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“Moon Shells” Perform for Oldtime Workshop Weekend

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Maggie Shar, Brian Slattery, Laura Murawski, Molly Merrett, and Charlie Shaw will perform as “Moon Shells” on May 31 in Cabot.

CABOT – The “Moon Shells” kick off the Green Mountain Oldtime Workshop Weekend with a concert and dance at the Barn at Beaver Brook Farm on Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m. The “Moon Shells” draw from the traditional dance music of Appalachia, Louisiana, and West Africa to make modern sounds on traditional oldtime stringband instruments. In 2022 they were nominated for Americana Band of the Year for the New England Music Awards.

The event Friday night will begin at 5 p.m., with an oldtime jam session, open to the public for both playing and listening. The jam session will be followed with a potluck dinner at 7 p.m., with the dance and concert beginning at 8 p.m.

Maggie Shar, Brian Slattery, Laura Murawski, Molly Merrett, and Charlie Shaw make up the “Moon Shells.” Since 2019 they have released four albums of traditional fiddle tunes and original songs.

The Barn at Beaver Brook Farm Is a restored, three-level, 8,000 sq. ft. barn located one mile from Marshfield Village. The barn hosts a stage and dance floor, plus space for classes and jam sessions There are an abundance of hiking trails on the property and camping is 10 minutes away.

The inaugural Green Mountain Oldtime Workshop Weekend will feature music workshops, dances, concerts, and jam sessions. Workshops in oldtime and Cajun fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass and harmony singing will be given. Teachers include regional favorites, Matt Flinner, Katie Trautz and Dana Robinson, plus the “Moon Shells” string band.

The Green Mountain Oldtime Workshop Weekend is a collaborative project between Cabot Arts and the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture. For information and tickets see cabotarts.org/oldtime-workshop-weekend, call (802) 793-3016 or email [email protected]

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