Vermont’s very own honky tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys have been serving up a heart-throbbing (and sometimes heartbreaking) mix of vintage country and rockabilly for devoted fans throughout New England since 1998. Danny “Little Danny C” Coane (rhythm guitar), “Big Al” Lemery (lead guitar), and Billy “Slappin’ Billy B” Bratcher celebrate 20 years of great country music-making on this festive evening.
“Fitzsimmons is an immensely talented singer. With a shimmering, silken delivery, he is effortlessly emotive . . . . a mature songwriter near the peak of his abilities. Wide eyed and heartfelt, his music ably and honestly recalls a simpler period of American pop music. It is retro in the finest, and blissfully unironic sense of the word.” ~Seven Days
7:45 pm – Holley Hall Mark LaVoie has been playing harmonica, and performing for 40 years. His Solo-Voice & Harmonica Performance, is a unique acoustic style, that is reminiscent of the late, Great, blind, Legendary harmonica player Sonny Terry. Mark is one of the distinguished harmonica players, listed on Hohner Harmonicas Endorsee, artist page. He … Read more
David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, play original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills. Featuring clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and family harmonies, Last Train To Zinkov’s music draws from Appalachian old-time, gypsy jazz, classical, and the klezmer of their Eastern European roots.
Greg Ryan is a singer and guitarist, inventor, and master-craftsman. He is co-founder of the modern gypsy jazz group They Might Be Gypsies with his son Aidan. Greg performs in a duo with Rani Arbo, and plays with the Bow Thayer Band as well as the Queen City Hot Club. He performs everything from Gypsy Jazz and Americana to ‘improvisational gourd funk’.
Husband and wife Peter and Kristina Cady have played with a trio, quartet, or as a duo for twenty-five years in performances all over Vermont and in surrounding states. They present an engaging mix of old and new folk songs on guitar and fiddle, ranging from Carter Family songs to western ballads, from New England dance tunes to their own zany parodies of musical standards.
6:00 pm – Holley Hall Tom and Janet have been performing at Best Night from the beginning and love performing for the “hometown crowd.” They spend much of their time traveling with their organization, Magicians Without Borders, performing in refugee camps and orphanages, bringing love, laughter, magic and hope to many of the most forgotten … Read more
Singer/songwriter Michele Fay has been sharing her music throughout listening rooms and outdoor concerts in Vermont for the past twelve years. Her heart-felt lyrics are sung with a clear, authentic voice accompanied by guitar and banjo. Her husband,Tim Price, adds ideal melodic instrumentals on mandolin and guitar.
Richard Ruane, Beth Duquette and Mitch Barron are reuniting as Bread and Bones for this special Bristol Best Night New Years Eve show. Vermont based Bread and Bones is a harmony driven acoustic trio that plays original music with a strong traditional-roots foundation. Richard Ruane has an articulate style of playing that extends to guitar, ukulele and tenor guitar.