9/8/19, Sunday: Carl Goulet

On Carl Goulet’s artist page on the Thunder Ridge Records website it says, “As many of us rural musicians do, Carl Goulet flies a little under the radar.”

A little.

If you’re trying to dig up information about this guy on the internet, that’s putting it mildly (though in this day and age, it’s something that might be envied). He clearly writes and plays for the love of writing and playing, and that kind of purity is rare and special… especially when that writer and player is so. damned. good.

He came and did a short set here at Stage 33 Live a little while back and was absolutely stunning. We promptly asked if he’d be interested in coming back for a proper featured slot.

It’s going to be one of those intimate, friendly, low-key performances that will be long remembered by the people who are smart enough and lucky enough to be there.

He’s been a player in and around these parts for ages, and put out a full-length in 2017 called Gazebo that Daily UV said “charms the listener with gentle melodies yet packs a punch with the depth of wisdom and love hidden inside.”

The CD Baby website (where you can get that album for yourself) has a little blurb that we’re pretty sure endearingly self-effacing Carl wrote himself: “Songs about life, love, and things that inspire or annoy but maintain wonder and hope.” That’s pretty funny.

The Thunder Ridge website offers a bit more, and is on point: “Carl’s songwriting follows in the footsteps of other honest, sometimes political and always heart-centric songwriters like David Mallet, Bruce Cockburn, and Gordon Lightfoot.”

Door at 6:00 PM, music at 7:00 on Sunday, September 8 — a suggested donation of $5+ at the door. Seating is limited to 40, first-come first-served.

The listening event will be recorded and filmed.

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33 Bridge Street is an accessible space. If you haven’t been here before, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls is a couple blocks toward the river from the intersection of Flat Iron Exchange coffeehouse and Popolo restaurant, which is the only intersection in downtown… and it’s a T so there’s no way to take a wrong turn. Brick building on the right after the post office and over the short bridge. Look for the giant stylized sheep-heads in the corner windows (that’s the community radio station, WOOL-FM). We’ll also have a sign out front. The most reliable parking is in the free lot on the left — across the street from us, next to the canal.

Stage 33 Live documents live performances and presentations on a simple stage in a former factory building for downstream audiences. Only original material is allowed. Find more info about the project and other upcoming events online at stage33live.com