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2018 Saturday Evening Concert

Jeff & Janet Furman

Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen

8:00pm, at MHCA Cinema (Mountain Park Plaza, West Dover)


Jeff & Janet Furman - Jeff and Janet Furman have been playing old-time music together for over 35 years. In recent years they have been performing and recording together in a variety of musical venues and styles. In addition to their renowned instrumental musicianship (they both appear on multiple recordings of traditional American and Celtic music), they also have blended their voices to deliver heartfelt touching ballads and rousing songs. Their CDs have received critical acclaim. Jeff and Janet have played before large audiences, small intimate gatherings, special occasions (weddings, memorial services, parties, etc.), in many jam sessions, and on many porches (both front and back!). Their love for the music and for each other is easily seen and heard in their performances. In concert they perform on mountain dulcimer, fiddle, old-time banjo, bowed dulcimer, and guitar.

Jeff is an award-winning mountain dulcimer player who is known for his smooth and expressive style. He is also a popular instructor at numerous mountain dulcimer workshops across the country. Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist (mountain dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, guitar, autoharp, string bass) and has an extensive repertoire of old-time fiddle music which crosses over to a strong interest in Celtic music. He has a particular fondness for waltzes and Celtics airs on the dulcimer. He has performed individually, with Janet, and with several old-time string bands for over 35 years.

Janet plays violin, old-time fiddle, viola, cello, bowed dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar, Celtic harp, concertina, and is a beautiful vocalist. She can play a hard-driving fiddle tune, has a sweet and lovely touch on waltzes, and plays tasteful and supportive harmonies and counter melodies on airs and slow tunes. Because of her versatility and talent, Janet has accompanied several of the finest musicians making old-time and acoustic recordings over the years.

Jeff and Janet are honored to share the beauty and wonder of music…and hope their music touches your heart.

Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen - Since their 1981 Greenwich Village coffeehouse encounter this duo has built a folk reputation throughout the U.S.A. and Canada, even appearing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion show. With 2 albums together on the Flying Fish label, they each have other recordings and musical adventures.

Frets magazine says Rogers' voice is "clear as the queen's diamonds", and the Washington Post brands her instrumental work "sterling". Her second album was voted "Best Folk Album of the Year" by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Pete Seeger said she "has a beautiful voice and has written many extraordinarily good songs that are going to reach out and touch large numbers of people. They sure are great songs!" Rogers was official 1997 Connecticut State Troubadour, and is a Master Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts as well as a K-4 music teacher and adjunct professor at Lesley University. She wrote music for 4 Mennonite folk operas. Thrushwood Kids, her recording label, houses her 5 award-winning recordings for young people. She has songs in Quaker and Unitarian hymnals and two major national music textbooks and also has had a children's picture book published.

Bursen is known for his warm baritone voice, devilish sense of humor, red-hot banjo wizardry and inventive guitar arrangements. Chicago Magazine said of him, "stunning guitar arrangements...easily one of the finest banjo players ever heard." Feature articles in Banjo Newsletter and Frets followed the release of Bursen's first solo album on Folk Legacy Records. His song "Small Business Blues" is included in Seeger's book, Carry It On. Bursen holds a Cornell Ph.D. in Philosophy. A professor-turned-grape grower, he makes wine at Sharpe Hill Vineyards in Pomfret, CT. His last album "Banjo Mannikin" highlighting his banjo pyrotechnics received national airplay.