Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present the Atwater-Donnelly Band on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School St. downtown.
The award-winning duo Atwater-Donnelly provide a unique blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The husband and wife duo blend vocals with an array of instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more.
The pair also collaborates with musicians Cathy Clasper-Torch on violin, cello and piano, John and Heidi Cerrigione on up-right bass and autoharp, and Irish step-dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle. Doyle was the principle dancer and dance director for Brian O’Donovan’s “Christmas Celtic Sojourn” in 2011, and many from Cape Ann will recognize him from the performance at the Shalin Liu.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 from the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Suggested donation at the door is $14 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $28 for a family. This is a WUMB “Warm Clothes — Warm Hearts” event: bring a gently-used coat, jacket, hat, or gloves for donation to an area homeless shelter and receive a free drink as a thank-you.
Gloucester Writers Centers event
The Gloucester Writers Center presents “Poets Around Town” on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the center at 126 East Main St. in Gloucester. On this evening, Gloucester Poet Laureate Rufus Collinson will host local writers K. Peddlar Bridges, James Cook, Dorothy Nelson and Jim Shoel. For more information, visit gloucesterwriters.org.
Auditions for local theater
Auditions for the Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative’s spring show, “Becky Shaw,” will take place in coming weeks. The show by Gina Gionfriddo is described as a “searingly funny comedy about love, marriage, blind dates from hell and the quirks of family dynamics.” Auditions will be held Jan. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Ave., Rockport. The show will run for three weekends, April 26, 27, 28 and May 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12 at Gorton Theatre, home of Gloucester Stage Company. Past productions of CAT Collaborative include “Rumors,” “Sylvia,” “Beyond Therapy,” “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” and “The Weir.”