Saturday, January 28 at 7:30pm
Zephyr is an Addison County based quartet whose music has been mined in the general vein of roots Americana — a harmony-rich, lyric-oriented, primarily acoustic style of music bringing together influences of folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, country and the singer-songwriter tradition. They play a mix of unique originals interspersed with occasional covers by songwriters such as Buddy and Julie Miller, Gillian Welch, Mark Heard, Bruce Cockburn, and T Bone Burnett.
The band features Susan Nop on keyboard, accordion, and lead vocals, Matthew Dickerson on guitar, bass, harmonica, mandolin, and vocals, Kathleen Smith on vocals and percussion, and Dutton Smith on violin, bass, percussion, and vocals.
The quartet knows how to tell a good story; they carry a strong narrative strain in their songs, reminiscent of songwriters like Pierce Pettis and Gillian Welch , and t hey focus on tight and interesting harmonies, and more than anything, a refreshing vulnerability, honesty, and passion. After a recent Zephyr performance, Chris MacIntosh of 88.1FM in New York said he was left with a feeling that “I just bathed in a cool mountain-fed spring.” He says they are “refreshing and exhilarating at the same time, if you have a chance to see them, do not pass the opportunity by!!!”
Matthew Dickerson and Susan Nop are the songwriting team behind Zephyr. Many of their songs have been recorded in Nashville with some of the top musicians of that music-rich city. Prior to his work with Zephyr, Dickerson received national radio airplay as a songwriter, bassist, and one of the original members of the blues band Deep Freyed. He is also the author of numerous books including a recent fantasy novel titled 'The Gifted' and a number of books about fly-fishing and ecology.
Susan Nop, who's soul-full and passionate vocals help give Zephyr its distinctive sound, has also performed as a classical pianist, though she has also fallen in love with the accordion.
Kathleen Smith, in addition to active work in local musical theatre, has performed with the acclaimed women's choral group Maiden Vermont. She adds her rich and tight harmonies and interesting rhythms to Zephyr, while her husband Dutton Smith, also a long-time well-known figure in the local musical theatre scene, brings additional harmonies while providing both lead violin solos and subtle background string textures, and trades off on the bass.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
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