On Friday is the first concert of the Folk and Blues Series at nearby Montpelier Arts Center. Call the center at 301 377-7800.
Friday, May 1, 8 pm, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer
These Grammy Award-winning artists are musical treasures whose folk, country and family music have an international following. www.cathymarcy.com Tickets are still available $20.
Friday, May 8, 8 pm, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band*
Marc and Ann Savoy, along with Michael Doucet create and interpret authentic old-time Cajun music, from popular dancehall tunes to soulful ballads, drawing upon each member’s rich historical connection to their native southern Louisiana.
Friday, May 15, 8pm, Gordon Bok SOLD OUT
Back by popular demand, Bok’s sings ballads from Maine and the Maritimes both traditional and his own. www.gordonbok.com
Friday, May 22, 8 pm, Tinsmith
Tinsmith, a high-energy folk band, plays traditional music from Ireland, Scotland and Appalachia with influences from blues, bluegrass, funk, jazz and mountain music. www.tinsmith.net
Friday, May 29 8 pm, Sharron Kraus
British folk artist, Sharron Kraus, is a singer/musician/songwriter with roots in the folk traditions of England and Appalachia who sings the tales of a traveler while playing haunting banjo and fine acoustic guitar. www.sharronkraus.com
Friday, June 5, 8 pm, Robin and Linda Williams
Returning to Montpelier, the Williams’ are well-known from their appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. They have explored the roots of American folk music and brought their own lively wit and memorable melodies to the tradition. www.robinandlinda.com
Saturday, May 2, 10am- 4pm is The Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts
This year’s festival features teas and performances from China: Chinese storyteller; the dragon dance; and Chinese folk music. Also, enjoy spring plants, watch art demonstrations from papermaking to raku firing of ceramics; and visit artist studios. Events and activities for children to adults held on the grounds of the Montpelier Mansion and in the Montpelier Arts Center.