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Benefit Concert: Larry Kaplan, David Paton, and Tom White

May 14, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


“Songs from the Old and New Traditions” with Larry Kaplan, Tom White, David Paton. This is a special show to benefit The Buttonwood Tree.

Larry Kaplan, accompanied by Dave Paton, and Tom White team up to bring together a special mix of contemporary songs written in the tradition, as well as traditional music that has found its way to our shores from around the world. These three multi-instrumentalists are masters of their craft and will take us on a rich musical journey that just might find its way to our own backyard.

$15/$12 Seniors and students

Larry Kaplan

“Old Zeb,” “Song for Gale,” “Song for The Bowdoin,” John,” “ Get Her Into Shore,” “Selling The Isabel”—- just a few examples of some of the best contemporary ballads from New England and along its shores you will find in modern folk music today.

Larry Kaplan’s songs have been performed and recorded by many respected artists and audiences around the world—poignant stories in song, written in the truest folk tradition, honest, highly singable… always memorable. Larry has also played a significant role in helping to bring the music collected by the late E. Gale Huntington, of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Born in Boston, Larry grew up in Maine and Massachusetts and now calls both London, England, and Essex, Connecticut home. He worked for many years on the traditional schooners from Maine, sailed on and helped restore the Schooner, Bowdoin, and has released two CDs through Folk Legacy Records, “ Worth All The Telling” and “Songs For An August Moon,” and a third Folk Legacy release is planned in the spring. A multi-instrumentalist and fine singer, Larry is very pleased to share his fine music with us.

David Paton

David Paton is a well-known and highly respected for his virtuoso concertina and hammered dulcimer playing as well as his rich repertoire of music from diverse sources including Quebecois, Swedish, Finnish, English and Scottish traditional ballads, and traditional American folk music.

He hails from one of Connecticut’s most recognized folk music families, former Connecticut State Troubadours, and the founders of Folk Legacy Records Inc. Influenced throughout his childhood by many leaders of both the American and British folk revival, it is no wonder he is a natural as a soloist, accompanying contemporary and traditional musicians, or in lead roles in a range of successful string bands and folk ensembles.

David’s latest collaboration has been with Connecticut’s Wildcat Creek Band, musicians equally at home on the concert stage, dances, and folk festivals throughout the US. An avid naturalist, when he is not performing or touring, David is principal recordist for Music Mountain’s NPR music series and assumes a key role in moving the Folk Legacy label forward.

Tom White

Tom White was born and raised in the rich musical environment of Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay water front. The music scene there included Bluegrass, Folk and traditional music of all kinds. Family gatherings always had what they called “Ole time music”, and it wasn’t long before he had a guitar in his hands.

Over the years, he’s added many more instruments to his collection including fiddle, tin whistle, concertina, mandolin, hammer dulcimer etc… In the 1980’s Tom moved to upstate NY and immediately infused himself into the musical community in the Duchess County area for about 20 years which is when he met and started playing with Dave Paton.

He now lives in the Schoharie Valley and is on call by many local and regional musicians and bands to accompany them in performances. A most recent band, Wildcat Creek has a wide range of musical styles including Celtic, Eastern European, Appalachian and Original.


May 14, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0


The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, 06457 United States
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