Fiddle Hill in Concert May 3rd

 Quick question- what’s the next best thing to Cinquo de Mayo?


Fiddle Hill

on May 3rd featuring a trio of versatile and virtuoso musical talents: Chris Devin… Brian Bender… Steve Benson…

From the top-
Chris Devine (aka Ian Anderson in the terrific Jethro Tull tribute band Minstrels in the Gallery) is a flat out masterful musician- equally extraordinary on electric and acoustic violin/guitar, mandolin, concert flute, soprano saxophone, keyboards and vocals (in his other life he’s a skilled actor and comic who has appeared on Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and PBS) At last count Chris has topped the century mark,as a session musician appearing on over a hundred CD’s ranging from jazz to classical to country.

Brian Bender is also a multi-instrumentalist: piano, trombone, melodica, accordion, percussion- who plays in and/or leads more ensembles than I can count on both hands; including the Klezmer-African-Latin-Caribbean fusion band… wait for it… LITTLE SHOP OF HORAS. Credits include Carnegie Hall & The Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton (In his spare time he operates Face The Music Recording Studio in Shutesbury and works as a freelance sound engineer)

Grounding out the trio is Steve Benson on vocals, guitar, and mandolin. Steve is a skilled string player who sings Irish Pub songs with such charisma and style it’s like “bottling a Nor Easter and uncorking it on St. Pats!” (He’s also toured with several bands, and opened for Little Feat, and The Spin Doctors among others)

Bottom line- an amazing line up sure to delight your ears and warm your heart.

But wait… there’s more.  Bouncing back from an illness that caused him to cancel treating us at April’s Cindy Kallet & Grey Larson Coho Concert  to a sneak peak of his Let It Rain band at Hawks & Reed, Eric Phelps is all set to open for Fiddle Hill (two-thirds of which he’s performed and recorded with- and could jump up and join him… just sayin’)

PLEASE help us pass the word and forward this far and wide.

Date: Friday April 5
Time: 7pm
Venue: Cherry Hill Cohousing 120 Pulpit Hill Rd N. Amherst
Tix: $15-25 Sliding Scale
No advance reservations. Seating strictly first come, first served. Doors open 6:30
This is a smoke and fragrance-free venue.
Facility is wheelchair accessible

Vision Statement:
First Friday Coho Concerts provides a creative forum for talented and visionary musicians to share their gifts and be supported by attendee contributions in a way that values their artistry and encourages their dedication to building a brighter world. Performances take place in the Common House “Great Room”: a space intimate enough to feel like a house concert but large enough to draw in the broader community. The series is a purely volunteer effort, organized by Co-Housing members who enjoy live music and want to share their delight with other music lovers in the Valley.