Date(s) - Fri. Mar. 23, 2018
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The event will start with a brief open mic. Come listen and sing to great music with Rick, Colette, and Ric.
Sandwiches, soup, & beverages will be available.
Free parking! Donations are welcome.
Rick Drost, a Singer/Songwriter from Cambridge, MA, has been writing songs since the late ’60s with depth and heart: songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry.
Rick has sung in small and large choruses and small acoustic folk groups, but since the early 2000s has been singing solo at open mikes, small clubs and coffeehouses, galleries and listening rooms in New England, the Midwest and the Southeast.
Since retiring in 2015 from a career as a software engineer, Rick is happily expanding the time he can spend listening, reading, writing, and traveling around singing in small venues and festivals.
Rick’s first solo album of his songs, “Turning the World”, produced and recorded by Jon Shain and FJ Ventre of Durham, NC, was released in June 2017. Thanks to all the musicians who contributed so thoughtfully to the treatment of these songs- Jon and FJ on strings and basses, Kaitlin Grady on cello, Bill Newton on harmonica and soprano sax, Chris Frank on accordion, Ed Butler on percussion, all in NC, and composer/pianist Doug Hammer in Lynn MA on piano.
Check out Rick’s website here
Sometimes eye-twinkles need recharging. Singer songwriter Colette O’Connor from Halifax, MA., crafts music that cares, balances, and inspires. Her rich alto voice is vibrant and delivers a strong sense of reassurance; singing right to the heart– with wisdom mixed with a touch of fun to inspire your inner child.
Her performances generate laughter because she engages with philosophical-humor, like candid conversations between Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell, over coffee.
Her songs are emotionally engaging, organic and hip-straight honest. There is a timeless style here that melds genres, from jazzy-blues to Americana/folk, woven together by guitar, influenced by Atkins, Harrison, Cotton, and Watson.
Award-winning Massachusetts songwriter, artist/art educator, and sourdough breadsmith; Ric was hooked by the Boston acoustic music resurgence of the 80’s, as well as Canadian, Celtic & British fingerstyle players. He spent his college years in echoing stairwells throughout Boston, honing his guitar skills (phrasing, tunings, and frailing) long before emerging as a songwriter.
In 2014, after attending a song retreat on Cape Cod, he finished his first song ‘Take It All In’ – the title track of his debut CD – garnering attention at open mics in Southeastern MA, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. Four years and dozens of songs later, his music placed him as a finalist in two national songwriting competitions, featured sets across New England, and opening slots for Archie Fisher, Susan Cattaneo, The Lied-To’s and Abbie Gardner.
Ric’s writing invites the listener into carefully illustrated narratives of love, loss, renewal and forgiveness with the eye of a visual artist, immersed in a New England sensibility.
Check out Ric’s website here.