Around Cape Ann
---- — 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.”
Paintings from Cape Ann to Acadia
Artist Heather Johnson Reid of Beverly Farms will show her work in the show “Coastal Sojourn: Paintings from Cape Ann to Acadia” at Sovereign Bank at 17 Union St. in Manchester, through Feb. 6.
Inspired by the charm of New England’s rocky coastline, and the rugged ocean edges beyond, Reid’s paintings capture this unique landscape, like the rolling waves along Cape Ann’s beaches, and the wide-open skies of Maine’s coast.
Influenced by the painters of the late nineteenth century, Reid paints with a modern style, illustrating traditional subject matter. Reid is a member of many art associations, and has paintings in many private collections. For more information, visit: www.heatherjohnsonreid.
Debbie and Friends present Newtown benefit
Nationally acclaimed and award-winning family music artist Debbie Cavalier and her band will present a special benefit concert for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 a.m. The Coolidge Corner Theatre is at 290 Harvard Ave. in Brookline.
“Like everyone, the members of my band and I just wanted to do something to help the families of Newtown,” said Cavalier, a former West Parish Elementary School teacher, in a press release. “Our Jan. 6 concert seemed like the perfect opportunity to raise money for the newly established Sandy Hook School Support Fund. We’re encouraging the families who attend the show to bring cards, letters, drawings, stuffed animals, etc. so we can send them to the students at the Sandy Hook School.”
This full-band performance will include both Debbie and Friends’ songs and some classic favorites, with a cast of top-shelf musicians from Berklee College of Music, including Cavalier on vocals and keyboard, Gloucester’s Rory McKenzie on bass, Eric Salt on guitar, Bill D’Agostino on drums and Mike Carrera on vocals.
Cavalier’s award-winning performances offer interactive, family-friendly music that includes original songs about stories that children know and love: “Three Little Pigs,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Goldilocks,” as well as familiar jokes such as in “Knock, Knock Song” and “I’m Not Tired.” Puppets and original cartoons are part of every show.
Cavalier, who also serves as vice president for online learning and continuing education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, has written more than 100 music education books and her work in children’s music has won countless awards, including a nomination for Kids’ Music CD of the year by Nickelodeon. She was named one of the five Best Children’s artists in 2011 by CBS.
Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. For more information, visit www.coolidge.org. All ticket proceeds will go to the fund. Debbie and Friends will donate all proceeds from the sale of CDs and DVDs and merchandise sold that day to the newly established Sandy Hook School Support Fund (https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/) that has been set up.
Jubilee-style gospel music
The Annisquam Village Church presents the Washed Up Beulah Band on Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:30. The band is known for its performance of jubilee-style, radio-gospel music from the 1930s and 1940s, with rich vocal textures, syncopated rhythms, and train-whistle harmonies. The band draws on the influence of such groups as The Golden Gate Gospel Quartet, the Soul Stirrers, The Selah Jubilee Singers and the Kansas City Gospel Singers among others. The Beulah Band performs this throw-back sound with both humor and energy. The band is comprised of Arthur Davis, Luke Hoffman, Kenny Shimizu, and Wheaton Squier. The church is located at 820 Washington St. in Gloucester. The suggested donation is $15 for adults, and $5 for children. Tour information and updates are available on Facebook.
Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.