Co-Headline Show with Dave Richardson and Tom Pirozzoli
BELLOWS FALLS — Dave Richardson weaves together threads of folk, country, and traditional music. He’s been writing, recording, and performing as a solo artist for over 10 years. He took third place in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival songwriting contest; was awarded a featured showcase spot at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference; and was an invited performer at the New England Folk Festival. His 2018 CD, Carry Me Along, was his first major album release.
Dave’s voice and lyrics are always front and center, inviting listeners to experience snippets of life through a fragment of overheard conversation, the recollection of a feeling, a snapshot of an event. The places he’s traveled and people he’s encountered are prominent in his writing, and he’s particularly drawn to stories and songs that feature strong women. His favorite traditional folk ballad tropes include sailing the seas, grave digging, and ghostly revenge.
“Modern folk, true folk — that is music rooted in the tradition and performed within a traditional configuration — is increasingly rarely encountered. All the more reason to celebrate the music of Dave Richardson… One for the year-end list, I’m predicting.” — Fervor Coulee
Tom Pirozzoli is celebrating Reckon by the Light, the newest CD from his 40-years-and-counting career. He got his start as a 19 year-old self-taught guitarist busking on street corners and performing at anti-war rallies, and eventually found his way into the coffeehouse scene. His self-titled first album was released in 1983; his Fast Folk Music recordings are now part of the Smithsonian’s collection. Playing guitar and electric violin in the early ’80s, he was named a winner in MUSICIAN magazine’s Best Unsigned Band Contest, resulting in charting national releases. Tom toured extensively in the ’90s, opening for artists like Greg Brown, Jesse Winchester, and Doc Watson.
Tom often performs and collaborates with guitarist Willy Porter, co-writing many songs that have been featured on Porter’s albums. He also writes instrumental music for the Putnam-Pirozzoli guitar duo. When he isn’t on stage or composing, he’s at the easel. An accomplished painter with gallery placements, and John Gorka and LJ Booth have used Tom’s artwork for album covers.
“Pirozzoli’s observations and travels bring seemingly dissimilar elements to harmony.” — Boston Globe
“The passionate philosopher-songwriter captures a variety of musical styles in his original songs, invoking a feeling of comfortable familiarity, like spending time with a good friend.” — Autumn Magazine
This is a co-headline show at Stage 33 Live on Sunday, February 16; door at 6:30, music at 7:00. Suggested donation $10 at the door, all proceeds support the musicians. Advance entry donations made through stage33live.com will have chairs reserved.
Stage 33 Live is an intimate, industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT, documenting live performances and presentations of original material on a simple stage. Coffee, soda, water, and snacks by donation. Find more info about the nonprofit all-volunteer project, and this and other other upcoming events online at stage33live.com