We, Us, You and I (Narrows Gallery)

Three artisans present their views of the sometimes fragile, always changing relationships between people, people and their shelters, people and the environment. The materials for this work include detritus, salvage wood and metal, found objects, old timbers from shipwrecks and fallen barns and houses, junk, flotsam and jetsam. Image:
Moment, salvage wood, blueberry wood cuttings
Steve Whittlesey

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Grammy-award winner and five-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, and following his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring. The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band has completed their debut recording for roots-music label Compass Records. The new album, featuring traditional and original compositions, is produced by Compass owner/recording artist Alison Brown and features special guests Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury.

Elizabeth Cook

No matter what its apologists may claim, country music enjoys no special access to the truth because it uses three chords. Like any other form of popular music, country works best when it uncovers and delivers new information about the world ‘ which isn’t necessarily the same thing as telling the truth. On her brilliant new full-length Welder, Nashville’s Elizabeth Cook has fashioned a compassionate, funny overview of what the form can do with its three chords and its obsession with family, time, fame and distance. If much of modern country is musically lazy and positively dishonest, Welder reveals Cook as a poet of everyday life who doesn’t shrink from the world’s hard, sad realities.

Renegade Creation featuring Robben Ford, Michael Landau, Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak

Renegade Creation is the new band by veteran musical giants, Michael Landau, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak. Blending together to create a blues-driven sound that not only will satisfy their individual fans but is fresh enough to attract a legion of new fans as well. Delivering both rootsy, blues/rock vocal tunes and fiery instrumentals, the band draws on the unique guitar interplay between guitar giants Robben Ford and Michael Landau who inspire each other to new personal bests.

Janis Ian

Ian is a formidable talent, a force of nature. Ella Fitzgerald called her ‘The best young singer in America.’ Chet Atkins said ‘Singer? You ought to hear that girl play guitar; she gives me a run for my money!’ Reviewers have called her live performances ‘overwhelming to the spirit and soul,’ and ‘drenched with such passion, the audience feels they’ve been swept up in a hurricane.’ Not to mention her short stories, her songs for film and television’and oh, yes. She also runs a foundation, named for her mother, which works with various universities and colleges to supply scholarships for returning students; they’ve raised over $300,000 to date!

Leon Redbone

His true identify remains a mystery, despite his surfacing in Canada in the 1970s. He’s mastered the old-timey sound with his unique voice and strumming. You may have seen him on Saturday Night Live years ago, the Tonight Show or elsewhere. His last show at the Narrows sold out quickly.

Comedy Night featuring Jim McCue, Jimmy Walsh and Mitch Stinson

Jim McCue blends the best of virtually all areas of stand-up comedy combining thought provoking material, uncanny improvisational skills, and crowd interaction in a style that encourages audience participation. Featured on Comedy Central, Comcast Comedy Spotlight and the Boston Comedy Festival, McCue plays the major comedy clubs around the country and travels to the Middle East where entertains US troops overseas. Jimmy Walsh is a Boston based comic that has worked up and down the east coast from Caribou Maine to Miami Fla. He has worked with such well known figures as Lewis Black, Victoria Jackson of Saturday Night Live, Pam Stone, Stephen Wright, Jonathan Katz and Lenny Clarke. He has also worked with Ed McMahon and hosted the Boston leg of ‘Next Big Comedy Star Search’. Mitch Stinson has in major clubs around the country including the prestigious Comedy Connectionsaround New England, the Miami Improv, the Laugh Stop in Houston, Funny Bones in Columbus, and more. Stinson has been a semifinalist in the Sierra Mist Next Great Comic Search and a winner of Rhode Island’s Funniest Stand Up.

Slaid Cleaves

One of the first performers to ever play the Narrows, Slaid has a warm soulful voice and a boatload of great tunes. He’s funny, charming and puts on a great show. He has a great new cd Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away,. We look forward to his return.