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Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Melodies and Musings
1500 Sunset Drive
Guntersville, Alabama 35976

Melodies and Musings on Lake Guntersville, AL. September 27-29 Featuring Rob Brereton, Lorinda Jones, Aubrey Atwater, and Heidi Muller

Past Dates

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Coffeehouse At The Wheeler's - 6:00
25 Avery Place
Westport, CT 06880
United States
203-222-1424
Price: $20

WHS will celebrate the fourth anniversary of its Coffee Houses at the Wheeler’s  with an evening of music from the American Songbook, plus folk, country and Joni Mitchell songs, all performed by singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan of Westport and dulcimer player Robert Brereton of Sherman, Conn.

The evening is being called “Someone to Watch Over Me,” the George Gershwin classic that is also the title of Brereton’s 1992 album of instrumentals featuring Renaissance dance music, Scottish folk and American jazz. It is also a special occasion for Sheridan, as it comes one day before the anniversary of her marriage to long-time partner Rosanne Gates and two days before her birthday.

“I began as a singer with a guitar,” says Sheridan, “and I’m coming back to my roots, what I care about most – a quieter, more folkie approach to music. The dulcimer,” she adds, “puts out a soft sound and is perfect for the occasion.”

Brereton, who has degrees in classical guitar, music composition and music education, is considered one of the pioneers on the contemporary mountain dulcimer, an instrument that long was associated only with the simple, plaintive music of the Southern Appalachians. Early in his career, however, Brereton worked in a folk instruments store where he learned to modify the tunings of the dulcimer so it could be used to play the more complex melodies of music from the American songbook.

The playlist for the upcoming Coffee House, Sheridan says, will include the Scottish folk song “The Water Is Wide”; Gordon Lightfoot’s “In the Early Morning Rain”; “Carey Get Out Your Cane” by Jonie Mitchell; the country song “There Ain’t No Ash Will Burn”; the American hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing”; ”More Love” by the Dixie Chicks; “Moonglow,” “Blue Skies” and “Someone To Watch Over Me.”

Sheridan began her music career singing jingles and moved on to writing her own songs and performing locally and throughout New England and Eastern Canada. She has a repertoire of songs by Mitchell and Leonard Cohen that she performs on tour. The Coffee Houses model a tradition of kitchen singing that she observed in Canada, where multi-generations of family and friends would sit around eating, drinking and playing music. The instrumentation is simple, Sheridan says, “so the sound doesn’t overpower the songs, perfect for the Historical Society.”

The Coffee Houses all take place in the Society’s Betty and Ralph Sheffer Gallery, a space about the size of a small country road house.   

The mountain dulcimer is a purely American creation, the first ones being crafted by the Scottish and English immigrants who settled in the Appalachians. Music historians say these early arrivals lacked the tools and time to make violins, so they invented a new type of dulcimer using wood from the mountains where they lived. Researchers add that while the mountain dulcimer is related to European instruments of the zither family, it has no antecedents in Scotland or England. The name derives from old English, French and Italian words meaning “sweet.”

Brereton performs occasionally in Connecticut and nearby states. His most recent appearance was at the Merryall Center in New Milford. Next year, on Sept. 27, he will play “Melodies and Musings: Our Appalachian Legacy,” in Guntersville, Ala. Brereton also teaches K-6 music, works with private students and composes, arranges and directs for several choirs near his home. You can learn more about him on his website, www.robertbrereton.com.

When the first Coffee House was launched back in 2012, Sue Gold, the WHS’s executive director, described the goal as “enriching the community and creating an opportunity for Westporters to gather together.” The events take their name from Wheeler House, the historic house that serves as home to the Society.

Reservations strongly suggested,  call 203-222-1424, $20 Donation includes refreshments (Wine and hors d'oeuvres)

 

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Route 202 - 8:00
8 Chapel Hill Rd
New Milford, CT 06776
United States
860-354-7264
Price: $10 online/$15 at door

Happy to be part of this incredible series. I'll be performing with former CT state troubadour (and great friend), Thomasina Levy

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Life On A Star - August 13-20 2016
Isle of Shoals
Rye, NH
United States
(603) 430-6272
Price: see website for details

There are several workshops going on simultaneously during this week. Everything from Financial Planning to The Evolution of Folk Music...hmmm...I wonder who could be teaching that? Bring all your instruments. This isn't a dulcimer specific event, but that's what'll make it fun!

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Beyond A Simple Folk Song - 2:00
12 Vassar St
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 486-4571
Price: $8.00 in advance, $10 at the door

Beyond A Simple Folk Song is an annual concert featuring folk artists who take Folk Music in new and exciting directions. Here's the line-up:

Rob Brereton - Contemporary mountain dulcimer player who specializes in early jazz tunes & traditional dulcimer repertoire.

Bob Lukomski - Electro-acousmatic arrangement of "Sumer Is Icumen In”, one of the earliest notated English folk songs.

Kevin Becker - “Duet for Viola and Piano”, performed by Linda Bresnahan-McCarthy, piano, Shayna Skibinksky, viola.

Kevin Becker - “Dreams in Conversation”, performed by Linda Bresnahan-McCarthy, piano, Amanda Scannell, flute and Allyson Tomsky, violin.

Intermission

Matthew Vigna – HVFG’s first music scholarship recipient, will play a few tunes on solo guitar.

Free River - w/ Raphael Garritano on guitar and mandolin, David Budd on percussion and Cornelia Logan on cello. This Hudson Valley based trio plays music from Bach to the Beatles, and everything in-between. 

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Route 202 - 7:00
123 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457
United States
860-347-2528
Price: FREE

Thomasina Levy and I have been performing together for decades. We finally have a name for our duo: Route 202. We usually rehearse at Thomasina's house and I've spent many hours on Route 202 driving to her house for our time together. 

Eclectic and fun-loving' are the best words to describe the acoustic duo Route 202 which is comprised of Thomasina Levy and Robert Brereton, two award-winning musicians who have a taste for diverse styles of music. Just as Route 202 meanders through rural areas, suburbs and cities in New England, their music saunters through musical landscapes that range from folk to swing to new age to classical. 

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

June 22-27, 2014
TBA
Price: See Website

Friday, November 1st, 2013

November 1-3, 2013
7th & Navaho
Wartown, NJ
Price: See Website

Friday, September 27th, 2013

September 27-29, 2013
1500 Sunset Drive
Guntersville, Alabama 35976
Price: See Website

Friday, July 12th, 2013

July 12-14, 2013
22133 Main Street
Woodburn, Indiana 46797
Price: See Website

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

April 21-26, 2013
100 Campus Dr
Elkins, WV 26241
304-637-1209
Price: see website

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Très Café Coffeehouse at Holy Trinity Church
Rob Brereton & Friends - 7:30 pm
15 Rt 37
Sherman, CT 06784
Price: $15 Suggested Donation

 

Hope you can come see me Rob Brereton, Thomasina Levy, Jessica Smith, Tom Morris and friends play at a new Très Café Coffeehouse on Oct 13, 7:30 PM at Holy Trinity Church, Rte 37 in Sherman CT. Suggested donation is $15 at the door. Guests include Thomasina Levy, Eliot Bailen and Julia Bailen, Pat Walker, Anna De Masi, and Peter Weitzner. This will be a monthly event, the second Saturday of every month. Next Month, Red Dirt Road!


Friday, September 7th, 2012

Live at the Lake Coffeehouse (A SCE event) - Doors Open 7 PM, Music At 8 PM
Leach Hollow Road
Sherman, CT 06784
860-355-5930
Price: $20

This is the annual one everyone waits for. Just a really, really great, fun night. Anyone who's anybody is going to be here. Go to this. Seriously, I mean it! 

I'll be doing a short set with Julia Bailen and Eliot Bailen. Other featured artists are Eliot Bailen, Bob O'Connor, Paul McCormack, Mike Klvana, Don Lowe, The Bailen Brothers Band, Susan Rotholz, and Potters Field. 

BYO Beverages and/or dinner. Munchies provided.

Proceeds go to upkeep of this marvelous Sherman venue.Live at the Lake 2012

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Sherman Chamber Ensemble Bluegrass Jamboree - 1:00
Main Street
Kent, CT 06757
860-355-5930

Annual event with the fabulous Sherman Chamber Ensemble.

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Sherman Chamber Ensemble Bluegrass Jamboree - 2:00
Leach Hollow Road
Sherman, CT 06784
860-355-5930

Annual Event with the fabulous Sherman Chamber Ensemble. 

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Northeast Dulcimer Symposium - June 24-30, 2012
Main
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Swannanoa Gathering - July 31 - August 6
Swannanoa (near Asheville), NC 28778
828-298-3434

More Details to come

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Folkcraft Dulcimer Festival
Folkcraft Dulcimer Festival - July 23 - July 24
Indiana

More Details to come

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Northeast Dulcimer Symposium - June 25 - July 1
Main
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

More Details to come

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Coshocton Dulcimer Days
Coshocton Dulcimer Days - June 16 - June 19
Coshocton, Ohio

More Details to follow

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Sherman JCC
Rob Brereton & Thomasina Levy Family Concert - 7:00
Rte 37 (South of Town Center)
Sherman, CT 06784

Rob Brereton and Thomasina Levy in their annual concert at the Sherman JCC. This will be a family concert. Please bring your kids! More details to follow.

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Central Florida Dulcimer and Autohop Fest - February 11-12
31205 Round Lake Rd
Mount Dora, FL 32757

Join in our 6th Year Central Florida Festival with 72 Workshops to choose from -
Mountain & Hammered Dulcimers, Autoharp, Bowed Psaltery,TinWhistle, & Musical Saw!
Come to beautiful Mount Dora for two days of Learning, Sharing & Musical Merriment

Workshop Leaders for the 2011 Central Florida Dulcimer & Autohop© Festival are:
Gailanne Amundsen, Mike Anderson, Sally Anderson, David Beede, Ray & Cheryl Belanger, Rob Brereton, Linda Brockington, Dan Evans, Doug Felt, Bruce Ford, Tull Glazener, George Haggerty,
Ken Kolodner, Karen Mueller, Maureen Sellers, Ivan Stiles, Linda Thomas, & Rick Thum

 

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Key West Dulcimer Fest - January 27 - 30, 2011
TBA
Key West, FL
Price: TBA
Details to come

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Winter Dulcimer Fest - Begins at 9:00
Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church 915 North Fifth Street ,
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Price: see website

The Journey

Master Class with Rob Brereton- Intermediate to Advanced

Join Rob as he takes you on a musical journey from selecting a piece of music, through arranging the piece and finally bringing it to performance level. Rob will choose a diatonic piece and a chromatic piece and then demonstrate how to arrange once piece in D-A-d and another piece in the 1-3-5 (D-F#-A) tuning (advanced). This class will clearly show you everything you'll need to make your own musical arrangements. After each arrangement is finished, we'll discover various right and left hand techniques in order to make your playing smooth, musical, and ready for performance. Rob will give a mini-concert at noon. This is part of a much larger festival. See the website for more info.

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church 915 North Fifth Street ,
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Sherman Chamber Ensemble Bluegrass Jamboree - 1:00
Main Street
Kent, CT 06757
860-355-5930
Price: Free

It's always a thrill to play with such fine musicians. This is really the cream of the crop. Hope to see you at one or both of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble's Bluegrass Jamboree!


Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Sherman Chamber Ensemble Bluegrass Jamboree - 2:00
Leach Hollow Road
Sherman, CT 06784
860-355-5930

It's always a thrill to play with such fine musicians. This is really the cream of the crop. Hope to see you at one or both of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble's Bluegrass Jamboree!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Dulcimer Daze - August 20-22, 2010
270 Handle Rd
West Dover, VT 05356
(802) 368-7437
TBA

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

The Swannanoa Gathering - August 1-7
Swannanoa (near Asheville), NC 28778
828-298-3434
Another favorite of mine. I've taught at the Swannanoa Gathering numerous times and always come back for more. Excellent staff, comfortable lodging and good food. Jams galore!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Redwood Dulcimer Day
Santa Cruz area, CA
I'm so happy to be back on the West Coast again! Workshop, concert, private lessons. The website for this festival is now up. Check it out!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Northeast Dulcimer Symposium Concert - TBA
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
518-352-7715
Part of the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium week. Date of show is still TBA, but approximate.

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Northeast Dulcimer Symposium - June 26 - July 2, 2010
Main
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
If you are looking for a week of music and fun... If the idea of small classes where you actually learn more than a few tunes is something you find attractive... If you are waiting for a week-long event where everyone knows your name without looking at your name tag... Then The Northeast Dulcimer Symposium is for you! Plan now to join us for seven days of dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, percussion, singing and much, much more along the shore of the loveliest lake in the Adirondacks.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Spring Dulcimer Week - April 18 - 23 2010
100 Campus Dr
Elkins, WV 26241
304-637-1209
Augusta Heritage Center is best known for intensive week-long workshops that attract several hundred participants annually. Thousands more attend our public concerts, dances, and festivals. Augusta’s full-time staff, plus volunteers, seasonal staff, and work-study students, produce a great variety of quality workshops. These world-renowned workshops and festivals have brought together master artists, musicians, dancers, craftspeople, and enthusiasts of all ages. West Virginia has long-standing traditions of both hammered and lap dulcimer that go back to early settlement days. Today, the music of these instruments is evolving to include many genres and styles of playing. Augusta’s Spring Dulcimer Week offers numerous levels on both mountain and hammered dulcimer.

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Rob Brereton & Thomasina Levy - 7:00 reception followed by concert
Rte 37 (South of Town Center)
Sherman, CT 06784
860-355-8050
Price: $20 members / $25 non-members /
Sina and I had an amazingly fun time at this concert last year. It was a full house and a great time was had by all. Lots of singing and frivolity. Let's have fun again this year! Wine and cheese reception starts at 7:00 pm followed by the concert. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve your place at this one-of-a-kind event, please call the JCC in Sherman at 860-355-8050 or email jccinsherman@yahoo.com. Or make a reservation on the web at our NEW website www.jccinsherman.org.

Friday, March 5th, 2010

22 Annual Mountain Dulcimer Music Fest - March 5 - 6 2010
Corner of Belle Avenue and Ridge Place
Latham, NY
United States
Dulcimer Assoc. of Albany. March 5-6. Rob Brereton and Susan Trump performing PLUS 14 other teachers. A great weekend.

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Democrats and Apple Pie - 2:00
Leach Hollow Road
Sherman, CT 06784
860-355-5930
Please join the Sherman Democratic Town Committee starting at 2PM, on Sunday, October 18 at the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse for an Apple Pie tasting contest. Be the guest of the Town Committee and all the candidates in this November's election for a delicious taste testing of homemade apple pies and cherry pies and pumpkin pies and more! Andrea O’Connor, incumbent candidate for First Selectman, Kate McConaghy, candidate for Selectman, Steve Roffwarg, candidate for ZBA and the entire Democratic slate will welcome all Sherman voters for an open forum to discuss the important issues facing our town today. We will provide an enjoyable venue where everyone will have the opportunity to meet the candidates and ask them about their hopes and plans for our town’s future. We will be serving several different kinds of pies, ice cream, cider, coffee and tea. Music by The Sherman Allstars (that includes me!) So come to the Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse and you decide who makes the tastiest pie in town! Sunday, October 18, 2PM.

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Visiting Artist Program at Blair School of Music - Workshop 9/26 Concert 9/27
Nashville, TN
Price: TBA
After the death of David Schnaufer, a fund was established in his name at the Blair School of Music to enhance the dulcimer program. Each September, on the weekend nearest David's birthday, the David Schnaufer Fund sponsors a workshop and concert with a guest artist. I'm proud to the artist chosen for 2009. There is a 5-hour workshop on Saturday, September 26, followed by a concert on Sunday, September 27. I hope to see you at this very significant event honoring one of the greatest dulcimer players of all time.

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Sherman Chamber Ensemble Bluegrass Jamboree - 1:00
Main Street
Kent, CT 06757
860-355-5930
Price: Free
Sherman Chamber Ensemble presents its annual free bluegrass jamboree, featuring Rob Brereton and champion fiddler Paul Woodiel, SCE musicians and favorite local performers.

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Sherman Chamber Ensemble Bluegrass Jamboree - 2:00
Leach Hollow Road
Sherman, CT 06784
860-355-5930
Price: Free
Sherman Chamber Ensemble presents its annual free bluegrass jamboree, featuring Rob Brereton and champion fiddler Paul Woodiel, SCE musicians and favorite local performers.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Week Long - July 26 - 31 2009
Kansas City, MO
Back again at Heritage. I love the people here. Good food and comfortable lodging. Great faculty and nicely paced. Mountain Dulcimer: Janita Baker - beginning Joe Collins - intermediate Robert Brereton - advanced Hammered Dulcimer: Linda Thomas - nov to beg. int. Bonnie Carol - adv. intermediate Maddie MacNeil - advanced

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Spring Concert - 7:15 reception 8:15 concert
9 Rte 39 (1/4 mile south of the American Pie Company)
Sherman, CT 06784
United States
860-355-8050
Price: $20 music $28 includes reception
CALL NOW FOR RESERVATIONS! 860-355-8050 Join us for an evening of playing and singing (oh yeah, and lots of St. Paddy's Day music too) Rob, Thomasina, and Tom will play a collection of music featuring dulcimer, fiddle, guitars, mandolin, concertina, and who knows what else. Lots of Celtic tunes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day as well as music just for fun. Come sing and celebrate! FINALLY Rob gets to play locally! Two tickets: $28 ticket includes reception, artist meet and greet, wine and munchies. Reception begins at 7:30. $20 ticket is for concert only beginning at 8:15

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Diane Gravlin's House
A Workshop With Rob Brereton - 6:00 - 9:00
r.gravlin@worldnet.att.net
Bonsall, CA
760-724-6331
Price: $35
Workshop to be held at the home of Diane Gravlin. This workshop will be a general dulcimer workshop covering the needs of the students.

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

United Congregational Church of Torrington
George Haggerty Benefit - 8:00
1622 Torringford St
Torrington, CT 06790
Price: $10 (or more) donation
PLEASE NOTE. THE CONCERT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 10, 2009 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. THE SNOW DATE IS JANUARY 17. WE REGRET THAT THE HAMMONDS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM AT THIS CONCERT. SO YOU’RE STUCK WITH ROB & THOMASINA. A benefit concert for fellow dulcimer player and dulcimer luthier George Haggerty. With Rob will be Thomasina. George was in a very serious motorcycle accident several months ago. His recovery is slow, but steady.

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

All Week
Brasstown, NC
July 27 - August 1, 2008 Teaching and performing dulcimer. An extremely valuable school keeping the folk arts alive.

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

All Week
Winchester, VA
A festival at Shenandoah University organized by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil. The staff includes Madeline MacNeil (beginners), Janita Baker (advanced beginners), Tull Glazener (Intermediate), Rob Brereton (Advanced), and Ralph Lee Smith (Traditions). I'll post more info as it becomes available.

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Winter Dulcimer Fest
All Day
Stroudsburg, PA
Thomasina (http://thomasina.net/) and I will be part of the Pocono Dulcimer Club's annual Winter Dulcimer Fest. You can check out the festival at http://pdc-wdf.tripod.com/winter_dulcimer_fest.html

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Strum N Along Dulcimer Daye
All Day
Leominster, MA
Teacing and Performing at a great little festival. October 13, 2007 Leominster, MA - Strum N Along Autumn Dulcimer Daye sponsored by the Johnny Appleseed Dulcimer Club. Workshops and evening Concert. Contact Cynthia at: strumnalong@yahoo.com (603)673-8497

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Swannanoa Gathering
All Week
Asheville, NC
July 8 - 14 2007 Teaching intermediate and experienced mountain dulcimer. More info at http://www.swangathering.org/Catalog/DU/sgdusched.html

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Sherman Song Swap
8:00 PM
Sherman, CT
A Hometown Tradition. I live in Sherman and every fourth friday is a Song Swap at the Sherman Public Library. It's a great little town with a lot of *great* musicians. Come with your voice or an instrument and a few tunes to share! http://circleoffriends.scriptmania.com/custom3.html

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Stephen Seiferts Webcast
9:00 PM Eastern
Live In Your Living Room
Steve does live webcasts from his website at http://www.stephenseifert.com Go to this site at 9:00 pm eastern time and click on the button.

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

String-a-long
All Weekend
Milwaukee, WI
November 2 - 5 University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. All encompassing festival including art, music, dance and more. Olympia Resort near Milwaukee, WI

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Swannanoa Gathering
All Week
Asheville, NC
July 8 - 15 2006 Teaching advanced beginner.

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Chetnut Ridge Dulcimer Festival
All Weekend
Near Pittsburgh, PA
June 2 - 4 2006 Teaching all levels. Performance June 3 2006
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