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71 Strings, Three Men, and a Concertina

April 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT


Larry Kaplan, Dave Paton, and Tom White return to the Buttonwood Tree with a special mix of contemporary songs as traditional music from around the world accompanied on at least nine instruments, but not all at once…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.

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 most enduring contemporary ballads from New England and beyond you will find in modern folk music today. Larry’s songs are poignant stories written in the truest folk tradition, honest, unembellished, highly sing able… and always memorable. Born in Boston, Larry grew up in Maine and Massachusetts and now calls both London, England, and Essex, Connecticut home. He helped restore and crewed on the famous Arctic Schooner, Bowdoin, was instrumental in collecting and disseminating the works of E. Gale Huntington, and has released three CDs through Folk Legacy Records, his most recent entitled, “Furthermore.” A skilled multi-instrumentalist and fine singer, Larry is very pleased to return to the Buttonwood Tree.

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., Sandy and Caroline Paton. 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, such as Larry Kaplan, 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, David is principal recordist for Music Mountain’s NPR music series and assumes a key role in moving the Folk Legacy banner forward.

TomWhite was raised in the rich musical environment of Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay water front..Family gatherings always had what they called “Ole time music,” rich in Bluegrass, Folk and traditional music of all kinds. Over the years, starting with guitar, he’s added many instruments to his expertly played collection including fiddle, tin whistle, concertina, mandolin, hammer dulcimer, and others… In the 1980’s Tom moved to upstate NY and has been an integral part the musical community of the Duchess County area for over 20 years which is where he met and started playing with Dave Paton. He now lives in the Schoharie Valley and continues to collaborate with many local and regional musicians and bands including most recently, Wildcat Creek specializing in wide range of musical styles including Celtic, Eastern European, Appalachian and original contemporary songs.


April 29, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT