London-born, Oxford-educated touring artist Rupert Wates brings his thoroughly American acoustic folk steeped in deep wells of cabaret and jazz to Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls, VT, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM. Local favorite Josh Maiocco opens. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; limited seating; recorded and filmed. Masks required.
Rupert Wates: deeply Americana
BELLOWS FALLS — London-born, Oxford-educated Rupert Wates brings his thoroughly American acoustic folk steeped in deep wells of cabaret and jazz to Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM.
With the lyricism of Gordon Lightfoot and the attention to craft of Richard Thompson, his highly developed songwriting is by turns vulnerable and bold, featuring intricate lyrics and memorable melodies, exceptional guitar skills, and a smooth, expressive voice.
He’s released eleven internationally acclaimed solo albums and won dozens of songwriting awards, and his work has been covered by artists in the UK, Canada, and the US, including two tribute albums to his material. While the doors to large venues and big festivals are open to him, he prefers intimate, up-close audiences in small listening rooms where the emphasis is on the music. The recognition that regular people are what make the world extraordinary reflects in his vivid, sophisticated songwriting about the American experience.
“A prime figure in American music.” — Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange
“As the former manager of the late Harry Chapin, I’ve heard my share of story songs. Rupert’s are right up there with the best.” — Bob Hinkle
“Gripping lyrics with great themes and troubling, witty messages.” — Leith Radio, Scotland
“Astonishing fingerpicking chops.” — Monterey County Weekly
Sunday, December 12, 7:00 PM, Stage 33 Live at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 at the door.
Local favorite Josh Maiocco opens.
Seating is limited. Performances are recorded and filmed. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; snacks by donation. Stage 33 Live is an industrial-rustic nonprofit listening room run by volunteers in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performers in a casual, intimate setting.