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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.

 
 

TUESday, SEPTEMBER 25

Co-Bill: 

Charlie Rose Album Debut 

Kate Goldstein, Mina Kim and Annie Bartlett play Hungarian Composer Erno Dohnanyi 

Location: Sheffield House

Time: 7pm

Annie Bartlett, Mina Kim and Kate Goldstein are working up a very cool classical string trio.  Charlie Rose is working up a new album.  Come and hear some new and cool music—they might even play some tunes together...

For tickets to this show, please RSVP to sheffieldsessions@gmail.com or keep an eye out for the Paperless Post invitation!.  

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 

Benefit Concert for Winchester Community Music School featuring Mark Erelli 

Location: Lincoln Elementary Auditorium, 161 Mystic Valley Parkway, Winchester, MA

Time: 7:30pm

Join Winchester Community Music School and Sheffield Sessions for a lively and nostalgic concert featuring talented singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Erelli. Performing music from his 11th solo album, MIXTAPE, Mark draws inspiration from 50 years of popular music.  He has selected his favorite cover songs from his "Under the Covers" concerts - beloved by fans - and brought them together in one recording.  MIXTAPE includes Mark's unique interpretation of songs by celebrated artists including the Grateful Dead, Roy Orbison, Don Henley, and Phil Collins.  Mark is backed by Zachariah Hickman on bass, Sam Kassirer on keys, and Ray Rizzo on drums, as well as a classical string quartet with Annie Bartlett on viola and Mina Kim on cello.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31

Ghostly Tones feat. Zachariah Hickman

Location: Sheffield House

Time: 7:00pm

Nothing says Halloween like a little pump organ (or should we say pumpkin organ?), and our own Zack Hickman is at it again, serenading the crowds of small humans on their quest for sugar.  Come on by for a spooky tune – on the house.  

 

WEDNESDAY, november 14

2nd Annual Power Outage Party feat. Zachariah Hickman & Friends

Location: Sheffield House

Time: 7:00pm

Let’s get weird. Ever wondered what a concert would be like if the power went out, and everyone had to play fully acoustic? With a stage in the middle of the room? With only candles and campfires to light the way? Bassist and impresario Zachariah Hickman is here to help you find out. Come join him and his many co-conspirators for a singular event. Music, stories, theatre… all from the edge of your seat. Special guests will abound. Come and be a part of Sheffield lore for years to come. Flashlights and headlamps encouraged (seriously).

For tickets to this show, please RSVP to sheffieldsessions@gmail.com or keep an eye out for the Paperless Post invitation!

 

sUNDAY, november 18

Sheffield Chamber Players:  Songs of Thanksgiving

Location: Sheffield House

Time: 7pm

String Quartet No.1 in C Major   Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op. 132                       Ludwig van Beethoven

Shostakovich wrote that he "visualized childhood scenes, somewhat naive and bright moods associated with spring" when writing his first string quartet. The optimism and happiness of this work contrasts with the drama of his recently completed 5th Symphony, but his unique voice is nevertheless heard in full force here.

As Beethoven recovered from what he had feared would be a fatal illness, he wrote his extraordinary String Quartet Op. 132. He titles the 3rd movement, "Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart" ("Holy song of Thanksgiving of a Convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian mode"). This movement is one of the most sublime, hopeful expressions of deep gratitude and love of life.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Rosin

Location: Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA

Time: 8:00pm

Not technically a Sheffield event since it takes place at the venerable Club Passim, but we're making an exception since we own the band as well as the house.  Rosin (Jake, Annie, Mina and Zack) are gearing up for their second album, but need some listeners to make sure the new pieces are OK.  Hope you can make this one.

 

tuesday, december 11

Dennis Brennan Band

Location: Sheffield House

Time: 7pm

Dennis Brennan is a Boston musical institution - his weekly residency at the Lizard Lounge has been voted Boston's best for many years running.  A dynamic and compelling singer and songwriter, Dennis is also backed by one of the best bands in music today.  He will be making a special ACOUSTIC appearance with the full band.  Zack says "Dennis is the best singer I've ever worked with.  I still get nervous when we're in the same room."  Come relax before the holidays get too crazy!

For tickets to this show, please RSVP to sheffieldsessions@gmail.com or keep an eye out for the Paperless Post invitation!

 

Friends of Sheffield

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Barnstar!
Charles River Museum of Industry
Waltham, MA

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

Josh Ritter (featuring Zachariah Hickman), Rose Cousins opens
Cabot Theater
Beverly, MA

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9-10

Songs And Strings with Zachariah Hickman feat. Annie Bartlett, Mina Kim and more
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

Jake Armerding
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

Local Behavior Music Festival
City Winery
Boston, MA

Saturday, November 10

Dietrich Strause And Friends Perform The Beatles' White Album
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA

tuesday, november 13

Zachariah Hickman's Power Outage Party
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA

sunday, november 18

Hank Wonder
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15-16

Under The Covers feat. Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, Jake Armerding & Zachariah Hickman
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA

 
 
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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.

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ROSIN

April 2015 / Live at Futura Music, Roslindale MA

 

Eager Young Minds

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