, Gloucester, MA

March 21, 2013

Swing with band on new dance floor

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — The Lanesville Community Center continues its March celebration of world famous trumpeter and Lanesville native Sylvester “Hooley” Ahola with a dance on its new dance floor, on Saturday, March 23, featuring the seven-piece jazz and swing band The Seacoast Stompers.

The band will be playing Hooley’s music in his old neighborhood from 8 to 11 p.m. at the center, which is the former Ahola dairy barn, located at 8 Vulcan St. in Gloucester. The band, formed at the Acton Jazz Cafe, consists of members who have played hot Trad (Dixie and Swing) with national players and groups for decades. They are Scott Philbrick on cornet, who counted Hooley among his friends and knows his music as well as anyone; Craig Ball, on clarinet, of the White Heat Swing Orchestra; Lee Prager, on trombone, playing in the Dixie style; Dave Whitney, trumpet and vocals; Albie Bernard, who has used his Sousaphone “brass bass” in Trad gigs all over the region; Frank Stadler on piano; and Bill Reynolds on drums.

Ahola (1902-1995), a classic jazz trumpeter and cornetist, performed in England and the United States before returning to his native Gloucester.

Tickets are $10 in advance at Gloucester Music on Main Street and at Plum Cove Grind in Lanesville, and $12 at the door. There will be beer and wine on sale. For more information about this, and other events, and for directions, visit:

Annisquam’s annual talent show

The Annisquam Village Players have rescheduled the talent show that was postponed because of the February blizzard. It will take place this Saturday, March 23. This ninth annual benefit talent show is presented by the long-standing Annisquam Village Players at the Annisquam Village Hall. The potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and features more than 20 acts by local performers of all ages, many of whom have graced the stages in the annual summer shows of the Annisquam Village Players.

The acts include singing, dancing, skits, readings and always a few surprises and special guests, usually a politician or two. The show always features a spoof from the previous year’s show, so this talent show features an act from “Wizard of Oz.”

Proceeds go to Family Promise North Shore, an organization that helps low-income and homeless families achieve independence.

Clambake Five, a local dixieland band, will perform during dinner. Organizers encourage newcomers to experience this annual event.

The Annisquam Village Hall is at 32 Leonard St. in Gloucester. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16, with a family maximum of $30. For reservations, call 978-281-0376 or email If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door.

Rockport fireworks benefit event

The grassroots group working to hold Rockport’s summer fireworks in August off of Granite Pier are holding a benefit music event on Saturday, March 23, at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in downtown Rockport from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door, and the price includes heavy appetizers including clam chowder. There will be a cash bar. The A Train Orchestra of Rockport will provide entertainment. Anyone interested in donating to the fireworks fund can do so at Rockport National Bank, Rockport Fireworks Fund, c/o Marcia Budrow, 37 King St. in Rockport. Like “Rockport Fireworks” on Facebook for more information, or call Tim and Susan Collins at 978-546-9566.

Crosswinds Coffeehouse

The Crosswinds Coffeehouse at First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., welcomes the Honky Tonk Women on Saturday, March 23, singing classic hits of the ’50s and ’60s in four-part harmony. The Honky Tonk Women are Caroline Haines, Barbara Jansson, Sheila Schrank and Elaine Persons. The group will take the audience on an a capella and doo-wop journey with songs by Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Connie Frances, Brenda Lee, and many more.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance begins at 7:30. Cost of admission is $15 and all ages are welcome. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free. Homemade goodies will be offered for sale.

The performers create a four-part harmony often heard in the ’50s and ’60s eras when “girl groups” such as the Ronnettes, the Supremes, the Crystals, and the Shirelles captured Motown. .

Schrank is the fingerstyle and acoustic guitarist who sings lead melody and alto harmony. Jansson is the lead vocalist and harmony singer, who often infuses the music with percussion and harmonica. Haines sings both lead and soprano harmony and carries a song in her heart to work everyday at Pathways. She has more theatrical experience than anyone in the group and that becomes an obvious asset on stage. Persons is the Patsy Cline voice, singing “Walking After Midnight,” “Crazy,” and “I Fall to Pieces.”

Folksinger/novelist event

Scott Alarik, a singer, songwriter and novelist, visits Gloucester for an evening of music and a reading Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main St. in East Gloucester.

His book “Revival,” is described as a one-of-a-kind love story set in the world of modern folk music. Alarik will read from his novel and perform music featured in the book at this writers center event.

“Revival” won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in Popular Fiction, and is receiving critical acclaim for its depiction of two lovers and artists experiencing the Boston-Cambridge folk scene, through basement clubs, funky jam sessions, and rowdy open mike nights. Both are seeking stardom and redemption for the other.

A review from Performing Songwriter Magazine stated that the book provided “a wonderful window into the world of folk music, the dreams of an artist, and a reminder that what we want and what we need are rarely the same thing. A beautiful novel.”

For the past 25 years, Alarik has covered folk music for the Boston Globe, served seven years as correspondent for the national news show “Here and Now,” and written for national magazines including Sing Out, Billboard, and Performing Songwriter. Alarik has toured the national folk circuit and performed regularly on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

RSVP by tomorrow, March 22, by calling Terry Weber at 978-559-1712. Refreshments will be served.

Concerts at Shalin Liu

Larry Coryell performs tomorrow, March 22, at 8 p.m. Coryell is the pioneer guitarist known for merging jazz, rock, free-form improvisations, and Eastern influences. His career spans four decades and more than 60 albums, and performances with Eric Clapton, John Scofield, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name a few. He is also a consummate composer.

A Boston early music ensemble, Blue Heron, performs Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m., directed by Scott Metcalfe. Blue Heron presents “Divine Songs,” connections and exchanges between secular song and sacred music. The ensemble features the music of Johannes Ockeghem (c.1420-1497), considered among the top composers of all time. His sacred music has been characterized as mystical, and his songs can be funny, heart wrenching, or profound. For tickets and information, visit

Illustrated, musical Civil War talk

“The Girl I Left Behind Me” is the title of an illustrated talk with musical accompaniment presented by the Cape Ann Museum about the northern home front during the Civil War. The talk will be given by historian Mary Rhinelander McCarl with musical accompaniment by Pat Conlon and friends, on Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m. Using Winslow Homer’s Harper’s Weekly illustrations as a backdrop, McCarl will trace how the Civil War changed the ways that northern women confronted the world.

In 1861, Winslow Homer prepared a two-page spread for Harper’s Weekly titled, “Songs of the War.” McCarl will explore these images, along with popular music of the time, to pinpoint specific ways in which the role of women in society had been forever changed by the Civil War.

Mandolin and harmonica player Pat Conlon will be joined by Linda Shields Swicker on guitar and banjo and David de la Barre on tin whistle. They will playing songs of the era, such as “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” “The Rogue’s March” and other favorites.

McCarl retired to Gloucester in 2001. She has summered here since her birth in 1940. She has numerous degrees: a Bachelor and Master of Arts in History from Harvard College, a Master of Library Science from Simmons College and an Master of Arts in History and Archives from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has a passionate interest in local history. She served as the assistant curator of manuscripts at the Genealogical Society and has been a volunteer at Cape Ann Museum since 1988.

The museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, call 978-283-0455 or visit

Free Honors concert

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra will perform a free Honors Concert on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 37 Main St. in Rockport. The organization will present its Honors Chamber Ensemble Concert featuring its top student musicians. The concert will include music from some of the great masters of the chamber music genre such as Beethoven and Mozart in addition to more contemporary composers.

This concert is free to the public and appeals to all ages. The program will last about an hour and a reception will follow the performance. The concert is sponsored, in part, by the Geoffrey H. Richon Company, with additional grants from the Gloucester and Rockport cultural councils. For more information, visit or call 978-309-9833.

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