Original and traditional ballads &
fiddle tunes with twisted, old time grooves - and a Dylan song thrown in.
Niles Francs - on upright bass; Kevin Wright on slide acoustic and songwriter; Justin Park from Heartwood Farm on mandolin, and Spencer Lewis on guitar, fiddle, violin and songwriter; everyone sings.
“As a fiddler in the old time tradition, his ‘97 release Lighter Than Fancy “reveals Lewis to be an inventive, serendipitous writer of old-time fiddle tunes with melodies that are as timeless as any they emulate.” (Pamela Polston, Seven Days)
The Bobs are a session band with every session being different. It is the union of family and decades of friendship that binds them all to the common core of the music they love.
The Bobs, an acoustic string band, perform a rare collection of old-time music (and a dash of contemporary folk) with an unassuming verve for the genre. You’ll hear rollicking reels and jigs alongside ballads backed by double guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and harmonica. Will Wright, multi-instrumentalist, plays fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, cajón, and jaws harp; Kevin Wright plays rhythm and slide guitar (including some mean blues) and mandolin; Jim Reiman’s rhythm/flatpicked guitar is the group’s instrumental heartbeat; and Spencer Lewis adds his well-established and distinctive style of violin and fiddle. Everyone sings in four parts – harmony and chorus.
This is a noisy, festive atmosphere, maple sugaring arch boiling away, and lot's of creative food inluding a breakfast catered by the Jericho Cafe. It is a great place to play as the PA can be cranked and the music fills the space genreously with an uplifting vibe. People of all walks of life seem to add to the energy and we'll be creating music that is written as it's played, in addition to singing songs already made up.
This is a new winter concert by the good folks in Reading, Vermont to benefit multiple causes. I will be playing both my Instrumetnal Music and Folkthatrocks - with and without lyrics. My latest CD “Riffs on a Broad Reach” will be available. I will be joined by special guests Niles Francs on upright bass fiddle and Kevin Wright on slide and vocals. There will be a dinner included with the $10 admission.
Joining him under the Craftproducer's music tent at 11AM, 1:00 and 3:00 is Scott Paulson on electric bass and percussion. Lewis will be performing his own brand of folk that rocks with songs that reflect the universal changes that surround us all.
The Seven Days’ music critic Jordan Adams called out his latest vocal album From Now To Now as one of the “Best of 2017…So Far” by saying: "The Messenger" has the heft of a Peter Gabriel ballad, albeit with a folksier tonal palette." Lewis’ will be also looping his guitar and violin to recreate music from his 25 CD catalong including Souls, released in the spring of 2016.
The new venue for the Ludlow Concert Series is the Black River High School ball field. There are rest room facilities and a quieter concert experience. Spencer is performing with Rudy Dauth on mandolin, acoustic /electric guitars and Eric Graham on electric bass guitar. We'll be performing Spencer's own folkthatrocks and his well known instrumentals.
Spencer Lewis will be preforming at Vermont’s hidden mountain meadow music venue in Barnard, VT Feast & Field on June 7th. Lewis has played for Fable Farm from their humble CSA pick-up beginning’s at their original location in Barnard town adding a ’60’s folk vibe’ to the original gatherings. This concert also marks Lewis’ 30th Anniversary of his record label Quartz Recordings and first release Weeding the Garden.
Lewis will be playing his folk and folk that rocks with host of friend’s to help showcase a variety of Spencer’s musical incarnations. For starters, there will be a sampling of his best selling guitar and violin instrumental music, for which he is most known for. The performance will then switch to his folk -singer-songwriter roots with his old friend the “The Songfinder” Kevin Ladden playing some Blaze Foley and his quirky originals. Andy Mueller from Haywire will bring his soulful vocals mandolin and fiddle for an Americana set. Long time collaborator Scott Paulson will play bass and cajon - reprising music from the live studio gem Song of Stone and a host of other albums he has worked on with Spencer. Eric Graham plays both fretless and fretted electric bass to complement a folk that rocks set including some of the music from Lewis’ latest album New Years Ramble. There will be a few more surprises in the evening but the wild card is one of Vermont’s hidden secrets: Rudy Dauth, music sideman extraordinaire who plays bass, electric / acoustic guitars and mandolin with equal virtuosity. Rudy hails from Spencer’s former stomping grounds up north in Waterville and currently plays with pop-rocker Chad Hollister.
Letter from the host:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
House Concert at
Michael Millard & Lynne Hadley’s
10 Swayze Road, Tunbridge, VT 05077
Our first concert of the 2018 season features our dear friend Spencer Lewis and some special musical friends.
“Spencer Lewis is a purveyor of reflective instrumental folk grooves and a singer-songwriter whose sound combines old-time motifs with his own folk that rocks. His signature sound combines the precision of the acoustic guitar with the sustained elegance of the violin that he performs on stage by the live-looping of guitar and violin overdubs. This method of live-looping allows him to move in unpredictable directions, often spontaneously, drawing upon the varied compositions he has amassed from his internationally known 26-album catalog. All of his music, including links to You Tube, Soundcloud and other exclusive material, can be found on his web site http://www.spencerlewismusic.com. “
This concert is a benefit for Lorna Gregoire, and is sponsored by Froggy Bottom Guitars.
We will have wine, juice and seltzer, and light refreshments will be provided. You’re welcome to bring something to share, and/or other beverages.
House opens at 6:30, the concert will begin at 7:30. $15-20 suggested donation.
We can seat 50. We expect this to sell out quickly. Reservations are required. Email, text or call 802 793-3967 or call 802 889-3383.
Parking in wintertime will be limited – if you can carpool, that would be helpful. We will also provide a shuttle for those who need to park at our neighbors.
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This evening will be the first of this years series – Next up will be Will Ackermann,
renowned guitarist, producer, and the founder of Windham Hill records. Date TBA.
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Stowe, Vermont: Spencer Lewis will perform his signature combination of reflective instrumental folk grooves and old-time rhythms at this year’s Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. Joining him under the Craftproducer's music tent in Stowe on Oct 7th at 12:00 noon is Vermont’s well-known keyboardist Chas Eller and bassist Eric Graham from the group Haywire. Eller, known by many as the piano/organ/synth wizard from Kilimanjaro and the Unknown Blues Band, has played on many of Lewis’ albums including The Silence Between the Words and In the Light of Autumn. Lewis’ best selling 1993 release A Sense of Place was the first album ever mixed at Eller’s famous Charlotte Studio. Eric Graham plays both fretless and fretted electric bass and adds another dimension to Lewis’ instrumentals and impromptu passages. Both sidemen lend their creativity with the fierce improvisational energy that pervades much of Lewis’ live shows. They both appear on Lewis’s soon-to-be-released album From Now To Now, his first vocal album in 16 years.
This performance features improvisational instrumentals and folk-rock with bassist Eric Graham from from the group Haywire and drummer Brett Hoffman (The Dave Keller Band, country legend Mark LeGrand and a host of others...). There will be music from Spencer's latest album's Souls (instrumental) and his first singer-songwriter album in 16 years: From Now To Now. Both musicians played on Souls yet this our collective debut in a live setting. We will feature Eric's articulate, wildly melodic electric bass guitar, Brett's lush beats and an eclectic blend of folk-rock from Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited to Spencer's "Every Precious Day".
This performance features improvisational instrumentals and folk-rock with bassist Eric Graham from from the group Haywire and drummer Brett Hoffman The Dave Keller Band / country legend Mark LeGrand). There will be music from Spencer's latest album's Souls (instrumental) and his first singer-songwriter album in 16 years: From Now To Now. Both musicians played on Souls yet this our debut in a live setting. We will feature Eric's articulate, wildly melodic electric bass guitar and an eclectic blend of folk-rock from Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited to Spencer's "Every Precious Day".
The Folk Rock Project with the breakout '14/'15 lineup featuring Scott Paulson on Bass and vocals and Jeremy Kendall on drums - featuring special guest - saxophone/flutist extraordinaire Barbara Smith. Barb joined at for last years Valley Jam in Stockbridge and this our second gig with her. We will feature our standard list of folk-rocker repertoire and a good share of live guitar/violin looping. A great setting in a great location. Thanks to the Bethel Council on the Arts and the Town of Bethel.
Solo Guitar & Violin ~ with guitar and violin loops. Spencer will be playing songs from his two new albums that are due out in March: Souls - all instrumental and From Now To Now featuring folk-rock and lyrics.
Sandy and company will be serving special fare for Valentine's Day; It's an early Sunday afternoon start with dinner to follow.