The first open mic night for young people will take place on Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. A second café reserved for young people is planned for Friday 18 November. Admission is $5 at the door, paid in cash or check.
Woodhall, who has sung and played guitar at the club and elsewhere, performs as a duo with David Jackson and is in club chairman Tall Richard’s band. She has also taken on many roles for the club over the years, including as emcee for cafe gigs. She learned a useful lesson about playing this role from longtime former GBH folk music show host Dick Pleasants, who sometimes hosted the club’s musical events.
“He taught me,” Woodhall said, “that if you said what you had to say to introduce the performer, you don’t have to fill all the silence.”
But if you’re a long-term member of the club, you’ve probably done a lot of volunteer jobs. Rockland’s Karen Haffner manages the club’s website, handles pre-sales of tickets, hosts and ends coffee nights with a “traditional” killer ballad. Janet Alfieri from Plymouth manages the Facebook page, musicians’ requests and acts as the club’s photographer. Club members Glenn Thayer and Todd Nickerson help run the PA system.
“We need more new blood – younger, stronger people to take on the heavier duties,” said Woodhall, who is also the club’s treasurer. “It’s an all-volunteer organization and we need help to keep it going!”
The club opened its season earlier this month with a concert by folk and roots singer Gail Morrison from Rochester. The non-profit organization plans to hold the first “café” format program of the year, with tables and refreshments for sale, on Saturday, October 22. The cafe’s performer is singer-songwriter Chuck Williams of Buzzards Bay, whose style the club describes as “rooted in American folk-rock tradition. Opening the program is CiCi Eberle, a regional singer-songwriter drawing on the roots of folk, acoustic rock and blues.
And famed Berklee-trained blues singer Racky Thomas, accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica, will perform at the club on Saturday, November 12.
See the club’s website,southshorefolkmusicclub.org for timetable and ticket information.
Like the South Shore Folk Music Club, other regional music providers are feeling the need to pick up the pace in the fall. The South Shore Atlantic Regional Symphony Orchestra will perform in Braintree this month. The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, which started its season with a performance in September, has two concerts scheduled for November. The Conservatoire de la Rive-Sud is hosting an outdoor “Mad Love Music Festival” for “rockers” this month, among other events. And a regional theater company will perform a musical revue based on the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals in Plymouth from October 6-9.
The South Shore Conservatory describes its rock music festival as “a day-long celebration of music, life and community” held outdoors on the school’s Hingham campus on Sunday, October 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features local musicians, refreshments and what the conservatory describes as “activities for rockers of all ages”. The event raises scholarships. See the school website, sscmusic.orgfor ticket information.
Later this month, the conservatory is hosting its own “open mic night” on Friday, October 28, from 7-9 p.m. The school also offers lessons in rhythm fundamentals and drum circles for teenage and adult rockers separately.
For music lovers of a different wavelength, the Atlantic Symphony opens its 26th season under the direction of Jin Kim on Saturday, October 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Thayer Center for the Arts, located at 745 Washington St. .in Braintree. . Described by the orchestra as “a dynamic evening of masterpieces”, the concert program includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Haydn’s Symphony No. name “London”. Internationally renowned guest artist Luosha Fang is the soloist for the Violin Concerto. See the orchestra’s website, atlanticsymphony.org for tickets.
The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, which opened its 107th season in September with a program of music by American composers, has two concerts scheduled for November. Musical director Steven Karidoyanes conducts “Perfect Pairs,” a concert featuring the Overture in C by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel; the Concerto for amplified double bass by Simon Garcia (composed in 2020); and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony No. 3. Guest artist Susan Hagen is featured on the double bass concerto. The concert takes place at the Plymouth North High School Performing Arts Center, located at 41 Obery St., on November 5.
The final concert, titled “America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration”, will take place on Friday, November 18 at Plymouth Memorial Hall, located at 83 Court St. It is part of Plymouth’s annual pre-Thanksgiving Day celebration. The orchestra describes the program as a first half of “cherished American classics”, including Aaron Copland’s “Hoe Down”, Florence Price’s “Adoration”, Samuel Barber’s ravishing “Adagio for Strings” and “Midnight Stirring” by contemporary American composer Nancy Galbraith. The second half features guest violinist Grant Houston performing with the orchestra in Mozart’s stellar Violin Concerto No. 5 and Vittorio Monti’s “Czardas,” a piece based on Hungarian folklore. Tickets are $30. For tickets to both concerts, see the website, plymouthphil.org.
The Americana Theater Company is also putting its talents to use in music this month, presenting a concert based on the “beloved works” of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s theatrical team. The cast will perform songs from the duo’s most beloved shows, including “The Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma!”, “South Pacific,” and “Carousel” during performances from October 6 through Sunday, October 9 (shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday) at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North St.
Tickets for “The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein” are $35 for adults, $30 for students and seniors, available in advance at americanatheatre.org/tickets.
Robert Knox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.