Performers unite and put on show
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Mary McCaslin and Rick Shea
Mary McCaslin and Rick Shea
BELLOWS FALLS- Before Gillian Welch or Iris DeMent or Nanci Griffith, there was Mary McCaslin. Her rich, pure voice can fill a room, backed only by her open-D tuned guitar. It’s a sound a generation of singer/songwriter fans will instantly recognize from her classic 1970s albums.

McCaslin lives in California and seldom ventures east, but she’ll be stopping by the Windham Ballroom at Popolo Restaurant on Wednesday, December 5. Joining her on the bill is guitarist and songwriter Rick Shea, a member of Dave Alvin’s touring band “The Guilty Men.”

McCaslin and Shea will each take a solo turn then, together they’ll perform a number of classic songs from “The Bramble and the Rose,” a duo recording McCaslin and the late Jim Ringer made in a barn in Vermont in the 1970s. Ringer was a folksinger and McCaslin’s partner who had known hard times, and even done a little hard time. He had been a prizefighter, and worked the fields of California while growing up. The title song was written by Barbara Keith, best known now as the voice of Stone Coyotes. Together they were the perfect mixture of coarse and smooth, of grit and silk. The duets that make up “The Bramble and the Rose” are as much a treasure now as they were back then.

Popolo is located at 36 Village Square. Doors open at 7:30 pm, with showtime at 8 pm.

Tickets are $18 in advance, or $24 for best-in-house “Angel” seats. Tickets are on sale in Bellows Falls at Village Square Books and Popolo (10% off dinner for patrons with show tickets), Misty Valley Books in Chester, Turn it Up in Brattleboro, and online at The show is a joint presentation of Flying Under Radar, Kicking & Screaming and Vermont Festivals, with help from MMorgana.

For further information visit or call Vermont Festivals at (802) 463-9595.
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