Pre-Festival Music Showcase

March 23, 2012 at 8:00pm in Somerville, Mass.

This was a sampler of performers scheduled to appear at the 68th Annual New England Folk Festival (April 20-22, 2012, in Mansfield, Mass.)



Lynn Noel  - Solo Voice / Group Sing

Lynn Noel has a voice of striking clarity and power, as wide and deep as her repertoire. She is equally at home in a flowing, traditional ballad or a rousing sea chantey, delivered in English or French. She sings in fourteen languages from Gaelic to Zulu to Inuktitut.

Marylou Ferrante - Pre-War Blues

Marylou is an artist who performs pre-war blues from the 1920's & 30's. She covers major artists from the delta to east coast Piedmont style players such as Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Blind Boy Fuller and Memphis Minnie along with mandolin players such as Yank Rachell.

Her passionate expression of these old songs comes from a love of the music and the arrangements themselves, as well as what she says is an appreciation for "the history of these folks and the difficult circumstances they endured."

Wear My Letter  - Old-time

Wear My Letter is comprised of musicians Justin Nawn and Bronwyn Bird. Natives of Doylestown PA, they are now Boston based, adding their unique sound to the city's diverse music scene. As multi-instrumentalists they hit the stage with an arsenal of instruments, including the nyckleharpa (swedish keyed-fiddle), mandolin, accordion, guitar, and drums! Justin's background in Rock/Pop music, is combined with Bronwyn's love of Early Jazz and traditional folk sounds from Scandinavia and Appalachia, creating a fresh and original style that all audiences can enjoy!

Corvus  - Celtic

Corvus is a trio of Boston-area musicians who play traditional Irish tunes and songs on a somewhat unlikely but quite pleasing combination of instruments.


The concert has concluded. It was wonderful! Don't miss the next one!


Unity Somerville (6 William Street, three blocks north of Davis Square).

Davis Square


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