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Stockwell Brothers celebrate Irish music at Next Stage

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney. Admission is by a $10 suggested donation at the door. Next Stage will provide a wine and beer cash bar. For information, call 802-387-0102.

PUTNEY—Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary bluegrass and folk quartet The Stockwell Brothers at the Next Stage Cafe on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, JD McCliments Pub will offer an Irish dinner starting at 6 p.m., while the Stockwells will explore the connections between folk/bluegrass music and the music of Ireland.

Bruce, Barry, Alan, and Kelly Stockwell’s music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms, and three-part harmonies.

They cover straight-ahead bluegrass songs, finger-picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns, and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare — Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.

Featuring 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest winner Bruce Stockwell, The Stockwell Brothers have performed alongside artists from Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, and Earl Scruggs to Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Jonathan Edwards, and Asleep At The Wheel, recorded with Mike Auldridge and Phil Rosenthal of the bluegrass supergroup The Seldom Scene, and toured throughout the U.S. and in Canada and Europe.

As a trio, they have released two albums, Stobro and Leave My Dreams Alone.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #501 (Wednesday, March 13, 2019). This story appeared on page B1.

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