The Maybelles at Hamilton Arts in the Park


More about Jan Bell and the Maybelles from this reviewer ” A seamless album of true beauty. To argue over whether this sort of music is country or folk is to miss the point: these haunting acoustic arrangements may be new, but they call to a time before the distinction made sense, when all the world was folkways, and they evoke the best of that history.” Cover Lay Down

The Hamilton Concerts in the Park continue this Thursday, July 25th at 7 pm with the Americana sounds of The Maybelles!  Opening at 6:30 pm is our featured youth artist and Indie songstress, Lauren Mettler originally from Sherburne, NY.  The evening will feature sign language interpretation by Aurora of Central New York.

The MAYBELLES are a harmony driven band based in Brooklyn and comprised of guitar, fiddle and upright bass. JAN BELL fronts the band and writes much of their music.  She hails from coal mining country in Yorkshire, England. She came to NYC as a student teacher; fell in love with the folk festival realm and life on the American road. Today, she teaches songwriting classes at Jalopy Theater, Brooklyn, NY and has won several Awards in that sphere. Bell’s music mines the Appalachian/Celtic/Old time country sound.  Festival highlights include Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival NY; The International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA); and the Ozark Folk Festival (AR).  The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards announces her CD ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’ is a nominee for BEST CONCEPT ALBUM.  More about the Maybelles at

Hear the Maybelles’ on You Tube:

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Indie Songstress Lauren Mettler opens the evening at 6:30 pm! Hamilton Village green on NYS Route 12B (if rain, Barge Canal Coffee House on Lebanon St a block away)

LAUREN METTLER’S voice, nuanced and beguiling, captivates her listeners as she leads them through epic romantic ballads, comedic anecdotes, and poignant anthems. A versatile indie songstress, her repertoire displays shades of the blues, world music, and is sprinkled with sweet little ditties reminiscent of favorite jazz classics.  More about Lauren

Hear Lauren on You Tube On My Knees

Hear Lauren on You Tube Sacred Ground

The Hamilton Concerts in the Park will continue on August 1st with Woodshed Prophets with Country-rock or “Power Twang” with Anna Judge of Oneida opening at 6:30 pm, Tom Townsley and the Back Sliders will bring the blues on August 8th with Mikey Dufresne of Utica opening at 6:30 pm. On August 15th, Cincinnati Creek shares a deep tradition of bluegrass music with Liz Friedel opening the evening with a Fiddle Styles: From Louisiana to Nova Scotia workshop.  Steve Blais’ll accompany her on accordion.

The Hamilton Village Music Series runs every Thursday until August 15th. The concerts in the series begin at 6:30 pm on the Hamilton Village Green. Rain Location is the Barge Canal Coffee House. No tickets necessary for this free event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!

Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.  For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

Notes on awards for the Maybelles:

*Independent Music Awards WINNER Alt. Country Album of the year 2008. People’s Choice Award

Other notes:

***Sign Language Interpreter – Contact Maggie Russell of Aurora of Central New York in Syracuse, NY.  The Hamilton Arts series has history of maintaining outreach to deaf audiences for two performances a year. See more about Aurora’s services at

*Lyrics will be available to accompany sign language interpretation for the Maybelles.

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