Live, original music provides a wonderful soundtrack to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair experience.
Here is a sampling of some of the performers that have entertained us — and check back in 2017 to see who will be performing this summer:
Cormac McCarthy Quartet
Folk musician Cormac McCarthy plays original music using a guitar and harmonica. Jeff McLaughlin from The Boston Globe calls McCarthy, “A distinctive songwriter with a warm, powerful, inherently melodic baritone, a fine guitarist … capable of putting chills into your spine or a silly grin on your face…”
With influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go far beyond, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor, and energy to burn. The Buskers are: KZ Sommer (violin, mandolin), Craig Jaster (piano, bass, accordion, and percussion), Paul Hubert (guitar, banjo, harmonica), and Tim Gilmore on drums.
High Range is a high energy roots/folk/bluegrass group with a long list of rave reviews from national publications. They highlight original music on guitar, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and drums.
Jerry Short and Rick Watson
For over 20 years, the duo of Rick Watson and Jerry Short have traveled our country playing original songs written from the heart. These multi- instrumentalists weave the blues, zydeco, country and just a bit of humor into their songs.
Ellen Carlson, Jim Prendergast and Tim Mowry
Traditional Irish, old-time and fine tunes written by Ellen and Tim in the country, bluegrass, folk and swing styles. Features vocals, fiddle, mandolin and guitars.
The Doug Bennett Trio
Doug plays with two legendary New England musicians, Kent Allyn on bass and Bruce Derr on pedal steel.