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events

 

The various artists in the Sheffield constellation hail from a wide swath of genres.  We list performances that we present and others we highly recommend.  While many of the events are hosted at Sheffield House, a few are "off-campus," so please note the event location.

THURsday, april 12

 

Spring sampler:  jake armerding, zachariah hickman and friends

Location: Sheffield House

Time: 7pm

Ever wondered where you can catch some live Mozart, Supertramp and Queen in the course of one evening?  (Particularly as some of them are no longer alive?)  It's the show we think of as the "season opener" at Annie's house:  our very own SPRING SAMPLER.  This is the night when we finally let our hair down after shivering in the corner all winter long.  We've got the bottle openers and everything you might need them for, so come on out! 

 

FRIday, APRIL 13

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barnstar feat. Jake armerding, taylor armerding, mark erelli, zachariah hickman and greg liszt

Location: The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

Time: 8pm

Barnstar rises from the ashes of 2017 like a phoenix with a four-day beard, and we've taken this analogy as far as we're comfortable with.  Don't miss these guys.

 

monday, april 30

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the Sheffield Chamber Players:  Postcards from Prague: The Works of Dvorak, Smetena and Janacek

Location: Sheffield House

Time: 7pm

Cozy up with a glass of wine in the classiest living room for miles around and put yourself entirely in the capable hands of our "house quartet" for an evening that defines relaxation. Keep an eye out for an invitation or if you just can't wait, RSVP below.  

 

TUesday, may 15

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the Sidecar series presents: speakeasy with dinty child and zachariah hickman

Location:  Sheffield House

 

saturDAY, JUne 19

Bluegrass + bourbon VI featuring Barnstar!

Location:  Sheffield House

Until we have a real one, this is our festival — The Event of The Year at Sheffield.  They're always ridiculously fun and profoundly musical, featuring bourbon fairies, banjos and bacchanalian revelry.  So if you miss it, well ... see you next year.

 
 
 
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the sheffield story

 

A quiet residential street in small-town Winchester, MA might sound like an unlikely birthplace for a tiny musical revolution.  But it happened anyway.

A chance meeting between violist Annie Bartlett and violinist-composer Jake Armerding in 2011 led to all kinds of musical adventures.  Their collaborative debut, a simple house show, was oversold in a matter of days; expanding into new venues, the duo added local double bassist Zack Hickman and took the Griffin Photography Museum by storm in Fall 2012.  When the trio announced plans for a summer bash, dubbing it "Bluegrass & Bourbon" after the two primary influences on the evening, Winchester residents responded in force, selling out the first evening and demanding a second.  It's been rolling from there, with the current slate of half-a-dozen annual performances making hardly a dent in the local demand for well-crafted acoustic music.

Bartlett's proficiency on viola and violin, extensive training in the classical field and ambitious musical nature make her a perfect foil for Armerding, whose songs, primarily an infusion of folk, bluegrass and 1980s pop, are also informed by his extensive classical violin training as a child.  Hickman leads a strong cast of supporting players who never suspected they would find such demand for their talents on Sheffield Road.

As this humble musical juggernaut continues to expand on the greater Boston scene, it seems one should never bet against a small town's appetite for high quality, local art and entertainment.

THE Players

 
 
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sheffield sampler

by The Sheffield Sessions

COMMUNITY

 
 

ROSIN

April 2015 / Live at Futura Music, Roslindale MA

 

Eager Young Minds

June 2016 / Miles of Music Camp, Lake Winnepesaukee, NH