 1930s and 40s.


November 17  7:30 p.m. – Bill Staines

For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, The Highwaymen, and others. “Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I’ve always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs.” With these thoughts, Bill continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.