Fred Gillen Jr will play the Stage 33 Live listening room at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 PM. Carl Beverly opens. $10 recommended donation. Limited seating. The performance will be recorded and filmed. More info at the stage33live.com website.
Fred Gillen Jr in Bellows Falls
BELLOWS FALLS — Fred Gillen Jr will play the Stage 33 Live listening room in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 PM. Carl Beverly opens.
Fred Gillen Jr has released eleven acclaimed albums, shared stages with Merle Haggard, Todd Rundgren, and David Bromberg, and performed everywhere from Patan Durbar Square World Heritage Site in Kathmandu and the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City to places like farmers’ markets and coffeehouses where everyday people gather.
His songs have been featured on ABC and NPR, on CMJ’s New Music Marathon Sampler, and his version of Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home” was included in “Pete Remembers Woody,” a collection of Pete Seeger’s spoken stories about Woody Guthrie interspersed with renditions of Guthrie’s songs.
Like Seeger and Guthrie, Gillen’s lyrics often reflect both the hope and despair of the human condition, while his music illustrates diverse influences from growing up in the 1970s.
His live performances are spontaneous and full of storytelling, and he enjoys audience participation.
“Gillen is a multi-instrumentalist and a prolific poet with a point of view. His sometimes biting, but not bitter, social commentary goes down easy with softer, agreeable, and memorable melodies.” — Nashville Music News, Janet Goodman
“Uplifting, passionate, and emotional performer.” — Donegal Democrat, Ireland
Carl Beverly from Warner, New Hampshire, opens with his distinctive rhythmic finger-picking style that grooves without straying far from his solid folk grounding. His strong, personal, and relatable writing and easygoing personality have made him a Stage 33 Live favorite. In addition to his solo work, he also plays in the trio Picket Hill.
This listening room show is on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 PM, at Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The performance will be recorded and filmed. Seating is limited to 40. A $10+ donation is suggested, but nobody will be turned away for lack of money. Advance donations made through the stage33live.com website double as chair reservations.
According to the performer’s preference, the COVID-19 protocol will be the guidelines in effect in the community on show day. Currently the guidance is that masks are optional, although that may change without notice. Respect those who choose to mask, and give them six feet of social distance. Seating will be a minimum of eight feet from the stage and set up in pods of two. If you wish to make a custom pod for your party, arrive early to do so. People who have already arrived and have arranged their seating will not be expected to move, and their perimeter should be honored.
Stage 33 Live is a casual and intimate industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performances and presentations of original material. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; coffee / soda / juice / water and weird snacks available by donation. More info about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com
Stage 33 Live gratefully acknowledges the help of so many individuals without whom none of this would be happening, and institutional support from The Island Corporation, the Vermont Arts Council, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Covered Bridge Cookies, the Bellows Falls Opera House, and the Rockingham Arts & Museum Project that helps fund improvements and maintenance, and generally smooths out a lot of the rough edges. Stage 33 Live is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent. Volunteers run the thing from stem to stern.