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“Don’t you just love it when a band simply gets better and better? Well, the latest album from Harpeth Rising proves this is a band steadily exploring boundaries and finding there are none unless made by themselves, a band maturing into harpeth rising cd coverits music, making it emphatically their own and continually developing along the way. Following on from ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge’ they release ‘Shifted’ … and quite simply, ‘Shifted’ is unique in every way. There’s the lusciously constructed harmonies, the inventive edge that pulses through every track and the unexpected direction changes that keep you enthralled, combined with an ability to blend folk, bluegrass, classical and rock and leave no visible joins.

“Don’t you just love it when a band simply gets better and better? Well, the latest album from Harpeth Rising proves this is a band steadily exploring boundaries and finding there are none unless made by themselves, a band maturing into its music, making it emphatically their own and continually developing along the way. Following on from ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge’ they release ‘Shifted’ … and quite simply, ‘Shifted’ is unique in every way. There’s the lusciously constructed harmonies, the inventive edge that pulses through every track and the unexpected direction changes that keep you enthralled, combined with an ability to blend folk, bluegrass, classical and rock and leave no visible joins. Tim Carroll, FolkWords

The Earlville Opera House welcomes Americana genre-benders Harpeth Rising as they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique on Friday, March 25th at 8 pm. The band is touring in support of their latest CD, SHIFTED.

Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer from Jordana Greenberg, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria di Meglio. Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.” — Tim Carroll, FolkWords

Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative – they all describe what’s on offer from Jordana Greenberg, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria di Meglio. Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.”
— Tim Carroll, FolkWords

Harpeth Rising is Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep – from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home.

“In what the group calls “chambergrass,” the musicians blend improvisatory-feeling jazzy sections with newgrass, classical and folk. Varied, alternating blocks fold in syncopated rhythms, simple folk melodies and complex harmonies.

“In the arresting three-part acapella sections, the musicians match declamation, shaping each word carefully from beginning to end. Violinist and lead singer Jordana Greenberg’s voice offers strength tempered by gentleness through poetic lyrics…

“The trio’s career path isn’t the traditional one for gifted classical musicians, who often seek jobs as soloists, orchestral players, chamber players or teachers. Their decision simply reflects a shift in the industry…” (Domenica Bongiovanni)

Join us for a riveting night of Americana music with Harpeth Rising in the Arts Café on March 25th! Seating is limited. Admission is $22 and $20 for EOH members and students are discounted to $11. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.
More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

I AM EVE (I am the Reason)

SHIFTED 

WHEELHOUSE 

If you’re of the social media persuasion, don’t forget to check out the Earlville Opera House on Facebook and Twitter!

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Version 3The Earlville Opera House welcomes Americana standouts Mike + Ruthy with their new band on Friday, March 11th at 8 pm. Folks may remember their previous band The Mammals! Their concerts dance from Americana ho-downs to sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and infectious, inspired songwriting.

Their debut album, Bright as You Can, was released 9 months ago and top critics had this to say: “One of the year’s standout Americana albums” (Boston Globe), “In the vanguard of today’s vibrant folk revival” (Pop Matters), “honoring the great musical traditions of the past while at the same time welcoming, with open arms, the future of what music can be” (Folk Alley), and much, much more.

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Mike + Ruthy Band with Jacob Silver, Konrad Meissner, Mike Merenda, Ruthy Ungar, and Charlie Rose

The Mike + Ruthy Band are Mike Merenda (vocals, guitar), Ruthy Ungar (vocals, fiddle, banjo), Jacob Silver (bass), Charlie Rose (pedal steel) and Konrad Meissner (drums). “They play with jubilation–as exciting and powerful as any quintet out there, mixing up fiddle and banjo with drums, bass, pedal steel and organ. Besides Ruth Ungar’s amazing voice, the lyrics on this album are incredibly thoughtful — they’re carefully crafted, without a word or phrase out of place. From rollicking good times to more tender reflections, Bright As You Can is a winner.” (Elena See)

Join us for a hot night of Americana with the Mike and Ruthy Band in the Arts Café on March 11th! Seating is limited. Admission is $22 and $20 for EOH members and students are discounted to $11. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.
More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Rock on Little Jane 

Bright As You Can 

Chasin’ Gold 

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

lauren mettler- cornfieldFresh from last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign and tour, versatile indie songstress Lauren Mettler is breaking new ground with her outreach to kids and families.  On Saturday, December 5th join us for an Afternoon with Lauren for a holiday themed performance at 2 pm.  The concert is part of the Earlville Winter Celebration activities.  Lauren brings all her skills as a singer-songwriter, performer, and arts educator with Folk, Blues, and World influences to this new show for young audiences.

Lauren’s voice, nuanced and beguiling, captivates her listeners as she leads them through beautiful ballads, comedic anecdotes, and holiday tunes on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and penny whistle to celebrate the season.  Her repertoire displays shades of the blues, world music, and is sprinkled with sweet little ditties reminiscent of favorite jazz classics.

Lauren with leggingsThis Afternoon with Lauren will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week with holiday magic! The concert is about an hour in length and will be followed by a brief reception with the artist. This is a “pay what you want” event, our way of saying thanks to our community! The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our Earlville Galleries and the gorgeous 18th Annual Holiday Sale.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Note: This performance is the second of an EOH series of Youth Programs by Young Artists.  EOH put out a call to young artists to create programming for youth and families this past May.  Our goal is to grow interesting work for families on a grassroots level while also making professional opportunities available to young artists.  Please call EOH to find out more.

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EOH events are made possible, in part, with funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Patti Lockwood-Blais at this year's EOH Auction for the Arts

Patti Lockwood-Blais at this year’s EOH Auction for the Arts. The coming year will mark her 20th year at EOH, and 14 years as director.

EARLVILLE – Just three years after Patti Lockwood-Blais took on the job of executive director at the Earlville Opera House, the New York State Council on the Arts recognized EOH as “particularly vital to the cultural life of New York State.”

After 13 years as the guiding force who has steered growth and programming while also serving as the Opera House’s most visible public ambassador, Lockwood-Blais announced that she is retiring from EOH. “I love my work on behalf of the community at EOH but I need more time and flexibility than the position allows. I still deeply support the mission of this wonderful organization and have pledged to help the new executive director in any way to guarantee its stability during our transition.”

Opera House Board President Bruce Ward said: “I have seen first hand how Patti’s skills and knowledge, drawn from long experience, have kept our organization on a healthy track fiscally while growing our offerings. Continually seeking new ways to engage the community, Patti has built a reputation for fine programming that has won awards and recognition from leading arts organizations, and still kept our bottom line in the black.”

Emblematic of that recognition was the Council on the Arts coveted “Primary Organization Status,” awarded to the Opera House in 2006. The status honors select arts organizations for “the quality of their arts services, their stature as arts institutions… or the importance of their contributions to a significant population.”

Saved from the wrecking ball in the 1970s, EOH was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Through community and foundation support, the Opera House on Earlville’s Main Street has gone through a constant process of renewal and upgrading. During Lockwood-Blais’s management more than three quarters of a million dollars worth of capital projects have included work as varied as adding new galleries to repairing the roof. The historic theater is a renowned performance venue for national artists and local entertainers alike.

“Earlville Opera House has grown and prospered under Patti’s tireless leadership,” Ward said. “The positive impact we have on the community is a direct result of Patti’s passion for her work and the friendly warmth she brings to all her interactions with our patrons, artists, and supporters.”

Among the many initiatives undertaken by EOH with Lockwood-Blais as director:

· Worked with county tourism offices, Upstate Institute and other agencies to build audiences;

· Reached out to the community through collaboration with Hamilton Village Concert Series, Cazenovia & Oneida;

· Expanded from one to three galleries, received gallery funding from NYS Council on the Arts, and dramatically increased both the professionalism of the shows and attendance at gallery events;

· Expanded opportunities for regional artists with the use of the Arts Cafe Gallery;

· Developed outreach to kids and teens in KidsArt and TeensArt programs;

· Expanded Holiday show and sale and annual quilt show;

· Sponsored workshops for Hamilton Music Mix, Black History, artists, songwriters, and writers.

Many of my friends know that my father has been ill and that I have been spending time each week with him. We had a scare this summer when it looked as if he was going downhill quickly. Happily his condition is stable again but it reinforced that I have absolutely no flexibility to handle emergencies if needed. EOH is more than full time and it leaves no room for this kind of flexibility.

“Many of my friends know that my father has been ill and that I have been spending time each week with him. We had a scare this summer when it looked as if he was going downhill quickly. Happily his condition is stable again but it reinforced that I have absolutely no flexibility to handle emergencies if needed. The director’s role at EOH has always been more than full time and I look forward to handing over this fun and amazing job to someone who can make good things happen in our community.”

“Patti’s leadership has brought the Opera House to new heights of excellence in the arts,” said Ward. “Now that she has decided to pass the baton, we face the challenge of finding someone who can serve the community as well as she has, and bring us in exciting new directions. I am confident the deep well of talent in central New York will yield another special person to take us there.”

Patti Lockwood-Blais will continue in her roles as president of the statewide New York Multi-Arts Center Consortium (NYMACC) and on the advisory board of the New York State Presenters Network.

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The Honeycutters from Ashville, NC are touring in support of their new CD

The Honeycutters from Ashville, NC are touring in support of their new CD

It’s honest. It’s rockin’. It’s part hope, part chagrin, and it’s coming to the Earlville Opera House Saturday, November 21st at 8pm. The Honeycutters are exactly what their name implies: an act merging the tender edge of country sweetness with boot-scooting honky-tonk swagger, fleshed out with upright bass, mandolin, and Amanda Anne Platt’s incredible vocals. “Their music embodies a very catchy, accessible, optimistic sort of spirit so frequently lacking in folk circles,” offers Folk Music About.com’s Kim Ruehl. “What’s more, they’re a great band replete with tasty harmonies.”

As with the very best in roots music acts, however, it’s more than The Honeycutters’ sound that sets them apart. Platt, who got the band together in 2007 and actually hails from the Saratoga, NY, area, is a talented songwriter whose sweet vocals have been compared to Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Loretta Lynn. In the title track from the band’s latest release, Me Oh My, set free in April of this year, Platt embraces the persona of a broken woman intent on standing on her own two feet: I had a baby but the good lord took her, she was an angel but her wings were crooked, guess he figured he could love her better than me. Now preacher’s talking about the bed I made, says I’m too old to be chasing trains, he says I’ve got to lay it down and let it be.

Calling Asheville, North Carolina home, The Honeycutters have shared the stage with the likes of Guy Clark, Tony Rice, Billy Joe Shaver, and the Steep Canyon Rangers. “Today’s Smoky Mountain area modern folk thing does have a certain vibe, and these guys are among its finest purveyors,” notes Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst. As their fan base continues to grow, Me Oh My serves as a record of a band on the very verge of hitting the big time.

The Honeycutters are touring in support of their new CD.

The Honeycutters are touring in support of their new CD.

Here’s an excerpt from Steve Ramm writing about the band’s newest CD: “Country? Bluegrass? Americana? This group fills all those genres in an album I can’t stop playing...I can’t, for the life of me, understand why I haven’t posted a review of this fabulous new CD from the Asheville, NC-based quintet, The Honeycutters, yet, here on Amazon. I’ve had it for over a month (I received an advance copy from their label) and I must play it a few times a week. It’s that good! But, I’ll rectify my oversight and get this review up now.

“Like another favorite Americana/bluegrass/country band, The Hot Club of Cowtown, the Honeycutters are led by a woman who can write great songs. Guitarist Amanda Anne Platt – a founding member, wrote all 14 songs on this CD and sings lead vocal too. From the first track – “Jukebox” – to the closer (“A Life For You”) this is a perfect album of tunes that – in most cases will have you dancing around the room (or at least tapping yiur toes). There are songs here (“Hearts of Men”) that sound “familiar” (in a good sort of way) but which are newly composed. With pedal steel, dobro and bass, the group is based in country/bluegrass. But they embellish the music with guests playing organ, harmonica, and even trumpet, on some of the tracks…”

Join us for an evening with The Honeycutters this Saturday, November 21st!   Seating is limited. Admission is $20 and $18 for EOH members and students are discounted to $15. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.   Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.

For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY. If you’re of the social media persuasion, don’t forget to check out the Earlville Opera House on Facebook and Twitter!

More about The Honeycutters:  http://www.honeycutters.com

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Here’s what people are saying…

“I can see a day when her name is mentioned alongside Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, and Gillian Welch.” –The Real Southern

“Platt’s songs are exceptional, with interesting melodies and well-written lyrics sung with a strong and engaging voice that sounds a bit like a blend of Gillian Welch and Loretta Lynn.” -Michael Colby, Review in No Depression/Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA

“Vocalist Amanda Anne Platt has an innate ability to write relatable, straightforward, and authentic lyrics.” – TheDailyCountry.com

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Earlville native Sherry Haluska had a pretty good weekend. She had returned to her old stomping ground from her current home in Schenectady on the weekend of August 14th to attend her fiftieth high school reunion, to take in the summer quilt show at the Earlville Opera House, and to attend the performance of Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen in the restored upstairs theater on Friday night. While there, she entered our annual raffle. And she pulled first prize! “I enjoyed my first visit to the opera house,” notes Haluska. “Winning the raffle is definitely the icing on the cake!”

Haluska, a retired librarian, had her choice among the three possible raffle prizes available, and she chose the three-pack of restaurant gift certificates: $100 each to the Tailor & the Cook in Utica, Michael’s in Waterville, and The Horned Dorset in Leonardsville. “It will be lovely to share meals with friends in the area,” offers Haluska.

The second place raffle prize went to EOH Board Member Bruce Ward, who graciously deferred to the third place winner, Kristin Mosher of Syracuse. Deciding between the Bose Soundlink Mini speaker and tickets for the full 2016 EOH Season, Mosher chose the “awesome” speaker. “We will definitely continue supporting the Earlville Opera House,” said Mosher. “Thanks for all your work providing such amazing art, culture, and entertainment.”

The Earlville Opera House is deeply grateful to everyone who helped support our youth programming by purchasing a raffle ticket this season, and to the restaurants that generously donated prizes.

EOH Auction logo copyYou are invited to join your friends and neighbors and fellow patrons of the arts on Friday, October 16th at the Colgate Inn for a silent auction to benefit the Opera House. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the Colgate Inn, listen to the incomparable piano stylings of Tony award-winning Dianne Adams McDowell, and bid on artwork, local crafts, food, trips, antiques, and services from babysitting to legal counsel, all donated by friends of the Opera House.

For more than 40 years, Earlville Opera House has been a mecca for arts and entertainment in rural central New York. Housed in a restored, historic, late-19th-century structure on Main Street in the Village of Earlville, the Opera House offers classes for children and adults; exhibits the work of local, regional and national artists; and stages performances ranging from community theater to nationally renowned musicians.

There is over $11,000 in auction items to bid on this year!! Here are some sample items to fire your enthusiasm:
· Golf for four from Seven Oaks Golf Course (including cart!)
· Portrait photography session from Vantine Imaging
· Family four-pack of zoo entry tickets from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
· Four tickets to the Claire Lynch Band holiday concert
· Private screening of a film of your choice from Hamilton Movie Theater
…and much, much more!

Listen to the incomparable piano stylings of Tony award-winning Dianne McDowell

Listen to the incomparable piano stylings of Tony award-winning Dianne McDowell

Fabulous gift certificates to local businesses include the Scotch n’ Sirloin, The Dark Horse, Lakeview Restaurant, Fojo Beans, Jewett’s Cheese House, Ray Brothers BBQ, and Curtis Lumber and more.

Idle and abandoned for more than two decades before it was saved from demolition in 1971, the Opera House has been rehabilitated and sustained through volunteer effort and the generosity of EOH members and friends. This support has enabled it to become a beacon for the arts in our community.

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 16th, 5:00-7:30 pm. Admission is $18, and you’ll be fostering the arts in central New York.  Here’s a link to pictures from last year’s auction!

{Edibles} – These delectable edibles offer a taste of our local food culture. Choose from a variety of restaurant dining experiences, locally produced meats, cheeses, syrups and beverages for a true taste of Central New York!

{Experiences} – Maybe these items aren’t on your “Bucket List” but there’s sure to be at least one that you’ve always wanted to do… see a bit of Central New York by air or water, engage in a culinary adventure, visit a museum, explore the zoo or spend the day on the links.

{Entertainment} – Whether your idea of enjoyment is a special night at the movies with a bunch of your besties, a unique house party with live musicians, or an evening of contemporary dance, get your party hat on and pick from a great selection of fun and merriment.

{Essentials} – Far more than “the basics,” these fundamentals give you just what you need: choose from legal advice, massages for wellness, architectural consultation, fitness training, and more!

{Embellishments} – Items ranging from the beautiful to the truly unique to adorn your home or office. Select from antiques, fine art and photography, pottery, garden decor, and other original embellishments!

Tickets available through our online donation page, Please put Auction in the message box. https://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/donate.form or at: Evergreen Gallery, 11 Lebanon St., Hamilton or via the Earlville Opera House through 315-691-3550 or by seeing one of our board members Roger Bauman, Suzanne Collins, RuthAnn Loveless, Dode Page, Lara Scott, Jonathan Vaughn, Merle Vonwettberg, Bruce Ward, Shirley Zimmer, Diane Fenton, or Ted O’Bryan.  We’ll also have tickets at the door at the Colgate Inn on Friday night.

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