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Next Stage hosts The Foreign Landers on March 16

PUTNEY—Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of bluegrass and folk music by The Foreign Landers on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

In a news release, Next Stage Production Director Barry Stockwell notes that The Foreign Landers’ first concert at Next Stage “will be a highlight of our winter lineup of Twilight Music shows that feature young, up-and-coming, acoustic music artists from around the world.”

Drawing from the musical styles of their homelands, transatlantic, multi-instrumentalist duo David Benedict (from South Carolina) and Tabitha Agnew Benedict (from Northern Ireland) join with Nate Sabat on acoustic bass and Julian Pinelli on fiddle for their 2023 tour to celebrate the release of the (1)CD Traveler’s Rest.

The Benedicts’ authenticity and originality in songwriting, instrumental prowess on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, evocative vocals, and unique transatlantic touch all combine to create a unique sound that is inexpressibly foreign and yet familiar.

The Benedicts are also no foreigners to music. Before forming their duo, Tabitha performed with BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award finalists Cup O’Joe from Northern Ireland, and Island Records-signed British bluegrass band Midnight Skyracer. While in Nashville, David toured with Grammy-nominated, 10-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Bass Player of the Year Award recipient Missy Raines, and later, in Boston, with 2020 IBMA New Artist of the Year Award recipient Mile Twelve.

These opportunities led to both Tabitha and David receiving Instrumentalists of the Year Momentum Awards from the IBMA as well.

Find Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Advance tickets are available at For information, call 802-387-0102. Next Stage will provide a beer, wine, and cocktail cash bar.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #706 (Wednesday, March 15, 2023). This story appeared on page B6.

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