Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006
The Arts

Stone Church Arts presents folk sextet Night Tree

Advance tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for premium, reserved seats. At the door, prices increase by $5 to $25 general admission and $20 for seniors. Information and advance tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers on the Square in Bellows Falls, by phone at 802-460-0110, and online at

BELLOWS FALLS—Spanning genres and moving into edgy new territory, Night Tree comes to Immanuel Episcopal Church, the “Stone Church on the Hill” at 20 Church St., on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Night Tree consists of Lily Honigberg and Chris Overholser on violin; Zach Mayer on baritone and soprano sax and vocals; Sunniva Brynnel, accordion and vocals; McKinley James on cello; and Julian Loida on percussion. Though each member of Night Tree originates from a different world, the six members have come together to create something new and unique.

Rooted in original works from the Celtic world, Night Tree creates original music that borrows from the Swedish, Jewish, and American folk tradition.

Their sound includes the dark resonance of the cello, baritone saxophone, and cajón, the drone of the accordion, and the soaring melodies of dueling fiddles.

Night Tree, named the 2016-17 Wildcard Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory, began in a practice room with just a fiddle, a cajón, and an accordion. The ensemble quickly expanded to include an additional fiddle player, a cellist, and a baritone saxophone.

The band held early rehearsals in complete darkness to develop their musical and aural connection, exploring free improvisations, traditional Irish jig-to-reel sets and everything in between — as can be heard in their arrangement, Ships, which surrounds two traditional tunes about actual ocean vessels with improvisational sections depicting a shipwreck.

Like what we do? Help us keep doing it!

We rely on the donations and financial support of our readers to help make The Commons available to all. Please join us today.

What do you think? Leave us a comment

Editor’s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readers’ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.

Add Comment

* Required information
What is the opposite word of weak?
Captcha Image
Powered by Commentics

Comments (0)

No comments yet. Be the first!

Originally published in The Commons issue #441 (Wednesday, January 10, 2018). This story appeared on page B3.

Related stories