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Friday, March 28 2014

Music at Madison

Adapted from a Michael Orlen press release:

Next Friday, April 4th, from 6PM to 9PM, Madison on the Avenue (102 Avenue A in Turners Falls) will present the music of Bruce King, Caleb Wetherbee, and Orlen & Gabriel.  Admission is free and all are welcome!

Bruce King performs an eclectic mix of tunes written by western Massachusetts songwriters, as well as songs from the contemporary folk and blues genres.  Over the years you may have seen him performing with Evelyn Harris, Eva Cappelli, Eric Lee, and Peggy Seeger.  He (and 200 others) once jammed with Vassar Clemens at the Albuquerque Folk Festival.  His major influences include Dan Hicks, Randy Newman, John Hammond, and Bob Dylan.  Recent performances have been at the Shutesbury AC, Manhan Café, Luthier’s Coop, Marlborough’s Coffee Loft, and his grandkids’ house.

Acoustic, finger-style guitarist/singer Caleb Wetherbee performs songs in a range of styles influenced by traditional and contemporary folk music with, intricate bare-finger accompaniment.  Audiences can expect a repertoire of sensitive ballads, country-blues tunes plus older songs in the vein of Fats Waller  along with many solo guitar favorites. With his controlled baritone voice and six-string stylings, Wetherbee's singing and playing are sure to inspire and entertain!

Michael Orlen is a singer songwriter with roots in the Boston music scene of the late sixties and early seventies. He was a frequent performer at legendary Boston venues including the Sword in the Stone and Turk's Head. He performed alone and later as a member of folk pop duo "Orlen and Gabriel", as well as the popular seventies acoustic rock trio "Home Free". He now lives in the northern Connecticut River Valley in Western Massachusetts, is a member of the Franklin County Musician¹s Cooperative, and has performed at coffee houses and festivals throughout New England and in New York state. His own songs are confident expressions of optimism with a dose of irony thrown in. He also draws on an extensive knowledge of twentieth century folk, blues, and ragtime music to choose songs that resonate in today¹s world. His pleasure in performing these songs is obvious and infectious, and his engagement with his audience adds an extra dimension to his shows. Joined by his longtime music and life partner, Christine (Gabriel) Orlen.

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